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Anantapur District is named after its major town Anantapur. It is the largest district of Andhra Pradesh spanning an area of 19,130 square kilometers. It is bounded on the north by Kurnool District, on the east by Kadapa District, on the southeast by Chittoor District, and on the southwest and west by Karnataka state. Anantapur connects Hyderabad and Bangalore through National Highway-7.

 
 

 
The following are the Geographical and commercial details of Anantapur Circle :
 

         
  SNO DETAILS  
  1 Area in Sq. KM 19130  
  2 No. of Domestic Services 819043  
  3 No. of Non Domestic & Commercial Services 73822  
  4 No. of LT Industrial Services 5197  
  5 No. of Cottage Industries and Dhobighats Services 3160  
  6 No. of Agricultural Services 198703  
  7 No. of P W S & Street Light Services 9223  
  8 No. of General Purpose  Services 5507  
  9 No. of Temporary Services 13  
  10 No. of LT Services 1114668  
  11 No. of HT Services 367  
  12 No. of 220 KV Substations 6  
  13 No. of 132 KV Substations 11  
  14 No. of 33/11 KV Substations 239  
  15 No. of Distribution Transformers 69072  
  16 No. of 11 KV Feeders 829  
  17 No. of 33 KV Feeders 103  
  18 No. of Divisions 5  
  19 No. of Sub-Divisions 21  
  20 No. of Sections 81  
  21 No. of ERO s / SUB-ERO s 17  
         

 
 

IMPORTANT PLACES

Puttaparthi : Puttaparthi, now popularly known as Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of Supreme Peace, is the home town of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba and it is about 40 km away from Dharmavaram, 80 km from Anantapur and 200 km from Bangalore. World renowned and worshipped by His devotees all over the globe as God Incarnate, Sri Sathya Sai Baba has shown humanity a new way of life and through His simple teachings transformed millions of His devotees' lives. It indeed needs a divine intervention for someone to achieve the accomplishments of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of supreme peace, is a place every human being should visit in his lifetime to experience for oneself what selfless and pure love can achieve.

Penna Ahobilam : Penna Ahobilam is renowned for its Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple. This shrine was constructed on the footprints of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy that measured 5 ft 3 inches. The shrine also serves as the prominent venue for marriage ceremonies.

Dharmavaram : Dharmavaram is located at a distance of 46 km from Ananthapur and 200 KM from Bangalore. Dharmavaram is famous for the temple of Sri Lakshmi Chennakesava Swamy.Dharmavaram is also known for its cotton and silk weaving industry. Dharmavaram silk sarees are well known all over the country. Leather puppets are also made in the vicinity. It is famous for silk sarees and has a great past. Thousands of families depend on the silk industry, for which Dharmavaram attained fame. There are more than a thousand shops in the town, which sell silk sarees. Nearly 30 silk Cooperative societies help those engaged in the trade.

Gooty : Gooty is located at a distance of 52 km from Ananthapur on the Kurnool-Bangalore trunk road. It is one of the oldest hill forts of Andhra Pradesh. This place is well connected by rail and road from Ananthapur. Gooty fort is situated at a height of 300 meters above the plains in Gooty. The fort was built by the emperors of the Vijayanagara Kingdom. The fort was built in the shape of a shell and has 15 forts with 15 main doors (mukahdwarulu) inside the structure.

Lepakshi : It is the most important place in the Anantapur District from the historical and archaeological point of view. Lepakshi is situated at a distance 110 km from Ananthapur. Lepakshi is well connected by road with frequent bus and private transport facilities from Hindupur at the distance of 15 KM. The nearest railhead is at Hindupur. The Skandhapuranam refers to Lepakshi as one of the 108 Saiva temples in India.

Yadiki : Yadiki is midway between Gooty and Tadipatri. The cave system is in the picturesque village of Konapulappadu which is 18 kms. From Yadiki. The magnificent view of the hillocks, gorges, spring, paddy fields, lake and winding roads enthralls every visitor.Geemanugavi cave is 5kms. In length and one can go up to 2kms. Inside. The intricate designs of Stalactite and stalagmite formations take shape of chandeliers, bridges, globes, snakes etc. The sight of some, which glitters like diamonds is amazing. Uudamanugavi, another cave can accommodate 100 people.

Rivers : The important river in the District is Pennar. It has its origin in the Nandi Hills of Karnataka State where it is called UTTARA PINAKINI" and enters this District in the extreme South of Hindupur Mandal and flows through Parigi, Roddam, Ramagiri, Kambadur, Kalyandurg, Beluguppa, Uravakonda,Vajrakarur,Pamidi, Peddavadugur, Peddapappur and Tadipatri Mandals and finally enters Cuddapah District.

District Climate : The normal daily maximum temperature ranges between 29.1 C to 40.3 C. November, December and January are cooler months when the temperature falls about 15.7 C, Hindupur, Parigi, Lepakshi, Chilamathur, Agali, Rolla and Madakasira Mandals being at High Elevation are more cooler than the rest of the Mandals in the District.