About Gooty

Gooty is a small town in the Anantapur district, which is located in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The town is located in Gooty mandal of Anantapur revenue division and is renowned for the Gooty hill fort. As per the 2011 census, this town had a population of 48,658 that included 23,943 males and 24,715 females. The sex ratio was 1032 females per 1000 males and an average literacy rate of 76.91%. On September 3, 2011 Gooty was constituted as III-Grade municipality with total income earned per annum for the 2010–2011 was ?161.46 crore. Gooty is located at 15.12°N 77.63°E and is at a distance of 52 km from Anantapur. The town has an average elevation of 345 metres or 1131 feet.

History of Gooty

Gooty is an important historical site because of the inscriptions found on the rocks close to the Narasimha temple. This is located within the fort premises that the city is located around. These inscriptions are seriously damaged but they seem to come from the reign of the Western Chalukya king Vikramaditya VI. Many of the earliest of the existing fortifications along with other structures date back to the late Chalukya period. The Vijayanagara Empire controlled this fort later. In the reign of Venkata II (r. c. 1584-1614), fort was lost to the Qutb Shahi dynasty. After their conquest of the Qutb Shahi capital Golconda, Moghuls got control of the same. Maratha general Murari Rao capture it around 1746 CE and made it his permanent residence. He further rrepaired the fort, and commissioned the stucco ornamentation of the small gateways. Hyder Ali later defeated him and eventually the area came under the control of the East India Company.

Tourism in Gooty

Tourism in Gooty

The Gooty fort is one of the most important tourism spots in the town and is located on a group of hills, which goes up to 680 m above the sea level. Lower spurs connect them and there is a citadel on the westernmost hill. The summit of the citadel has two buildings, which were supposed to be the granary and a gunpowder magazine. The ruined Narasimha temple is located near the summit. Along with this, there is also a 300 m high cliff with a small pavilion called "Murari Rao's seat”. From here, the tourists get a panoramic view of the town below. It is said that the Maratha general Murari Rao used to play chess and swing here. One can take a tour of the fort, which includes granaries, store rooms and magazines that were also used as prisons by the East India Company administrator Thomas Munro.

Another attraction in this town is the Yadiki Caves that are categorised under Historical Places and is a popular tourist place in Gooty. Yadiki Caves draw huge crowds from the neighbouring places of Hyderabad, Vizag, Vijayawada, Tirupathi, Srisailam, Karimnagar, Nellore, Warangal, Basara and Kadapa.

Places Near Gooty

Puttaparthi
This is the main seat of Late Shri Satya Sai Baba and the land of Puttaparthi has pride to produce various famous persons.

Lepakshi Temple
Located in Hindupur region of Anantapur district this temple is a brilliant example of architecture.

Dharmavaram
The beautifully designed temple named after the mother of Sri Kriyashakti Odiyar is a about 60 kms from Gooty.

Shopping in Gooty

The town of Gooty has many small stores and shops that sell local items. These include

Khaleel Jewellers
Katika Street, 9-329, Gooty - 515401
Phone No:- 08552 251454

Kittu Fashions
Hosur Road, Gooty

Medical Stores of Gooty

Sri Manjunatha Medical & General Stores
Beside Bustand, Main Road, Hosur Road, Gooty

Aruna Medical and General Stores
Jabbar Khan Complex, Tadipatri Road, Gooty

Emergency Services of Gooty

Gooty Town Police Station
Gooty, Andhra Pradesh 515401

Guntakal Fire Station
(8552) 226299
Kasapuram Road, Gooty

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