Hampi Tourism

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

History of Hampi

One of the most affluent cities of India in its heyday, Hampi is home to beautiful temples and is still a place of religious importance.

Evidence of Emperor Ashoka’s minor rock edits indicate that this area was part of the Ashokan kingdom during the 3rd century BC. Prior to this, Hampi is believed to have been under the control of the chiefs of Kampili, a small town now situated 19km to the east of Hampi. With so many places to visit in Hampi, the town is always quite populated, even to this day.

People and Culture of Hampi

Hampi is inhabited by both locals and tourists, all throughout the year who love to visit Hampi tourist places. The month of November sees the celebration of the Nada Utsav, Hampi’s yearly cultural festival where once can witness breathtaking traditional dances, processions, musical shows and fireworks.

The Temples in the city are a mixture of Hindu, Muslim and Jain architecture, reflecting the whole of the city’s rich history.

Things to Do in Hampi

Hampi sightseeing has on offer various options. Indians as well as Western visitors cannot get enough of the Bazaar area, the morning ritual of the temple elephant bathing herself or just walking around the boulder areas which are some of the best places to visit in Hampi. Hampi is a place of rest and relaxation, where most guesthouses are run by locals and these live alongside some smaller hotel chains.

The Archeological museum of Hampi has various antiques and sculptures and houses some of the most important artifacts that should not be overlooked in the city. The various temples, including The Monkey Temple (Hanuman temple), Vijaya Vittala Temple, Virupaksha Temple and other smaller ones have a lot to offer in terms of their exquisite architecture, their history and each one’s principal deity. These are just some of the offerings of Hampi places to visit.

Food and Shopping in Hampi

Hampi attractions include the Hampi Bazaar which is a a well known area in Hampi that is spread over almost one kilometer. Though it does not operate with the same force and heart as it did in the days of the Vijayanagara empire, it is still a popular place among tourists. The marketplace offers traditional costumes, handicraft items, jewellery, clay dolls, etc.

A unique thing to see here is the replica of the Hampi ruins. One can enjoy a morning stroll among the pavilion like structures where the market is set up before the market opens for the day at 6:00 am.

During the annual Hampti Utsav (Festival), the market area is the center of all activity. It flourishes with cultural and religious celebrations.

A large statue of the Nandi Bull is found at the east end of the market street which is located in close proximity to a two storeyed pavilion that houses a photo gallery.

Accommodation in Hampi

Various local-owned guesthouses, as well as slightly larger hotels, are the best accommodation options in Hampi. Hampi tours are a popular option that can be organized from most hotels. These tours will take you to most spots for sightseeing in Hampi.

If you’re wondering how to reach Hampi, the city is easily accessible by air (the nearest airport being Bellary which is 64km from Hampi) rail (nearest station is Hospet and buses ply frequently between the two towns) or by road (Roads to Hampi are well maintained and can be used to reach Hampi by cars or buses).

With so many places to see in Hampi and things to do in Hampi, make sure you spend atleast a few days in any of the hotels in Hampi so you can really explore and understand the city.

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Hampi Traveller Reviews

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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 232 photos
  • 123 Reviews
  •  44 helpful votes
  •  49786 readers

"One of the fantastic glimpse of the history" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
The Ruins of Hampi was one of most exciting thing that I have heard and to visit. After watching several enticing episodes om TravelXp finally I got a chance to be there last August. I had just one day to explore so rented a bike instead of Auto Rickshaw. I was amazed and speechless with the beauty of this dynasty. I have never seen such place in India. One of the fantastic glimpse of the history, the marvel of archaeology. A big thanks to govt authority who has saved it from commercialisation so that the small heritage village is only community in this town. Virupaksha temple, Vijay vittala temple, The Ganesh Statue, Ruins of Flea market, River Tungabhadra and a lot more points are to surprise you with their historical charm. Hampi is strongly recommended to everyone.
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Raj gupta

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  • Raj gupta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
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"Hampi, the seat of Vijaynagar empire"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Vijayanagar empire was founded in fourteenth century India and lasted over three hundred years (1336 to 1656). It was a formidable Hindu kingdom which ruled present day Andhra, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa and parts of Kerala with capital at Hampi/Anegundi. The was larger than that controlled by Mughals even during their hey days. The populace here was very prosperous.

Vijaynagar empire fell to the combined might of 5 Bahamani sultans of the Deccan. These aggressors looted the populace and destroyed temples and palaces. This loot, it is said continued unabated for over six months. The ruins today show the magnificence of those days and the misery that befell.
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Jasmeet arora

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  • Jasmeet arora
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"A large group of monuments and royal ruins at one place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We had a three days trip to Hampi from Pune. As expected the climate was very hot even during the 1st week of December. On first day we visited the Royal enclosure which had a lot of monuments to offer. Must visit was the stepped well, elephant stable and Hazara Rama Temple. On 2nd day we moved towards the Sacred Centre where the Matanga Hill is a must visit along with Krishna Bazaar and Virupaksha temple. Behind Virupaksha temple there is a small Hampi Bazaar (no local products to buy, you only get Tibetian style clothes, jewellery etc. ) where the localities offer the Paying guest services- a small room with a cot and water supply (Most of the foreign tourists stay here). The nearest hotel is the Clarks Inn which is at Kamlapur, approx 8-9 km from Hampi Bazaar. On 3rd day we visited Vijaya Vittala Temple, which one of the important places to visit and also took a coracle ferry at Tungabhadra river, behind Hampi Market.

Mango Tree is the only decent restaurant in Hampi offering good food & ambience.

Important Notes:

1) Do carry sunscreen and Umbrella. Keep yourself hydrated.

2) Two days are enough to explore Hampi.

3) Nothing to do after sunset.

4) Most of the time, phone remains out of network area in Hampi.

5) Everything is located in a radius of 12 km, so whatever the auto-wala charges is for his waiting time. Do bargain.
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Shazneen singaporewala

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  • Shazneen singaporewala
  • 5 Reviews
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"Mesmerising-minimum 3days in Hampi."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
When we talk of Hampi as a tourist destination we are taking of several things to do and places to see. The most talked about is the Hampi ruins. Spread over a considerable area.
Depending on your interest you could spend from 1 day to even a week there.
However from a tourists' point of view, I would suggest you give At least 2 while days there.
The second place to visit on the 3rd day is the Hampi island. It does not require more than a day if you can start early.
The 3rd thing to do is to experience the coracle boat ride.
Get in touch with a very dedicated and trust worthy auto driver virupakshu Mobile no 094449932641. He has little problem while conversing but he is very good with directions roads and takes you by foot also to several ruins.
The 1st day he will charge rs 1200. Taking you along all major points marked on the map.
Those include the vittala temple, (there are battery operated cars which are the only means of reaching the temple. Do hire a guide ). Other temples and ruins include virupaksha temple ganesha temple, bada linga temple, varaha temple, the queens Bath, elephant stables, watch tower, lotus Mahal, hazara rama temple, stone sisters, etc to name a few.
Next day there are certain places which need to be reached by foot. Pay him rs 700 and he 'll walk the distance with you. The kings balance, coracle boat ride and some other ruins can be reached on foot.
The river divides Hampi with Hampi island on the other side. It has more of a Goa look. Pay the auto guy rs 900 and he will take you along the old bridge that connects to Hampi island and the cost covers sightseeing like anjani hanuman temple 600 steps, pampasarovar water tank, annegudi which has ranganathaswany temple and Chidambaram temple and a banana leaf local market, durga temple and a lake which is very pretty.
Alternate way of reaching the island is by taking a motor boat for rs 10pp or a coracle ride rs 50pp. On reaching the island there are mopeds and scooty for hire rs 200 and rs 300 respectively. They provide you a map and I don't really need a guide. If you can ride a scooter this is the best way to go. Tripple seat is also unofficially allowed and safe. Petrol is minimum of 2 litres and costs separately. Map and petrol are both arrange by the scooter guys.
There are also autos available that cost rs 1000 for all sightseeing.
If you have to go by auto take your auto guy Mr virupaksha who charges rs 900 to drive you all the way to the island and back plus sightseeing.
Hope this information helps.
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Chitra Konkar bhate

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  • Chitra Konkar bhate
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 13 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
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"Family vacation at Hampi and Badami"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I along with my family went to Hampi and Badami. At Badami we stayed at hotel mayura cvhalukya, a budget hotel. We visited Badami caves, lower shivalay, upper shivalay and Bhootnath temple. Then we headed to statical and aihole. Over all one and a half day is required to see all these places. At aihole food is available. It was a great experience. Then we headed to Hospet where we stayed at hotel mallligi. Its a three star hotel with all the required facilities. Staff, food, hotel room everything is good. First day we visited virupaksha temple, mahakuta, hazar ram, Vijay vittala, mahanavmi dibba and many More temples. Next day we went to anegundi where we visited anjanadri, vali cave, pampa sarovar, the place from where lord Ram killed Vali and sanapur reservoir. We enjoyed coracle ride at sanapur. Next day we started for Solapur. On our way we visited gardens near almatti dam. Lav Kush, k Krishna and rock gardens near almatti are worth seeing. Then we took a halt at Solapur at hotel center point to catch udyan express next day to come to Mumbai ..
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Pulkit mittal

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  • Pulkit mittal
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"The royal ruins"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This should be one of the must visit place in your checklist. The ruins gives you a feeling of being in a royal dynasty with most of the buildings being preserved as they were but thats not all.
The area is famous for its unique terrain which consists of small mountains made of boulders.
Also do not for get to take a ferry to the other side of the river also called the "Hip" side of Hampi where you can find free folks chilling in shacks all day long.
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Viveak V

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  • Viveak V
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"Each explorer deserves to go this place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
UNESCO world heritage site. Yes, it really deserves. Each stone has a history. Can get a guide recommended by tourism office near bus stand or if you want alone, can get a book which they sell in stationary in market and read through it. Try food in mango tree.
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Ajith G a

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  • Ajith G a
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 52 photos
  • 60 Reviews
  •  32 helpful votes
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"World Heritage Site Hampi !!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2016
A very good place to visit and know about the history.
Even though we would have studied these things in our Social Studies classes during our school days, we would have forgot most of them.
A visit to this place and seeing around/exploring these places enhances your knowledge a lot.
There is so much of history in each place, it would be good to hear from a guide about each place.
Must visit place.
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Gajendra Wagh

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  • Gajendra Wagh
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 4 Reviews
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"Capital of vijaynagar empire ... Am zing"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2016
I was there in may 2016 ... It was mesmerizing trip to Hampi .. City is ruined now .. Very good architecture, monuments .. Places to must see is withal temple, v itu paksha temple, royal encloser, hajar rama temple, and more grp of monuments, best season is August, September and winter .. You feel like you are in ancient era .. Must visit place in india .. Nearest station is hosepet .. And Bellary ..
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Ananya gupta

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  • Ananya gupta
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"Colours of Hampi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 6, 2016
Well we got lucky and visited this place in the month of January and it was surely a wonderful trip. I started with the word lucky as this our first option and we never thought it would turn out be a great trip. Our itinerary was of 2 days. We started from Bangalore on a Friday night and reached Saturday morning. The weather there had a kind of magic in it. The winds were blowing and the place was so common. Hampi is literally a village and it is mainly the ruins of the Vijayanagar empire. We stopped at the Hospet bus stand and from there took a 3 wheeler and it took us to the riverside of Hampi. The world's across two sides of the river are totally different. One side of the river have all the temples and the local life of village people while the other side is more of a Hippie place. You can see various types of tourists on that side. We decided to stay on that side only. For crossing the river, we took a ferry and reached to the side. The hotel we took had kinds of tourists. Then we started our journey. We started on a bicycle and covered Anegundi hills. The place has Anjuna temple atop and it is believed to be the birthplace of God Hanuman. The temple was 600 steps above and trust me, the view from the top is spectacular.

After that we went to Durga temple, the best feeling was of riding the bicycle. The winds and the view from the streets was perfect. Then we headed to Pampa Sarovar which was a bit of disappointment as it is supposed to be a lotus pond but there were no lotus at that moment. Being tired from the journey, we decided to call it off and then reached back to our hotel. Had a great time at their restaurant.

Day 2: After having breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and then started the trip to other side of the river. On just crossing the river, the sight of Virupaksha temple will give you the glimpse of actual Hampi. Just beside that starts Hampi Bazaar. We took a full auto rickshaw as the road was smooth but at an altitude so it could have been difficult. We started with the Ganesh temple, the statue of Lord Ganesha was huge. We headed to Krishna temple afterwards and just opposite to that there is a Pushkarini Bazaar. The place is nice and a good one for the photographers.

Then Lotus temple, Queen's Bath and elephant stables which are located at the same place. Special mention to the Vittala temple, the architecture is so beautiful. It has 56 pillars and on tapping the pillars, we can hear the music. The temple is really beautiful with all the carvings on the wall. At the end we witnessed the sunset from the top of a mountain. The moment was so perfect that I got totally lost in the calmness. Our trip came to an end with this. We had dinner at a restaurant nearer to the railway station. Then took a train back to Bangalore.

It was a perfect place and we all were girls who visited this place. From sunrise to sunset, bikes to bicycles, guest houses to guest huts, 600 steps of Hanuman temple to roaming around, bus to train, localites to foreigners, lights to no lights, temples all around to sarovars, boats to coracle, tea to coffee, 2 days well spent.. :)
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