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.

Best time to visit Hampi in the next six months

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Hampi Traveller Reviews

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Pulkit mittal

  • Tourist
  • Pulkit mittal
  • 5 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  77 readers

"The royal ruins" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week 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
  • 8 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  147 readers

"Each explorer deserves to go this place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  • 7 photos
  • 48 Reviews
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  29245 readers

"World Heritage Site Hampi !!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
  • 15 photos
  • 4 Reviews
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"Capital of vijaynagar empire ... Am zing" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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
  • 26 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Colours of Hampi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Gopal krishna

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  • Gopal krishna
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  854 readers

"Good to visit Hampi which has hundreds of tourist spots to see a mix of heritage and religious."

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Tourist spots unlimited
Many more to see around the place
Brindavan of god Raghavendra
T be Dam
Kishkinde a wonderful place to visit.
Coracle and power boat experience.
Anjanadri temple
Overall it is a must watch tourist spot.
You will enjoy your visit.
July- reasonable prices
Pure oxygen always available.
Don't miss.
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Sajesha .

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  • Sajesha .
  • Lives in Palakkad
  • 3 Reviews
  •  424 readers

"Good for those interested in Indian history & heritage"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is indeed a good historical place, so for those interested in that area will find it interesting. Since I am a nature lover, I did not find it much thrilling. But again it is a place worth visiting once. There is a lot of temples and historical monuments and ruins around that place, which also make us wonder beauty of architectural skills during olden times.
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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 77 photos
  • 21 Reviews
  •  19 helpful votes
  •  151113 readers

"A place to relax and explore"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Hampi is around 350KM from Bangalore. Road condition is bad from Chitradurga to Hospet. This place is really fantastic with full of scenery, good food and fantastic people. People there are really nice, friendly and always available to help you. One can feel too safe to stay if he/ she is travelling solo. You can see many foreigners visiting this place which adds mix culture to this beautiful place.
Places to visit:
1. Vitthala Temple - If you take a walk to this place, you can find many scenic views. Take a left turn near Matanga hills and then you have to walk around 2 KM. But I bet, you wont feel bore watching the scenery.
2. Virupaksha Temple - Temple is fine, but don't miss a visit to the Hemakuta hill which is just next to this temple. This hill has sunset point. It was no use to me as there was full of clouds for all three days I stayed.
3. Queens Bath, Hazararama Temple, Elephant Stable, Watch Tower, Lotus Mahal, Kings Auditorium - All these places are located nearby in a radius of 3 KM.
In most of the places in Hampi, public toilets are available.
If you want to have Non-veg/ alcohol you need to cross Tungabhadra river in a boat with some service charges. But there isn't many places to visit on the other side of the river.
4. There is waterfall am not sure of the location, as I did not get a chance to visit, you can take help from people in Hampi to find the location.
For having Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner I opted Mango Tree Restaurants (only veg) - Price is bit high but food quality/ quantity and level of service is really good.
1. Very less restaurants available on the way to Hampi especially after crossing Chitradurga. ATM and Petrol Pump are 4 KM away from Hampi. If you don't want to go to ATM, then you can go to Tour and Travel guys who can help in getting cash with an additional charge of 4-5% of total Cash you need. I visited RK Travels, near to Mango Tree restaurants, not sure about others. You swipe your card and they give cash from their drawer. I took cash of Rs 2000 and paid 2100. Don't ever plan to visit in summer or rainy days else you may end camping in room for long time. Monsoon is fine if it doesn't rain and remains cloudy. Best is to visit during Winter. Though I visited during monsoon, it didn't rain at all except the night before I left Hampi but it didn't affect my plan.
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Ashish Jain

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  • Ashish Jain
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  • Lives in Indore
  • 10 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Hampi- The city of stones"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 15, 2016
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
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Famous for its rich history"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2016
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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