Chikballapur is a town which is the headquarters of a recently formed district by the same name in the South Indian state of Karnataka. The state capital, Bangalore, is located at a distance of 62 km south of the town. It is being widely anticipated that the town will soon be a part of ‘Greater Banglaore’ due to its rapid pace of development.
Places to Stay
Being a small town, there are no feasible options of putting up for the night. One is forced to go to Bangalore for lodging. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Kannada. Hindi is also understood.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Sites worth visiting in the area are Nandi Hills and Kandavara Lake. Many historic temples also abound the area. Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park and Vidhana Soudha. Hosur can also be visited by those who want to experience the pleasant England-like weather of the town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport in Devanahalli, Bangalore, at a distance of 40 km.
The town has its own railway station in Chikballapur Railway Station.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. SRS Travels is one of the major operators in the area. You don’t have to stand in serpentine queues anymore as you can easily book bus ticket online.
Anantapur is located in the southern part of Andhra Pradesh. Also, known for receiving the second least rainfall in the country, after Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, it is a part of the Rayalaseema region of the state. It is well known for its sports facilities with stadiums available for cricket as well as tennis in the form of the Anantapuram Sports Village.
Budget Hotels in Anantapur
There are good budget hotels in Anantapur. Some of these are the Hotel Sapthagiri (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Amravathi (Tariff – Rs. 900) and Hotel Swagath (Tariff – Rs. 400). All the three are located close to the Anantapur railway station.
Telugu is the official language. Other major languages spoken in this area are; English, Kannada and Urdu.
Events in Anantapur
The Kotappakonda Temple Fair, held on the day of Mahashivratri, Sambhulingeswara Kalyanotsavam held for five days during Mahashivratri and the Durgamma Festival where the buffalos are worshipped are some of the major events celebrated in Anantapur.
Places to See in Anantapur
Places like Pennahobhilam (30km), Dharmavaram (20 km) and Cheruvu Katta (7km) are some of the places known for their historical significance.
How to Get There
The closest international airport to Anantapur is the airport at Bengaluru which is at a distance of 190 km. The closest domestic airport is Puttaparthi (70 km).
Anantapur has its own railway station whish is located in the city centre and is well connected on the south central railway.
Veera Travels and Kallada Travels are some of the operators plying buses to Anantapur and they also offer discounted bus tickets. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.