Located in the south-west of Andhra Pradesh, Puttaparthi is surrounded by arid and rocky hills bordering Karnataka. Famous for its Sathya Sai Baba Mandir, it is among the most famous religious tourist destinations in the world. Lots of domestic as well as foreign tourists visit this place every year to get a glimpse of the legendary Sathya Sai Baba and see his much talked about ashram. It is believed that the present Sai Baba is the reincarnation of the former Sai Baba of Maharashtra popularly known as Sai Baba of Shirdi. The income of the ashram is used for a number of public utility services. The Sai ashram is a huge complex with living quarters, canteens, shops, a museum and library, and a vast assembly hall where Sai Baba comes out for his devotees twice daily. Queues start more than an hour before the appointed time, and a lottery decides who gets to sit near the front. Although there is not much to see in Puttaparthi, the ashram itself draws the attention of the visitor with its varied attractions.
Puttaparthi belongs to the Bangalore Circuit of south India. The other destinations that come under this circuit include Bangalore, Kolar, and Nellur. On the way between Bangalore and Puttaparthi, one can visit the Veerbhadra temple at Lepakshi. At the entrance of the town, there is a huge Nandi, the sacred bull of Lord Shiva. The temple is about 500 metres away.