The Rising Bird of Andhra
Lepakshi is a quaint little village situated in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. Build during the reign of Vijayanagara Kings’ Period, the village has a significant archaeological and cultural heritage in its surrounding. The village is blessed with shrines, dedicated to Hindu God’s Vishnu, Shiva, and Veerabhadra. The temples have spectacular craftsmanship with mural paintings made of natural colors showing Kannada and Vijayanagara inscriptions. The beautiful temples of Raghunatha, Srirama, Durga and Papanathswara are located in a tortoise-shaped hill known as Kurma Saila, which attracts a horde of tourist and devotees from all over the country. The Veerabhadra Temple is a perfect example of archaeological genius and said to be carved by famous craftsman from the Vijayanagara reign. Apart from these ancient temples, Lepakshi serves as the home of the only impenetrable idol of Sri Nandi, a Bull from Hindu Mythology purely made of granite. This lovely village should be visited during the winter season from October to March since for sightseeing purpose the monsoon might dampen the view.
Lepakshi was founded by Maharaja Aliya Rama Raya during 1535 AD of the Vijayanagara Empire. This small vessel of ancient art and culture has mythology and folklore attached to it. It is been said that the famous sculpture of the than Vijayanagara Empire, namely Kokoju and Moroju helped in the carvings on the walls of the temples. Even the renowned Vishwakarma sculptor Amarashilpi Janakachari had designed the layout of the temples. The walls and pillars of these Temples show the scenes from the Hindu epic books Ramayana and Mahabharata. The local famous Lepakshi Sarees are said to have designs inspired by the paintings of these temples. The people of the region mostly speak the local language Telugu, after that Hindi and English are also used. During the month of February, Lepakshi is seen to be packed with tourist and pilgrims from all over the country coming to celebrate the 10 days long festival of the temple which also includes car festival. The very famous puppet show that is mainly based on the stories from Hindu Mythology is performed during the festival.
How to reach
This small religious village of Lepakshi is located 120 km north of Bangalore. It doesn’t have its any own Airport or Railway Station but is connected with other cities through various transports. The state government takes cares for the easy convenience of locals and tourist altogether.
How to Reach by Flight
There are three major Airports located near Lepakshi. The Bangalore International Airport lies around 100 km from Lepakshi, that can be considered the nearest whereas the Hyderabad Begumpet Airport and Tirupati Airport can be considered close by too. The airports are connected to all major cities.
How to Reach by Train
The Hindupur Railway Station is the nearest Railway station to Lepakshi standing at only 13 km away from the town. The station is well connected with cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Delhi.
How to Reach by Bus
The nearest major Bus Station Depot to Lepakshi is in Hindupur which gets Government and Private Deluxe Buses that are connected from the surrounding major cities of Andhra Pradesh. Local buses are available from Hindupur to Lepakshi for the convenience of people.
How to Reach by Road
Lepakshi is connected with its surrounding cities by National Highway 7 when you start our trip from Bangalore. If you want are taking a long distance drive from Hyderabad to Bangalore, you can take a detour via NH 44 and reach Lepakshi for a quick visit.
How to travel within
Whereas local buses are available to move to and fro in the city but hire Cab or Personal Cars are the best options to move around and visit the sites and temples of this small tourist place.
Being a small village town, Lepakshi might not give you many options for food. Apart from local foods, if you want to eat some other cuisines, one might have to visit Hindupur that lies 14 km from the village. A number Andhra Telegu Cuisine made of red chili, rice and millets can be found easily in Lepakshi, other dishes include Pulihora, Pesarattu, Punugulu, Curd Rice and Puran Poli etc. can be tasted in local restaurants in the surrounding areas.
- Sri Venkateswara Hotel
- Lepakshi Haritha Hotel
- Nandini Restaurant
- SIMHA Coffee Bar
- Pas Fast Food Centre
Day 1: Landing in Bangalore Airport, hire a cab directly to Lepakshi, which is a journey of 3 hrs approx. sit back and enjoy the picturesque breathtaking landscapes found on either side of the road. The lush green lands, the grazing cattle and the fresh pollution free air will immediately refresh you and get the countryside feel. Finally reaching the town get checked in the hotel and get freshen up, keep it easy for the day y roaming the streets of the town and purchasing the interesting handicraft items and relishing the local Andhra cuisine.
Day 2: Hire a cab that will take you to Veerabhadra Temple, a religious site which can be called more than that. Forgetting the outside the world, step into another world of Hindu Architecture, Culture and Art Spot. The sculpture and paintings will show you the reign of Kings and stories you read in mythology. Enjoy your day capturing every moment of this marvelous journey. Get back before evening to check out and start your trip back home.