The World Heritage Site
Hampi is a World Heritage Site, which has bagged international fame for its monuments (now almost in ruins) dating back to the medieval Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagar. The architectural beauty of the monolithic sculptures and monuments clearly shows what a great potential humans have! The Vijaynagar Empire, one of the largest Empire in Indian history had contributed a lot to the architectural heritage of Hampi.
Hampi is located 353 km from Bangalore in Karnataka. Perched at an altitude of 467m above sea level, Hampi is an important historic site of India. The beautiful Tungabadhra river passes through this town, adding to its beauty.
Attractions Of Hampi
Virupashakha Temple is one of the oldest temples in Hampi located in the Hampi Bazaar. Built during the rein of the Vijaynagar Empire, the temple is dedicated to Lord Virupaksha, a form of Lord Vishnu. The 49 m high tower at the entrance of the temple is one of its striking features. Located near the temple is the Hemakuta hill, which has several ruined monuments.
Ugra Narasimha is a 6.7 m tall monolith, which is one of the major attractions of Hampi. The giant monolith was erected in the south of the Hemkuta group of temples. Ugra Narasimha is a seated four armed figure under a canopy of a seven hooded snake.
The ruins of the Vithala Temple is a World Heritage Site visited by tourists from all over the world. The main highlight of the temple are the exquisite sculptures. The unique feature of the temple is its Musical Pillars, which echo when tapped. There is also a wonderful stone chariot in the temple complex housing an image of Garuda.
Hazara Rama Temple
Enclosed in a rectangular complex, Hazara Rama Temple was built in the 15th century. It is famous for its exquisitely carved basalt pillars, which are noteworthy. These carvings reflect the incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
House Of Victoria
It is a beautiful royal residence which was built to celebrate the victory of the king Krishnadeva Raya.
It is an arresting establishment rectangular in shape. This is the place where the king and his queens would bathe. The interiors of this structure is beautifully decorated.
Hampi is a perfect place for rock climbing.
How To Reach
Tornagallu in Sandur Taluk is the nearest airport located at a distance of 44 km from Hampi. Other airports are Bellary(74 km), Belgam (190 km) and Bangalore(353).
The nearest railway station is Hospet located 13 km away from Hampi. It connects Hampi to Bangalore, Bijapur, Hubli and Guntakal.
Located at a distance of 350 km from Bangalore, Hampi is easily accessible from Bangalore.
Accommodation is not a problem in Hampi. From decent to luxurious hotels , all are available.
The bazaars of Hampi are full of beautiful antique coins, embroidered textiles, traditional jewelery and other artifacts. The state Emporium is the best place for shopping in Hampi.