GR Travels


Radha Parthasarathi Temple, built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Anantaprur, was inaugurated in February 2008. Constructed at a cost of Rs.5 crore, this grand temple is situated at Somaladoddi village which is just in the outskirts of the city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna (in the form of Parthasarathy) and Goddess Radha. The idols of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha are placed in the Garbha Griha of the temple. The temple is in the shape of a chariot. The color of the temple during the day is pink but it takes golden shade during the night. The temple has Vedanta Patashala, conference hall, kirtan hall, restaurant and garden in its premises. The temple administration provides free food in the form of prasadam to children in the nearby areas and patients in the hospitals. Janamashtami is celebrated in the temple with pomp and gaiety. The temple remains open from 4 am to 12 pm and again from 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm on all days. Taxis and auto rickshaws are available to the visitors reach the temple. It is a must visit destination for devotees. Families visiting the shrine will enjoy the peaceful ambience reverberating here. Inaugurated and applauded by Governor ND Tiwari in 2008 with great pomp, Hare Krishna Land in Anantapur gives an opportunity to all the people in the surrounding area to take advantage of the full facility for becoming Krishna conscious, by seeing the Deities, hearing philosophy, and taking part in festivals.      Book Now


According to Census 2011 information the location code or village code of Lepakshi village is 595570. Lepakshi village is located in Lepakshi Tehsil of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is situated 121km away from district headquarter Lepakshi. Lepakshi is the sub-district headquarters of Lepakshi village. As per 2009 stats, Lepakshi village is also a gram panchayat. The total geographical area of village is 1891 hectares. Lepakshi has a total population of 10,042 peoples. There are about 2,133 houses in Lepakshi village. Hindupur is nearest town to Lepakshi which is approximately 16km away.Lepakshi is a large village located in Lepakshi of Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh with total 2133 families residing. The Lepakshi village has population of 10042 of which 5373 are males while 4669 are females as per Population Census 2011. In Lepakshi village population of children with age 0-6 is 1007 which makes up 10.03 % of total population of village. Average Sex Ratio of Lepakshi village is 869 which are lower than Andhra Pradesh state average of 993. Child Sex Ratio for the Lepakshi as per census is 1014, higher than Andhra Pradesh average of 939. Lepakshi village has higher literacy rate compared to Andhra Pradesh. In 2011, literacy rate of Lepakshi village was 69.93 % compared to 67.02 % of Andhra Pradesh. In Lepakshi Male literacy stands at 77.90 % while female literacy rate was 60.60 %. As per constitution of India and Panchyati Raaj Act, Lepakshi village is administrated by Sarpanch (Head of Village) who is elected representative of village.      Book Now


The Penukonda Fort is one of the main attractions of Anantapur. Located at a distance of nearly 70-km from Anantapur, the fort derived its name from the word Penukonda, which literally means big hill. After having studied the ancient inscriptions that the Penukonda Fort, archeologists have concluded that the fort was built Vira Virupanna Udaiyars rule, the son of king-Bukka I of Vijayanagar. A huge Idol of Lord Hanuman is placed inside the fort. It is 11 feet tall. The fort also has multiple mosques inside. The Sher Khan Mosque being one of the most important. The Gagan Mahal, a palace inside the fort, was built back in the 16th century. Another Palace, Babayya Darga as built to symbolize harmony between Hindus and Muslims.The name of the Penukonda fort is mentioned as Ghangari in inscriptions. The structure of the fort shows the splendid sculptural beauty and skilled workmanship of ancient times. According to the history, the Penukonda fort was the capital of Vijayanagara Empire for a short period and it is most inaccessible to the enemies. An inscription at Kallodi in Mysore reveals that Bukkaraya had a channel dug in order to bring water from the Penneru to this town, which would appear to be originally the summer resort of Vijayanagar Kings of the second dynasty, which is called Gagana Mahal. The Gagan Mahal witnesses the majesty and aristocracy of Royal times and it was built in 1575 AD. Gagan Mahal has a basement in Hindu style but a ground floor of intricate Islamic details with later additions. Continuing the Vijayanagar traditions, the palace is similar to several structures at Hampi, with Islamic style arches, vaults and plaster decoration combined with temple like elements. Another important sight is Babayya Darga which is the symbol of communal harmony between Hindu and Muslims. It is traditionally believed that there were 365 temples at the place, one perhaps meant for worship each day of the year. Of these temples Lord Yoga Narasimhaswamy, Lord Kashi Vishwanatha and Lord Yogarama temples are important ones. Most of these seem to have destroyed. The numerous ruins and fragments of carved stones, which lie scattered both on the hill and the plain recall the past glory of the place. One can find a huge idol of Lord Hanuman, which is about 11 feet high, at the Yerramanchi gate, the main entrance of the fort. The most important mosque is the Sher Khan Mosque, which has on the pavement of its courtyard a Telugu inscription of Sadashiva, dated 1564. There is another mosque in the fort at the entrance to which is a large porch in Hindu style.      Book Now


Literal meaning of Raidurga is the Fortress on Hill. Kings of Vijayanagar Empire constructed this fort and is said to be one of the oldest forts in Andhra Pradesh. This fort has played a significant role in the defense and expansion of Vijayanagar Empire during the period over decades. This fort has been constructed over an height of 2727ft from mean sea level. This fort was inaccessible for intruders. Natural surroundings of this fort were very supportive. This fort was having solid Bedars who considered the tough contenders and teasers during the reign of Vajayanagar Empire. It was the time when Vijayanagar Empire was moving towards declining. Many of its rulers were facing either attacks or natural calamities in their state. Kakatiyans were in the wait of such weaker period of Viajyanagar rulers. They started attacking on the V.N empires and made them weaker. Kakatiyans finally attacked on this fort with a huge power and resulted in the battle of Rakshsa Tangdi in the win of Kakatiyans over Vijayanagar kings. This was the time when Nayak dynasty was emerging as new ruler of the area. Venkatpathi Nayak, which was the son of Koneti Nayak started renovation of this fort as the same was badly got deteriorated during long period. This fort was constructed on a hillock and at the feet of that hill, the staircase were designed but the chief architect, Desaraja Nayak rejected the same as the aerodynamic view of the fort was not arising if the step are constructed. The structure of the fort was beautifully designed. Main architectural attraction is that the passage of wind. Though this fort was constructed over a hillock and the surrounding of the fort was not too dense. To provide the fresh air even in the hottest period, the aerodynamic design was provided to this fort. It was revealed through an inscription that this fort was designed by Osman Deka, an architect from Assam. The interiors of this fort were designed in Islamic style of construction whereas all the exteriors are given the shape and finishing touch with Hindu architecture.This fort is located at the distance of 63 kilometers from Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh state of India. This place is well connected with Air, Rail and Road ways. This fort is located in the ideal location of Kurnool-Bangalore highways where another fort is located but it was a tradition in older period to build forts even at the distance of 20 kilometers because small states were existing at that time. The elevation of this fort is 2727 ft above mean sea level.This fort was one of the best strategically designed fort of that period. Fortifications around this building were having special attractions. Fortresses constructed here have the devices with which the soldiers could keep vigil on intruders and save the kingdom. Inside the fort, there are some little forts also exist. Around this fort, dense and green forestry was found at that time. It is signified from various inscriptions found inside the fort that the surroundings of this fort was covered with a lavish and dense forestry. This fort has a tough approach way and was inaccessible by the outsiders. It is believed that after the battle of Rakshasa Tangadi, the fortifications of this fort were renovated and the local defenses were made again in typical positions. Later, Tipu Sultan of Mysore Kingdom captured this fort and administered his empire from here for a long time. The remains of the fort are self explanatory that how prosperous this fort was. This was also the story that this fort was constructed by the Junga Nayak, who was the fastest and brave king of Nayaka dynasty. On the side walls of this fort there are sharp and beautiful carvings are still found. Lord Hanuman, Elamma, Lord Narsimhaswamy , Lord Venugopala were the main deities in the various temples located inside the fort. It is revealed that a solid population was residing inside this fort complex. Another signified presence of Dashbhuja Ganapathi in this fort premises. A tall statue of Lord Ganesh is also existing in this fort (which is still in viewable condition) was made on a single cut stone shell. This idol is the example of Shilpkari of that period.      Book Now

Thimmamma Marrimanu

Thimmamma Marrimanu is a huge banyan tree which is located at about 70 Km from Horsely Hills. This historical tree is situated in the district of Ananthpur. The name of this tree is preserved by the local people since ancient times. Thimmamma Marrimanu , a huge banyan tree is located at about 70 Km from Horsely Hills. The word marri means banyan and manu means tree in Telugu language. This historical tree is situated in the district of Ananthpur. The name of this tree is preserved by the local people since ancient times. Many people visit the place to worship and to let their souls relax in the peaceful ambience. The route is quite exciting while getting here as it goes through fields and little villages and it makes the visitors journey enjoyable. Located about 35 kms from Kadiri, and 100 kms from Anantapur, it is famous as it has a banyan tree, which is locally called as Thimmamma Marrimanu. It is regarded as the biggest of its kind in South India. Its branches spreads over nearly 5 acres. It is named after Thimmamma who was considered to be the representative of the Almighty. To the pride of India, the Marrimanu was recorded as the biggest tree in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989. A small temple dedicated to Thimmamma lies under the tree. An account of this lady in Telugu kept at the shrine reveals that she was the daughter of a Setti Balija couple Sennakka Venkatappa and Mangamma, born in AD 1394. She was married to a Bala Veerayya who died in 1434, and Thimmamma committed Sati. The banyan tree is believed to have sprouted at the place where she ascended the funeral pyre. The people of this area strongly believe that if a childless couple worship Thimmamma they will have a child the very next year. A big Jatara is conducted here on the day of Shivaratri when thousands and thousands of people flock here to worship Thimmamma on this occasion.Thimmamma Marrimanu is named after the famous banyan tree, which is locally called as Thimmamma Marrimanu as well. With its branches spreading over 5 acres, it is regarded as the biggest of its kind in South India. This tree was recorded as the biggest tree in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989. Under the tree, there is a small temple dedicated to Thimmamma. Local people believe that if a childless couple worship Thimmamma they are blessed with a child the very next year.      Book Now

GR Travels

Our Other Links



       No:6/4A Kazimar street,
       Main Road,Tamilnadu,
       Madurai - 625001.


  • +91-984 351 8435 (whatsapp)