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Hampi Tourism

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Its a heaven for appreciating architectural history of India. The stone carved temples with stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata, stone pillars capable of producing sounds similar to musical instruments, Stone Aqueducts for water supply (Rome is not the only place to have it) the first pin hole camera effect, the passive cooling systems in palaces this place has it all. I recommend that you must hire a guide and then take a tour of the place, ancient stories of the great dynasty adds to the whole effect of the place, otherwise it seems like a ruined city.

The place is hot and very hot, so be prepared. The Hampi city doesn't have big hotels but offers lot of home-stay type options where locals give out their rooms on rent (900-2000 INR) yes with attached toilets and all of them have a roof top restaurants. Since this place is frequented by a lot of foreign tourists (almost 80% are foreign tourist) so the rooms are pretty decent and food varies from pasta, pizza, to typical Indian cuisine. If you prefer to stay in a proper hotel, then nearest town is 30 min away and there is proper bus and auto services available too. Two days are the minimum time required if you wish to see both sides of the river. The main side where the hotels, all the temples, and ruins are situated which will take almost a full day. There is a lot of walking involved so please be prepared. You can hire autos for full day tour if you don't have your own vehicles. However, you can get motorcyles, cycles, and mopets on hire (fuel charges extra and they supply the petrol as no petrol pumps available in the area) so one bike would cost say 1000 INR. The other side of the river offers a totally different landscape - palm trees, green fields, rocks and temples on hill tops are attractive indeed. You must visit Virupaksha and Vithala temple. don't forget to miss the pin hole camera effect in Virupaksha and the sounds of stone pillars in Vithalla (ask your guides).
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Ashok Se
  • Ashok Se
  • 1 Review

"A historical place with natural beauty" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Hampi is a historical place. This is the capital city of Vijayanagar Samrajya where King Sri krishnadevaraya ruled. Lots of movies are shot here because of natural beauty. Hotel facilities available 24 hours. Transportation is also very easy. The place is really great.
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Rashi Baid
  • Rashi Baid
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 12 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"Peaceful, scenic and beautiful place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Visited Hampi in July. It's good to either rent a car or drive to Hampi. If you are looking at cutting off from your busy schedule and relaxing then this is the place. Mountains, temples and history attached to this place is quite interesting. Light rainfall will just make the surroundings awesome. Must go to Mango Tree Restaurant for its amazing menu and seating space. Do climb up the stairs of the Hanuman temple and sit on the rocks there because what you see from the top is mind-blowing.
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Lohith Kumar
  • Lohith Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Such a good place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I was very lucky to visit such a temple as it was built. The place is very religiously popular. When I entered the place, I started to click pictures. It was a fantastic experience. And I also got to saw film shoot being going on at the very same place.
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Anonymous Honeybee
  • Anonymous Honeybee
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews

"Hampi is a great place for young travellers"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Hampi is for everybody. Has a lot to offer to young travellers and people on family vacations. Reasonable and a friendly place. Very safe for female travelers too. Be open to the different cuisines Hampi has to offer for you. Do not be surprised at the scarcity of Indian cuisine in this small town.
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Swati Talwar
  • Swati Talwar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"A long walk to History!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its a heaven for appreciating architectural history of India. The stone carved temples with stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata, stone pillars capable of producing sounds similar to musical instruments, Stone Aqueducts for water supply (Rome is not the only place to have it) the first pin hole camera effect, the passive cooling systems in palaces this place has it all. I recommend that you must hire a guide and then take a tour of the place, ancient stories of the great dynasty adds to the whole effect of the place, otherwise it seems like a ruined city.

The place is hot and very hot, so be prepared. The Hampi city doesn't have big hotels but offers lot of home-stay type options where locals give out their rooms on rent (900-2000 INR) yes with attached toilets and all of them have a roof top restaurants. Since this place is frequented by a lot of foreign tourists (almost 80% are foreign tourist) so the rooms are pretty decent and food varies from pasta, pizza, to typical Indian cuisine. If you prefer to stay in a proper hotel, then nearest town is 30 min away and there is proper bus and auto services available too. Two days are the minimum time required if you wish to see both sides of the river. The main side where the hotels, all the temples, and ruins are situated which will take almost a full day. There is a lot of walking involved so please be prepared. You can hire autos for full day tour if you don't have your own vehicles. However, you can get motorcyles, cycles, and mopets on hire (fuel charges extra and they supply the petrol as no petrol pumps available in the area) so one bike would cost say 1000 INR. The other side of the river offers a totally different landscape - palm trees, green fields, rocks and temples on hill tops are attractive indeed. You must visit Virupaksha and Vithala temple. don't forget to miss the pin hole camera effect in Virupaksha and the sounds of stone pillars in Vithalla (ask your guides).
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A S
  • A S
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews

"Got to taste some spicy food!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We got a great hotel deal via an online travel agency which attracted us to go to this amazing town. There are several temples that are visually appealing. You can see a lot of tourists in this area. This is one of the popular tourist places in India. And the best part is you can get all types of food in Hampi. The food here is mostly spicy. So have a good time.
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Amrita Kamath
  • Amrita Kamath
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 5 Reviews

"Ultimate place to be!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Hampi is a place which is like no other. The geographical terrain Is different and one is always surrounded by boulders, yea Boulders !

This place is beautiful and pleasing to the eyes during the day and relaxing and peaceful by the evening.
You must visit the Virupaksha temple and also see the stone chariot and by the evenings find a corner and sit by sanapur river which is on the other side of the river.

I was accompanied by two of my friends who were an amazing company and we stayed at Gowri guest house. We hired a bike and kept travelling and explore different places around and breathing in the fresh clean air and enjoying the scenic beauty of Hampi.

There is nothing much to shop out there but there is this mango tree cafe which we visited and its worth a visit.
I'd just like to advise you guys who's planning for a trip is to carry your hats and sunscreen and hold on to them. Keep your self hydrated as the climate is dry there and just go for it ! It's an ultimate place to be. I'm glad I did it!
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Nishitha K n
  • Nishitha K n
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 523 Reviews

"Beautiful historical place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Hampi is a famous tourist place. It is famous for it's own history and monuments. Temples are amazing here. We stayed for about 2 days but still could not finish visiting all the sightseeing places. Nice place to visit with family. We had a great time with family here.
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G rajaram
  • G rajaram
  • 2 Reviews

"Good experience but one day is not enough"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Mar 29, 2014
It was a great experience. The resort (Vijayshree Heritage) was good. The ruins and temples are worth visiting. But they are spread out and a bit of planning is required especially if you have little time. It would have been good to visit Badami nearby but 1 day is not enough for Hampi let alone Badami. I regard it an exploratory trip. Will be back next time for 1 week. Best when its a little cool (Aug-Sept or December).
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Dipali Shinde
  • Dipali Shinde
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 photos
  • 25 Reviews

"Good heritage site but a little over-hyped"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2014
Hampi is a good heritage site. Some sites like Vithal temple complex, Dasara Dibba, Hazararam temple, Monolith Ganapati and Nandi, Narsimha and Badava linga are worth visit and seeing. But I felt it is over-hyped. Also the complex do not have good bathroom facilities.
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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. 

Accommodation options in Hampi

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