Hampi, Karnataka

‘Hampi’, the anglicized version of the Kannada name ‘Hampe’, stands on the banks of River Tungabhadra as a hauntingly striking testimony to the extravagance for which the Vijayanagara dominion, of which Hampi was the capital, was famed between the 14th and 16th Centuries. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site where history, mythology, spirituality, art and architecture come together to cast a magical spell on you.

Quick Information

  • Best time to visit:
    October to March
  • Recommended minimum duration:
    3 nights/4 days
  • Attractions:
    Sculptures and monuments
    Architecture
    History
    Culture and heritage
  • Activities:
    Heritage walks
    Photography
    Coracle ride
    Cycling
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What you will see and experience:

Witness the temples, the half-destroyed idols of deathless deities, the sacred pushkaranis, the magnificent mantapas, the hills and the bird’s-eye view of Hampi from their zeniths. Experience the immense presence of the Virupaksha Temple, housing the patron deity of the then Vijayanagara rulers.

The Hampi Bazaar, or the Virupaksha Bazaar, is the street in front of the Virupaksha Temple that goes all the way to the Matanga Hill. There are a series of pavilions that were once a part of the prosperous Vijayanagara market, some of which are two-storied and known to have been the abodes of the nobles.

The Vittala Temple complex is where the renowned and the ever-mysterious musical pillars are. Also, you will be awed by the grandeur of the stone chariot, currently the symbol of Karnataka Tourism, which is in this temple complex.

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A fierce avatar of the otherwise calmingly depicted deity, Vishnu, is sculpted massively enough to overwhelm you with its sheer size and arty assurance. It’s the Lakshmi Narasimha statue, one of Hampi’s many vandalised wonders.

The famous Kadalekalu Ganesha has been given a belly that resembles the Bengal gram (kadalekaalu in Kannada). And at the southern foothill of the Hemakuta Hill sits the monolithic statue, Sasivekalu (‘mustard seed’ in Kannada) Ganesha.

The Elephant Stable, which was built to house the royal elephants of Krishnadevaraya’s army, will enthral you, and you can also see the neighbouring building where the mahouts of the time were known to live.

The Achyutaraya Temple houses a form of Vishnu called Tiruvengalanatha, standing as a sophisticated epitome of the Vijayanagara architecture, with one of the market streets in front of it.

Lotus Mahal, also known as Kamal Mahal or Chitragani Mahal, flaunts astounding geometric perfection. Its structural style deviates from the rest of the monuments, and is believed to have been a socialising place for women in the royal family.

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For whom is this destination suitable?

Anybody with an interest in history, mythology, art, and architecture, and is over the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian) can go on a personal vacation to this destination.

How do I reach Hampi?

You may take a flight to Hubli (from where Hampi is about 4 hours by road) or a train to Hospet (from where Hampi is about 30 minutes by road). Talk to us for further advice.

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