Tourist place in Ananthapur, the name itself says… the endless ocean. Indeed it is!! Ananthapur, earlier known as Ananthasagaram, the literal translation of which is the endless ocean. one of the thirteen (13) administrative districts in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Also, the state of Andhra Pradesh is divided into two unofficial regions. One is Coastal Andhra and the other being Rayalaseema. Ananthapur district’s headquarters is located in Ananthapur City. It is the largest district in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
The Ananthapur History
From Vijayanagaras through Qutub Shahis, Mughals, Kadapa Nawabs, and Hande Chiefs till the dominion of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Though Tipu Sultan destroyed the Hande men by hanging them till death, the one and only Siddhappa escaped and reclaimed it after Tipu Sultan’s demise.
The capital of Vijayanagaras was located in Penugonda of Ananthapur District. Later during the British Rule, the Ananthapur District was formed after dissociation with Bellary and was taken over from Nizams as they entered into a treaty.
A Destination for Prehistoric Architecture
A peek into the architecture of ancient history. Forts, temples, and monuments known for the grandeur of Vijayanagar Kings. ISKCON Temple, Gooty Fort, Penukonda, and Rayadurg Forts, etc., to name a few.
The Ananthapur Culture
A city known for its tradition and culture with a lot of devotees. It is a tradition here that the devotees offer their prayers and hair (shave the heads) and fulfill their promises once their wishes come true. In short, the devotees worship and glorify the deities.
Though the dress culture has been a bit westernized, the people still wear kurta & dhoti, sarees, kurta & pajamas with a cap. A true meaning for unity in diversity.
The Ananthapur Kalyanotsavam
The literal translation means The Wedding Ceremony. The five-day grandiose, a festival of Sambhulingeswara is held and is a must watch where the devotees offer fruits, cattle, fruits, cash, etc. to the God.
The Ananthapur Locals
The benevolent locals give your tour a pleasant experience. The warm welcome and helping nature makes things easy for you. Though with a population of around 40,00,000, the literate rate around 70% (2011 census of India), which is quite higher than the national average would for sure would make you feel comfortable.
Language – Not a barrier
I would say you would be truly mistaken if you would have thought that the language would be a barrier. The people here, thought their official and native language is Telugu, people are good at understanding and speaking more languages, such as, English, Hindi, and Kannada.
The Weather Report
Surprisingly, for a city like Ananthapur, whose average annual rainfall is less than 600 mm, the breeze and winds inside the monuments and temples makes you feel comfortable to explore the architecture.
Food is not at all a problem throughout your trip. There are plenty of options to choose from. Even if you want to try multiple cuisines, everything is located in very short distances. The primary staple food is Rice; however, you would be amazed by the idli & dosa with a combination of chutney. The all time favorite food is Oligalu (kind of a stuffed sweet pancake).
Top 10 Tourist place in Ananthapur
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The Gooty Fort
The Gooty Fort, one of the oldest of its kind, a hill fort, with 15 small forts with various gateways. An union of Hindu-Islamic culture & architecture, stands as a testimony of ancient battles. The sunset view of the town from the top of fort leaves you awe-struck, a spectacular landscape.
The second capital during the time of Vijayanagar Kingdom, Penukonda Fort is a major tourist attraction. The meaning of Penukonda is big hill.
To name a few, Chintala Venkataramana Swamy Temple, Tadipatri. Built around 16th during the reign of Vijayanagar Kingdom. Widespread around 5 acres with spectacular art work of Silpa Sastra.
Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple, Tadipatri. The name itself says, bugga, means water stream. Lord Shiva as deity in the form of Ramalingeswara Swamy, was built in around 16th century too.
Kadiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple. Lord Narasimha, as the meaning says, man in the form a lion, one of the 10 avatars of the Lord Vishnu, believed to be built in 13th century.