Places To Visit In Vijayawada - PART-1(Bhavani Island, Vijayawada,AP)
Bhavani island is one of the largest islands on a river and is located over the Krishna river at Vijayawada. The vast expanse of the island proves to be the perfect place for a relaxing weekend. If you are one for adventure sports and water slides, this is an exhilarating place to visit! It is named after the Goddess Bhavani or Kanaka Durga whose temple is on the Indrakeeladri hill close to the island. Bhavani island can be reached by boat from the banks of Krishna river. Approaching the island from the banks, you will enjoy the lush green surroundings and beauty of the Krishna river. If you are on the island especially during sunrise, you have the most spectacular view of the sunlight dancing on flowing waters of the river.
There are also numerous activities to pursue on the island- like water-skiing, kayaking, parasailing, as well as opportunities to enjoy some leisurely time snoozing on hammocks, fishing and picnicking with your family. Take your gang of best buddies to this little island-park on the weekend to kick back and unwind from a tiresome daily routine. You can also say at a tiny resort on the island.
Water Sports at Bhavani Island
Kudos to the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC), for it has converted a barren island to an exciting tourist spot in a span of just a few years. There are numerous water sports for thrill-seekers on the island. You can ride on speed boats, jet skis, banana boats, bumper boats or go zorbing on the river. You can also go Parasailing to get a spectacular aerial view of Krishna river and the island. Depending on the type of water sport you wish to try, the cost ranges from INR 200 to INR 2500.
However, if you belong to a much calmer crowd, there are activities designed for your enjoyment too. Pedal boating, row boating, a cup of tea at the floating restaurant will be a relaxing experience. A recently introduced attraction is the Tanvi boat cruise by Champions Yacht club on Bhavani island. You can cruise on the river at sunset or sunrise, and enjoy the cool breeze over the flowing water. A peaceful evening on the cruise is what you need to relieve any stress.
Bird Watching at Bhavani Island
There are good chances of finding migratory birds on the banks of Bhavani island. Early mornings are the best time to go bird watching here. You may be able to spot Pied Kingfishers, Egrets or Cormorants near the shallows of the river. The best view to spot these birds would be from one of the many boats available on the island. These migratory birds are mostly flying towards Kolleru lake located 95 Kms from Vijayawada. But there are possibilities for finding them near the banks of Bhavani island too. It is a good expedition for nature lovers, photographers and bird watchers. It is recommended to visit the island in October or November which is the migratory season for these birds. And monsoon or winter is a good time to visit Bhavani island, not just to spot the birds, but also since it is best to avoid being out in the open island at the peak of Vijayawada's infamous summer heat.
Bhavani Island Resorts
As a child, many would have dreamt of staying at their own backyard tree house. Set out to Haritha resort on Bhavani island if you wish to fulfil that dream. They have beautiful wooden houses resting on tall columns which soar up to the green canopy of the island trees. Several other comfortable and spacious rooms (AC/ Non-AC) are also available at the resort near the tree houses. Cost for the rooms may come up to INR 2000. The rooms are accompanied by a complimentary breakfast at the resort. For a perfect holiday, set out to the island on a Saturday, enjoy a fun-filled day. Watch the sunset over the waters of the Krishna river in the evening and then retire into one of the tree houses to gaze at the stars. If you want to head outside the resort for breakfast, you must have a cup of tea or coffee at the floating restaurant over the calm waters of Krishna river. You can also enjoy snacks and beverages while cruising the Krishna river on the riverboat 'Tanvi'. A trip to Bhavani island, brings you close to elements of nature, while also leaving you in awe over the multiple exotic sports and sights available here. The island park is a wonderful place to hang out over the weekend.