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Anantapur's History and Tourism

 Every city in the world tells its story. The richness of the story lies in the way the city has preserved its glorious past. Anantapur district has a beautiful history of rich religious heritage and attractive architectural temples that attract tourists, historians, nature lovers, and worshippers from all over the world. Here is a brief history of the great city of Anantapur with a description of some of the main tourist attractions.

History of Anantapur

The city of Anantapur is located in the southwestern state of Andhra Pradesh in southern India. The city is on the main road between Hyderabad, Telangana State, and Bengaluru. The name Anantapur is derived from Ananda. It was the name of the woman of the diwan who built the city.

According to the history books, the head of the Hande family received Anantapur as a gift from the king of the Vijayanagara kingdom at that time. Thereafter, the region was ruled by the Qutub Shahis, then the Moghuls, then the Nawabs belonging to Cuddapah. Eventually, the Nizams ceded control of the region to the East India Company after concluding a treaty with them.

To the south of the city is the main campus of Sri Krishnadevaraya University. Anantapur City also has other well-known colleges of science, arts, and engineering. The International Society for Krishna & Consciousness & Temple is also in Anantapur.

Anantapur City is known worldwide for the best pure handmade silk sarees. There are many silk related industries located in the area. And the majority of the local population is supported by these industries. The city of Anantapur is a major hub for the silk trade.

Tourist Attractions in Anantapur

The city of Anantapur is famous for its ancient temples and forts, exquisite silk sarees, and local cuisine. The best time to visit the area is between November and February. The main tourist attraction of Anantapur city is the Ahobilam temple. It is a beautiful temple complex, with temples of Chenchu Lakshmi Devi and Adi Lakshmi Devi inside.

Another attraction of the city is the beautiful Anantapur Iskcon Temple. The temple is built in the shape of a horse-drawn chariot, and it is only 4 km outside the city.

A must for tourists is the glorious Anantapur Clock Tower. It is the landmark of the city. The tower is high in the middle of the road. It was built during the early days of India's freedom and serves as a reminder of that time. One of the main attractions of Anantapur is Penukonda Fort. It is located about 70 km from the main city of Anantapur. The name of the fort comes from the word Penukonda, which means "rande collin".


Anantapur is a beautiful city. With its rich history and many tourist attractions, the people are friendly and helpful. It is a city that will always entertain you with its delicious local cuisine and beautiful historical monuments. It is therefore an ideal place to visit and explore.