Situated in Andhra Pradesh, Proddatur is well known for its gold and cotton industries, and hence is called the Second Bombay. It is also referred to as the ‘City of Gold' because of the large-scale gold business that takes place here
Apart from this, the city is a perfect getaway for those who believe in God and miracles. The city has places of worship of all different types, from churches and temples to mosques.As per Hindu mythology, after Lord Ram killed Ravana and was returning with Sita, he decided to rest in this city and stopped here along the banks of Penna at sunset—which is how the city got its name. Sunset in Telugu is Proddu. Vijaya Dashmi or Dussehra is a festival celebrated here with great pomp and enthusiasm.Proddatur is filled with numerous temples, mosques and churches, and you will find a beautiful mix of cultures that blend seamlessly into in this city. Some of the temples situated in Proddatur include India’s biggest Kanyaka Parameswari Temple, the Sri Rameswaram Temple, the Ayyapa Swami Temple, the Shivalayam Temple and the Satyanarayan Temple. Along with temples, the city also has mosques like the Khadar Hussain Masjid, the Noorani Masjid, the Makka Masjid and the Nadim Palle Masjid, to name a few. Apart from these, Proddatur also houses churches like the Penthe Kostu Machine Church, the Shalom Church, the RCM Church and the Bethania Church, among many others. Each place is better than the other and should not be missed. Once in the city, don’t forget to stop by local sweet shop and try the special ‘Tangedu Palle’, a famous sweet of Proddatur made of special ghee. The city has a lot for one to visit thereby making it one of India’s lesser known but great tourist spots. The city is well connected and traveling around the city is easy thanks to the public transport system. Buses cover ply throughout the city and is a convenient way of getting around. Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are also widely available and can be boarded from any part of Proddatur. One can even opt to hire a taxi or rent a car in order to move around with no stress or worry.Dress appropriately while visiting the various places of worship.Do not carry a lot of cash or expensive and precious jewelry
Proddatur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Hyderabad at a distance of 108kms.
Airports: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
There is no regular trains to Proddatur from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Anantapur which is located at a distance of 104kms.
Railway Station(s): Anantapur