A popular city in Andhra Pradesh, Anantapur is flocked by tourists from Hyderabad during weekends. This city boasts of a rich history and a visit to Anantapur is a cultural, historical as well as an architectural delight. It is dotted with some most amazing temples as well as other attractions such as forts. During your visit to Anantapur or Anantapur, do not miss getting your hands on some amazing Silk as well as Cotton cloth pieces or saris. This city is also known for housing some of the most well-known universities of India. Savor the serenity and pristine beauty that is spread all around you.
How to Reach Anantapur from Hyderabad
Anantapur is well-connected to most of the major cities by regular trains. There are trains from Hyderabad to Anantapur.
Renting a car or hiring a taxi can be a suitable option of travelling from Hyderabad to Anatapur. Apart from this, bus service is also available between both the cities.
Tourist Attractions in Anantapur
The home of the world-renowned spiritual guru, Shri Sathya Sai Baba, Putthaparthi is small and serene town. Placed on the banks of the River Chitravathi, this town is surrounded by undulating hills. Every year, this town is flocked by the devotees of Sai Baba, from all around the world. Though not filled with abundant natural beauty, this town has immense religious significance and is dotted with a number of sacred sites, Prasanthi Nilayam being the most popular one.
Lepakshi is an ancient village, known for its 3 shrines, dedicated to the 3 lords- Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva andLord Veerabhadra. These 3 temples surely are architectural gems. This tranquil village consists of several murals that belong to the Vijayanagar era as well as popular sculpture of a Nag or a snake, carved from a single block of stone.
Situated in Somuladoddi, the ISKCON temple looks mesmerizing because of being painted in a vibrant pink color. Inaugurated in 2008, this temple is in the shape of a chariot. The second biggest ISKCON temple in Bengaluru, this temple also has well-manicured gardens in its premises. The temple is a major attraction amidst locals as well as tourists.
One of the Andhra Pradesh’s oldest hill forts, Gooty fort is placed at a height of 300 meters above the sea level. It was constructed by the rulers of the Vijayanagara Empire and was under different rulers at different times. The fort, built in a shell-shape, is an amazing structure with 15 main doors, called Mukahdwarulu. From the fort’s top, you can enjoy a nice view of the surrounding.
Tadipatri is a small town, close to Anantapur, popular for its 2 beautiful temple- Sri Bugga Rama Lingeswara Swamy Temple and Sri Chintala Venkata Ramana Swamy Temple. It is said that these temples were erected by 2 brothers, just in one day, while the forts one was complete, the second one was not. The architecture of these temples is inspired from the Vijayanagar architecture style.
Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple is a well-known temple that is also famed as Ramalingeswara Swami Temple. Known for its purity and architecture, the temple is known mainly for its underground stream flowing into the Garbha Griha, dropping on the installed Lingam. It is believed that the temple site was the place where sage Parshuram has loved and meditated.
One of largest reservoirs in the entire district, Anantasagaram is a popular attraction. It is an old reservoir tank, spread in an area of 10,161,656.5 sq. meters. This tank is named after the Anantapur city itself.