Anantapur Tourism

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Sai Madhukar aj

Sai Madhukar ajratingratingratingratingrating5.0/5

3 reviewsPosted 4 years ago

Excellent town

Anantapur is a quaint town in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
It was built by Chilkkavodeya, the minister of Vijayanagar ruler Bukka-I. It is believed that the town was named Anaantasagaram after Bukka's queen. The town was ruled by the Hande family that belonged to the Balija Naidu Community for the longest time. Subsequently, it came under the Qutubs, the Shaks, the Saiyads, the Mughals, the Nawabs of Cuddapah, and Hyder Ali-Tipu Sultan. Finally, it passed into British hands. Today, Anantapur is a financial and industrial . It is home to Saptagiri Camphor, the largest camphor factory in India and several other companies like Siflon Drugs, MG Metallics and Springs and so on. It is also a hub for trading in jewelry.

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Sham Prakash

Sham Prakashratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

2 reviewsPosted November 2012

Ooty - Coonoor- Pykara

I visited Ooty - Coonoor - Pykara on my honeymoon. I loved all the 3 places. The weather, the people, the morning fog stays till 11 AM, that was fascinating.
Though this place is commercialized now, you can still feel the chilled climate in this hill station and also enjoy the scenery of tea plantations spread across many acres.

Filmi Chakkar - Ya, its the name of a place. A famous spot for the Indian movie shoots. Its nothing but a long stretch of grassland. Nice view and must be visited. But its a little hilly place so be ready to walk a bit! Coonoor tea estate and tea factory - Again a must visit place. I really liked to see how tea is prepared in a small factory. We could see the entire processing unit. Had a nice time.

Pykara Lake and boating - Beautiful scenery all around the lake. Amazing view and can be visited while on the way to Ooty town from Bangalore.
Other attractions of the city are the Summer Flower Festival held at the Botanical Garden and Tea and Tourism festival. Make sure to add this to your itenarary when you visit.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sight seeing:
Doddabetta Peak:
As already mentioned, Ooty is surrounded by thick Nilgiri forest. To get a better picture of this, you need to go to the highest mountain peak of nilgiri – ‘Dodabetta’ (meaning: Big mountain). This is at an altitude of 8652 feet. When you reach this place, you will be mesmerized by the view of the Nilgiri

hills. It will be great if you happen to be here during sunrise or sunset.

Botanical gardens:
Ooty Botanical Garden was built in 1847 Coimbatore district collector, John Sullivan . This beautiful and well maintained garden has different species of flowers to offer you. You need a lot of energy to go around this 50 acres garden or else you can just relax on the vast green lawn.

We were luck to visit the garden just after the Summer Festivals held in May. We could see a variety of flowers displayed and it was a visual treat to us.

The song form Maine Pyar Kiya ‘‘Dil diwana... bin sajna’’ made the artificial ‘Ooty lake’ as the honeymooners favorite spot. Experience this romantic boat ride in amidst cool breezes and a beautiful landscape.

If you think Ooty is beautiful, then you will have to visit Conoor to experience more. Conoor is about 19 kms from Ooty and this is a place to visit because of its picture perfect scenery.

The best way to enjoy the beauty of the beautiful valley is to travel through the toy train from Ooty to Conoor. You will be spell bound by the view that unfolds during this journey. But remember to book your ticket in advance if you want to avoid standing in a long queue.

Dolphin’s nose
This is a peak that resembles a Dolphins nose, and is another view point in ooty. Thick fog blocked the view for us, so just came back seeing the thick fog covered all over the place.

SIMS Park :
Another park with lovely landscape. A walk around this park holding your partners hand will make this trip a memorable one.

Tea Factory:
Visiting High Field tea factory will give you gyaan of how the green tea leaves turn into the dark brown tea powder. The Step-by-step explanation is worth listening.

South Indian food:
Hungry? Then go for the authentic south Indian food. Try out the tasty South Indian thali at the famous Saravanas. Idli and dosas with tasty samabar and chutney are also available here for you to taste. Also heard a lot about Hotel Nahar’s, you can try out this too.

Tea and coffee:
Ooty is surrounded by tea plantation. For tea lovers you have a variety of flavors like lemon, masala, clove, cinnamon , classic leaf etc. Try out the chocolate and masala tea, they are awesome. (at high field tea estate ).

Another attraction of ooty is the home made chocolates. You will love the taste…yummie… You get these yummy chocolates in different flavors like Fruit n nut, rum n raisin, cashew. You can buy these from Temptation. If you visit the government tea factory, you have another chocolate store there which is a total scam. The packets don’t contain the chocolates that you asked for!

Nilgiri hills is home for many herbal and medicinal trees.

· eucalyptus oil – for cold

· camphor oil – for pain relief

You can shop for these at horticultural shops and government vending points at Botanical gardens.

Woolen clothes: Ooty is a place to visit in all the seasons, but it can get chilly for people not used to the cold weather. If you have not got any warm clothing, no need to worry. You can buy woolen clothing at an affordable price.

You can buy woolen caps and scarves at the lakeside. Its fixed price so no point bargaining.

Activities & things to do: ,

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: I would advise to go in colder seasons as it is non-seasonal time for the city and the expenses will be less too. Take a Volvo bus or a train. You will just enjoy it as it is getting darker, the fog covers the entire city and it is fascinating to watch that site.

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Anantapur Overview

The district of Anantapur is located in the western part of Andhra Pradesh. This region is also known by the name of Anantapuram and was earlier known as ‘Anantasagaram’, which means an ‘endless ocean’. It got this name because of the huge tank present at the centre.

The district covers a land area of 19, 130 square km, which also makes it the largest district in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Anantapur is surrounded by Kurnool on the northern side, while on the eastern part are Cuddapah and Chittoor both. On the south-western part, it is bordered by Karnataka.

The region of Anantapur is a blend of modernisation and preserved ancient history in the form of ancient forts and pilgrimage spots. Anantapur is known for its silk industries and modern mills. Apart from the modern silk industries, handicrafts are a major source of revenue. There are many agro-based industries in Anantapur that deal in rice, jowar, cotton, chillies and sugarcane.

The minister of Bukka-I, Chilkavodeya, constructed both the villages of Bukkarayasamundaram and Anantasagaram. The region of Anantapur came under the rule of Tipu Sultan, who assassinated all the male members of the Siddappa family except the head who escaped. This region later on was handed off to the Nizam and later on to the British Empire after the Nizam left.

There are several villages in Anantapur where annual fairs and weekly festivals are held. All these festivals and fares are held at the religious centres of the villages especially temples. Most of the festivals are visited by devotees in large groups. The popular festivals and fairs celebrated here are Durgamma Festival, Sambhulingeswara Kalyanotsavam and Kotappakonda Temple Fair.

Some of the well known places in Anantapur include Puttarparthi, which is considered the place of reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. Thimmamma Marimanu is also one of the popular places visited by tourists throughout the year. The speciality of this place is the 500-year-old huge banyan tree that has a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. Penna Ahobilam, located near Anantapur, is known for the Lord Narasimha Swamy Temple. The other places of tourist interest include Ravadurg Gooty and the Penukonda Fort.