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Location : Andhra Pradesh
Languages : Telugu, English
Temperature Range : Summer temperature is between 30 and 40 degree Celsius while in winter, it remains between 20 and 27 degree Celsius
Major Attractions : ISKCON Temple, Anantasagaram Tank
Best Visiting Time : Months between September and February
The district of Anantapur is stretched over an area of about 19130 square kilometers. It has earned the distinction of being the largest one in the entire state of Andhra Pradesh. The presence of a massive tank has resulted in it being called "Anantasagaram" or "endless ocean". It is flanked by the districts of Kurnool, Chittor, and Cuddapah and is an amalgamation of both ancient as well as modern cultures.
At Anantapur, archeologists have succeeded in finding the evidences of prehistory. Under the patronage of Chilkkavodeya, the villages like Bukkaarayasamudram and Ananthasagaram were founded. The control over the place got shifted from one empire to the other. Qutub, Saiyad, and Mughal dynasties rules here from time to time. The mighty rulers of Karnataka Haider Ali and his son Tipu Sultan also annexed the power. Later, it came under the control of British Empire.
Anantasagaram Tank : 2511 acres is the area the upto which this tank is stretched. While a portion of the tank lies in Anantapur, the other half is a part of Bukkarayasamudram.
Clock Tower : This place is present within the center of the town and was constructed during pre-independence era.
Lepakshi Temple : A storehouse of mural paintings belonging to the rulers of Vijaynagar are the main attraction of this place. Here, three shrines are present and are dedicated to Hindu gods.
Thimmamaarri manu : This place of Anantapur is famous for the presence of world's biggest banyan tree; its canopy occupies an area of about 5 acres. It is the huge structure of the tree that has earned it a mention in Guinness Book of World Records.
ISKCON Temple : It is a Krishna temple that is constructed on the banks of Godavari River. Also called by the name Gowthami Ghat, the place is also a major recreational center of the entire population. The place is center of spirituality to the devotees belonging to South India.
Ganesh Park : It is a congregation of temples that are present near the bank of the tank Ananthsagar.
Festivals : Many festivals are celebrated here and are visited in large number. Among the major festivities that form part of the culture of this place include Kotappakonda Temple Festival, Sambhulingeswara Kalyanotsavam, and Durgamma Festival.
As there are numerous attractions that are present here, a number of hotels have been opened to cater to the needs of the customers.
Light cotton cloths are preferable if you are arriving in summer season. In winters, light woolens would be sufficient.
Cities Nearby :
Puttaparthi (150 kilometers), Bangalore (152 kilometers), Lepakshi (15 kilometers)
A visit to Anantapur and the nearby areas gives you an opportunity to explore many tourist places and you can have a different experience altogether.