Hampi Tourism

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Lotus Palace

Sagar kumar
19th Dec 17

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Vijaya Vittala Temple

Sagar kumar
19th Dec 17

Peaceful lake

Peaceful lake  Video Review
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Sanapur Lake

Darshana V
6th Nov 17

Why read when you can see - Amazing Architecture

Why read when you can see - Amazing Architecture  Video Review
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Virupaksha Temple

Vishnu Katara
27th Jan 17

For sculpture lovers

For sculpture lovers  Video Review
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Hazara Rama Temple

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12th Nov 17

Ramayana story and Bhagavata depicted

Ramayana story and Bhagavata depicted  Video Review
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Hazara Rama Temple

Darshana V
6th Nov 17

Awesome Vijayanagar experience

Awesome Vijayanagar experience  Video Review
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Vijaya Vittala Temple

Bhuvaneshwari S
6th Nov 17

Pampa Sarovar- treated as sacred sarovar

Pampa Sarovar- treated as sacred sarovar  Video Review
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Pampa Sarovar

Vishnu Katara
27th Jan 17

The famous chariot of Hampi

The famous chariot of Hampi  Video Review
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Vijaya Vittala Temple

Vibhooti Mangal tiwari
24th Jan 17

A thousand different shades of Rama

A thousand different shades of Rama  Video Review
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Hazara Rama Temple

Vibhooti Mangal tiwari
24th Jan 17

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Reasons to go to Hampi

1Regal Ruins
Regal Ruins

The most ideal destination in winters? Hampi it is! Besides the interesting mythical story this place holds, the architecture and the weather of this place will keep you engaged for a long time.

HolidayIQ Traveller Jyoti Sharma shares, “The colour of this place is sepia with patches of greenery around. Coconut trees, banana fields and mango trees add to the drama. The undeveloped landscape is covered with natural boulders perched upon one another defying the laws of gravity. It feels as if they are romancing in unique positions. It is one of the most unique sites one could ever experience in India. And the best part is, it always leaves you wondering about the story behind each boulder. These boulders are living witness of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire of the 13th century. I am awe-inspired and in love with this place.”

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2Cycle your way through the ruins of Hampi
Cycle your way through the ruins of Hampi

Sai Shekar from Bellary: Hampi is 10kms away from Hospet where you have local transportation it's actually a very good tourist place where every Indian must visit. It's 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. It's 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 it's not a complex or complicated city it's very easy to visit and seek help.

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3Realize The Value Of Time In Hampi
Realize The Value Of Time In Hampi

Visiting ancient Hampi ruins will help you realize how fleeting your time on this planet is, and how important it is to make the most of every day, no matter what troubles you’ve been through. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Ashok Se shares, “Hampi is a historical place. This is the capital city of Vijayanagara Samrajya where King Sri krishnadevaraya ruled. Lots of movies are shot here because of natural beauty.”

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4Capture every moment in high definition
Capture every moment in high definition

GoPro is a must for every traveller who enjoys taking photographs, time lapses or making HD videos. With its wide-angle lens, you can take pictures that wouldn’t be possible with a traditional DSLR camera. GoPros are light, sturdy and waterproof too! eBay.in is your one stop to find cool gadgets like GoPro at the lowest prices!

Destination: Hampi

Why: Hampi lets you travel back in time to the glorious days of Vijayanagara empire. The spectacular setting of Hampi is dominated by the river Tungabhadra, large boulders and open plains. Every monument, every stone still sings the story of what was once known as the ‘best- provided city in the world’.

“Hampi, a live example of India's rich heritage and a must visit no matter which part of India you belong to! Wonderful and unbelievable sculptures, temples, remains of this vast Vijayanagar Empire is a treat for art lovers and explorers.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Meenakshi Putty.

What to see: Hemakuta hill temple complex, Virupaksha temple, Vijaya Vittala temple, Lotus Mahal and the Hazara Rama temple.

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5Where Rama Met The Monkey Army And Headed South
Where Rama Met The Monkey Army And Headed South

The history of Hampi is related with the historical Kishkindha, which is known for the ‘Vanara’ or the Monkey Kingdom, whose reference is also there in the epic Ramayana. Apart from the Ramayan significance, this is one of the coolest hippie towns in India where you can chill for a long time without spending much money.

HolidayIQ Traveller Mallika Raghavendra shares, "The minute you reach Hampi you are transported to the past and a different era, where time is of no consequence and where all you had to do was to savor the wonder of the moment and get lost in the wonderful monuments and architecture of mysterious Hampi. If you have a very active imagination you can visualize the life of the kings, Maharanis and the people of Hampi long ago. Their leisurely lifestyle, their dedication to the arts and their fierce defense of their stronghold. Every stone tells a story and you just need to be still and quiet and you can hear the past whispering to you. If you really want to appreciate the atmosphere it is best to do it in silence. If your companions are very talkative it is best to leave them behind in the hotel and explore the place alone. Some of the monuments have been neglected but on the whole a most wondrous experience. Seeing these wonderful spectacular monuments makes one proud to be an Indian and proud of our inheritance."

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Kanchan Ghugre5.0/5

7 reviews

Awesome place to relax and explore . Great Architecture and Hills

The town of Hampi is about 14km from the Hospet junction. It is nestled in the hills of Matanga and Anjaneya on the banks of river Tungabhadra. The ruins of Vijayanagar capital city are dotting the town of Hampi across both the sides of the river . . The Virupaksha temple, Wakeful temple, Krishna temple, Kampa Bhupa's path, Hemakuta Hill and Anjaneya Hill are a must see. The coracle ride in the river is a must-to-do experience. Since Hampi is visited more by foreigners than by Indians, you will find all types of cousins in Hampi. But the south Indian local eateries in the Hampi bazar are the most delicious. Local markets are fun to shop in and there is a lot of scope for bargaining You can rent and ride cycles and scooters across the town or hire a rickshaw for the day. It is worth noting that the ferry rides close at 5:30 in the evening and open around 9 in the morning. So it is advisable to get a homestay accommodation near the Hampi bazar on the Virupaksha temple side of the river as there are many things worth exploring early in the morning and many sunset points. The ferry service providers charge very high prices for the ferry rides before or after their preceded timings

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  • Awesome place to relax and explore . Great Architecture and Hills
  • Awesome place to relax and explore . Great Architecture and Hills
  • Awesome place to relax and explore . Great Architecture and Hills

Shilpi Jain

Shilpi Jain4.3/5

25 reviews

Leisure and Relaxing holiday

Hampi is a beautiful heritage town in Karnataka with very rich history. It was the dynasty of king Krishna dev rai and hold a very important place in Indian History . . We visited this town in the month of Jan however the best time to visit this place as suggested by locals is the month of July-Sep. Most of the tourists destinations here are the ruins of Vijayanagar empire but the history associated with it is very interesting and shows the rich culture during those times. Stone chariot is the most famous sculpture in Hampi. Apart from this there are various temples, market, stepwells. Virupaksha temple, Vithala temple, Elephant Stables, Queens's Bath, Lotus palace, Big Shivling, Hampi bazar etc are must watch places. This side of Hampi is for travelers who wish to know the rich heritage and culture. But if your motive is to relax and chill in cafes yo need to take the boat to the other side of the river called Hippie Island. Hippie island is full of cafes serving you delicious food and environment to relax. You can hire a two wheeler from the locals and roam around few tourist spots. But make sure you bargain well before hiring one. Also, I would recommend to hire a guide while you are visiting different temples so that you can know about the historical importance of the place. Since only ruins of the temples are remaining just roaming around and clicking pictures will not fulfill your travel desires if you have time, Tungabhadra DAM is a must visit. It is at one hour drive from actual town of Hampi and is easily connected with local transport.

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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.


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Hampi, Karnataka

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Hampi, Karnataka
Hampi, Karnataka

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Hampi, Karnataka
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