Known For : Ahobilam Temple ISKCON Temple, Anantapur Bugga Ramalingeswara Swami Temple
Anantapuram is the headquarters of Anantapur District in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Anantapuram is not a cosmopolitan city. Neither is it a village. It is one of those towns in transition, that is at the confluence of the past and the future. Anantapuram reverberates with flashes of India's glorious history and the true ethnic traditions and values of India. Interestingly, Anantapur receives the second-lowest rainfall in India.
Distance from Lepakshi: 118 km
Best Time: November to February
Known For : Tipu's Drop Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Tipu's Summer Residence
It is often said that 'the best places are off the beaten path', and Nandi Hills is a clear testimony to that. Located around 60 kilometres away from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is one such tourist spot that has gradually been discovered by visitors over the years, and has now become a well-known weekend getaway. Situated at a height of 4851 feet above sea level, you can see convoy of weekenders from Bangalore during early hours catching the glimpse of sunrise.
Distance from Lepakshi: 89 km
Best Time: October to June
Chintamani, place located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka is one of the well developed towns in Kolar and presently it comes under Chikkaballapur region. The place is also known for its Silk and Tomato production which comes under their largest productions in Karnataka.
Distance from Lepakshi: 96 km
If you thought that trekking is an activity only to be done in the morning, you are certainly wrong. Skandagiri, a hilltown near Bangalore, gives you the opportunity to trek and explore the hills in the night while the moon is casting its light. Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga, is at an elevation of 1450 meters surrounded by the Nandi Hills. The hill has a ruined fort on the way which makes the night trek even more interesting by adding the element of horror. And the best part is that you can spend the night at the hilltop under the star.
Distance from Lepakshi: 70 km
Muddenahalli is a village which is situated at a distance of 7 km from Chikballapur. It is located in the Chikballapur district in the state of Karnataka. The village also comprises of a memorial which is dedicated to M. Visvesvarayya on the land owned by the family at Muddenahalli with Nandi Hills in the backdrop. It is a very famous museum of the region and showcases a collection of writings, paintings, and photographs of M. Visvesvarayya. The renovation of the museum took place on 15th September 2010 on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary.
Distance from Lepakshi: 93 km
A small town in Karnataka, located in the Chintamani Taluk of Chikkaballapura district, Kaivara is one of the important pilgrimage centers in Karnataka. The place holds historical significance. A beautiful town located in a picturesque valley, Kaivara receives a heavy downpour. According to the Indian epic, Mahabharata, the Pandavas stayed here during their exile in the forest. It is also during this period, Bhima, one of the Pandavas, killed the demon Bakasura in this very same place.
Distance from Lepakshi: 95 km
The Ranganatha Swamy temple or Rangasthala as it is known is situated 5km down Chikballapur towards the Gauribidanur village. This is a beautifully designed temple with a brilliantly carved stone statue of Vishnu and there are scriptures written in original Vijaynagar way on a black stone.
Distance from Lepakshi: 69 km
The Vivekanand falls in Chikkballapur are a site for the sore eyes. Located at a distance of approximately 12 km from the city, one has to go through the Kethenahalli and from there, one needs to walk the remaining 1km distance since it is impossible to take vehicles there. Once there, enjoy the serenity of the beautiful falls with the water gushing from the top.
Distance from Lepakshi: 45 km
Devarayanadurga which translates to “the fort of God” is a tranquil hill station located near Tumkur district in the state of Karnataka. Situated at an elevation of 4000 ft, Devarayanadurga is a perfect weekend getaway to live among the lush green trees and explore the hilly terrain. This place is replete with not only picturesque beauty but also has a rich historical, cultural and religious significance. There are a number of beautifully crafted temples which will provide you with inner peace and leave you awestruck.
Distance from Lepakshi: 89 km
Gauribidanur is a town in Chikballapur District. It is located about 450 kms from Bengaluru. It is an historical town that usually has a travel-friendly climate. There are scenic locations and greenery. There are lesser public transport options. Some tourist places nearby are Avalabetta Hilltop, Vatadahosahalli Lake, Dandiganahalli Dam, MakaliDurga Trail etc. Tippu's drop, Viduraswatha Temple and Shri Shiva Temple are worth visiting as well.
Ghati Subramanya is an old Hindu temple located near Tubagere, Doddaballapura. There are two idols of lord Subramanya and Lord Narsimha. Both the idols face opposite directions, yet the devotees can worship both with the help of a mirror placed behind. The temple timings are from 6:00 a.m to 8:30 p.m. Many festivals are celebrated here. The architecture of this temple is one of its kind; with beautiful scriptures and carved idols. One can conveniently reach here by road, rail or air transport.
Best time to visit: September to March.
Madhugiri is a single hill. It has many well-known tourist spots; Madhugiri Fort being a major one. The fort is known for its architecture and heritage. There are 3 gateways to it. The best time to visit is between October and March. Some other attractions near Madhugiri are Channaraya Durga, Mallinatha temple, Jayamangali Blackbuck Conservation Reserve, Siddaganga, Siddara Betta, Timmalapura Forest. Gopalakrishna temple is at the top. Bangalore airport is at a distance of 100 kms.
Best time: October to March.
Bagepalli was previously known as Bhairavapattana. It is a town located in the Chikballapur district. It's a scenic place on the banks of the river Chitravathi, about 100 kms from Bangalore. There are many historic temples in and around Bagepalli. The two prominent ones are Hiranyeshwara Temple and Pancha Nandeeshwara Temple.
Tiptur is one of the 10 Taluks of the District of Tumkur. It is very well known for its coconut plantations. The silk saree production in this city is also quite famous. Many historical places such as Aralaguppe, Sadashiva Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha, Kote Sri Anjaneya Swami Temple, Sri Kempamma Devi Temple, Sri Kalleshwara Swamy Temple, Sri Mallikarjuna Temple etc. are located in Tiptur. Each of these places have their own unique and interesting characteristics.
Arasikare is a village in the Pavagada Taluka of Tumkur District. It is located near the state border of Andhra Pradesh. The renowned Anjaneya Temple is located in Arasikere. The local language in here is Kannada. The railway stations are at least 10 kms away; however, Pavgada and Hindupur have road connectivity to Arasikere. Some tourist places nearby are Lepakshi, Chitradurga, Puttaparthi, Shivagange, Nandi Hills and more.
Hindupuram is a city in Anantapur. It is connected to many major cities. The are many places of worship such as mosques and temples in Hindupuram. Some of the most revered temples such as the Nandi Lepakshi temple, Vinayaka temple, Sai Baba temple, and more are located here. It has quite a lot of scenic locations as well. Local buses and rickshaws are the common modes of transport in here. Nearby, there are places like Gauribidanur, Chikballapur, etc., that are perfect to spend time on weekends.
Best time: November to February.