Hampi – 'The impressive ruins of an empire'
Hampi City Guide is one of the great historical sites in India. It is important place because it is located on the ruins of Vijayanagar, which was the capital of Vijayanagar Empire during 14th to 16th century AD. Spread over an area of 25 square kilometers, Hampi is packed with temples and places that provide it a great religious importance as well. Virupaksha Temple is one of the most popular temples which is located in Hampi. In Ramayana epic Hampi City Guide is mentioned as “Kishkindha”, the city of monkeys. It is also classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
How to reach ?
» By Air- The nearest airport from Hampi City Guide is 65 Kms far which is Bellary airport. It is a domestic airport. The nearest international airport is Bengaluru International Airport which is at a distance of 330 Km.
» By Train - At a distance of 15 Km from Hampi is the nearest railhead which is Hospet. It is well connected to other major cities in Karnataka.
» By Road - KSRTC Bus services are always available for Hampi travels. This is the cheapest way to reach Hampi in Karnataka and there are many private bus services also available for you in which some of the buses are with AC facilities.
Best time to visit
Winters are always most preferred time to visit Hampi City Guide but if you love water sports as well, the river Thungabhadra has much volume of water in it during the months of October to February.
» Vittala Temple - Vittala Temple is dedicated to God Vittala which is another name of Lord Vishnu. It has a number of pillars in it with beautiful carvings on them and one set of pillar is known as “musical pillars”. This is called so because when you tap on these pillars, they resonate. A huge stone chariot is again an attraction of this temple.
» Virupaksha Temple - Virupaksha Temple is a Shiva dedicated temple and is one of the oldest active temples of the region. It has a great historical, architectural and religious importance. This temple which is situated on the banks of the river was built in 7th century AD.
» Royal Enclosure - Royal Enclosure is important place to visit for many reasons. First of all it is packed with a number of Palace bases and underground temples. Secondly it was a seat of erstwhile kings. It is a fortified place and has ruins of many stately structures and Hampi in Karnataka.
» Hemkuta Hill Temple - This temple is a triple chambered temple built on the top of the hill Hemkuta. The roof of this temple is again very interesting thing which is made of granite and is in the shape of pyramid.
» Krishna Temple - This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna as he presided here in his infant form. Krishna is one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu on this earth. This temple is known for its architectural and religious importance.
» Lakshmi Narasimha - Narasimha is another incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Here in this temple you will find a huge monolithic statue of Narasimha (the man-lion God). The statue of Lakshmi has been destroyed by invaders and you can see only her hand resting on the waist of Narasimha.
» Queen’s Bath - It is an aquatic indoor complex which is believed to be of courtly ladies. This royal structure is an excellent example of Indo- Islamic architecture.
Apart from these there are Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stable, Pattabhirama Temple, Achyutaraya Temple, Ganesha Temple and many more tourist destinations that you should visit Hampi City Guide.
» Celebration - You can enjoy Hampi Utsava which is held here every year in the first week of the month of November. You can also enjoy cultural programs and exhibitions in this festival and buy souvenirs.