An ancient fortified village that is said to be older than Hampi, Anegundi retains its rustic charms. Standing on the banks of River Tungabhadra, opposite Hampi, legend says that this is the place where elephants of the Vijayanagara empire's army were kept. Thus it's name Anegundi, which means elephant pit in Kannada. Anegundi is also said to have been a part of Kishkindha, the mythical kingdom of monkey kings Bali and Sugreva, mentioned in the epic Ramayana. Locals say that this settlement is over 3,000 years old, a fact that may be proven by the existence of Maurya Mane (Moremane) and Onake Kindi, two prehistoric era clusters. According to geologists, this place is around four billion years old. At Maurya Mane, one can see evidence of prehistoric human settlements, like cave paintings, while rock paintings can be seen in Onake Kindi. Apart from these archaeological sites, the Anegundi Fort is another popular tourist attraction. With many gates, several tombs and two temples - Ganesha Cave Temple and Durga Temple - this sprawling fort once used to guard the region.

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