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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. 

Accommodation options in Hampi

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

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  • Sai Shekar
  • Lives in Bellary
  • 1 Review

"Hampi heritage of Karnataka!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Hampi is 10kms away from Hospet where you have local transportation its actually a very good tourist place where every Indian must visit. Its a good and place which should be visited for sure. Hampi has many sub places to visit like the Virupaksha temple, stone chariot and many more places to see. Its one of the oldest heritage place where every traveller must visit. You gotta be careful because there are lot people who will exploit the innocent. So should be careful and moreover its not a complex or complicated city its very easy to visit and seek help.
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Shivam Doshi

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  • Shivam Doshi
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  215 readers

"Bouldering all the way- Hampi" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
If I had to choose one place for a week to get out of human contact, Hampi brings about the perfect recipe. Reaching here is fairly simple, you can reach Hospet via Bus/Train( Bus preferred due to the awesome NH4). Take a local bus or an auto to reach Hampi from here is easy. After reaching Hampi, I would advise to find the river Tungabhadra and cross it to the more peaceful side where you won't find the tourists that flow from all over the country. This part of Hampi, Anegundi, is the most awesome place as there is no cell phone coverage and you'll be forced to converse with the people in front of you. There are tons of tourists here on this side and they are as friendly as anyone can get. You can just go and have a chat with them without getting uncomfortable and believe me you'll get to hear some amazing stories. I would recommend a bike tour that goes around the historical part of Hampi as it is really beautiful and biking in itself can be a lot of fun among the ruins. Two days are enough to cover the ruins of Hampi and you can have all the time in the world to cover the tranquil part of Hampi, Anegundi. Here you have river view cafes where you can catch up on books, paint, write, anything you want. You can go cycling to the Hanuman mandir or as the foreigners call it, the monkey temple and the snake temple. If you are low on fitness levels, you can even rent mopeds at immensely cheap rates and go about each and every amazing spot here including Sanapur lake. You can even just keep driving around and you'll come across so many beautiful places that you'll keep begging for more. Another experience is watching the sunset over Hampi from the top of Mathanga hills and the top of Hanuman temple and if you're lucky and there are no clouds, you'll see the most spectacular of sunsets ever. It will be beautiful even with the clouds so don't be discouraged if you see them. Another asset that this little place boasts of is the food. This place hosts some of the best tasting dishes you've ever had in your life. Some cafes are really popular and you'll see the reason for yourself. I had a beautiful experience during September (awesome even though it wasn't peak season), met tons of different travellers, called my friends on weekends and had a blast. I don't know what this landscape of Hampi is called but it is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in my life. You can also go to Badami from here if you have a historical side, it is the only place nearby which compliments Hampi. Alcohol wise you can only get beer here in some cafes. Cafes here are also really unique in each and every way for example, some cafes have instruments for the customers, some have different board games, some have playing cards, some play movies and the list goes on. So get yourself a free week and go out there for an unforgettable experience.
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Rahulnath raveendranath

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  • Rahulnath raveendranath
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"One among the best places in the South!!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Well, Hampi as such is an experience more than a destination. I would recommend at least a 3 day holiday if you are interested in getting along with the flavours of Hampi. The place is not just all about the archaeological remains and the rock structures. A history enthusiast (though not me) can easily relate every single monument or structure to an incident and can feel the moment. Nearest town to Hampi is Hospet. This town rather a village is very untidy and moderately crowded. You can choose a hotel in Hospet. Hampi is 15 or 20 minutes drive from Hospet. If you prefer to use the public transport, there are JnRum buses playing every now and then. Coming back to Hampi, there are temples, rocks, trekking spot and lots more. Best time to visit the place will be during December or January. And its always better to have an early start to Hampi as by afternoon the sun can take some good portion of your energy. If you are allergic to dust I would suggest to take a towel as the place is very dusty. Better take water bottles with you as the ones you get at top points are not from trustworthy companies. Mornings and evenings are the best time to explore Hampi. You can get bicycles or mopeds for daily rent. Hampi has been haunting me even after my visit and I am sure I may go again. For first time visitors I would suggest a 2 or 3 day trip.
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Dishari De

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  • Dishari De
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 16 Reviews
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"The Grandeur of Hampi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Situated near Hospet (or Hosapete as per Indian Railways) town in Karnataka, this vast bolder-strewn forlorn city of ruin is a backpackers paradise as well as a pilgrims delight. Hampi is a surprise, its a chaos, its an addiction, its green, its aquatic, its spiritual. This UNESCO world heritage site recently has been an attraction to short trip lovers.

Few Tips:

1. If you want to make good photos with different lights you have to stay in Hampi, as you don't want to take the time bound boat ride to hotel each and every time.

2. To enjoy the addiction of Hampi, one has to stay on the other side of the river, i.e , Anengudi. This little riverside colony has a mini Goa feel without the heavy crowd.

3. Speaking the truth, coracle ride is really a mandatory in Hampi. Coracle ride is available on Tungabhadra river crossing as well. But the best place to enjoy the ride is Sanapur lake.

4. People often get so busy to explore Hampi, they forget about the hidden gems of Anengudi. Sunrise from Anjenandri Parvat, coracle ride at Sanapur lake and a boat journey to Nava Vrindaban from Anengudi will surely make your day.

5. If you are staying on the other side of the river, be very alert about the boat timings unless you are travelling by a car.

Lastly, be ready to be surprised when you visit Hampi. This place is famous for ruins but believe me Hampi has lot more to offer if you love travelling for the sake of it and don't complain about little glitches.
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Pratyush Krish

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  • Pratyush Krish
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Tranquil, hiking and a whole Lotta ruins"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Right from the word go, Hampi spelt out adventure, Tranquil and fun. A fun spot for pretty much any kind of person. For the relaxing sorts, there is the goan corner, laughing Buddha etc. A trek to Matanga Hills is a must. Go there early in the morning to catch the sunrise. For the sunset, there is a sunset point, the hempatuka Hills.
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Unmesh lamture

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  • Unmesh lamture
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
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"Hampi is a great place to chill"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Amazing place with natural beauty. Not a lot of people to bother you. You can visit the temples, or rent a bike on the hippie side and go explore yourself. It's just very pleasant and quaint and has lovely rocky scenery. Great place for an extended weekend.
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Jyoti Baid

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"Best of olden city, Hampi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Oldest and one of the most visited place in Hampi on known for its architecture and history. Entrance fees is a mere 3 rupees and and the person who will keep shoes will charges 2 rupees guides can be found inside the temple they may ask you any thing between 100-500 for an insight about the history of the temple. Book related to Hampi can be found nearby to temple. Photography is strictly prohibited.
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Manjari Sharma

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  • Manjari Sharma
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 21 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Amazing & an awesome place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A very nice world heritage site. The place tell us so many stories from kings to gods. Vittala temple, Ganesh temple, Virupaksha temple and lotus palace are not to be missed. Hampi also provides amazing places to eat. You can try the local Karnataka meal or any other world cuisine. Overall, this place offers something to each.
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Shivaram Adiga

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  • Shivaram Adiga
  • Lives in Udupi
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"An awesome weekend destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice place to stay longer days in rooms because cheaper than other places. Nice sightseeing and nature and monument also. Here Saptasvara Mantapa is there it's so nice because of in olden days the function were held in this place and the instrument were the pillars and there sound were occupied as vast about 5km.
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Lipsa Pany

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  • Lipsa Pany
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 9 Reviews
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"Best mixture of nature and heritage"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I must have visited the place 100 times. I prefer going just before sunrise. Watch the sunrise then start exploring from stone chariot. Walk towards Virupaksha temple, the mountain, river, trees and old ruins. You will feel relaxed and calm. It's mesmerising.
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