Trips and Itineraries for Anantapur
Historic trail - Hampi, Gandikota
Lepakshi - A Hidden Gem In Anantpur
Top Places To Visit in Anantapur 14 Spots
Belum Caves, with the initiative of the APTDC, has developed into a full tourist centre attracting a number of visitors all year through. In fact, APTDC has won the prestigious “National Tourism Award” from the Government of India during the year 2003 for its upkeep and promotion of Belum Caves.The various sections inside the Caves are called Pillidwaram, Kotilingala, Patalaganga, Saptaswarala Guha and Dhyan Mandir.It sweats a lot inside, and if you still are the curious sort for detail, you can stay at each section to know about the various aspects of these limestone caves, and why each section is named differently.I always wonder why the sages always sought caves for their penance. May be because, it offers them privacy, and helps them indulge in their penance without any worldly distractions. Cave is the womb of the mother Nature.Pillidwaram: Which, in Telugu means, Cat’s Entrance. It is a natural arch of Stalactites.Kotilingala Chambers: The formations inside this section are thousands of formations in the shape of shiva lingas, hence the name Kotilingala.Patalaganga: There is a stream which flows from the southwest and disappears into the earth. Hence the name, Patalaganga.Saptaswarala Guha: In this chamber, the stalactite formations reproduce musical notes when struck with a wooden stick.Dhyan Mandir: In fact, the formations inside are in the shape of a bed with a pillow to recline upon. It is believed that many Buddhist Monks lived here many years ago to do their penance.Thousand Hoods: The formations inside this section are in the shape of thousand of hoods of a cobra.A quote of Joseph Campbell, “The Cave you fear to Enter, Always holds the Treasure you Seek”Cover Picture Credits: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belum_Caves
Weekend Getaways from Anantapur
191 Kms from Anantapur
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,October,November,December
Bangalore or Bengaluru, also known as the Silicon valley of India, will greet you with dreamy weather, Carnatic fusion melodies, a signature breakfast of masala dosa and filter coffee, and notorious traffic. Bangalore serves as a comfortable cohabitation of tradition and modernisation that can be seen throughout the places to visit in the city, with throngs of vibrant Kannada temples coexisting with budding start-ups. Travel to Bangalore city for the lively cafes, quirky shops and a fascinating contemporary culture. Visit classic attractions such as the Bangalore castle known for its Tudor-style architecture and Tipu Sultan’s summer palace that dates back to the 17th century. To get your art fix in Bengaluru, you could head to the fascinating Venkatappa Art Gallery. One of the more popular things to do in Bangalore city is to take a walk through the green spaces of the 19th century old Cubbon Park, that were once the reason why Bangalore was known as the Garden City. Bengaluru’s Vidhana Soudha, the Neo-Dravidian granite palace is also must visit places for the architecture aficionados. Tourists can head to Bengaluru’s much revered Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR), for authentic south Indian food and Toit’s, the brick-walled microbrewery for a cold beer.
Lepakshi is located in Mandal, a small village in Anantpur district, which is 120 kms from Bangalore and 15 kms from Hindupur. When one travels from Bangalore, except the last 20 kms into the village, the remaining roads are tolled highways and it takes around 2.5-3hrs to reach Lepakshi from Bangalore city.Local Legend There are two interesting myths associated with Lepakshi’s origin. This place has a significant role in one of the great Indian epics Ramayana. It is said that the bird Jatayu, was wounded by the King of Lanka, during Jayatu’s futile attempt to save Sita from Ravana. As the result of the battle, Jatayu’s wings fell off on the rocks here. When Rama reached the spot, he saw the suffering bird and said affectionately, “Le Pakshi” (meaning “Arise, bird”) in Telugu.