Amaravathi is located at a distance of around 60 km from Vijayawada. It was once the capital of Andhra Pradesh and was mostly popular as an important Buddhist centre. India’s biggest stupa which is of the height of 27 meters was constructed here in the 3rd century. It was built during the time when emperor Ashoka sent the monk Bhikku Mahadev to south India in order to spread the teachings of Buddha.
Today you will find the remains of mound and stones. There is a museum nearby that will help you to understand the historical context of the place in a much better way. The museum contains a replica of Stupa which is nicely designed with carved pillars, dome whose surface is made from marble and the various carvings that will give you the idea about the life story of Buddha.
Most of the Amaravathi’s best sculptures are in London’s British Museum as they were taken there by the British. Quite near from this place is a 20 m statue of Buddha on the spot where Dalailama spoke in 2006 Kalachakra. If you want to visit the place you can easily catch a bus from Vijayawada that will not take more than one and a half hours and are quite cheap. There are a number of things to see in the complex and you will enjoy it.