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.