Located on the banks of Penneru Rivers Tadipatri is an authentic pilgrimage place. This quaint destination is in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. It is very popular for the greenery around it. The name Tadipatri also means ‘garden of palm trees’ and it is thus named as there lays a forest of palm trees in the surroundings of Tadipatri.
Places to see at Tadipatri: The sight seeing destination of Tadipatri include:
Chintalaraya Swami Temple
The shrine ‘Chintala Tiruvengalanatha Swami’ locally known as Chintalaraya Swami, was constructed during the reign ‘Pemmasani Thimmanaidu’ and is named after the idol of Vishnu, which is believed to have emerged from tamarind tree. Chintalaraya temple is not only massive but also beautiful. It is a huge solid structure built partly of stone and partly of brick. The stone portion contains exquisite figures of ‘Vidhyadharas’, ‘Apasaras’, and ‘Avataras’ in rows elegantly arranged. Just above the line of the threshold, there are two horizontal lines of carvings one showing a procession of elephants and the other of horses. Inside the temple, every wall is carved with delicately designed pieces of beautiful sculpture. There is stone chariot, a masterpiece or artistic design. It is stated that twice a year the sun’s rays are directly reflected, through two holes carved in the chariot, on the foot of the deity. In the ‘Ranga Mandapa’ there are forty pillars carved in the Vijayanagar style of sculpture. Scenes from Ramayana and Bhagavata are depicted on southern and western walls of the temple.
Ramalingeswara temple is named after Pemmasani Ramalinga Naidu. Local legends states that at the very same spot where the temple stands, sage Parasurama lived and performed penance. In this temple there is a perennial underground stream from which water always oozes into the ‘Garbha Gruha’ (Sanctum Sanctorum) exactly at the spot where the ‘Lingam’ (idol) is consecrated. At the temple, the entire Shiva Purana is carved in stone on the walls with delicate skill and in elaborate detail. The linga is said to be ‘Swayambhu’ (self-formed). The Tadipatri Kaifiyat records that a sculptor Yellanchari was brought from Benaras to construct the temple. It contains sculptures, illustrative of episodes from Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
This temple dates back to the 15th century Vijayanagar Empire. The architecture of the temple shows a mixture of Chalukyan, Chola and Vijayanagar art. The gopuram although unfinished has the most elaborate sculpture, cut with richness and sharpness.
Nearby attractions of Tadipatri: From Tadipatri, you can plan a trip to Belum caves.Just 31 km from Tadipatri, these caves are the second longest caves in India with a length of 3,229 metres and are popular for their stalactite and stalagmite formations. The caves have long passages, fresh water galleries, siphons and spacious chambers. These caves have been formed naturally due to constant flow of underground water. At their deepest point, the caves descend to 150 feet from the entrance level and this point is referred to as Pataalaganga. The caves are about 110 kilometres from Kurnool. There is a giant Buddha statue located just outside the caves, which is an indication that the Buddhist monks worshipped here thousands of years ago. However, it is the shivalingam that is present inside the cave attracts devotees and visitors.
Things to do at Tadipatri: Sightseeing is the only activity you can do in Tadipatri.
Best time to visit Tadipatri: The best time to visitTadipatri is during the winter season.
How to go ?
You have to reach Bangalore which is extremely well-connected by regular flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and most other important cities in India and abroad. Tadipatri is 248.9 km from here. From here you can avail bus or cabs to reach Tadipatri.
You have to reach Bangalore first. Bangalore has two important railway stations – Bengaluru City Railway Station and Yeswantpur Junction. Both railway stations have regular trains running from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata and other major cities. Tadipatri which is 248.9 km from here can be reached easily by bus or cabs.
From Bangalore buses are available for Tadipatri. You can also hire cabs.
Where to stay ?
There are some budget hotels available in Tadipatri. Some options are:
Brindavan Hotel: +91-08558- 225424
Ismail Hotel: +91-08559-277009
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.