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Shopping in Vijayawada

The main shopping areas in Vijaywada are MG Road, Besant Road and Kondapalli. Mangalagiri saris and Kalamkari paintings are the must-buy items here. When you are here do buy a bottle of delicious mango pickle or 'avakkai', as it is locally known. Besides these, Vijayawada is also known for its pearls, silver jewellery and semi precious stones.

People interested in traditional saris and ethnic clothing should visit the shops along M.G. Road. Kalanjali Arts & Crafts is a good place to buy handicrafts gift items made of stone, silver, marble, wood and metal. Shoppers interested in art can check out the Kalamkari paintings that depict mythological eras with creations of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

Besant Road – a shoppers’ paradise has grown into a commercial hub of Vijaywada and is known for its street shopping with hawkers and pushcart sellers offering bangles, garments and trinkets. Kamadhenu Silks, on this road is a leading retail store, which offers exclusive saris and salwar suits. They also stock traditional sherwani and kurta pyjama for men here.

The Kondapalli shopping district is where you can shop for colourful toys made from light-weight wood, known as "Tella Poniki" or "Puniki".

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