Lepakshi is a small village located in the Anantapur District, in Andhra Pradesh which is around 135 KM from Bangalore. In fact, it is very near to Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh border. The most preferred and also the best route to take is NH7, Bangalore-Hyderabad highway.
After crossing the Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border keep looking for APTDC restaurant and sign board directing towards Lepakshi. You can find these around at a distance of 3-4 Km from the border point. From there you should take a left turn which goes to Lepakshi. Starting here temple will be of around 18 KM. Alternatively, one can take a bus or a train to Hindupur and then travel to Lepakshi which is 14 km away from Hindupur.
The historic town of Lepakshi has been connected with an occurring of the Indian epic of Ramayana. According to the Valmiki's Ramayana, when Ram accompanied by Hanuman, met the dying Jatayu, they helped him attain moksha by uttering the words "Le Pakshi," which means "Rise, bird". Hence the name, Lepakshi.
Attractions of Lepakshi Temple
1. Basavanna Temple
1 KM before the temple there is an enormous Nandi statue, real fascination of Lepakshi. As said, it is the biggest Nandi statue in India. A very nice park is built up around this statue and is very well maintained. At 27ft long and 15ft in stature, it is a rock structure, supposedly India's greatest solid Nandi. Its grand size and the perfectly proportioned body make it a popular photo-op with visitors. The whole area has been developed in the form of a park, around this Nandi.