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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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Sowmya Pratapa
  • Sowmya Pratapa
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"A beautiful historical destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days 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
  • Nikhil Singhal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Nice weekend getaway from Bangalore" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days 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
  • Mahesh Gouda
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"Dont visit during summer" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
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
  • Dinesh Vishnoi
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 1 Review

"Masti ka time" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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Bishwaksen Bandyopadhyay
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  • 3 Reviews

"UNESCO World Heritage site" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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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Arun Peethambaran
  • Arun Peethambaran
  • Lives in Kottayam
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  • 9 Reviews

"The ancient city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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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Gauri
  • Gauri
  • Lives in Pune
  • 3 Reviews

"A perfect heritage plus relaxing holiday"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The paddy fields, the Rocky Mountains, the landscape are all unique. Food at the Mango Tree Restaurant was different and enjoyable. The heritage sites are very well-maintained and clean. Good work done by archaeological office. The Anjanadri Hill was a fun to climb activity.
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Ajay Sharda
  • Ajay Sharda
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 12 photos
  • 16 Reviews

"The lost kingdome"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2014
Hampi or the mythological Kishkindha Nagari is a UNESCO Heritage site with group of monuments spread over an area of 25 sq Km. Lots of ruins belong to Vijayanagar dynasty of 13th century. Must say the over visit was worth it. The brush with history made me nostalgic.. Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Bazaar, Vithala Temple, Jain temple, Pattabhirama Temple and others are must see places. The temples are the architectural delight. The known or corroborative history of the place goes back to 5th century BC.
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Rachna Gupta
  • Rachna Gupta
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews

"City with lot of historical values"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2014
A great must see destination for the monuments, history, living heritage, as well as for the languid riverside, the monkeys, the quaint Hampi bazaar, the rock climbing experience. The temples and the coracle rides!! Beautiful stucco work can be seen all over Hampi. The guides are gentle helpful and not aggressive as they would be in North India. With numerous foreigners around, all cuisine is available in Hampi village, almost at all times of the day. They mostly cook it when u orders, so it’s fresh and good. We enjoyed south Indian breakfasts and continental dinners almost equally. The little guest houses and restaurants complete the quaint village feeling, and almost everyone is connected to the tourism industry in Hampi, selling wares and services. Net connectivity is available all over. Always bargain when shopping. River trips can be overcharged so do some homework before agreeing to a boatman's price! Hampi has two seasons - Hot and Very Hot! Best time to visit is just as monsoons are receding. Got to be careful about crossing the river, specially if the water is at a high. They may refuse to ferry you across rather suddenly! Must climb Matunga hill by sunrise for a great view must take a languid trip on the coracle on the river, must go rock climbing and exploring. Must cross the river for a chilled beer on a hot noon!!!. All this after a slow satiating dose of heritage though!
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Rajesh Deshpande
  • Rajesh Deshpande
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  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 5 Reviews

"Hampi, a magical paradise"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2014
The forlorn ruins of erstwhile Vijaynagar Empire are scattered around Hampi over an area of 40 sq. kms. Criss Crossed by the Tungabhadra river irrigating sugarcane, banana plantations, and paddy fields with a backdrop of azure sky with cirrus clouds. Hampi is truly a magical landscape on the southern banks of the Tungabhadra river.

Hampi is in the Bellary district of Karnataka, India and can be reached via Hospet city 13 kms away.

Set aside three full days to explore this paradise full of temples and mantapas, administrative buildings and bazaars. See the majestic Virupaksha temple, Ugra Narsimha, Badava Linga, Sasivekalu Ganesha and the Kadalekalu Ganesha, the chakra tirtha at Hampi's sacred centre.

Hampi's royal centre has monuments like the Mahanavmi Dibba, Kings Sacred chamber, underground Shiva temple, Stepped Well. Some other attractions here are the Hazara Rama temple, Queens bath, Chandrashekhara temple, Octagonal bath. Also adjacent is the Zenana enclosure where the Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Queens palace and Tenali Rama Pavilion could be seen.

The chief attraction of Hampi is the Stone Chariot at the Vijaya Vithala Temple which is to the north east of the sacred centre but best reached from Kamalapura village on the outskirts of the erstwhile Vijaynagar empire boundaries. See the Kings Balance and Purandara Dasa mantapa nearby.

After an extravagant visual treat visit the Malyavanta Hill to witness an mesmerizing sunset. Take a coracle ferry from the banks of Tungabhadra river near the Vijaya Vithala temple or the Virupaksha temple to crossover and reach the opposite bank for visiting Anegondi which has attractions like the Anjanadri hill and Pampa Sarovar.

Hampi is an all year round destination but it is best to visit in the winter season when the climate is pleasant.

So plan to visit this magical paradise for a glimpse of the glory of the erstwhile Vijaynagar empire
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