|Elevation||475 m (1,558 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||AP 02|
The town's main attraction is Baba's Prasanthi Nilayam ashram, the presence of which has given a huge boost to the local economy, in the form of hotels, lodges, restaurants and shops which are largely frequented by visitors to Prasanthi Nilayam.
The climate is generally hot and dry throughout the year, summer temperatures ranging from 34 °C-42 °C, (93F-108F) and winter 22 °C-27 °C (71F-80F). The hotter months are from March until July and the milder months are from November until January.
"The southwest monsoons play a major role in determining the climate. The northeast monsoons are responsible for about one-third of the total rainfall. Some rainfall may be expected during the months of July and August and again from October to December."
Puttaparthi is 475 meters (1558 feet) above sea level.
Puttaparthi is well connected by road to Hyderabad (state capital) (472 kilometres (293 mi)), Ananthapur (district headquarters) (84 kilometres (52 mi)), Bangalore (154 kilometres (96 mi)), Hindupur (65 kilometres (40 mi)), Kadiri (70 kilometres (43 mi)), Penukonda (40 kilometres (25 mi)) and Chennai (375 kilometres (233 mi)), by state-run APSRTC buses. KSRTC buses also ply from Bangalore and Mangalore. Puttaparthi Bus Info
Puttaparthi has a railway station (Code SSPN) (Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam) which started functioning from 23 November 2000. It is about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from the ashram. This station falls under South Western Railway, Bangalore Division and lies on the Bangalore-Guntakal railway line. It is easy to reach the town from the railway station, in 20 - 25 mins, through various modes of transport like cabs, autorickshaws etc. and APSRTC buses. It is connected to Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Howrah directly. The nearest major railway station is 45 kilometres (28 mi) away at Dharmavaram, where one can board a train to many of the major cities in India. Dharmavaram railway station itself is connected to Puttaparthi by APSRTC buses.
Puttaparthi has an airport which is connected to Mumbai and Chennai by Indian Airlines as a stopover for their Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam services. The services are run only seasonally and on a need base; flights are not scheduled regularly. Passengers desiring to travel here should check the flight schedule before planning their trip. The airport is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the ashram. It is owned by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and is spread over 450 acres (1.8 km2) of land, housing a runway that is 2,230 metres long.
The airport's future is in doubt as several news sources have reported a proposal for sale at a price of 600 crores. Sources have also reported that one of India's leading private airliner based out of Bangalore has shown interest in the deal.
Apart from the main Ashram, Puttaparthi has other places of interest like a Hanuman temple, a village mosque and Sathyabhama temple. Sathyabhama is well known locally as 'Sathyamma' and the temple was built by Late Kondama Raju, grandfather of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Initially on the outskirts, it is now in the heart of the much grown town of Puttaparthi. Incidentally, another Sathyamma temple was recently constructed by Baba's elder brother Seshama Raju's son on the Bangalore route (10 km from the Ashram) next to the Gantla Maremma temple.
Other major tourist attractions:
- The Shiva temple constructed on the site where Baba was born. This is further down into the village from the Sathyamma Temple.
- The 'Kalpa Vriksha' or the Wish Fulfilling Tree that has a prominent place in the childhood life of Baba. It is on the banks of the Chitravathi river.
- The meditation tree on the hillock on the way to the university
Other important places are the educational institutions such as Sri Sathya Sai University, Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital designed by the English architect Dr. Keith Critchlow, Chaitanya Jyothi Museum, Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri Music College, Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre, and Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium. The then president of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, inaugurated a new indoor sports stadium — with international standards — in November 2006. Indian legend cricketer Kapil Dev was the special guest on the occasion.
Visitors can get a good idea of Indian village life by hiring an auto-rickshaw and touring the lake and surrounding villages and by interacting with the villagers.
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- A God Is Dead, but It’s Business That May Suffer Most by Jim Yardley for The New York Times, May 24, 2011, retrieved 8 January 2012
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