267 Kms from Gömpa
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Think serene springs, juicy mangoes and mouthwatering deserts and Vijayawada is the name that will come to mind. The name Vijayawada literally means 'the place of victory' and it has the biggest railway junction in the south. Vijayawada is also very important in religious terms. The Kanaka Durga Temple has magnificent architectural wealth and will leave you spellbound. Amravati, a town at a distance of about 33 kilometres from Vijayawada, is a growing tourist destination. It has a stupa that is perhaps bigger than the one at Sanchi. There are also some great examples of rock-cut architecture at the Undavalli Caves. A visit to Vijayawada is not only inspiring but also educating. It is famous for its heritage and grand history. Treat yourself to some good food and delicious sweets, and do not forget to buy at least four to five kilograms of juicy mangoes – an intrinsic part of the experience of Vijayawada.
66 Kms from Gömpa
After a well spent day, we made our way to the Andhra Pradesh tourism office to book our tickets for a trip to the Araku Valley - a hill station located about 114 km from the main city. Although the AP tourism website offers package details about the tour, it is not updated and there is no option to book the tickets online which is a little trying. However, it is advisable to book the government tour package only at their office and not go by yourself if you haven’t already been there. We made reservations for two days later and headed back to explore the town.Whilst roaming around, we stumbled upon a small local restro bar (Zoom bar) opposite RK beach which was to be our go-to drinking hole for the next few days what with its cheap liquor (read Budweiser), sumptuous fish, chicken, prawn fry and view of the endless sea.Think Local!