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Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

Hampi

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Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex Overview

Ranked 4 of 40 sightseeing in Hampi
Hemakuta Hill near Hampi is famous for its cluster of temples, archways and pavilions scattered all over the top. Most of these are dedicated to Lord Shiva and are built in 10th century AD. It takes only 15 minutes to climb to the top from the famous Viroopaksha Temple at the end of Hampi bazaar.
On top of the Hemakuta Hill a series of temple complexes can be seen. There are at least 3 dozen stone structures on top and the biggest ones are on the northern side. Because of the pyramid like structures, these temples are often mistaken for Jain Temples. Construction is in 'Trikutachala' style with three temples with sides at right angles facing a central courtyard.
A shrine of Hanuman from where tourists get a good view of sunrise and sunset, a two storey archway and a monolithic Sasivekalu Ganesha statue are other attractions located close by.
The Hemakuta Hill is open for all and does not charge any entrance fee or other charges.
If you are a historian, photographer, tourist or an archeology student, you will find many interesting spots in and around the Hemakuta Hill. It is easily accessible from all parts of Hampi.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Arun Rajan

Arun Rajan4.3/5

140 reviews

A beautiful complex

It is a beautiful hill complex and you have to walk a lot to see it and the sunset/sunrise can be seen from here. It is a great masterpiece architecture constructed by the Vijayanagara people.

Snehal Raibole

Snehal Raibole4.6/5

39 reviews

A good vantage point

The hill is gently sprinkled generously with a large number of temples, archways and pavilions. The flat expanse of rocky sheet proves to be good vantage point to see the Virupaksha complex.One of the legends associated with the hill states that a local girl Pampa impressed Shiva with impressed by her dedication. Shiva agreed to marry her. On the day of their marriage, the Gods rained gold on this hill. Hema in the Sanskrit language means gold.Another legend of Kama(the god of lust) states that Shiva did his penance before marrying Pampa. Kama felt sympathy for Pampa for her love towards Shiva. He disturbed Shiva from his deep meditation, which attracted Shiva's wrath. Shiva burnt Kama with his third eye. But Kama's wife Rathi(Goddess of Passion) pleaded Shiva to for mercy. Shiva granted Kama's life back, but only as a character and not as a physical being.

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Saikat

Saikat4.6/5

7 reviews

Best place to see sunset in Hampi

The temples on these hills are pretty simple structures. One gets the feeling of absolute calm while sitting on any of the structure on the hills. The Virupaksha temple is on one side while the Lakshmi Narasimha temple is on the other.

Amit Ghosh

Amit Ghosh4.6/5

581 reviews

Known for temples built with Granite

The rocky Hemakuta Hill is home to many temples. These temples mostly lie in ruins and are believed to have been built even before the reign of the Vijayanagar Dynasty. Climb up the Hemakuta Hill before sunset and discover the history yourself under the last rays of the sun.

Sreenivasapuram Gopi

Sreenivasapuram Gopi5.0/5

4 reviews

My travel to Hampi

It was my first trip which I had been there alone, Hampi is the best place for solo travellers in which you can find a lot of same kind of travellers from all over the world in which I found my kind of travellers from (London, Bristle, Germany and France) we became very good friends and it is exciting to hear their travel stories. There are lots of places to visit in Hampi which takes 2 days to see them we can hire a bicycle or motorcycle to visit these places.

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Chandan Adiga

Chandan Adiga4.3/5

36 reviews

Sunset spot

Beautiful, quiet sunset point, try to stay a few more minutes(10-15) post sunset. View will be very serene! Matanga hill gives a nice view with altitude but Hemakuta gives sunset view at our sight level as if it's happening just in front of you ie I felt there is a closeness with sunset here than in Matanga.

Prakash Manjrekar

Prakash Manjrekar3.9/5

60 reviews

Convenient place for observing the sunrise and sunset

Nearby Virupaksha Temple - South of the temple rises Hemakuta Hill, a huge, sloping rock on which are still to be found Vijayanagara buildings in good shape. It is also a convenient place for observing the sunrise and sunset. All this area is known as the Sacred Center.
  • Convenient place for observing the sunrise and sunset
  • Convenient place for observing the sunrise and sunset
  • Convenient place for observing the sunrise and sunset
  • Convenient place for observing the sunrise and sunset
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Mayuri Sen

Mayuri Sen3.9/5

16 reviews

Temples around

If we go back to Virupaksha Temple and walk to the south we reach Hemakuta. There are so many temples in this complex and it is very near and visible from Virupaksha temple.
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  • Temples around

Nishitha K n

Nishitha K n3.6/5

522 reviews

Really amazing temple

Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex has a best stone carvings. It's very easily to reach the place. Monuments are really amazing here. Sunset point is also nice to watch. Truly worthy of a visit

Enso Traveller

Enso Traveller4.3/5

7 reviews

Sunset place of Hampi

Beautiful temple complex with a good landscape (rocks). One gets a good view of the Virupaksha temple complex from this location. This place is the best, when visited during the later part of the day & it is the sunset place of hampi!!!

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