HAMPI TOURISM | PLACES TO VISIT IN HAMPI, TEMPLES & TRAVEL GUIDE TO HAMPI
#4 of 33 Places to visit in Karnataka | #26 of 100 Places to visit in India
Ideal Trip Duration: 2-3 Days
Nearest City to Hampi: Hubli (160 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Hampi: October to March
Peak Season: December to February
At a distance of 13 km from Hospet, 64 km from Bellary, 104 km from Gadag, 160 km from Hubli, 340 km from Bangalore & 377 km from Hyderabad, Hampi is an ancient village situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in northern Karnataka. A renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the best heritage places to visit near Bangalore and among the must include places in your Karnataka tour packages.
The village of Hampi stands within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations not to miss in your South India tour. Hampi, also known as Pampa-kshetra, Kishkindha-kshetra, or Bhaskara-kshetra, is derived from Pampa, which is the old name of the Tungabhadra River. Virupaksha Temple, Vittala Temple and Hampi Bazaar are among the must include places in your Hampi tour packages.
Hampi is an extremely significant place in terms of history and architecture. The first settlement in Hampi dates back to the 1st century AD and many Buddhist sites belonging to that time have been found nearby. The seat of the Vijayanagara Empire was established by Saint Vidyaranya in 1336 AD with the help of two of his disciples, Hakka Raya and Bukka Raya. The kingdom flourished under the rule of Emperor Krishnadevaraya and stretched over the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra.
Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire and was an extremely important part of the Empire from 1343 to 1565. It maintained a huge army to protect it from other kingdoms. As the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi grew as a trade center for cotton, spices, and gemstones. It was one of the richest and largest cities in the world during the 15th and 16th centuries. After the death of Krishnadevaraya, the invading Deccan Sultanate forces destroyed Hampi and the rampage was continued for one year.
The ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire in and around the village of Hampi are spread over an area of more than 26 Sq.km. The place is a significant religious center of the Vijayanagara Empire due to the presence of the historic Virupaksha Temple along with many other monuments of the old city. The main tourist places in Hampi can be divided into two broad areas; the Hampi Bazaar area and the Royal center near Kamalapur. Hemakuta Hill, south of the main Hampi temple, contains early ruins, Jain temples, and a monolithic sculpture of Lord Narasimha. The famous Vittala Temple is located 2 km east of the Hampi Bazaar.
Hubli Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 166 km from Hampi, India. Hospet Railway Station, 13 km from Hampi is the nearest railhead. Hospet is well connected to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli, Chennai, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Panjim, Kolkata, Mysore, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Kolhapur, and Shiridi. Hampi is well connected by road through KSRTC bus services. It has regular bus from Bangalore, Hubli, Goa and Karwar. The best way to explore Hampi is by foot or on a bike.
Hampi Festival, held for 3 days in November is the most important festival celebrated here. It is organized by the Government of Karnataka with dance, music, drama, and processions.
October to March is the best time to visit Hampi when the weather is pleasant and suitable for sightseeing.