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
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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Arun Peethambaran
  • Arun Peethambaran
  • Lives in Kottayam
  • 3 photos
  • 9 Reviews

"The ancient city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days 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
  • Lives in Pune
  • 3 Reviews

"A perfect heritage plus relaxing holiday"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 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
  • 15 Reviews

"The lost kingdome"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
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"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
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 photos
  • 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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Sandeep kumar  Roy
  • Sandeep kumar Roy
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 17 photos
  • 10 Reviews

"Hampi - a proud heritage"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 18, 2014
We combined our trip to visit Hospet, Sandur & Hampi. We stayed at Hotel Shiva Vilas Palace at Sandur and travelled to Hospet and Hampi from there. Hotel at Sandur is a 5-star accommodation, opened to public recently after converting Sandur Maharaja's palace. We had a comfortable stay in luxurious environment with personal attention from the hotel staff. The food was cooked to our taste and the housekeeping staff was always there to oblige. Sandur town does not much to talk about except a good residential school and Kumarswamy Temple, on a hill about 15 kms from the town. Sandur is connected to Hospet by a 30 km long concrete road. Hospet is basically a mining town with iron ore mines all around. But it has come to prominence due to its proximity to Hampi ruins. It has become a major tourist destination. We stayed at Hotel Malligi for a night and we found it to be a good budget hotel with all the facilities and ideal location. Tungabhadra Dam is about 10kms from the hotel and is also a 'worth visit' place. The garden and boating facility are nicely maintained and the dam itself provided a splendid view, specially when all the gates are fully open to discharge the water. The area is well illuminated and view from up on the hill is really wonderful. Hospet to Hampi is 15 kms distance. Hampi ruins and monuments are spread over large area and one definitely some conveyance to travel to each of them. Autorickshaws are available who generally offer you a package for the complete tour. Guides are also available in plenty, speaking in local languages and English as well. It is better to start from Virupaksha Temple as it is nearest to the bus stand. Every monument reminds you of the effluence and grandeur of Vijaynagar kingdom. The architecture and construction of the buildings makes you spell bound. Virupaksha temple, Vittala Tmple, Lotus Mahal, Chandikesvara temple, Sasivekala Ganesha and Kadalakalu Ganesha are some of the 'must see' monuments.The monument with Stone Chariot is at a small distance from the main road. Normal vehicles are not allowed for this stretch and Archaeological Society of India have engaged battery operated vehicles who ferry the tourists at a nominal fee of Rs.10 per person.We had a wonderful time, visiting most of the monuments and finally we had to leave as official closing time is 06.00 pm. A decent Hotel Mayura, run by Karnataka Tourism, is available for night stay right at Hampi but we decided to drive back to Hospet.
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Kavitha Krishna murthy
  • Kavitha Krishna murthy
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews

"Historical place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2014
I have been to hampi for the first time and had a great experience with my family, which has a rich cultural and archaeological heritage, The place is full of old temples and architecture . A must visit place and attracted is the Viroopaksha temple. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There aren't a lot of shops, hotels and other stuff in Hampi, but you can go with free mind.
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Janu S
  • Janu S
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Beautiful temples will make your trip memorable"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 5, 2014
The travellers should visit this destination to know the glory, lifestyle, culture, traditions, economical power of our kings. Hampi is a good choice for this. Since it is a World Heritage Center you don't see any commercial elements in and around this place. Strictly avoid visiting Hampi during summer unless you want to get tanned and love the hot weather. People who want to know our history and like peaceful places are most welcome here. Tungabhadra Dam, Viroopaksha Temple, Krishna Temple, Elephants Staple, Lotus Mahal, Vittala Temple, Queens bath and Hazaranama Temple are the must visit places. There are very limited shops. Mango Tree restaurant would be the best choice to have food. Don't go there if you are ambiance specific, just go to have yummy food. If you are travelling during rainy season carry your rain coats. If you want to stay near to all visiting places try to board in Karnataka Government Hotel otherwise its suggested to take a hotel in Hospet which is just 15 km away from the visiting places.
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Saranya Devanathan
  • Saranya Devanathan
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"The life style centuries back"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 31, 2014
Canal of Tungabadra comes on our way to Hampi from Hospet - full of water, people washing cloths, taking bath in the steps leading to the water. The temple Gopurams are high and full of mythological stories. At the entrance of Virupaksha temple itself Markanteya sculpture is there.

Horse trading carvings are there all around in various styles, a woman pulling the horse, two horses facing each other, two men bargaining the price. Monkeys are there all over the temple mostly. Special black faced monkeys are also found.

To visit Hampi, read your school history book about Vijayanagar Empire. Remember one of the movies or serial stories about the love between a sculpture and the princess or between the king and dancer. There is no food available. Remember to take a parcel of lunch from Hospet or hotel. Wild berries, guava, soda with lemon or jeera, cane juice available near the Lakshmi Narashima Temple. Carry water bottles in the hand bag. Wet towels are very refreshing. Few stone articles are made and sold on cart near the same temple.

I went during monsoon. So the weather was fine. Otherwise it is very hot and humid, they say. You need to carry cap, umbrella, cooling glasses, water bottles, wet towels, talcum powder etc so that one can enjoy the empire. Even if you have a vehicle you need to walk a lot. At places you need to get onto rocks and go on the other side. Clean toilets are there near queen's bath. Guide boards are kept at strategically places.
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Ashok Se
  • Ashok Se
  • 2 Reviews

"A historical place with natural beauty"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 12, 2014
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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