Anantapur is a district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the biggest district in Andhra Pradesh. This is the part of Rayalaseema Region. Earlier name of this place is Anantasagaram which means Endless Ocean. This name is named after a huge tank present at the centre. On the north side of the district Kurnool is located, on the eastern side Cuddapah and Chittoor districts, on the South western part it is bordered by Karnataka. Several ancient forts are located here. Major source of revenue of this district is handicrafts and silk industries. Plenty of agro based industries are also located here.
What to see in Anantapur:
Penna Ahobilam: This place is famous for Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple. Within the temple complex visitors can see Chenchu Lakshmi Devi Temple, Adi Lakshmi Devi Temple.
Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple: Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the name of Ramalingeswara Swamy. Architecture of this temple is so attractive. Underground stream of water present in the grabha griha. Earlier at this place, Sage Parasurama performed meditation. Visitors can see Shiva Puranam at the walls of the temple. Some episodes of Mahabharata and Ramayana can also be seen here.
Veerabhadra Temple: It is located in Lepakshi Village. Vijayanagara Architectural style can be seen on the temple. It was constructed in 16th century. Lord Veerabhadra is worshipped here. Attractions of this temple are life size images of musicians and dancers, Sculptures, Granite statue of Nandi Bull.
Thimmamma Marrimanu: This place is famous for banyan tree. In 1989, it was entered into Guinness Book of World Records as biggest tree. People who come to this place will be blessed with child.
Iskon Temple: ISKON had constructed Radha Parthasarathi Temple in Somaladoddi village in Anantapur. One of the interesting things at this place is temple looks in pink colour during the day time and looks like golden shade during the night time.
Raidurga Fort: This fort is famous for Kanyakaparameswari Temple, veerabhadra Temple, Jambukeswara, Venugopala , Prasanna Venkateswara Temples.
Anantapur Clock Tower: It was built during independence period. This is the landmark of Anantapur city.
Sri Kadiri Lakshmi Narayana Temple: Lord Narasimha Swamy is worshipped here. He is one of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
Anantasagaram: It is the oldest and largest reservoir in this district.
Ravadurg Gooty Fort: It is in the shape of the shell. This fort consists of 15 small forts. Fort is dates back to 7th century.
Puttaparthi: It was the residence place of Sathya Sai Baba, notable spiritual teacher.
What to see around Anantapur:
Penukonda Fort: It is located 70kms away from Anantapur. This was constructed during the reign of Vira Virupanna Udaiyar. He was the son of King Bukka I of Vijayanagar. Major attractions of this fort are Vijayanagara Architecture style, Huge Idol of Hanuman, yerramanchi gate.
Srikalahasti: Srikalahasti Attractions are Srikalahasti Temple, Bhaktha Kannappa Temple, Durgambika Temple, Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple, Bharadwaja Tirtham.
Getting to Anantapur: Anantapur is well connected with road and railways. From Bangalore, Secunderabad, Mumbai, Coimbatore, etc trains come to this place. From Gurgaon, Raipur, Delhi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam etc buses come to this place. Nearest airport is located at Bangalore. In Puttaparthi place airport is situated. This is the domestic airport. Flights from Mumbai and Chennai come to this place.
Getting around Anantapur: Buses, Taxis, Autos, Trains are available to visit the surrounding places of Anantapur.
Best time to visit Anantapur: Best time to visit this place is between February to December.
Where to stay in Anantapur: Plenty of accommodations including luxury hotels are available at this place. Best hotels at this place are Sapthagri Hotel, Sampoorna Hotel, Swagath Hotel.
Where to eat in Anantapur: Several restaurants are available here. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian food is available here.