Anantapur at a glance
Coordinates : 14.68 N, 77.599 E
State : Andhra Pradesh
Anantapur glows with Indian History and other things that make India one of the greatest countries in the world. This place is very rich in several aspects like culture, arts, mineral wealth, horticulture, etc. With the government of Andhra Pradesh rapidly promoting tourism in the state, a weekend trip to this city of great cultural importance will surely enlighten you.
Things to do in Anantapur
Anantapur Clock Tower :
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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 stands tall. The clock tower is in the middle of the road.
Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple :
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Another popular temple of this area is the Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is also known as Ramalingeswara Swami Temple. This shiva shrine is built in all architectural splendour during the Saluva rule of Vijayanagara Kingdom. The temple was estimated to had been constructed between 1490 and 1509. There is an interesting story associated with the Shiv Ling here. Present day temple is the renovated one by British. This place is a muust visit zone in Anantapur.
Hanuman Statue at Mounagiri :
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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 kms far too. There is a temple there, for those who wish to pray.
Iskcon Temple :
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Like all other Iskcon Temples (honour of Lord Krishna) 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 in front of the temple.
Penukonda Fort :
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The Penukonda Fort is one of the main attractions of Anantapur. Located at a distance of nearly 70-kms from Anantapur, the fort derived its name from the word Penukonda, which literally means big hill. The structure of the fort shows the splendid sculptural beauty and skilled workmanship of ancient times. According to the history, the Penukonda fort was the capital of Vijayanagara Empire for a short period and it is almost inaccessible to the enemies.
Ravadurg Gooty Fort :
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At a distance of around 50 kms from Anantapur, the Ravadurg Gooty Fort is one of the oldest hill forts of Andhra Pradesh. The fort structure replicates a shell. The fort is full of inscribed walls, pillars and doors. The fort offers a striking view of the town below and is believed to be built earlier than 7th century AD.
Shopping in Anantapur
A few shopping malls are present, but the local goods like the famous Lepakshi handicrafts, scultures, toys handlooms etc are available exclusively here.
Veera Bhadra Temple :
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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. It is an example of the Vijayanagar architectural style. Points of interest in the temple include a rock chain, Vastu Purush, the Padmini race lady, the hanging pillar etcetera. The paintings on the roof are made with natural pigments.
What to eat in Anantapur : Local Food and Cuisine
Anantapur (Anantapuram) is famous when it comes to food. There are various options available for people to choose from. Also a lot of these restaurants are located around the clock tower.Anantapur serves you with their large platter of spicy and tangy snacks. Attirasalu is a fried rice based vada with jaggery. It is a famous street food of this region. Masala Borugulu, on the other hand, is made of wet rice flour mixed with green chilies and fried in deep oil. Then there is Pakam Undalu made of ground flour and steamed rice mix. Panasa Puttu Koora (made from jack fruit husk), Chicken curry, Shikampuri mutton kebeb are few of the many local dishes.