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About Hampi

Hampi, in the Bellary District of North Karnataka, was once part of the 'Vijayanagara Empire' the capital of one of the last Hindu Kingdoms, before it was occupied by the Deccan Muslim Confederacy. The ruins here are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This special recognition gives the place importance to the common heritage of humanity, and hence the local community has an obligation to preserve such a site. Hampi is built on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, and is known as 'Hampe' in Kannada. It is surrounded by hills on the other three sides. Due to its strategic location, it was chosen as the capital of the Empire from 1336 to 1565.

The closest town, 'Hospet' is located 13km away and is also the nearest railway station. Bellary is another major town at driving distance from Hampi, and is around 74km away. The capital of Karnataka, Bangalore is around 353km from this abode of history and architecture. The best way to reach Hampi is by road. The next option is by rail with Guntakal a major train junction offering connections from different parts of the state/ country. The closest airport is in Bellary a 1 hour drive from Hospet. Many tours are present which can take you to the place at a convenient pace.

Places to visit

Spread over an area of more than 25 square kilometers, the Hampi ruins has a range of buildings from temples and palaces, to forts, markets and aquatic structures. The big boulders, scattered like marbles across the landscape, creates a mystic aura about the place.

There are more than 500 monuments in this ancient land, and can be a backpackers delight with the numerous small inviting paths waiting to be discovered. Various rental options are available on rent, though having your own vehicle makes a big difference when traveling especially during the hot summer months.

Hampi itself can be divided into smaller clusters and villages; they are typically a few kilometers apart and connected by road or in some places by ferries, in the form of coracles (large round bamboo baskets which can seat upto 4 people). The zones are:

  • The Sacred Center: This is the religious area of Hampi, and has a number of temples and other religious artifacts. It is close to the Hampi bus stand and hence is easily accessible by road and has a lively market place. This is usually the starting point for most visitors, while on a tour of Hampi.
  • The Royal Center: was the citadel of the Empire. There are a number of winding paths that form a network connecting different parts of the ancient city. Some important structures are the Lotus Mahal, Hazara Rama Temple, the Elephant stables, the Queen's bath and the Royal Enclosure. The main road from Hospet to Hampi passes through this region.
  • Islamic Quarter: It is understood to have been the area which housed the residence of many a Muslim officier in the Vijayanagara army. The remains of numerous tombs can be located here including that of Ahmed Khan.
  • Kamalapura: This hamlet is located just beyond Hampi and has monuments like the Pattabhirma Temple and the domed Gateway. There is a Museum present in the midst which will make an interesting visit. A state run hotel is located at the edge of the hamlet, and there are many roads branching out from this Kamalapura.
  • Anegondi: This used to be an integral part of a smaller kingdom before it was consumed by the Vijayanagara Empire. It is located on the other side of the Thungabadra River across from where the Hampi village is currently situated. The easiest way to reach this place, which also has a fort, is by renting a coracle to cross the river.
  • Virupaksha Temple: Built in the 7th century, the Virupaksha-Pampa sanctuary existed well before the Vijayanagara capital came into being. The temple was expanded under the Vijayanagara rule and is a much larger complex then what it originally started off as. It continues to be very popular and attracts huge crowds for the festivities of Virupaksha and Pampa in December. There is also an annual chariot processions in February. The temple is located just 200 metres from the Hampi bus stand.
  • Vittala Temple: This 15th century temple is the most extravagant of the architectural showpieces that Hampi has to offer. The temple is built on a sprawling campus with many halls, pavilions and temples. Lord Vishnu is the main deity. The chariot made of stone which is located in the premises is one of the most visited structures. Other structures include that of Garuda, the huge monolithic pillars, musical pillars, Narasimha theme based pillars and passage ways richly decorated with Kumbha-Pankajas.


Don't expect much in terms of shopping here. There are many small souvenirs and knick-knacks that one can purchase while in Hampi, very typical of a small town which has grown in stature due to its historic significance. Other major shopping should be left to the cities nearby like Bellary and Bangalore.

Being a small town, much of the eateries are concentrated around the Hampi market place/ bazaar located in the Sacred Centre. Typical South Indian fare are available including Thalis (complete rice meals with assorted side dishes), Idli and Dosas. A word of caution though about what you eat and where, as cleanliness and hygiene might not be guaranteed at all places. Carry your own water bottle during your trip as it is also useful during the walks around the ancient land.

There are a number of restaurants close to the Virupaksha and Vittala Temples as well. Most of the eateries are located on the Hampi side of the river. There might not be too much of a choice when you cross over to the other side. Plan your trip accordingly.

Travel tips

The weather here is typically hot and dry. Make sure you carry your sunscreen and a good hardy hat. Having an umbrella is always handy too, especially during the summer months from March to June, where temperatures can go upto 40 deg C. Monsoon weather brings its share of wet weather from late June to early August. Hence these two seasons see a low influx of tourists. If you can brave the heat (and rain) then this is a good time to visit, as prices come down and the places are less crowded. The rivers swell during the rainy season, so be careful near the rivers edge, as the current and depth can be unpredictable. Swimming is not allowed in this area. The best time to visit is from November to February, when the temperatures can be in the 20's.

For those who have frequently travelled around India, they will know that where there are temple complexes, there will be monkeys. Pay heed to them, don't tease or try to feed them, unless you are ready to face the consequences.

Bicycles and mopeds are available for rent to travel locally, though most of the effort would be made on foot. Having your own transportation is a big plus as it will give you the advantage of travelling from one location to another across the 25km expanse of the land.

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