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Anantapur

Anantapur is a city in Anantapur district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is a municipal corporation and the headquarters of Anantapur mandal. It lies on NH-7. It was the headquarters of the "Datta Mandalam" (Rayalaseema districts of Andhra Pradesh and Bellary district of Karnataka) in 1799 and Sir Thomas Munro was the first collector for ceded districts. It was also a position of strategic importance for the British Indian Army during the Second World War.GeographyAnanthapur is located at. It has an average elevation of 335 metres (1099 feet).ClimateAnantapur has a semi-arid climate, with hot and dry conditions for most of the year. Summers start in late February and peak in May with average high temperatures around the 37C range. Anantapur gets pre-monsoon showers starting as early as March, mainly through north-easterly winds blowing in from Kerala. Monsoon arrives in September and lasts until early November with about 250mm of precipitation. A dry and mild winter starts in late November and lasts until early February; with little humidity and average temperatures in the 22- range. Total annual rainfall is about 22in.DemographicsAccording to the 2011 census, Anantapur has a population of 262,340 . The sex ratio was 995 females per 1000 males and 9% of the population was under six years old. Effective literacy is 82%, male literacy is 89% and female literacy is 75%. Telugu, Urdu, Kannada and English are the predominant languages of this city.
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