- Location: Located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in northern Karnataka state in India, 74 km from Bellary, 254 km from Bijapur and 353 km from Bangalore.
- Attraction Type: World Heritage Site.
- Significance: Hampi is known to the whole world for its architectural brilliance, rich culture and heritage.
- Best time to Visit: October to March.
- Visiting Hours: During the daytime.
- How to Reach: If you are coming down by air, you need to come at Bellary Airport, though Bangalore Airport is the nearest international airport. If you are coming down here by train, the nearest railhead would be Hospet. Hampi is also connected with the rest of the state by KSRTC bus services.
- Nearest Airport: Bellary Airport (BEP).
They say it is the land of surprise. There is a surprise kept for you at its every turn. Every monument that the place has hides more than what they reveal. Hampi is truly a wonderland full of rich architecture, culture and heritage. However, behind the great ruins and the wonderful temple architectural remains, you can feel the still, sad music of humanity. It is not usual over here, to heed the call of a rich past that was and will never be again.
Hampi, a small village in northern Karnataka state in India, is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra river, 74 km from Bellary, 254 km from Bijapur and 353 km from Bangalore. Starting from its initial days, Hampi continued to be an important religious center in Karnataka. Hampi is known for several monuments and temples that include the famous Virupaksha Temple. A visit to Hampi would surely take you back to the 12th century. A town currently in ruins, Hampi has enormous architectural and historical significance that can amaze anyone with its rich features.
Things to Do
There are several things to see in Hampi. In fact, this town is a visual delight and everything you see here would make you amazed. The major tourist attractions of Hampi include Virupaksha Temple, Anegondi, Achyutaraya Temple, Archaeological Museum in Kamalapura, the Underground Temple, Uddana Veerabhadra Temple, Yentrodharaka Anjaneya Temple, Madhavan Palace, Virupapurg, Yeduru Basavanna, The King’s Balance, Akka Tangi Gudda, Vittala Temple, Aqueducts and Canals, etc. A “Dongi” ride in the Tungabhadra River would also be memorable where you get an opportunity to see some beautiful rock forms.
As the ruins are scattered over a huge area, you may need to walk a lot. Though hiring a motorcycle/bicycle could be a good option.
There are ample options for accommodation in Hampi. Some of the hotels can be listed as below:
KSTDC Mayura Bhuvaneshwari
Hampi, Karnataka 583 221
Kishkinda Heritage Resort
Sanapur, Gangavathy Taluk
Hampi, Karnataka 583 221