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Hampi Tourism

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Hampi Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 467 m
  • Pincode: 583001
  • District: Bellary
  • Language: Kannada
  • STD code: 08394
  • Weather: Summer 20 to 40°C, Winter 12 to 34°C
Hampi is a village located in the north of Karnataka, amongst the ruins of the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, Vijayanagara. The town lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, 74 km away from Bellary. It is located atop a rugged terrain, 467 m above sea level. 

The place is a significant religious centre of the Vijayanagara Empire due to the presence of the historic Virupaksha Temple along with many other monuments of the old city. UNESCO has listed the Vittal Temple and other ruins of the town of Hampi as a World Heritage Site.

History of Hampi

The history of Hampi is related with the historical Kishkindha, which is known for the ‘Vanara’ or Monkey Kingdom, whose reference is also there in the epic Ramayana. Hampi was the settlement of main areas of the Vijayanagara Empire since 1336 to 1565. After this, these areas were persecuted by the Deccan Muslim Confederacy due to the decisive location of Hampi with the Tungabhadra River on one side and hills on the other three sides. 

The Archaeological Survey of India and other researchers also take deep interest in the place due to its historical and architectural significance. The region of Hampi is full of large stones, out of which the statues of Hindu gods and goddesses have been crafted. The town is also an important mining site due to the presence of several mineral deposits in this region. 

People and Culture of Hampi

The place hosts the annual Vijayanagara Festival, organised every January by the Government of Karnataka. Popularly known as Hampi Utsav or Hampi Festival. This cultural affair is a mix of dance, music, drama, processions and a host of other events which take visitors back to the grandeur of the bygone days of the Vijaynagara Empire. 

Along with this, the town is also famous for the Purandara Festival, which is held around the end of January to celebrate the birth anniversary of the poet Purandar, in the Vittal Temple. 

Things to do in Hampi

The popular Virupaksha Temple situated near the Hampi Bazaar is one of the oldest monuments of the town. Its top is 50 m from the ground with its main Shrine being dedicated to the Virupaksha form of Lord Shiva. 

The Hemakuta Hill located at the south of this temple contains early ruins of the Jain Temples and a colossal idol of Lord Narasimha. The sightseeing areas of Hampi are divided into two regions namely the Hampi Bazaar and the Royal Centre, near Kamalapuram. The World Heritage Site of Hampi, the Vittal Temple, is located 2 km east of the Hampi Bazaar. 

Travelling to Hampi

Located at a distance of 60 km Bellary domestic airport, serves as the closest airport. Bangalore International Airport is the nearest international Airport at a distance of 350 km. Tourists can avail taxis from Bellary to Hampi and from Bangalore to Hampi. Bangalore airport is well connected to all major cities of India. Hospet railway station, at a distance of 13 km from Hampi is the nearest railhead. Hospet is well connected to Bangalore, Hyderabad and other major cities in Karnataka and neighboring states. Hampi is well connected by road through KSRTC bus services. 

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Tourists in Hampi can avail various accommodation options, ranging from budget hotels to 5 star hotels.
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Sumiya Ebrahim

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  • Sumiya Ebrahim
  • Lives in Bengalooru
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"Lost My Soul in Hampi"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Either you can soak yourself in the majestic ruins of hampi or you can sit back and relax in the numerous Bohemian Cafes near River Tungabhadra. Either way it is a treat. Hampi relaxes you and calms you down. Dont miss the beautiful Sunrise from Hanuman Temple in Matanga Hill overlooking the beautiful serpent-like flowing Tungabandra through the big boulders of Hampi.

Best to avoid Hampi during Summer.
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Kevin Standage

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  • Kevin Standage
  • Lives in Pune
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"The perfect place to see a stunning Hampi sunset"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I've visited India over 15 times and spent a few days exploring Hampi a couple of years ago. The place is simply stunning, you need about 4 days to cover just the main sights, and there's much more to see on the periphery that hardly anyone ever explores.

One of the things I did do whilst there was scout out what I believe is the perfect spot to see the sunset for photography. Forget "sunset view", there's better to be had !

I've attached a couple of shots.

Have fun - I did !
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Vinay raj Vinay

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"A nice historical place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This was my best place for this year. Such an amazing sculpture. The detailed carving and how nice they have figured it out, amazing to see. The guide which I had got was knowledge person. He showed me all and explained in detail. The history behind it is interesting. Guide was very friendly there, he helped me out in finding good hotels near by and showed the surrounding places.
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Ajith Padmasree

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  • Lives in Palakkad
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"A perfect solo trip destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was my first solo trip and when I decided to go for a solo trip I have a lot of doubts and concerns like, is Hampi a good choice, how will I travel alone, can I enjoy the trip alone, etc. And now I can say that if you like to travel alone, Hampi is a good option. But it's better to avoid summer season since it's damn hot. And don't forget to bargain with auto drivers and bike renting people. If it's off season like summer, you will get it for a cheap rate.
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Sowmya Pratapa

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"A beautiful historical destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Made an impromptu trip to Hampi in September. The weather man said rain and more rain so was apprehensive but the it turned out that we enjoyed the amazing Indian monsoon as well as the awe inspiring architecture of ages gone by.

Stayed at Virupapur Gadde and found out how the goras get to backpack for so cheap. The accommodation was Spartan but clean and the food Continental and Indian both value for money.

Well as for the place, crossing over to Hampi from the gadde on a coracle was in itself a quaint experience. One almost felt that time stood still here. There's enough history to keep you hooked and if you are here just to be transported to Krishnadevaraya's court and time. Then so be it!

Relaxed, historical, far from the madding crowd, trip down memory lane. Our 3 day holiday was all of these and more!
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Nikhil Singhal

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"Nice weekend getaway from Bangalore"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Hampi has an elaborate history, with a lot of ruins of temples, which one should visit.

We stayed in Gauri Resort, which is other side of river from ruins.

Must see:
1. Sunset from the temple.
2. Boating
3. Reservoir
4. Shopping street

It is a nice weekend getaway from Bangalore and Hyderabad (as its almost mid point from these 2 cities). Food is not so great but overall relaxed atmosphere of the place is so good. At night, visit any of the riverside restaurants, which generally have nice music and lighting.
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Mahesh Gouda

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  • Mahesh Gouda
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"Dont visit during summer"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 20, 2015
Hampi is a most beautiful historical place where the vijayanagar kings ruled. The stone chariot, vijaya vittala temple, virupaksha temple and many places to see. Minimum you need 3 days to see complete hampi. But don't visit during summer. Bellary district will have very good temperature. Overall very beautifull place.
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Dinesh Vishnoi

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"Masti ka time"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 9, 2015
This is rightly an UNESCO World heritage site. Hampi was the capital of the Vijaynagara empire. Now its a small village dotted with ruins of the glorious empire. The nearest rail station and town is Hospet. Most of the good hotels are in Hospet. We stayed in Hotel Hampi International. From there we booked an auto for the day to go to Hampi, which is about 15 kilometres away.

The must sees in Hampi are the Virupaksha temple, the Hazara Rama temple, the Vittalaswami temple complex and the statue of Ugra Narasimha. Apart from these, the Nandi statue, the Hemkuta group of temples, the Lotus Mahal, the Dasara Dibba, the Elephant Stables and the Giant Ganesha statues are worth seeing.

If you are in a hurry you can squeeze everything in a day, but we covered everything in two days.

Its a rocky place and it gets extremely hot in the afternoon, so plan accordingly. Carry umbrellas/hats and lots of water and wear sturdy shoes.
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"UNESCO World Heritage site"

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  • Posted Mar 9, 2015
This is rightly an UNESCO World heritage site. Hampi was the capital of the Vijaynagara empire. Now its a small village dotted with ruins of the glorious empire. The nearest rail station and town is Hospet. Most of the good hotels are in Hospet. We stayed in Hotel Hampi International. From there we booked an auto for the day to go to Hampi, which is about 15 kilometres away.

The must sees in Hampi are the Virupaksha temple, the Hazara Rama temple, the Vittalaswami temple complex and the statue of Ugra Narasimha. Apart from these, the Nandi statue, the Hemkuta group of temples, the Lotus Mahal, the Dasara Dibba, the Elephant Stables and the Giant Ganesha statues are worth seeing.

If you are in a hurry you can squeeze everything in a day, but we covered everything in two days.

Its a rocky place and it gets extremely hot in the afternoon, so plan accordingly. Carry umbrellas/hats and lots of water and wear sturdy shoes.

From Hospet, we also visited the Tungabhadra Dam.
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"The ancient city"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2015
Hampi is an ancient city, which was the capital of vijaya nagara empire. Now it is in ruins and maintained by ASI. Its a world heritage site of Unesco. It will take one full day to see hampi in a decent manner. You can call autos @`600rs for a round trip of about 40kms. Guides are available at Rs 1000 but not really necessary. There is an android application called audiocompassguide just use that. There are a lot of temples and forts and palaces inside the city of hampi. Dont forget to see the sunset from the top of the nearby hill in the evening.
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