For those who live within the city Gunadala is famous for Catholic shrines in Andhra Pradesh. About 10 lakh believers come to offer prayers and fulfil their vows during the Gunadala Mary Matha festival. This locality in Vijayawada has a special place for itself.
The festival, from February 9 to 11, every year is a big occasion for all the residents around the Gunadala hill. Beginning at Padavala Revu, an erstwhile wharf for boats, the primary mode of transport to Machilipatnam, Gunadala, extends right up to the Ramavarapadu Circle along Eluru Road.
All the colonies between Bandar Canal and the Gunadala Hill and on the East of Ring Road right up to the Dr. NTR health University Circle have Gunadala in their postal address. Most of the residential colonies that are on the fringe of Gunadala Hill, except for a part of Christhurajapuram and Moghalrajapuram, fall in the limits of Gunadala, once a village panchayat that was merged into the corporation a couple of decades ago.
The ambience of Gunadala is unique with several wide spaces occupied by a few institutions with large spaces.
The Gunadala hill is the tallest hillock in the clump of hillocks that punctuate the rather plain terrain of the city. Monseigneur M. Chinnappa, rector of the Gunadala Institutions, talking to The Hindu, said that the Basilica Status was pending for the Gunadala Shrine.
Much of the credit for the development of Gunadala, particularly the Mary Matha Shrine, goes to Catholic priest Huges Pezzoni. Starting with an orphanage founded by Fr. Pezzoni Gunadala has become the location for several Catholic Institutions.