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    Best time to Visit Anantapur: Jan,Feb,dec

    Category : History/heritage: History & Heritage

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Description

    Anantapur also known as Anantapuram was an important center during the Vijaynagar period. It is the largest district in the Andhra Pradesh state and has many intresting places nearby. It is home to many ancient temples, monuments and forts.

    Penukonda in Ananthapur district was the capital was Vijayanagaras after the fall of Hampi. Thus many historic structure can be seen around this area.


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    Penukonda Fort

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    Penukonda is a temple village, with 365 temples dedicated just to Lord Hanuman. The main attraction of the place is Penukonda Fort. The fort is architectural brilliance with stunning sculptures. Built on a gigantic hill, this huge and imposing fort offers a spectacular view of the town below. The two famous attractions here are Gagan Mahal Palace and Babayya Darga. There are many intresting mosques and temples inside the fort. The word Penukonda, literally means big hill. It has served as the 2nd capital of Vijayanagar Kingdom after the fall of Hampi. The fort is in good condition. One has to trek for about 20 minutes (one way) to reach the fort. It usually takes about 2 hours to explore the fort. Penukonda is located at a distance of 75 kms from Anantapur.
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      Dharmavaram

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      Dharmavaram is weaving city. It attracts tourists from all over the world for its uniquely weaved cotton and silk sarees. The place is also famous for its beautiful Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy and Ramalingeswara Temple. These temples are architectural splendor. The pillars of Ramalingeswara Temple are noteworthy, as they produce musical notes when you strike them gently. Dharmavaram is located at a distance of 41 kms from Anantapur.
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        Gooty Fort

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        Gooty Fort is an 7th century fort. Built in the shape of a shell, this fort actually comprises of 15 small forts with different gateways. The out wall with bastions connects all the gateways of smaller forts. It is refered as ‘King of Forts’. The fort is situated at an altitude of 300 meters and provides panoramic view of the surrounding. Gooty fort is located at a distance of 52 kms from Anantapur.
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          Tadipatri

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          Tadipatri is famous for 2 important temples - Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple and Sri Chintala Venkataramana Swamy Temple. Both of these temples are finely carved. Chintala Venkataramana Swamy Temple is a 16th century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is built in the similar architectural manner as Vittala Temple of Hampi. The temple complex is spread across 5 acres of land and filled with carvings of Ramayana, Mahabharata stories. The temple complex has a secret underground passage which believed to be leading to Gooty Fort. The Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple, derives its name from the underground stream that flows through the temple sanctum, where the Shiv linga is placed. Tadipatri is located at a distance of 56 kms from Anantapur.
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            Aluru kona

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            Aluru Kona is a small village, located at a distance of 70 kms from Anantapur. It is famous for its hilltop Ranganathaswamy Temple and scenic waterfall.
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              Rayadurg Fort / Raidurga Fort

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              Raidurga Fort is an ancient fort, which is currently in ruins. One can still explore the splendid architecture of this ancient fort, which houses many famous temples. According to the history, Rayadurgam Fort was built by Junga Nayaka, a chieftain of Vijayanagar Kings. This fort has witnessed and withstood many battles. The fort comprises of several layers of inner forts that made attackers difficult to access. In the middle of the fort hill, there are four caves with few good carvings. Some of the famous temples in the fort include temples for Hanuman, Narasimhan and Jambukeswara. Rayadurga is located at a distance of 98 kms from Anantapur.
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                Thimmamma Marrimanu

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                Thimmamma Marrimanu is a big banyan tree, whose branches spread across 5 acres of land. The tree is more than 550 years old and has about 1100 roots. It is located at a distance of 118 kms from Anantapur.
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                  Lepakshi

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                  Lepakshi is a historically and archeologically significant village, famous for its mysterious hanging pillar in the 16th century Veerabhadra Temple and the giant monolithic Nandi. Lepakshi is located at a distance of 125 kms from Anantapur.
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                    Hemavathi

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                    Hemavathi is another historic place near Anantapur. There are many temples around Hemavathi fort which possess wonderful architecture. Some of the famous temples are Siddeswara Temple, Doddeshwara Temple, Virupaksheswara Temple and Malleswara Temple. The temple complex is spread over an area of around 15 acres. The unique feature of Doddeswara Swamy temple is that the stone used in making the idols are polished like metal and also make a sound of metal when struck. Hemavathi is located at a distance of 154 kms from Anantapur.
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                      By Air
                      Bangalore airport is the nearest airport, located 198 km from Anantapur.

                      By Train
                      Anantapur railway station has good rail connectivity.

                      By Road

                      Anantapur has good road connectivity. There are frequent buses from neighbouring cities.