Anantapur is a city (population: 466,359) and a municipal corporation in Anantapur district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the headquarters of the Anantapur District, and is the second largest district in India after Ladakh (district in the state of Kashmir). Anantapur is the hometown of former President of the Republic of India, Shri Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy.
Anantapuram is located at 14.68° N 77.6° E. It has an average elevation of 335 metres (1099 feet).
The city of Anantapuram has a population of 360,951 (agglomeration 466,359) as per the 2006 census. It is a fast growing city that has been upgraded to a city with population of around 5 Lakhs (=500,000).Now it is a corporation,In Anantapur so many tourism places r there to see,from this places famous persons are oriented.among these Bagavan Satya Sai Baba is there,he born in Anantapur Dist near puttaparthy,and he studied in uravakonda in Anantapur (dist).
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Anantapuram is an important education center. Hereunder are some of educational institutions in and around the city:
Sri Krishnadevaraya University
JNTU Engineering College
Govt Arts College (Autonomous)
SSBN PG College
Government Medical College
Kasturba College of Physiotheraphy
Ragavendra college of Pharmacy
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Police Training College
Govt Polytechnic College
Government Arts College Anantapuram, established in the year 1916, is affectionately known as The Grand Old Lady of Rayalaseema. The college is the biggest in four Rayalaseema districts and second biggest in the State in terms of student-intake and infrastructure. This is where India’s former President, Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, served as lecturer and another, Dr. Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy was a student. Sri Damodaram Sajeevaiah and Kotla Vijayabhaskar Reddy, former Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, also were students of the college. The college boasts a long list of high profile alumni, including, Dr U.R. Rao, former Chairman, ISRO and Y. Venugopala Reddy, the present Governor of Reserve Bank of India.
Anantapur has many sports facilities and has played host to Irani cup in 1963-64 when Rest of India scored their lowest total of 83 against the then Ranji trophy winners Bombay played at Sanjeeva Reddy stadium. Several Ranji trophy matches and other regional tournamants for basketball, bll badminton, etc. have been hosted in Anantapur. Hereunder are some notable sports facilities:
RDT (Rural Development Trust) developed RDT Sports center Stadium for Ranji Trophy
Sri Neelam Sanjeeava Reddy Stadium at Police Training College
Sri Krishnadevaraya University Stadium
Police Parade ground.
L&T(BIRLASOFT) cement industry
PENNA Cement Industry
Saptagiri Camphors Pvt Ltd (Largest Camphor factory in India)
Anantha PVC Pipes (Nandi brand pipes)
Zenith Hardware Industries Pvt Ltd
SIFLON DRUGS Pvt Ltd
A.P.Lightings (currently closed due to labour issues)
M.G.Metallic Springs (P) Limited.
Anantapur Government General Hospital (500 beds)
Anantapur Orthopaedic Center
Snehalatha Nursing Home
Devi Nursing Home
Meda Nursing Home
Divya Sree Nursing Home
Places of interest in and around Anantapur
Anantapur Clock Tower is in the heart of the city which brings back the memories of the Independence days during which it has been built.
Lepakshi Temple (is renowned as the repository of the best mural paintings of the Vijayanagar Kings. Lepakshi consists of three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and 'Virabhadra'). The temple is decorated with superbly sculptured pillars on which are carved life-size representations of musicians and dancers in various poses displaying spirit and vigour. One can also see the world's largest Nandi (stone sculpture of the bull which Lord Shiva rides and the gate keeper of the Shiva)
Puttaparthi, Prasanthi Nilayam (Home of Sri Satya Sai and to many facilities such as super speciality hospital, educational institutions, founded by Sri Satya Sai)
Thimmamarri manu (A large Banyan tree spread over five acres of land near Kadiri. This tree was recorded as the biggest tree in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989)
Venkateswara Swamy Temple & Shiva Temple in Tadipatri. Architectural beauty.
Hanuman temple, Kasapuram, Near to Guntakal
Belum Caves (natural Caves), 15km from Tadipatri.
Sri Nallalamma swamy Temple in the village Kanampalli, approximately 22 km from Anantapur.
Sri Nagalingeswara swamy Temple in the village [[Neelampalli]], approximately 12 km from Anantapur.
Buttre pally waterfall near kadiri 15 km from kadiri which falls only in rainy season.
Lakshmi Narasimha swamy temple Pennaohbulam which is 35 km from Ananthapur.
Kadiri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple famous for the idol sweating(Official website:
Hazrat Baba Fakruddin Dargah in Penukonda which is 70 km from Anantapur.
Devarakonda only hill in Anantapur has a temple at the top.
ISKCON temple on the outskirts of the city on NH 7.
Temple of Lord Siva and Parvathi in Kuderu 20 km from Anantapur.
Temple of Sri Subramanyeswara Swamy in Pampanuru 20km from Anantapur.
Anantapur City is well connected to most major cities in India by the National Highways 7 and 205. Anantapur also has direct train connection to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Vishakapatnam, etc. Puttaparthi which is 80 km south of Anantapur is the nearest airport with scheduled air services while Bangalore, 210 km away has an international airport and is well connected to rest of India.
Auto-rickshaws, taxis and city buses are available for local transportation within Anantapur.