Located in the Anantapur District, of Andhra Pradesh, Lepakshi is a small village having great historical and archaeological significance. Lepakshi in Telegu means, “fly bird”. One can trace this word in the famous epic Ramayana. According to the popular belief, when Ravana was forcefully taking Sita to Lanka, the bird Jatayu tried to stop him. When injured by Ravana Jatayu falls. Sita then tells Jatayu “Le Pakshi” i.e “fly bird and rescue yourself”. Lepakshi is renowned to the world for handicrafts. Thus a trip to Lepakshi is revitalising for those who believe in heritage sites, for those who marvel at the art of our ancestors, and those willing to get away from the routine multiple-destination tourist routes.
Places to see at Lepakshi: The sight seeing destinations of Lepakshi include:
One of the best example of Vijayanagar style of architecture, Veerabhadra Temple is bewitching in its architectural beauty. The magnificent temple complex portrays the historical and architectural excellence in its best colour. A reference is made in the ‘Skandapurana’ to Lepakshi as one of the hundred and eight important ‘Shaiva Kshetras’ (shrines). Though the temple of Veerabhadra is claimed to have been constructed by Saint ‘Agastya’ himself, it was developed into the present exquisite shrine by ‘Virupanna’, the treasurer of the Vijayanagar Kings.He conceived the idea as he found the image of Veerabhadra.
The huge statue of Nandi Bull made of single granite stone is one of the main attraction of Lepakshi. Located in the vicinity of Veerabadra temple, measuring 4.5 m in height and 8.23 m in length this grand statue is the highlighting feature in Lepakshi.
The pillared hall of every temple complex of Lepakshi is object to watch pointedly. Famous for its painting on its ceiling, pillared halls of temple complex are treat for heritage loving tourists.
Nearby attractions of Lepakshi: The trips are can be made from Lepakshi to places like:
Just 16 km from Lepakshi, Hindupur, a small village, is an ideal itinerary spot. Renowned for its historical temples like Great Saint Sri ragavandrar mutt, Gayathri temple, Anjeneya swamy temples it is a place of visit. Besides the temple, Surrappakunda Waterfalls is another attraction to get away from hectic city life and to rejoice.
Famous for the Penukonda fort it is one of the major tourist attractions from Lepakshi. The place is just 53 km from Penukonda means a big hill. Historical records state that Penukonda, known as “Ghanagiri” or “Ghanadri”, was the second capital to the Vijayanagar kings. It is evident from ancient inscriptions that the Penukonda Fort was built during the reign of Vira Virupanna Udaiyar, the son of king-Bukka I of Vijayanagar. The forts architectural style and sculptures is a standing testimony to the skilled workmanship present during the Vijayanagar rule.
Thing to do at Lepakshi: A very important historical and archaeological site, Lepakshi offers its visitors to explore some of its famous temple complex. This temple complex located amidst the rich natural environs present a different sightseeing option to tourists. World famous for its handicrafts items, one can buy plenty of collectible items from Lepakshi. Popular items like Banjara embroidery, Brass art ware, Cotton and jute durries, Kalamkari paintings, Kondapalli toys and Cherial scroll paintings are best buy while being here.
Best time to visit Lepakshi: The best time to visit Lepakshi is from September to February.
How to go ?
Bangalore International Airport (100 km) is the nearest airport having very well air link with domestic and international locations. From Bangalore, taxi and local transport vehicles are available for Lepakshi.
Hindupur (12 km) is the nearest railway station connected to main railhead. Taxis and buses are available for Lepakshi from Hindupur
Nearby prime locations like Hindupur, Anantapur (124 km), and Bangalore are well connected to Lepakshi. Private taxis and local buses are easily available from here for Lepakshi.
Where to stay ?
There are few budget hotels in Lepakshi. Some options are:
Tourist Lodge: +91-08556- 221284
Maruthi Lodge: +91-08556- 222293
Shaila Lodge: +91-08556-221736
Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.