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Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Ananthagiri Hills - Vikarabad


Ananthagiri Hills is often referred to as the "Ooty of Telangana". It is one of the best holiday destinations to visit during the summer season in India.

This famous temple is situated on Ananthagiri Hills, just 75 km away from Hyderabad city and a mere 5 km drive from Vikarabad in Telangana State, India.

Ananthagiri Hills - Vikarabad
Ananthagiri Hills - Vikarabad

This is a must-visit temple for a short weekend-break and can be visited in a single day on a picnic tour.

Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Ananthagiri Hills
Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple

About Sri Ananthagiri Temple:


Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Ananthagiri is popularly known as Ananthagiri Temple.

This ancient 400 years old temple is located on a hill in the middle of deep Vikarabad forest. Ananthagiri Temple was constructed during the Nizam period.

Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Ananthagiri Hills - Vikarabad
Ananthagiri Hills

Sri Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Ananthagiri Hills
Ananthagiri Temple Main Entrance

How to reach Ananthagiri Hills:


After just 5 km journey from Vikarabad, you will get to a circle. From here, Ananthagiri temple is just 1 km towards your right and towards left you can get to Harita Resort, Valley View Resort.

The sign board here will give a very good direction towards the temple.

Road Sign at Ananthagiri Hills Temple Vikarabad
Main Circle near Ananthagiri Temple

Govt. T.B. Chest Hospital entrance board will greet you on your way and the whole place look very beautiful.

Ananthagiri Hills
Ananthagiri Temple Entrance

Once you reach the temple spot, there is a good provision for parking your vehicles on the entrance. You will be greeted by huge statues of Lord Hanuman and Lord Garuda.

There is also Lord Shiva temple located just outside Sri Lakshmi Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple which you can visit once you finished your darshan.

Lord Shiva Temple at Ananthagiri Temple
Lord Shiva Temple

Pilgrimscan have a holy dip in the temple pushkarini and there are steps to reach this holy pushkarini from inside and outside of the temple.

Pushkarini at Ananthagiri Temple
Pushkarini at Ananthagiri Temple

Lord Markandeya Swamy Temple
Lord Markandeya Swamy Temple

You can see Lord Markandeya Swamy temple on your way to pushkarini. Pilgrims take holy dip to fulfill their desires.

Lord Markandeya Swamy temple at Ananthagiri
Lord Markandeya Swamy temple

After seeing Markandeya temple and pushkarini, visitors can go further down to enjoy trekking and forest scenery.

Ananthagiri Temple History:


It is believed that, Ananthagiri temple was constructed by Markandeya rishi. The beautiful and peaceful atmosphere has attracted Markandeya rishi in Dvapara Yuga (about 700 BC) to perform yoga.


Bhakta Markandeya after performing his meditation and yoga, he used to go to Kasi and take a holy dip in the Ganges river through a small cave which you can see towards left side in temple Garbhagudi.

Once during dwadasi season, Markandeya rishi cannot make it to reach Kasi in the early morning hours.

Lord Vishnu moved by this event appeared in his dreams and created a unique path to reach the Ganges to the premises of Markandeya to perform his holy bath their itself.

Temple History

Lord Vishnu, who was very happy with the prayers of Markandeya rishi ,appeared in front of him and blessed him.

Lord Maha Vishnu said that he will be available in salagrama rupa inAnanthagiri hills and will listen the prayers of devotees and bless them.

Sri Anantha Padmanabhaswamy in Ananthagiri Temple is in salagrama rupa and you can see a small cave towards your left in the main Garbha Gudi.

Ananthagiri Hills Temple for Trekking:


Ananthagiri is a nice place for trekking activities and is becoming more popular as a picnic spot these days.

Ananthagiri Temple for Trekking

Ananthagiri Hills for Trekking
Ananthagiri Hills for Trekking

APSRTC is operating a special bus for Ananthagiri and Chilkur Balaji temple on sundays. Check their official website for more information.

Hotels and Restaurants at Ananthagiri Temple:





There are hotels and restaurants in Ananthagiri for Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians. You can also get your own food and enjoy trekking in Ananthagiri. You can buy pooja items in the temple itself.

After darshan, you can get Laddu or Pulihora [Lemon Rice] as prasadam in the temple Prasadam counter.

Ananthagiri Temple Prasadam Counter
Ananthagiri Temple Prasadam Counter

The temple is open to the devotees from 7.30 AM to 8 PM. Accommodation facility is also available at the temple.

Ananthagiri Hills Temple Timings

Ananthagiri Temple Timings:

Weekdays Sundays
7.30 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 8 PM 7.30 AM to 2 PM and 3 PM to 8 PM

Accommodation at Ananthagiri Temple:


Resort:

Haritha Ananthagiri Valley View Resort has been established by the Telangana State Tourism Department containing A/C rooms and complete service facilities.

Contact Ph: 08416 256800

Prices for different Sevas, Poojas and Vehicle Poojas performed at Ananthagiri Temple are shown in the below picture chart. The prices listed in the picture are taken in Jan 2015 and they may change over time.

Ananthagiri Hills Pooja Details

Lord Hanuman in Ananthagiri Hills

Other Places of Interest:





Some of the other best places to visit in and around Hyderabad after you visit Ananthagiri Padmanabha Swamy Temple:
  1. Chilkur Balaji Temple
  2. Golkonda Fort
  3. Mrugvani National Park

Ananthagiri Hills Route Map:



Please share your experiences after reading this post and after visiting Ananthagiri hills in our comments section.

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for the detail informations with all the pics.i was planning to visit this temple from some time now but there was no proper details on internet.finally i got that from ur postings.thanks very much.

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    1. Thank you. Share your experience once you visit Ananthagiri hills temple in Vikarabad

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  2. AnonymousJuly 15, 2016

    INFORMATION IS MORE USEFUL
    CA G. RAMAKRISHNA

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  3. thank you for the great information...was planning a family trip..one quick question...are there many steps to climb in the temple? My dad is a bit old and has leg problems so cannot walk much...hence the question...atleast any track for wheelchairs you might have seen? Thank you in advance

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    1. Hi Vamsi.. There are not many steps and your Dad can easily visit Ananthagiri temple at the entrance.

      But for seeing Koneru and for trekking spots he need to get down many steps. So, plan accordingly.

      I have not seen the wheelchair facility but, they are ready to assist older people and arrange easy darshan.

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  4. Such a gud information to reach there. Till i see this post, I was blank and now have got a very gud idea to reach there.
    Thanks

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  5. From Ananthagiri Hills Temple one can visit Kotpally Reservoir (Apprx 15kM) and Buggalingeswaraswamy Devalayam situated at Bugga village (Apprx 7kM). All these can be covered in one day from Hyderabad.

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  6. thank you for the detailed info. God bless

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  7. Thank you for the info.Can you pls tell if we need to book for the accommodation in advanced or are there enough rooms. And also if we need to book the room in advance pls share contact info of the temple in comments.

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  8. Hi,
    Can you please share some more information. Which is the best vehicle to this trip bike or car. And best time to see the beautiful nature

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    1. Rainy and Winter season are best for trekking in Ananthagiri Hills. You can go by any vehicle of your choice and enjoy the scenic beauty there.

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  9. Nice article. Other place near vikarabad "Nagasamudhram-Lake"

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  10. Hi,

    Needed contact number for enquiries.

    Thank you.

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