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Anantapur : Overview
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Area Size :  N/A Sq. Km.   Population :  0.5 Millions.  
Popular Languages :  Hindi  
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Anantapur is a city and a municipal corporation in Anantapur district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is located 356 kilometres (221 mi) south of state capital, Hyderabad and is the headquarters of the Anantapur District. Anantapur was headquarters of "Datta Mandalam" (Rayalaseema and Bellary districts) in 1799 and Sir Thomas Manro was the first collector for ceded districts. Anantapur was the important place for the British Indian Army in 2nd World War. Current JNTU-CEA campus, once a bunker for the British artillery; remains can be found on the campus location.


Anantapur has a semi-arid climate, with hot and dry conditions for most of the year. Summers start in late February, and peak in May with average high temperatures in the 37 °C (99 °F) range. Anantapur does get pre-monsoon showers starting as early as March, mainly through north easterly winds blowing in from Kerala. The monsoon arrives in September and lasts until early November with about 250 mm (9.8 in) of precipitation. A dry, mild winter starts in late November and lasts until early February; with little humidity and average temperatures in the 22–23 °C (72–73 °F) range, this is the best time to visit Anantapur. Total annual rainfall is about 22 in (560 mm).

Anantapur City is well connected to most major cities in India by the National Highways 7 and 205. Anantapur also has direct train connection to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Adoni, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Vishakapatnam, etc. Puttaparthi which is 80 km south of Anantapur is the nearest airport with scheduled air services while Bangalore, 168 km away (Devana Halli) has an international airport and is well connected to rest of India.

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