Thimmamamarimanu at Gootibayulu is near Kadiri (24Km) well connected by road from Ananthapuramu (116 Km) & 235 km from Bengaluru City, 211 km from International Airport, Devanhalli, Bengaluru.There is a Banyan Tree, perhaps the biggest of its kind in the South, its branches spreading over nearly 5 acres, locally called “Thimmamma Marrimanu” after the name of Thimmamma, who is said to have committed “Sati” in 1434 A.D at this spot, where this Banyan Tree sprouted and it has a place in the Gunnies’ book of world records with an area of 8acres 15 cents with 5559 branches.
Veerapuramu near Hindupur (26 Km) is well connected by road from Ananthapuramu (92 Km) , 175 km from Bangalore City ,151 km from International Airport, Devanhalli , Bangalore.
Veerapuram is a Sanctuary where birds come from fare away distances for breeding here. Every year we can see various no of painted stocks coming here for breeding. It’s wonderful but difficult to understand the bond between the painted storks from Siberia and Veerapuram, a tiny remote village in Ananthapuram district. The Painted Storks have settled down in Veeepuram for more than a century now. The chemistry of love between the storks and Veerapuram is unfathomable as the birds are found nestled only on the trees within the village and not even on the outskirts. Idyllic scene – Veerapuram Village .The villagers claim it is their “love for the guest birds” which keeps them in the village. Though the village has a small water body (a tank) it dries up by the time the guests arrive in the village or it doesn’t get the water at all due to the poor rainfall in the area. Nestled in the village the male birds fly even up to a couple of hundred km every night to fetch food from the water bodies. However, they return to the nests by dawn. The painted storks from Siberia and Algeria fly across the seas and mainland for about 6,000 km to reach Veerapuram.
Kumbakarna Theme Park:
Kumbakarna garden near Penukonda spreading over 5 acres has a Gigantic statue of the sleeping Kumbhakarna, measuring 142 feet in length and 32 feet in height into whose cavernos belly one can walk. Several asuras are seen trying to wake up the sleeping Gaint, depicting the famous story of this in invincible brother of Ravana in Ramayana
Major Attractions in Shilparamam
The Rural Museum
Visitors coming here love to visit the rural museum that is enveloped by greenery and is a typical version of a miniature Indian Village. There are fifteen life sized huts that are constructed using thatch and baked clay. A typical tribal and rural lifestyle is depicted along with the life of artisans living here. City dwellers coming here take this center as a window to catch a glimpse into rural life. A wide array of sculptures is housed in this museum that depicts rural artisans’ day to day activities.
Boating.There is a beautiful lake within the premises of Shilparamam that offers joyful boating ride. A guide can be used to know more about this center while enjoying a boat road. Both paddle as well as rowing boats is available.
There is a verdant lawn close to the Shilparamam entrance. Terracotta sculptures and ethnic motifs surround the beautiful landscapes.
The Rock Museum
Another major attraction in this area is the Rock Museum that has been designed by Subroto Bose who also fashioned Tagore’s Shantiniketan. Rock collections have been blended in this rock garden creating picturesque natural rock formations in the village. In Rock Museum’s scenic form, natural formations are unswayed. This reflects ecological aspect of Shilparamam.
Aluru Kona This village is at a distance of 5 Km. from Tadipatri Town. It is said that Yerramraju, the chief representative of King Bukkaraya, built Ranganathaswami temple, in 1334 A.D., atop the hill. One can find a small water falls in an area in the valley, where water is ever-present. The valley with its natural beauty attracts tourists. Apart from that, thousands of tourists and devotees visit it throughout the year. Brahmotsavam of Lord Ranganathaswami is celebrated on Chaitra Sudha Paurnami Day.
Yadiki Caves is midway between Gooty and Tadipatri. The cave system is in the picturesque village of Konapulappadu which is 18 kms. from Yadiki. The magnificent view of the hillocks, gorges, spring, paddy fields, lake and winding roads enthralls every visitor. Geemanugavi cave is 5kms. in length and one can go up to 2kms. Inside. The intricate design of stalactite and stalagmite formations takes shape of chandeliers, bridges, globes, snakes etc. The sight of some, which glitters like diamonds is amazing. Uudamanugavi, another cave can accommodate 100 people. Kona Ramalingeswara temple adjacent to the spring adds to the beauty. For those who are young in mind and body there is scope for trekking and rock climbing.