Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is an ancient village. It is nestled in the shadowed depth of hills and valleys in Karnataka state. It is indeed a paradise for history lovers. The stunning Hampi is surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, pretty temples, and captivating remains of Vijayanagar Empire.
What is Hampi famous for?
Hampi is renowned for its well-maintained heritage tourist spots, tranquil environment and serene places. It is famed for its ruins that belongs to the erstwhile medieval Hindu kingdom of Vijaynagar.
Places to visit
Hippie Island or Virapapur Gadde is a small island located across the Tungabhadra river. It beautifully flaunts its picturesque beauty and is famed for its laidback ambient and lodges.
Virupaksha temple or Prasanna Virupaksha temple is nestled on the banks of the Tungabhadra river at Hampi. It was constructed in the 7th century and beautifully flaunts its architecture. The temple is abode to one of the forms of Lord Shiva- Lord Virupaksha.
Matanga Hill, located just a km from the main bus stand in Hampi. It is renowned as the highest point of Hampi and is the perfect place to see a bird’s eye view of Hampi.
Things to do
Planning a Vacation? Then Hampi can be your best option. Be its historic places, serene tourist spots, adventure, Hampi has it all. What is as good as riding a bicycle and exploring the places? One can even take a Coracle ride. Pay a visit to Vithala Temple that dates back to the 16th century and beautifully flaunts its architecture. Visit the Lotus Palace that is a monument that stands out in its design and style from most of the structures of Hampi.
Grab a chance to visit the Queen’s Bath, a part of the Royal enclosure, this aquatic enclosure was the Royal bath during the times of the Vijayanagara empire.
The other major attraction is the Big Shivlinga that is carved out of a single boulder and is standing at a height of 3m amidst water. It is the biggest Shivlinga in Hampi and is situated close to Lakshmi Narasimha temple.
There are two famous markets in Hampi from where one can purchase according to their choice- Hampi Bazaar, Krishna Bazaar.
Where to stay
Hampi is the aptest destination to escape for a rejuvenating vacation. One visiting can book hotels, resorts, and homestays on reaching the site of their visits. On other occasions, one can book online in advance which will make one escape from the anxiety of the travel tour.
How to reach
The nearest domestic aerodrome is the Hubli airport that is 166kms away from Hampi and operates regular flights from Bangalore. Another nearest airport is the Belgaum airport that is 270 km away from Hampi and is well connected with prominent cities like- Bangalore, Chennai, Jabalpur, and Mumbai.
Hospet Junction is the nearest railway station to Hampi at a distance of 13kms. There are regular trains for Hospet from major cities and towns like- Banglore, Hyderabad, and Goa.
There are numerous buses to Hampi from cities like- Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, and Bellary. NH4 connects Bangalore to Hampi.
Distance from Major cities
Distance from Delhi- 1966.4km
Distance from Mumbai- 742km
Distance from Bangalore- 341.0km
Distance from Chennai- 694.1km
Best time to visit
The perfect time to visit Hampi is from October to February as the weather is quite salubrious and very apt for sightseeing. One can even attend the Vijaya Utsav festival that is celebrated in November.
The months from April to July are the summer months with the temperature ranging between 28 to 37°C. The weather remains hot and dry. Avoid this season but some eager to visit in this season to Hampi then one can attend the Virupaksha Car festival that is celebrated here in March/April.
July till September is witnessed with monsoon season with the temperature ranging between 25 to 33°C. Explore Hampi in this season when the surrounding is covered with lush greenery but avoid getting into the water or avoid the ferry during this season.
The months from October to March are considered to be the winter months and is the peak season for exploring Hampi. The temperature hovers around 15°C. It is indeed the best time to go on a long cruise on the river Tungabhadra.