Anantapur Tourist Places in Andhra Pradesh India

Inscriptions reveal that this region was once a part of the Mauryan empire in the 3rd century B.C. Pallegars ruled over this country and later the Chalukyan Emperor Vikrmaditya ruled over the area. After the Rashtrakutas, Gangas and Cholas, it passed hands to the Mughals and finally to the Nizam.  There are many interesting places in this region.

Places to Visit in Anantapur

Dharmavaram

Dharmavaram is about 42 km. from Anantapur. It is situated on the main railway line, Kriyashakthi Udeyar who fortified and built the town on the edge of a beautiful and vast tank by erecting a dam across river Chitravati founded it. The place has become famous for manufacture of silk sarees and cotton cloth, which has a market all over the South.

Gooty

Gooty is about 54km from Anantapur and 28km from Guntakal.  The place is of historical importance and the fortress is of tourist interest.  A roughly circular and steep bare rocky hill, each connected with the next by lower spurs encloses a considerable area of level ground.  On the top of the hill are several monuments associated with the Mahratta chief Morari Rao.

Kadiri

Kadiri is about 92km from Ananthapur. An important religious place having the famous temple of Narasimha built by Ranga Nayadu, a local chieftain. The temple has a huge corridor and several Mandapams, which are full of excellent sculpture.

Lepakshi

Lepakshi is about 119km from Anantapur and 9km from Hindupur.  The famous Veerabhadra temple and Durga temple built in Vijayanagar style are very interesting.  Some of the finest sculpture and paintings can be seen in the halls of these temples.  The unfinished Kalyana mandapa has 38 pillars having superb sculptural images on them.  On the southern side of the shrine is a huge Nagalinga standing on a granite block shrouded by a seven headed Cobra magnificently carved out of a huge boulder.  The monolith Nandi near the temple is 5m high and 8m long with remarkable features of art decoration.  it is said to be the largest of its kind in the country.

Penukonda

Penukonda is about 77km from Anantapur and 40km from Hindupur.  A fortified old town of historical interest.  Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar is believed to have lived here in the old palace.  Gangan Mahal is a handsome two storeyed structure, which is built in the Indi-Muslim style of architecture.

Puttaparthi

Puttaparthi is about 50km from Anantapur or 250km from Bangalore. Once a sparsely populated village, it has shot into national and international fame due to the presence of Bhagavan Satya Sai Baba. Domestic and foreign devotees visit this place seeking spiritual solace. Prashanti Nilayam is the abode of Baba and the main building in this place.  There are several other buildings housing the educational institutions, hundreds of cottage and rest house for the visitors.  One of the biggest hospitals with all the modern facilities has come into existence in this place.  An airstrip and railway line connects it.  Several buses operate regularly to this place from almost all the important cities of the country.

Tadipatri

Tadipatri is about 42km from Anantapur.  Two ancient temples, the Chintala Venkataramana and Bugga Ramaligeshwra are of architectural interest in this place. Apart from the fine sculpture, one of the temples has the stone chariot hewn out of a solid boulder with four wheels.  It is a splendid specimen of art.  The first rays of the Sun pall through the chariot and reach the feet of the presiding deity in the shine. A little away from the town is the Alur Kona waterfalls which is a popular place of picnic with natural surroundings.