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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

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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Ashish Jain

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  • Ashish Jain
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Indore
  • 5 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Hampi- The city of stones" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Hampi was the capital of king Krishnadev rai barman. So many places to visit. When you enter in the city start your journey with the temple of lord ganesh then visit to main temple of Hampi. One taking is unique is that all the statues were made from rocks like ganesh, narsimha etc.
In the main temple you can watch that the shadow of gate was become reverse when it passes from a small hole in a wall.
Next temple is which you see in pictures I. E. Sign of Hampi a rath. Specific point note is that the pillars are giving a good sound of sargam.
Apart from these you can visit the sister stones, lotus palace, shiv temple, ram temple.
Being every thing was made from stones hence it is called a city of stones. So much greenery is there. Best time to visit is September to November when you can also enjoy the Hampi festival.
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Praveeen

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  • Praveeen
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Famous for its rich history"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Hampi is famous for its rich history. It goes back to 1336 AD. The city with large dimensions, carvings, florid ornamentation etc. It's just makes you fall in love with the sculptures. It is also called God of whispering rocks. It was wonderful.
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Varun Kulkarni

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  • Varun Kulkarni
  • Lives in Pune
  • 26 Reviews
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"A time relapse into the History"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Hampi is famous for its rich history, it goes back to 1336 AD. The city with large dimensions, carvings, florid ornamentation etc. It's just makes you fall in love with the sculptures.

For me place worth visiting are

Lotus Mahal
Krishna temple
Dasara Dibba
Gejjala Mantapa
Zenana

There are more number of temples you can visit around hampi. It would at least take 2 days to explore the city thoroughly.
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Tarun prabhat

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  • Tarun prabhat
  • Lives in Bhilai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  582 readers

"Soothing place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was very pleasant stay in Hampi, so natural mountains and monuments. It is also called God of whispering rocks. It was wonderful and weather was also pleasing. Sunrise and sunset point is extraordinarily beautiful. So nice to see from hilltop, bicycle ride was also awesome.
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Amit Gambhir

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  • Amit Gambhir
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
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"A must visit Archaeological site in India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We (Wife & me) were on a road trip to Hampi, in Tata Zest. We started off from Mumbai @5:30A. M. , driving via Kolhapur road reached Hampi @ 5 P. M. Total11 Hrs of journey including breaks (1 for breakfast, 1 for lunch & 2 fuel station breaks) these were also backed up with bio breaks :-). The roads were lovely, with beautiful views all over, specially in Karnataka. Banana & coconut tree plantations across 100's of Acre land, on both the sides of highway. As we were nearing Hampi, we started seeing huge mountains with giant rocks, completely mesmerizing view. Nature has beautifully arranged / composed these structures and blessed us in a way. We checked-in at our Hotel "Royal Orchid" & jumped in the swimming pool to refresh from the driving fatigue. We had dinner at epic Restaurant, which was OK. Next day, after having heavy breakfast at ~9am, we left for Archaeological Site visit. Roads are narrow, but in good condition, weather was good that day 27th February 2016 (also my Birthday). We chose not to take a guide (900 didn't seem worth) this was confirmed after some time, when we saw other guides explaining on site. But we did buy a book & map, which has good info. Temples are marvellous, not so crowded, we felt at peace. Large water bodies, lakes, detailed sculpture carvings on temples, panoramic view of rock structures around, with a balance of greenery & birds chirping. Though most of the structures didn't have any idols, but we found God in the serenity itself. We spent 4 hours walking, looking at the structures, visualizing the era, and didn't realize how the time had passed. You can also get bicycles on rent, if you wish to ride, a visit to Hampi isn't complete until you eat at The Mango Tree Restaurant. We had South Indian Thali lunch, served on banana leaf. They serve the most authentic food, South Indian, as well as Continental, lot of foreigners also have their meals here. Do try their rice porridge.
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Lambith

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  • Lambith
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 2 Reviews
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"Relive history, feel you are with the Royals, may travel all through the year"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Hampi is a historical place where great king of Vijayanagara walked and ruled the state. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Considered one of great king of India was an erudite and great ruler. Visiting the ruin make you relive the time and imagination takes you as if you are with the loyals.

Hampi is about 12 km from Hospet where visitors stay and bus service is available for the same. The places in the ruin is a marvel and monuments/site that is visited and seen by tourist are : Virupaksha Temple. Vittala Temple, Purandara Temple Kings Balancem Stone Chariot, Krishna Temple, Ugra Narasimha, Sisters Rook, Hazara Rama Temple, Lotus Temple, Elephant Temple, Queen Bath, Pushkarani etc.

We went by car while travelling roadside there dhabas where you get good local food especially rice chapattis etc. While visiting be prepared to walk a lot and take water.
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Adil Ali

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  • Adil Ali
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"True essence of ancient art"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 5, 2016
Hampi, l started my journey one fine evening from Manglore, thanking Ganesh travels for their daily bus services.

The next morning, I woke up to the essence of Hampi. We could get many option to wander around there, as my time was less, opted an auto as my option. next thing we need is someone to spread us the history, culture and other information about Hampi so found a licensed guide, these two requires a bit bargain skills.

We started from the Virupaksha temple, my guide was good in sharing the history, past and present of his place and we ended it at the Tungabhadra dam. Most parts of Hampi are ruins, all showing the beauty of ancient architecture, apt for fine photography. Climate was pleasant and Hampi is surrounded with a bit nature. The most attraction is the stone ages showing the ancient cultures, religions and their beliefs. Finding a stay over there is easy, as many hotels, homestays are easily available. Hampi is a budget friendly place.
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Bharath Kumar

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  • Bharath Kumar
  • Lives in Anantapur
  • 1 Review
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"Holiday Spot, Hampi"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 29, 2016
It was an awesome experience to see Hampi. So many temples are there in Hampi. Those temples are very old, but beautiful. In Hampi there is a river. 50% of the tourists are foreigners. I enjoyed with my family members in Hampi, after so many years I enjoyed this much in Hampi.
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"The hottest place in Karnataka!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2016
This is so hot that we should carry water, fruits, umbrella, cap and even shoes if needed. We do get tender coconut everywhere around but still water is very very important. Toilets are clean in this place but is pay & use. These monuments are maintained by UNESCO. What I felt is they could have planted more trees along the path of the tourists so it would have been a pleasant trip for all of us going there.
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Pradeep Pg

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Must watchable place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 21, 2016
Must watch this place because it is the place of art where you gonna see so much of art of Vijayanagar kingdom. Also seen a wonderful place around Hampi and it is located at the banks of Tungabhadra. This is also considered to be the good thing and I am out of words, once in your life must visit it.
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