The Penukonda Fort is one of the main attractions of Anantapur. Located at a distance of nearly 70-km from Anantapur, the fort derived its name from the word Penukonda, which literally means big hill.
After having studied the ancient inscriptions that the Penukonda Fort, archeologists have concluded that the fort was built Vira Virupanna Udaiyar's rule, the son of king-Bukka I of Vijayanagar. A huge Idol of Lord Hanuman is placed inside the fort. It is 11 feet tall. The fort also has multiple mosques inside. The 'Sher Khan Mosque' being one of the most important. The Gagan Mahal, a palace inside the fort, was built back in the 16th century. Another Palace, 'Babayya Darga' as built to symbolize harmony between Hindus and Muslims.