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The fabulous Bhavani Island is located in the middle of River Krishna at Vijayawada in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The island is situated at upstream of Barrage Prakasam and is measured as one of biggest river islands. The Bhavani Island encloses an area of 132 acres. It must be noted that Kanaka Durga sanctuary is the dwelling of Goddess Durga. The temple is also called Bhavani and thus, the island is christened Bhavani Island. The temple is situated close to the island and devotees from all over the state and country visit the temple. Andhra Pradesh tourism officials took the initiative and developed the island into an attractive tourist destination. These destinations comprise Shilparamam, which is a lovely arts and crafts township. The village provides assistance to local weavers, artisans such as Kondapalli toymakers. Moreover, the tourism officials have developed the overall infrastructure on the island to draw several tourists and holiday makers. The travelers and merrymakers can easily engage in outdoor activities such as canoeing, swimming, rope way, etc which attract tourists.
There are quite a few deluxe and budget hotels close to Bhavani Island.
- Continental Park Hotel
- Sripada Hotel
- Marg Krishnaaya Hotel
- Minerva Grand Hotel
- Gateway Hotel
All these deluxe and budget hotels offer proper facilities and other amenities according to the guest’s requirements.
Events / Festivals in Bhavani Island
Festivals and other religious events are celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal in Bhavani Island. Pongal, Ugadi, Maker Sankranti, to name a few, are celebrated with tremendous zeal.
Pongal: Pongal is rejoiced with great fervor and passion in Bhavani Island. The word Pongal implies sweet dish which is made of rice and eaten on this day.
Ugadi: Ugadi is believed as New Year Day in Andhra Pradesh and is celebrated in Bhavani Island with great zeal. It is also called Gudi Padwa in the state of Maharashtra.
Maker Sankranti: The festival is celebrated among the people of island with tremendous zeal. It is actually a celebration of the event of rise of the sun to north.
Places to Visit in Bhavani Island
Kondaveedu: Kondaveedu was built with twenty-one structures by Reddy’s in 14th century. It is situated at 70 kilometers from Bhavani-Island. The destination is popular for its natural attractiveness and is an ideal place for trekking. Gopinatha and Kathulabave temples are the other places to visit at this place.
Krishna Barrage: Krishna Barrage is situated 6 kms away from the Bhavani Island. The barrage is located on Krishna River bank connecting Bhavani Island and Krishna district. Mangalagiri: Mangalagiri is a sacred destination for devotees, which is famous for housing Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple. It is situated 16 Kms away from from Bhavani-Island.
Climate of Bhavani Island
Summer season in Bhavani Island: Summer is dry and hot in Bhavani Island and generally lasts between the months of April to August. The temperature ranges between 30°C - 40°C in these months.
Monsoon season in Bhavani Island: June-July marks the onset of rainy season in the island and lasts till Sept. Rainfall actually makes the island look gorgeous during this season. Winter season in Bhavani Island: November marks the commencement of the winter in the island and it lasts till February. Winters tend to be pleasant with the temperature range between 20°C - 25°C. The place looks amazing in the months of November and December.
Best Time to Visit Bhavani Island
The best time to visit Bhavani Island is rainy and winter season. The favorable months to visit the island are between November and March. The weather remains pleasant during these months.
How to Reach Bhavani Island
Bhavani Island by Air: The nearest international airport from Bhavani Island is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad, which is 4/12 hour drive from the island. The airport is well connected to neighboring states and cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, etc. Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Kingfisher Airlines, etc operate their carriers on this route.
Nearest Airport: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad.