Tucked away in a small village near Anantpur, is this little village called Lepakshi with some amazing 16th century treasures. A day trip from Bangalore, the village is around 120 kms from the city. Perfect distance for a family picnic or an awesome bike ride.
A legend has it that during the age of Ramayana, the bird Jatayu fell down wounded in Lepakshi and hence the name Le pakshi, which in the local language Telugu, means Rise Bird.
Here are the glimpse of some key attractions of the place –
Monolithic Nandi at Lepakshi
The Lepakshi temple
While you are busy looking at the sculpted pillars and the lovely idols, don’t forget to look up at the ceiling of the main temple. You can spot the beautiful Vijaynagar murals on the ceiling. The painted ceilings are mesmerising enough to give you a crick in your neck.
Travel Tips to Lepakshi
- Carry your own food and water as there are no restaurants or hotels around the village.
- Lepakshi is known for it weaving and one might want to spend a little time browsing around Dharmavaram and Hindupur – around 1 hour away from this village.
- The approach roads to the village are tolled highways, except for the last 20 kms. However, the road conditions are not too bad.