This commercial and industrial city, on the north bank of the Krishna River, now forms Andhra's new state capital, with its emerging sister settlement of Amaravati, a showpiece capital complex located on the south bank. Politicians have declared Vijayawada-Amaravati will eventually have 2.5 million inhabitants.
Though the construction of Amaravati has been delayed, there are big changes afoot in and around Vijayawada. Work on new highways continues apace and the city's airport has now been designated international status. Right now there's not much of interest for travellers in the city itself, and nothing at all to see in Amaravati, but Vijayawada makes a logical base for visiting some fascinating historic sites in the lush and green surrounding area.