Vijayawada (విజయవాడ; formerly Bezawada) is the third largest city in Andhra Pradesh, India, located on the banks of the Krishna River and bounded by the Indrakiladri Hills on the West and the Budameru River on the North. The city is located in the Krishna District, about 275 kilometres (171 mi) from the state capital Hyderabad.
Vijayawada literally translates to “The Place of Victory”. Vijayawada is also a center of Andhra politics. It is referred to as the political capital of Andhra Pradesh. Its prominence as a major trading and business center has earned it the title of the “Business Capital of Andhra Pradesh”. Situated along the Chennai-Howrah and Chennai-Delhi Railway route, this is the largest railway junction in South India.