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    Located on the banks of the River Tungabhadra, Hampi is a small yet enchanting temple town bounded by the intriguing historical ruins of Vijayanagara city in the state of Karnataka. With a host of tourist places to see in Hampi, this dreamworld made of boulders, monoliths, and ruins of ancient edifices is a delight for tourists and thus is considered among best places to visit in Karnataka.

    The various engrossing places to visit in Hampi see a perennial influx of history-buffs, families, and photography enthusiasts. The status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site further accentuates the eminence of Hampi as one of the most popular historical and religious tourist places in India.

    29 Best Places To Visit In Hampi

    While visiting this heritage land, make sure to not miss out on these places and witness the architectural beauty of Hampi.

    1. Vijaya Vittala Temple

    Vijay Vittala Temple in Hampi

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    Vijaya Vittala Temple is a 15th-century structure that is also considered the largest of all historical structures in Hampi. This humungous temple is dedicated to Lord Vittala- an incarnation of Lord Vishnu- and is a must-visit amongst all Hampi tourist places. The extraordinary stone chariot, arrays of huge pillars in the temple halls, and intricate sculptures are the true embodiments of the bewitching architecture of the centuries-old Vijaya Vittala Temple.

    Timings: 08:30 am to 5:30 pm (all days)
    Entry fee:

    • INR 10 for Indian nationals and US $5 for foreign nationals
    • Video camera fee- INR 25
    • Still camera fee- Nil

    Visit duration: Approximately 2 hours
    Tip: Visit as early as possible to avoid crowds and to witness the best views of the temple.

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    2. Sri Virupaksha Temple

    Sunset around Virupaksha Temple in Hampi

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    Believed to be the oldest functioning temple in India, Sri Virupaksha Temple is a 7th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Virupaksha, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple is also considered one of the most significant religious places to visit in Hampi and attracts a huge number of pilgrims from all over India. The sprawling campus of the Virupaksha temple houses a huge courtyard, huge gateway towers, and other old-style structures that will leave you in an awe of its immense grandeur.

    Timings: 06:00 am to 6:00 pm (all days)
    Entry fee:

    • INR 5 for Indian nationals and US $5 for foreign nationals
    • Video camera fee- INR 500
    • Still camera fee- 50
    • Local guide fee- INR 50
    • Shoe safekeeping- INR 10

    Visit duration: Approximately 1.5 hours
    Tip: Hire a guide to show you around the major attractions of this temple including the underwater Shiva Temple within the Sri Virupaksha Temple complex.

    3. Hanuman Temple

    View of Hanuman Temple in Hampi

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    Hanuman Temple is another famous religious site located on the top of the Anjaneya Hill which is considered as the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. About 4 km from Hampi village, one has to cross a river using a small boat with paddles and then climb up the stairs to reach the Temple. The serene and picturesque ambience of this temple offers mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset, making it one of the perfect places to see in Hampi and around.

    Timings: Open all days dawn till dusk
    Entry fee: None
    Visit duration: Approximately 30 – 45 minutes
    Tip: Beware of the monkeys in the temple premise and do not tease the animals.

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    4. Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

    View of Hanuman Temple in Hampi

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    Hemakuta Hill is a wonderful place lined by a number of Hindu temples, ruins of fortified walls, and broken pathways. Mula Virupaksha Temple in Hemakuta Hill Temple complex is one of the most prominent places to visit in Hampi.

    Timings: Open all days from sunrise till sunset
    Entry fee: Nil
    Visit duration: Approximately 3-4 hours
    Tip: Don’t miss the sunset view from Hemakuta Hill.

    5. Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple

     Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple in Hampi

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    Located on the south side of Hemakuta Hill, the Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple derives its name from the resemblance between Ganesha’s belly and mustard seed which is locally known as Sasivekalu. It houses a 2.4-meter statue of Ganesha spectacularly carved out of a boulder stone depicting a snake around Lord Ganesha’s stomach. The history of the magnificent pavilion that surrounds the statue of Ganesha dates back to 1506 A.D. making this temple a famous tourist attraction in Hampi.

    Timings: 06:00 am to 6:00 pm (all days)
    Entry fee: Nil
    Visit duration: Approximately 45 minutes
    Tip: Visit Kadalekalu Ganesha located on the northern slope of Hemakuta Hill.

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    6. Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

    Lakshmi Narasimha Temple in Hampi

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    Within the ruins of Hampi, the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple- also known as the Statue of Ugra Narsimha- is the largest monolith statue in Hampi. This 6.7-meter high statue was built in 1528 A.D. which was vandalized in 1565 during a Mughal raid over the Vijayanagara Kingdom. The statue of Lord Narasimha- an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and a half-man, half-lion- depicts the deity sitting in a cross-legged position in its fierce form.

    Timings: 06:00 am to 6:00 pm (all days)
    Entry fee: Nil
    Visit duration: Approximately 1 hour
    Tip: Carry battery backup for your camera as the place is quite photogenic.

    7. Queen’s Bath

    Queens Bath in Hampi

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    Probably, a royal bathing complex for the erstwhile king and his wives, this majestic and enormous ancient building sets the clock back and is one of the major places to see in Hampi. The beauty of the ruins of Queen’s Bath gets to you the moment you lay your eyes on the unbelievable architectural style of this ancient royal pool. A huge courtyard in the front with a dome-shaped roof, balconies with small windows, and a rectangular pool made of bricks in the middle with open blue sky greet you at the Queen’s Bath in Hampi.

    Timings: 06:00 am to 6:00 pm (all days)
    Entry fee: Nil
    Visit duration: Approximately 30-45 minutes
    Tips: Carry adequate cash with yourself. Purchase stone carvings and sculptures made by local artists here.

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    8. Riverside Ruins

    Riverside Ruins in Hampi

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    An array of 108 Shiva Lingas carved on the flat rocky surface and a finely rock-carved sculpture of Lord Vishnu in a reclining position make Riverside Ruins one of the most enticing places to visit in and around Hampi. A number of small shrines, statues, pavilions, and carved artefacts within this cluster of ruins make it a perfect place for photographers and historians. Exploring historical ruins is one of the best things to do in Hampi and while visiting this spot, you can surely treat the history buff in you.

    Timings: 06:00 am to 6:00 pm (all days)
    Entry fee: INR 30
    Visit duration: Approximately 30-45 minutes
    Tip: Hire a local guide to help you explore the Riverside Ruins

    9. Hampi Bazaar

    Hampi Bazaar

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    Located in the foothill of Matanga Hill, Hampi Bazaar is one of the popular Hampi sightseeing places. It is an ancient street stretching over a kilometre and lined with ruins of pavilions. Hampi Bazaar once used to have bustling shops, restaurants, and residences on both sides of it. At one end of the Hampi Bazaar, you can find a huge Nandi bull with a photo gallery on the other side. The lavish pavilion in front of the Nandi bull statue plays host to the famous annual Hampi Bazaar.

    Timings: 06:00 am to 11:00 pm (all days)
    Entry fee: Nil
    Visit duration: Approximately 1-2 hours
    Tip: Explore the tourist spots of Hampi Bazaar on a rented bicycle.

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    10. Archaeological Museum

    Archeological Museum in Hampi

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    The Archaeological Museum in Hampi is one of the most noteworthy Hampi tourist places having four different art galleries that house a wide variety of artefacts. Ancient coins, statues, paintings, metal plates, armoury, and sculptures of various Hindu deities can be found here. All four sections of this museum are worth exploring and a treat for history buffs and kids.

    Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (all days, except Friday)
    Entry fee: INR 5/per person (Free entry for children under the age of 15 years)
    Visit duration: Approximately 1.5- 2 hours
    Tip: Do not click pictures outside the museum as photography is allowed only in the open lawn outside the art galleries.

    11. Matanga Hill

    Matanga Hill in Hampi

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    Matanga Hill offers panoramic views of the historical ruins of Hampi and its surroundings. After trekking up the hill for around 30 minutes, you will find Veerabhadra Temple sitting right at the top of Matanga Hill. This temple has a rooftop, which is unarguably the best place to witness sunrise and sunset over the lovely landscape of this historical Hampi town.

    Timings: Dawn to dusk (all days)
    Entry fee: Nil
    Visit duration: Approximately 3 hours
    Tip: Carry a mini torch/flashlight as Matanga Hill and the paths leading up to the hilltop aren’t well lit.

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    12. Daroji Bear Sanctuary

    A bear in Daroji Bear Sanctuary

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    Daroji Bear Sanctuary is a protected forest area where you can witness lovely Indian Sloth bears strolling around or climbing up the trees or playing around with each other. Established in 1994, this sanctuary also houses leopards, hyenas, jackals, spotted deers and various other species of animals and plants making it one of the most favourable places to see in Hampi for nature and wildlife lovers.

    Timings: 06:00 am to 6:00 pm (all days)
    Entry fee:

    • INR 50 per person for Indian national
    • INR 300 per person for foreign national
    • Parking fee-INR 500 per car

    Visit duration: Approximately 3 hours
    Tips: Wear good sports/hiking shoes. Also, carry adequate drinking water with you. You can see bears marching down from nearby hillocks in the evening.

    13. Tungabhadra Dam

    Tungabhadra Dam

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    Among famous attractions in Hampi and surrounding places to visit, the Tungabhadra Dam pure natural bliss. With lovely flamingos playing around the beautiful garden on one side of Tungabhadra Dam, it’s the best place to take out your camera for some great shots.

    Timings: 08:30 am to 6:30 pm (all days)
    Entry fee: Nil
    Visit duration: Approximately 1.5 – 2 hours
    Tip: Watch out for the beautiful music fountain that starts around 7:00 in the evening.

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    14. Hippie Island

    A hippie chilling on the beaches of Goa in Arambol

    Hippie Island is another beautiful place located in Hampi that is known for its astounding beauty. As the island is named after a vibrant culture, you can enjoy vacationing here in the lively ambience of this island. Originally, the island was named Virapapur Gadde and is located across the Tungabhadra River. 

    Timings: Daily 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Entry fee: NA
    Visit duration: 4-5 hours 
    Tip: Don’t miss mesmerizing views of sunsets along with the live jam sessions conducted on the beach

    15. Gagan Mahal

    A couple at a temple in Hampi

    Gagan Mahal is a magnificent architecture that dates back to the 16th century. However, the significant areas of this palace are currently ruined but the palace is worth visiting. You can also head to the nearby popular attractions including Sabari Caves, Nava Brindavana, Sarovar Laxmi Temple, Durga Temple, etc. 

    Timings: 24 hours
    Entry fee: NA
    Visit duration: 1 hour 
    Tip: The place is like a paradise for history lovers. 

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    16. Krishna Temple

    Krishna Temple

    Krishna Temple in Hampi is one of the most popular spots here and lure travellers from across the world with its exquisite carvings. The temple was built by Krishnadevaraya and exhibits his personal interest in art and culture. IF architecture intrigues you, make sure to visit here and get some striking clicks in your camera.  

    Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Entry fee: NA
    Visit duration: 1-2 hours 
    Tip: Photography is prohibited here, so click pictures from all the good angles

    17. Sanapur Lake

    Lost Lake

    Sanapur Lake is located at a distance of merely 5 kilometers from Hippie Island and is surrounded by rocks and boulders. The lake was formed by an irrigation reservoir where you can relax and enjoy the cool breeze. You can also indulge in watersports activities here such as cliff jumping and boating. 

    Timings: Open throughout the day
    Entry fee: NA
    Visit duration: 3-4 hours 
    Tip: You can also swim here, so pack you bags accordingly

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    18. Hazara Rama Temple

    temples in hampi

    Hazara Rama Temple is another beautiful attraction in Hampi that showcases the royal era. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and the walls here exhibit the significant chapters of Ramayana through photography. The magnificent infrastructure of this place has been enticing visitors for centuries. 

    Timings: 6:00AM to 6:00PM
    Entry fee: NA
    Visit duration: 1-2 hours 
    Tip: The temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims during Dussehra. 

    19. Elephant Stables

    a mesmerizing experience with elephant

    One of the most interesting places to explore in Hampi is the Elephant Stables. These are the enormous homes of the royal elephants. The elephant stables comprise 11 chambers and its enormous structure is a true surprise for visitors.  

    Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
    Entry fee: INR 10
    Visit duration: 1-2 hours 
    Tip: Don’t try to tease those huge creatures.

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    20. Stepped Tank

    Symmetrical steps of Abhaneri Stepwell in Rajasthan

    Once considered to be a sacred tank, Stepped Tank in Hampi is another amazing place to explore in Hampi. Earlier, the place was a hub of pilgrims who used to take sacred baths here before visiting the prominent temples of the area. However, with the passage of time, the place turned into an eminent tourist spot!

    Timings: 24 hours
    Entry fee: NA
    Visit duration: 1-2 hours 
    Tip: You can dive in water only before sunsets

    21. Monolithic Bull

    Monolithic Bull or Nandi is located at the east end of the Hampi Bazaar and is frequently visited by travellers strolling in the streets of the bazaar. Monolithic Bull is an enormous piece of ancient architecture and attracts travellers from across the world with its rare features. 

    Timings: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Entry fee: None
    Visit duration: Maximum 1 hour
    Tip: The carving on the statue of known for its exquisite design

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    22. Kamal Mahal

    Kamal mahal in hampi

    Kamal Mahal is also known as Lotus Mahal and is known for its beautiful architecture. The palace has been named after its lotus-shaped structure. The central dome is like the bud of lotus, whereas the balcony and passages depict the petal. The palace is surrounded by 24 pillars to provide support to this lotus-shaped palace. 

    Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Entry fee: INR 10
    Visit duration: 1-2 hours
    Tip: Try to visit the palace in the early hours if you are holidaying here during the summers. 

    23. Zanana Enclosure

    Hampi ruins

    Another surprise for history-lovers, Zanana Enclosure is believed to be the secluded area where the royal ladies of Vijayanagar Empire resided. The famous Lotus Mahal is located in the centre of this place. The place exhibits the life of royal ladies during the previous era and its beautiful architecture is designed in Indo-Islamic style. 

    Timings: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Entry fee: INR 10
    Visit duration: 1-2 hours
    Tip: Don’t forget to visit the treasury building here

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    24. Kadalekalu Ganesh

    Kadalekalu Ganesh is a crucial religious attraction in Hampi. Visitors will be experiencing traditional stone architecture in this temple. There is a 15 ft long monolithic stone statue of Lord Ganesha which is believed as the largest in the world. 

    Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Entry Fee: NIL
    Visit Duration: 1-2 hours
    Tip or places to visit: Lotus palace, Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Bazaar, and Hippie island are a few attractions that tourists can plan to visit while on a trip to Kadalekalu Ganesh.

    25. Tiruvengalanatha Temple

    Tiruvengalanatha Temple

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    Also known as Achyuta Raya Temple, it is one of the popular and stunning places to visit in Hampi. This temple was built in 1534 AD and was named after the main deity who is a form of Lord Shiva. This temple was a few of those last temples built during the Vijayanagara Empire. Sitting between Gandhamadana and Matanga hills, the temple, however, lies majorly in ruins that were as a result of attacks on it by the Bahmani Kingdom.

    Timings: Daily 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
    Entry fee: None
    Visit duration: 1-2 hours
    Tip: Make sure you wear modest clothes that are not at all revealing as a token of respect to the religion.

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    26. Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

    Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

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    Hemakunta Hill Temple Complex is home to many temples that are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located in the southern region of Hampi, these temples are amongst the most ancient ones that can still be visited in Hampi. This is what makes the complex amongst the top places to visit in Hampi. A lot of these temples were constructed between the 9th and 14th centuries, even before the famous Vijayanagara Empire that ruled Hampi.

    Timings: Daily 6:00 am to 6:30 pm
    Entry fee: NA
    Visit duration: 2-3 hours
    Tip: Do not forget to carry your cameras to capture the beauty of these places

    27. Krishna Pushkarani

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    One of the most sacred places in Hampi, Krishna Pushkaranis takes you back to ancient times. This famous tourist spot allows one to get a glimpse of the architectural style of the Vijayanagara era. You will find many such Pushkarnis all around the city. Located near Krishna Bazaar, this remarkable water tank is one of the best places to visit in Hampi.

    Timings: Open throughout the day
    Entry fee: None
    Visit duration: Approximately 20-30 minutes
    Tip: While visiting here, don’t forget to explore nearby Krishna Bazaar

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    28. Prasanna Virupaksha Temple

    Prasanna Virupaksha Temple

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    One of the most famous temples in Hampi, Prasanna Virupaksha Temple was built during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire. The temple is dedicated to Prasanna Virupaksha, who was an avatar of Lord Shiva. Surrounded by lush greenery, this striking temple boasts an alluring architecture that intrigue visitors. Besides this, the central part of the shrine is always immersed in water that makes the temple all the more special.

    Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Entry fee: None
    Visit duration: Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour
    Tip: Spend some time on the lush green lawn of the temple

    29. Laughing Buddha Cafe

    Laughing Buddha Cafe

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    Hampi boasts numerous cafes where vacationers can spend some cosy time and among the best ones is the Laughing Buddha Cafe. While offering spectacular views of the Tungabhadra River, this lively cafe serves some mouth-watering meals along with refreshing drinks. You can savour your meal while enjoying light music in the background. The cafe impresses visitors with its menu that includes a wide range of sizzlers, curries, and pizzas, and Israeli cuisine as well.

    Timings: 8:30 am to 10:00 pm
    Entry fee: NA
    Meal for two: INR 1,000 approximately
    Tip: To treat your tastebuds, try some Israeli delicacies

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    Best Time To Visit Hampi

    coracle ride in Hampi

    The best time to visit Hampi extends from October to February when most tourists visit Hampi as the weather is pleasant and great for sightseeing.

    The month of January/February also is an ideal time to visit Hampi, owing to the cultural extravaganza that takes place in Hampi Utsav.

    How To Get Around In Hampi

    roadtrip through Autobahn Route

    One can hire a bicycle or a bike for a full day available for rent at State Tourism Centre in Hampi at a nominal charge of INR 50 and INR 200, approximately. Tourists can find accommodation facilities in the main market area of Hampi with basic facilities. However, finding hotels in Hospet- a small town just about 13 km from Hampi is the best practical option.

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    How To Reach Hampi

    took flight from bangalore

    By Air- Hubli Airport and Belgaum Airport are two major domestic airports located at distances of 144 km and 215 km from Hampi, respectively. Bangalore Airport is the nearest international airport which is about 350 km from Hampi.

    By Road- Hampi is among beloved weekend getaways from Bangalore and is well connected to Hospet, Hassan, Mysore and other nearby cities by road as buses ply regularly. Tourists travelling to Hampi by road can also avail taxis that are available from nearby towns and cities.

    By Train- Hospet Junction- the nearest railway station to Hampi, is about 13 km away.

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    The aforementioned places to visit in and around Hampi, give you every reason to skip mountains and beaches. Especially if you are an architecture and history buff, these places will surely intrigue you and allow you to have a memorable vacation. Plan your vacation to Hampi with TravelTriangle and enjoy your enthralling vacation!

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Hampi

    What is Hampi famous for?

    If you are a history buff who likes to explore the heritage relics, then Hampi should definitely be on your list. The scenery of Hampi feels right out of a history book. It is a place for free souls and hippies. Enjoy the nature scenes of the place, camping under the stars, and take a boat ride on the river. Hampi can be so much fun for adults as well as for kids.

    What is there do in Hampi?

    There are so many things to do in Hampi. For starters, visit each and every temple and ruins Hampi is famous for. All those relics that you see on Indian rupee notes are from Hampi. The charming town is located by the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Taking a coracle ride on the river is a one-of-a-kind experience. You will feel free-spirited in Hampi. Such is the nature of this place. You should also attend the Hampi Utsav that is a celebration of colour and culture.

    How do I cover Hampi in 2 days?

    You can easily cover Hampi in 2 days. Just get a scooter or a bike on rent and roan around Hampi at your leisure. Start with Virupaksha Temple, Vijay Vittala Temple, and hill temple Complex on day 1, visit the Hampi bazaar to buy some souvenirs from your vacation. On day 2, you can cover Queen’s Bath, Hazara Rama Temple, Stepped Bank. If you have time, you may cover a few more attractions in Hampi before you leave.

    How many days are sufficient for Hampi?

    Two days are sufficient to visit this World Heritage Site. The place is full of historic monuments and to visit the places nearby two days are sufficient.

    When is the best time to visit Hampi?

    October to February is the best time to visit Hampi as the temperature is pleasant to explore the city. One can also visit during the monsoon season but should be careful as it gets quite slippery.

    Is Hampi safe to travel alone?

    Hampi is quite a safe place for solo travellers. As far as the safety of female solo travellers are concerned, one should be cautious in any part of the world.

    Where should I stay in Hampi?

    Some of the best Hampi hotels are Kishkinda Heritage Resort, Clarks Inn Hampi, Hotel Gowri and Thilak Home Stay to enjoy a luxurious stay.


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