Anantapur Tourism

ISKCON Temple, Anantapur

Anantapur, officially Anantapuramu, is a city in Anantapur district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the mandal headquarters of Anantapuru mandal and also the divisional headquarters of Anantapur revenue division. The city is located on National Highway. It was also the headquarters of the Datta Mandalam (Rayalaseema districts of Andhra Pradesh and Bellary district of Karnataka) in 1799. It was also a position of strategic importance for the British Indian Army during the Second World War.

Places To Visit In Anantapur

1.Ahobilam Temple

Upper Ahobilam temple Gopuram

Ahobilam is a small village renowned for Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple. The Ahobilam temple is dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. The temple complex has temples of Adi Lakshmi Devi Temple and Chenchu Lakshmi Devi.

The Only Trekking Route to Reach Ugra Stambham at Ahobilam

The sacred Ahobilam Temple was built on the footprint of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy measuring 5 feet 3 inches. It is believed that a marriage ceremony performed here leads to a happy and fulfilling marriage. Lord Narasimha is the half-man, half-lion form of Lord Vishnu, when he came to save his devotee Prahlad, from his own father.

Lord Narashima Swamy Temple – Situated on Ahobilam Hilltop

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Timings : Monday to Sunday (Lower Temple): 6:30 AM – 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Monday to Sunday (Upper Temple): 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Entry Fee : INR 50 Per Person

Best Time : June to July and October to December

2.ISKCON Temple, Anantapur

ISKCON Temple, Anantapur

Like all other ISKCON Temples built around the world, the one at Anantapur is just as beautiful. The temple is in the shape of a horse-drawn chariot, with statues of four huge horses at the entrance. This temple is known as the Radha Parthasarathi Temple and was inaugurated in February 2008.

Main Entrance of ISKCON Temple in Anantapur

The stunning ISKCON Temple is situated at Somaladoddi village, on the outskirts of the city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is focused on spreading the beliefs of ‘Krishna Consciousness’, a belief that Lord Krishna is the supreme power, over all others. The temple also has a restaurant attached to it. The beautiful temple looks even more scintillating at night when lights illuminate its walls. The most cherished festival is Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna.

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Timings : Monday to Sunday: 4:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

3. Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple

Ramalingeshwara Swamy Temple – Built During 16th Century

Another very known temple of the area is The Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is also known as Ramalingeswara Swami Temple.

Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

The temple is very distinct because of the occurrence of a natural underground spring, from where water creeps into the Garbha Griha. The water automatically drops onto the place where the Lingam is installed. It is believed that Saint Parasurama lived here and did extensive meditation here. The entire Shiv Purana is written on the temple walls.

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Time Required : 4-5 Hours

Timings : Monday to Sunday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

4. Penukonda Fort

Penukonda Fort

The Penukonda Fort is one of the main attractions of Anantapur. Located at a distance of nearly 70-km from Anantapur, the fort derived its name from the word Penukonda, which literally means big hill. This historic fort was once the second capital of the Vijayanagar Empire.

Situated in Penukonda, the fort was previously known by the name Ghanagiri. After having studied the ancient inscriptions that the Penukonda Fort, archaeologists have concluded that the fort was built Vira Virupanna Udaiyar’s rule, the son of King-Bukka I of Vijayanagar. A huge idol of Lord Hanuman is placed inside the fort. 

The 11-feet tall Penukonda Fort houses multiple mosques inside among with Sher Khan Mosque is the most important one. The Gagan Mahal, a palace inside the fort, was built back in the 16th century. Another Palace, ‘Babayya Darga’ was constructed to symbolise harmony between Hindus and Muslims.

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Time Required : 1 – 2 Hours

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

5. Thimmamma Marrimanu

Thimmamma Marrimanu

Thimmamma Marriman (“Thimmamma’s Banyan Tree”) is a banyan tree in Anantapur, located about 25 kilometers from Kadiri, Andhra Pradesh, India. It is probably a specimen of Ficus benghalensis. In the Telugu language, “marri” denotes “banyan” and “manu” denotes “trunk”. Its canopy covers 19,107 m2 (4.721 acres), and it was recorded as the largest tree specimen in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989. The tree is revered by the people of Dharmic religions alike, namely, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

Legend

Pleasant View of Thimmamma Marimanu


According to a local myth, the tree is named after Thimmamma, a woman who committed sati (suicide by throwing herself on the funeral pyre of her husband’s dead body). The tree is said to have originated from one of the poles used in the funeral pyre.

Religious significance


The great banyan tree is revered by the people of Indian-origin religions such as Hinduism (including Vedic, Shaivism, Dravidian Hinduism), Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. A small temple dedicated to Thimmamma is beneath the tree. The residents of the region strongly believe that if a childless couple worships Thimmamma they will beget a child in the next year. A large jatara is conducted at Thimmamma on the day of the Shivaratri festival, when thousands flock to the tree to worship it.

Recordation

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The tree was first noticed and revealed to the world by Regret Iyer (Sathyanarayana Iyer), a freelance journalist and photographer from Bangalore, Karnataka, India, who made all efforts to have the tree recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as “World’s largest Banyan Tree” in the 1989 edition.

Thimmamma Marrimanu was discussed in the second segment of the BBC series ‘The Tree Spirits’ (29 Aug 2017).

Tips For Visiting Thimmamma Marrimanu 

Do visit the place during Shivratri as there is a great celebration over here. Since this place is a picnic spot, you need to carry enough food with you because nothing is available apart from refreshments at roadside eateries.

Beautiful Thimmamma Marimanu Tree Named After Thimmamma

How To Reach Thimmamma Marrimanu 

The place is accessible by all means of transport. This Thimmamma Marrimanu tree can be accessed by road from Anantapur which is 100 kms away. Hyderabad is 497 km from this place. The nearest airport for the visitors to come is directly in Bangalore which is 211 kms. There is a railway station at Kadiri.

6. Gooty Fort

Ruins of Gooty Fort

Situated 300 meters above the ground level, Gooty Fort is one of the oldest hill forts in the state and also the country, having witnessed centuries of different rulers, empires and regimes. The name Gooty is derived from the town’s previous original name, Gowthampuri.

Having been designated as a monument of national importance, Gooty Fort is now a famous attraction alluring visitors owing to its enchanting atmosphere filled with historic ruins and tranquil vistas.

The magnificent Gooty fort has been the stronghold of the Chalukyas, Mughals, Marathas, East India Company and also the Vijayanagara Empire before the Qutb Shahi dynasty took over. It is well mentioned as the ‘King of Forts’ according to various historical inscriptions found here.

The mammoth Gooty Hill covers a vast area is surrounded by the town on three sides and the westernmost point housing the citadel of the fort. The ruins of the fort are dotted by numerous different buildings and spaces such as granaries, bastions, gunpowder magazine, ramparts, storerooms and temples.

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History of Gooty Fort 

Scenic View of Gooty Fort Watchtower

Gooty fort possesses various damaged inscriptions that appear to be from the times of the Western Chalukya Empire, under the rule of Vikramaditya VI. The area later was taken over by the Vijayanagar empire and once was the abode of one of the most powerful Hindu rulers of all time, Krishnadevaraya. The Qutb Shahi dynasty succeeded the Vijayanagar empire and subsequently fell into the hands of the Mughals when their capital of Golconda was annexed.

In the 18th century, the Maratha general Murari Rao captured the fort area and revamped the structure to strengthen it. Hyder Ali, the then ruler of the Mysore kingdom and father of Tipu Sultan, forced Murari Rao to surrender when he ran out of water supplies. With the onset of the British invasion of India, the important fort fell into the hands of the British East India Company.

Architecture of Gooty Fort

Gooty Trek Route

Gooty fort is a mix of Hindu-Muslim architecture, structured in the shape of a shell and covering an area of approximately 20 acres. It comprises of 15 different fort buildings each with its own gateway. Built out of granite, lime and mortar, the ruined structure has withstood the test of time. The vast enclosure is a massive fort complex, housing a series of buildings ranging from granaries to bastions to magazines that have seen centuries of bombardment, sieges and wars burdened upon them.

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The ramshackle memoirs of horse and elephant stables, courtrooms, storerooms, gymnasiums etc., are still present here. The citadel of the fort is present on the westernmost hill, which now houses two buildings – a granary and a gunpowder magazine, both of which are in ruins. Just adjacent to it lies a 300-meter high cliff, with a space made out of polished limestone. The vantage point called Murari Rao’s seat provides a picturesque sight of the town below and uninterrupted views over the horizon.

There are a few temples in the Gooty Fort premises and the ruined Narasimha temple present on top of the hill is said to be the oldest temple in the complex. Numerous inscriptions have been found on the premises that date back to more than a thousand years, with Kannada and Sanskrit dialects. The inscription of the Vijayanagar king, Bukka Raya I, mentions the fort as the King of Forts. There are also evidence of rainwater harvesting being carried out in the fort enclosure!

Best Time To Visit Gooty Fort 

The fort site is visited by tourists and history enthusiasts throughout the year, but it would be inconvenient to proceed here during the summer months (between April and June) as they are sweltering hot.

Tips For Visiting Gooty Fort 

1. Visiting this fort requires physical strength as it is a walk uphill across rocky terrain.
2. Carry adequate amounts of water when travelling here.

How To Reach Gooty Fort 

Gooty is well connected by roadways to major towns nearby such as Anantapur (52 kilometres), Ballari in Karnataka (82 kilometres), Kurnool (95 kilometres). The Bangalore-Hyderabad highway (National Highway 7) connects both the major cities in the north-south direction, both the cities being equidistant at 300 kilometres. State-owned and private buses also operate from these places.

The Gooty railway junction is a major passing point for many important trains such as the Chennai Express, Rayalseema Superfast Express, Kacheguda Express, Karnataka Express etc.

7. Hanuman Statue at Mounagiri

The central monument at Mounagiri

Hanuman Statue is a recent addition to the array of tourist spots Anantapur offers is the Idol of Lord Hanuman. Built several feet high, the idol is magnificent and can be seen from several km far too. There is a temple there, for those who wish to pray.

The 37 feet tall Hanuman statue is made up of a single stone and located in the outskirts of the city. The temple was completed in the year 2010, Costing the total budget of 40 Lakhs for the Mounagiri Hanuman Statue. 

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Time Required : 3 Hours

8. Rayadurg

Temple Gopuram in Rayadurga Village

Built at the height of 2,727 feet above the sea level, Rayadurg is a town packed to the brim with monuments harbouring rich cultural heritage. Located at the Karnataka border, this small town draws tourists from all over the country.

Beyond to its majestic yet ruinous forts and temples as well as the many centres of exceptional artisanship. If you are a history lover or have been fascinated by the adventures described in Tenali Raman folklore, then you may recognize this town as a prominent seat of the ancient Vijayanagar Empire.

Yet the appeal of Rayadurg extends over to its eminence in the handloom industry, ensuring that you not only have the chance to gain a novel shopping experience but also explore historically significant sites.

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Places to See

Rayadurg is not lacking in attractions ranging from historically significant monuments to sites of religious devotion as well as uniquely local centres of culture:

1. Rayadurg Fort

Rayadurg Fort

Constructed by Junga Naik as a medieval fortress to stand guard against the rules who sought to capture Vijayanagar, Rayadurg Fort is the site that singlehandedly characterises much of the region’s tourism. In spite of its age and the unfolding of a brutal military conflict outside its walls, much of the fort has stood the test of time and is therefore perfectly intact. Its architecture is peculiar and comprised of multiple layers of access. Moreover, the fort houses countless temples where you can offer prayers to ancient variants of familiar deities. 

2. Dasabhuja Ganapathi
Erected near the Rayadurg Fort, the famous ?Dasabhuja Ganapathi? statue of the Hindu god Ganesh is a marvel to behold. Quite the feat of engineering, this monolithic shrine to the popular deity stands some four metres tall and was built depicted the ten-shouldered version of Lord Ganesha. It’s a testament to the fine artisanship of the Vijayanagar Empire and is an unmissable sight to look upon. Regardless of your faith in Hindu deities, you’d find yourself dazzled by this display of human ingenuity

3. Temples

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Rayadurg is home to countless eminent temples where devotees can offer their prayers and feel connected with their gods. These temples are not merely sites of religious worship but also testaments to the unique architecture of the Vijaynagar Empire. You can count on visiting not only the widely popular Rasa Siddha Temple with its numerous meticulous sculptures but also Narasimha Swamy Temple, Prasanna Venkateswara Temple, Elamma Temple, Venugopala Temple, Jambukeswara Temple, Kanyakaparameswari Temple and Veerabhadra Temple. Visiting these sanctums will convey a sense of majesty to you and is an experience worth having.

4. Silk Weaving Centres

SilkWeaving

Rayadurg is expansively recognised for its silk handloom industry. So if you’re in the town and find yourself not only willing to shop around these coveted silk garments but also wish to see their production, then this is your chance. You can visit any of the countless silk weaving centres or factories to watch the production process firsthand. Alongside being a fun activity in local sightseeing, a trip to the factory will also lend you a greater appreciation of the production process of your preferred handloom. Indeed, you’d also find your shopping experience more enriched from it!

Food and Shopping 

Shopping in Anantapur

Rayadurg is peppered with eateries and street shops that offer delicious local snacks at an affordable price. Carrying an air of authenticity around themselves, these eateries sell all the popular desserts of the region such as Mysore Pak and laddoos. Most of these eateries are concentrated in the main market, so make sure to stroll in the area in order to best explore!

Additionally, Rayadurg has a thriving handlooms industry where one can purchase a number of silk clothing items of their choice. Sarees tend to be especially popular with the tourists to the region. Most of these shops are also concentrated in the main market.

Accommodation 

As Rayadurg is a small hamlet, not many comfortable accommodation services are available in the region. However, most tourists visiting Rayadurg choose to lodge in Anantpur, given its proximity to the former.

Whether looking for a quality historical exploration of a ginormous medieval fortress or a veritable shopping experience, make sure to travel to Rayadurg and find yourself mesmerised by this wondrous historical and cultural site.

Best Time To Visit Rayadurg 

The best time to visit Rayadurg is within September – March. The temperature during these months remains within the comfortable range of 20 – 25 degrees. This makes for ease of commute throughout the day. The summers tend to get too warm, so it is inadvisable to choose them for visiting the town.

How To Reach Rayadurg 

Via Air: At a distance of more than 262 km, the Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore is the nearest airport to Rayadurg. To reach Rayadurg from the Bangalore Airport, one should hire a cab or take a bus in order to reach Anantapur. 

Via Rail: Rayadurg Railway Station is connected to some of the biggest cities across South India, which means that people intending to reach the place can opt for boarding a train from Bangalore or Hyderabad. The most popular train in this regard is Hospet Pass from Bangalore City Junction. 

Via Road: At a distance of 90 km from Anantpur, Rayadurg can be reached through hiring a private taxi or a bus from the city. You also have the option of renting a vehicle to drive it yourself. At a distance of 90 km from Anantpur, Rayadurg can be reached through hiring a private taxi or a bus from the city. You also have the option of a renting a vehicle for to drive it yourself.

Tips For Visiting Rayadurg 

1. The Rayadurg fort is a monument of immense historical importance, so defacing it in any manner whatsoever is a serious offence. Accordingly, discourage everyone from scribbling or marking graffiti on its walls from doing so.
2. Rayadurg is an isolated hamlet without ample dinners and restaurants, so it’s best to carry your own food.
3. Make sure to take a high-quality camera in case you’re looking to click some marvellous pictures.
4. It’s best to carry an adequate amount of cash over-relying on electronic money.
5. It’s imperative to abide by the customs and rituals of the temples you’re visiting.
6. For navigation throughout the town, it’s best practice to hire a private cab.
7. If you’re visiting a silk weaving centre, make sure not to manhandle or come into contact with any equipment.

9. Veera Bhadra Temple

Veerabhadra Temple is located in Lepakshi village, which is 15 km east of Hindupur in the Anantapur district. Dedicated to Lord Veerbhadra, the temple was built back in 16th century.

The temple has images, sculptors and pillars carved by hand. The highlight of the temple is the Statue of Nandi Bull, made from a single granite stone.

10. Anantapur Clock Tower

Anantapur Clock Tower

The Anantapur Clock Tower is the landmark of the city Anantapur. It was built during the time India got freedom, and to this day, it is well-maintained.

Charming Anantapur clock tower was inaugurated in 1947 and stand 71 m tall in the middle of the Anantapur city. You can see it both from your car and also get down to take pictures.

11. Shopping in Anantapur

Shopping in Anantapur

There aren’t many shopping opportunities in Anantapur. However, there are few Anantapur Shopping malls, and shopping places in Anantapur to have a pleasant shopping experience. Also, for shopping in Anantapurthere are few but basic provisions that can be sourced from local stores and local handicrafts in little kiosks around the city.

12. Tadipatri

Tadipatri Rameswara Swami temple

Ancient temples with relics from centuries back in await you within the temples of Tadipatri. Built during the golden years of the Vijaynagar Empire, this retreat situated on the Western side of Andhra Pradesh is guaranteed to leave any visitor enchanted.

If you’re someone fascinated with history or interested in architecture, then Tadipatri should be your holiday destination. Here, you can get a chance to glimpse at sculptures and artworks hailing all the way back from the Vijaynagar Empire. The temples here are bound to attract pilgrims in huge numbers, yet even non-believers can have a memorable experience from visiting them.

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Places to Visit in Tadipatri 

Packed to the brim with sites worth seeing, Tadipatri is a destination that always keeps you on your feet:

1. Chintala Venkataramana Temple

Chintala Venkataramana Swamy

The infamous Chintala Venkataramana Swamy temple of Tadipatri is home to the numerous, yet rare imagery of Gods and their sculptures. Walking a little further into it will reveal to you an image of Lord Vishnu with multiple arms. This image of the deity is supposed to take on the forms of many other gods, such as one set of hands showing Lord Ram with a bow and arrow, while another set of arms shows Lord Krishna with the flute he is known to play.

If you remember Garuda from the epic of Ramayana, then you will instantly recognize the significance of the shrine for this legendary bird deity. Built-in the shape of a chariot, the Chintala Venkataramana temple’s shrine is made out of granite and carved with great detail. And if by any chance you have been to Hampi before, you may find it similar to the Vittala Temple there which holds the extremely popular Garuda mandapa. Tadipatri’s own beautiful mandapa, however, leaves no match for the competition.

2. Bugga Ramalingeswara Temple

Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple

A protected heritage site from the 16th century, it is actually believed that the Bugga Ramalingeswara Temple had been constructed between the years of 1490 and 1509. It is, without any doubt, a must-visit for anyone who claims to be a lover of history. The moment you walk into the temple, you are greeted with skilfully carved sculptures, towering gopurams and musical stone pillars. Besides the grand architecture, Bugga Ramalingeswara Temple is enough to take anyone’s breath away.

Many people, tourists and locals alike, love to swim in and click pictures of the sunset upon this river. Simply a glance of the temples and gopurams is not enough. As you step closer towards them, you can see masterpieces of art on these granite structures. Sculptures of the 16th-century musicians and dancers from the Vijayanagara Dynasty leave even the most hardly-impressed of people revelling in their beauty.

3. Anantasagram

A beautiful village and Mandal located within the heart of Bathalapalli, Anantasagram is a destination which any tourist who visits it finds beautiful. If you are a nature lover, there is a huge amount of greenery and water from the riverbanks for you to enjoy here. It is a great environment if you are simply tired of the hustle and bustle of city life and want to give yourself a break from it.

If just the blissful ways of simplicity in Anantasagram don’t convince you, then perhaps a large number of temples will make you feel spiritually reconnected. It is the perfect spot to recover from hours of hectic travels and make yourself feel refreshed.

Things To Do 

1. Religious Exploration

In this town of temples from a royal era bygone, there are historical temples that you can visit. These temples display a style of architecture unique to the Vijaynagar Empire and the sculptures are of interest to artists and non-artists alike. This makes the town quite a spiritual haven.

2. Local Sightseeing and Picnic

Having toured through the magnificent temples of Tadipatri, it is natural to want to relax and unwind. The town has got you offered even in this regard! Visiting the riverbank and setting up a little picnic with your friends or family would increase your enrichment of the experience.

How To Reach Tadipatri 

Via Air: Since there are no direct flights to the town of Tadipatri, you should be taking a flight to the Hindustan Airport of Bangalore, Karnataka — the flights there travel on a regular basis. You would then be approximately 218 kilometres away from your destination. If you are travelling to the town from the Tirupati Airport located in Andhra Pradesh, you would have to cover a distance of nearly 209 kilometres to reach Tadipatri. Via Rail: It is very convenient to travel to Tadipatri by train. The railway stations in all the major cities of the country, such as Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata have trains which move on a very frequent basis towards Tadipatri. The railway stations you would have to stop at are: either Tadipatri (TU), or Jutturu (JUR).
Via Road: Tadipatri is easily reachable by transit via buses. You can hail from virtually any city of the Indian subcontinent and find a bus leading to Tadipatri, since the bus transit system is well connected. The station you would have to get off the bus at is the Tadipatri Bus Station.

Food 

In case you get peckish during your trip at Tadipatri, there are various local eateries where you can get Telugu and other South Indian cuisine and snacks at reasonable prices. In this town of ancient temples, there is a lot to explore.

Whether you have a fondness for history or a fascination with antiquarian Indian architecture or simply someone who’s looking forward to visiting some sites of wonder, you should visit Tadipatri during your vacation and gain a really memorable experience!

Tips For Visiting Tadipatri 

1. The distribution and sale of plastic bags is restricted in the town, so make sure to carry some other bags of your own to store the items that you purchase.
2. It is prohibited to litter inside the lake — since it is harmful to many of the creatures that live inside it.
3. There can be a shortage of ATMs in the town, so it would be best to carry some cash with you in advance.
4. Do not vandalise the temples or scratch and write on their walls. These are sites of heritage, and it is a dishonour to defile them.
5. Pack some light snacks and water with you in case there are no eateries in the areas you’re travelling in.

Best Time To Visit Tadipatri 

The most ideal time to travel to Tadipatri is during the season of winter, especially from the months November until February. During these months, the temperature is lower than 25 degrees and exploring the town makes for a pleasant experience. However, the heat during the summer season can be difficult to deal with, and the mercury in the area can sore up to as high as a staggering 35 degrees.

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