The Mysterious charm of Hampi will bowl you over
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About Hampi Destinations
Hampi, Karnataka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located near Hospet town in Karnataka state on the banks of Tungabhadra River, India. A dynamic and dramatic place, Hampi is an open museum and dotted by several temples, ruins of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings, and surprises that randomly pop up. In terms of history and architecture, Hampi is a highly significant destination. In addition, Hampi is a noteworthy religious center of the Vijayanagara Empire due to the presence of the historic Virupaksha Temple along with many other monuments of the old city. These factors contribute to the growth of Hampi tourism that imparts a fulfilling vacation experience to tourists.
Hampi history states that Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire that was established by Saint Vidyaranya in 1336 AD with the help of two of his disciples, Hakka Raya and Bukka Raya, flourished under the rule of Emperor Krishnadevaraya. Stretching over the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra, it maintained a huge army to protect it from other kingdoms. Hampi grew as a trade center for cotton, spices, and gemstones. It was one of the richest and largest cities in the world during 15th and 16th centuries. Today, it is a backpacker's paradise as well as a pilgrim's delight.
What is more fascinating about Hampi is the fact that it has hills scattered all around and the notable ones are Anjaneya Hill, Matunga HIll, Malyavanta Hill, and Hemakuta Hill. Over an area of 26 sq. km, in and around Hampi, the ruins of Vijayanagara Empire are spread. Major tourist attractions in this place are divided into two broad regions - the Hampi Bazaar area and the Royal center near Kamalapur. Hampi monuments stand as celebrated epitomes of ancient civilizations that were built during 1336 to 1646. Achyutaraya Temple, Zenith Enclosure, Lotus Mahal, and Sasivekalu are among the symbols of ancient architectural and sculptural prowess. Hazara Rama Temple, Krishna Temple Complex, Kondana Rama Temple, and Malyavanta Raghunatha Swamy Temple speak leaps and bounds about the Hampi temple treasure.
Buying home tidbits from Hampi remind vacationers of the marvelous place visited. They can buy stone artefacts, Lambani crafts, leather crafts, musical instruments, and banana fiber crafts as keepsakes and gift items.
When it comes to food, Hampi serves a platter of delectable surprises such as bhakri (chapati), badanekayi (stuffed brinjal), ellu chutney, ranjaka (a type of chutney), kosambari (daal, cucumber, carrot dish), bele kaalu (sprouted daal), and saaru (a type of soup).
Apart from sightseeing, Hampi attractions offer tourists to indulge in various exciting activities such as staying in a hut on Hippie Island, climbing the hills to catch stunning views around, witness breathtaking sunsets, jump off a cliff to swim in a freshwater lake (watch signs for crocodile inhabited waters), and ride a ferry on Red River with statues of the rocks. The little ancient town reverberates with celebrations in the month of November, when Hampi Festival - the most important festival here is organized by the Government of Karnataka. Celebrated for three days, the festival involves dance, drama, music, and processions.
When it comes to accommodation in Hampi city, tourists can choose from budget hotels, guest houses, upscale resorts, and 5 star properties. Hampi is well-connected to Hospet Junction railway station, which is just 13 km away. Long-distance and interstate buses also ply from Hospet bus stand. Hampi can also be reached by a road trip as roads here are smooth and well-maintained.
Tourists should keep a Hampi map handy to explore the lovely place on their own conveniently. This is a unique place that is backpacker’s haven, a historian’s riddle, a geologist’s venture, and a pilgrim’s paradise. With this information about Hampi, vacationers can delight in this carnival of carvings and fantasy world of rocks and ruins.
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Hazara Rama Temple In Hampi
One of the most unique and popular temples in Hampi, the Hazara Rama Temple is a gorgeous Temple located at the center of Royal Enclosure. It is dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Rama. Among the many unique things, the name ‘Hazara Ramaswamy Temple’ stands out as it literally translates to a thousand Rama referring to the...
Hippie Island In Hampi
Located just a boat ride away from Hampi, the laidback Hippie Island, or Virupapur Gadde is separated from the historical Hampi by Tungabhadra River. A trip to UNESCO World Heritage site of the gorgeous ruins of Hampi is incomplete without a visit to the Hippie Island, deriving its name from the numerous Hippie foreign back...
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Daroji Bear Sanctuary In Hampi
Abode of the Indian Sloth Bears, the Daroji Sloth bear Sanctuary is located in Karnataka, just 20 kms away from the gorgeous ruins of Hampi. The open scrub forests, undulated hillocks, fallen boulders and sheltering caves of the sanctuary, spread over 83 square feet, are home to a large population of these honey-lovers, end...
Vijaya Vittala Temple In Hampi
One of the greatest temples in Hampi, the Vittala temple or the Vijaya Vittala Temple, located near the banks of the river Tungabhadra, represents an exceptional craftsmanship of Dravidian architecture. The Vijaya temple in Hampi is one of the most popular attraction of this ruined town. Dating back to the 15th century, thi...
Virupaksha Temple In Hampi
Located in the state of Karnataka in Southern India, Virupaksha Temple in Hampi is one of the groups of monuments, which has been denominated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Adorned with magnificent carvings and sculptures, the Virupaksha Temple in Hampi is surrounded with structures including a pillared walkway, courtya...
Things To Do In Hampi
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Bouldering In Hampi
Bouldering in Hampi is one of the most thrilling activities one can engage in and Hampi boulders are perfect to climb. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls, known as boulders, without the use of ropes or harnesses. Due to this bouldering in Hampi has becom...
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Camping In Hampi
Accorded the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Hampi offers an exhilarating venture that anyone can undertake. Camping in Hampi, is one of the most famous outdoor avocation amid the historical ruins and surrounding natural beauty. Explore Hampi to find the most suitable camping destination. With China's camping area, ...
Matanga Hill Trek In Hampi
Matanga Hill, Hampi is located at the eastern end of the Hampi Bazaar, offering you an awestruck view of the ruined city and the panoramic view beneath you.Being the top-most point in Hampi, Matanga Hill is amongst the most popular places to visit. The tourists get a mesmerizing view of the city of Hampi. There is a small t...
How To Reach Hampi
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Hampi does not have an airport in its premises. However, the nearest town and its district Ballari has an airport that is the closest airport to Hampi. Standing at a distance of almost 64 km from Hampi, Bellary offers flight connectivity with various cities of India. After deboarding at Ballari, the nearest airport to Hampi, tourists can easily reach Hampi by a local transport.
The town of Hampi has no railway station. However, nearest railway station to Hampi is in Hospet. The Hospet Junction Railway Station is situated at a distance of around 13 km from Hampi. The railway station is connected by frequent trains from all over the country. Hospet is well connected to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli, Chennai, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Panjim, Kolkata, Mysore, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Kolhapur and Shirdi. Bangalore to Hampi trains are quite frequent. Overnight trains run several times a week from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Goa. The trains are a much cheaper and more comfortable route, facilitating tourists and answering their query of how to reach Hampi by train. Visitors can board an overnight train from Mysore to Hubli and from there to Hospet. Reaching Hampi from Hospet is an easy task.
Hampi has a smooth network of roads that facilitates holidaymakers to reach the site easily. The road network connects Hampi to a host of towns and cities of Karnataka. KSRTC bus services contribute a lot in enhancing the road transport to and from Hampi with several buses plying frequently between Hampi and several towns and cities in Karnataka. It also has regular bus from Bangalore, Hubli, Goa and Karwar. Bangalore to Hampi bus services allow tourists to visit the two wonderful destinations of Karnataka that are poles apart. Hampi is all soaked in the age-old aura, whereas Bangalore is hip and happening. So, road transport from Hampi to Bangalore is usually chosen by people to add to their vacation delight.
Visitors can also resort to hire private cars, cabs or other vehicles from big cities like Bangalore and Mysore to travel to Hampi. Traveling from Bangalore to Hampi by car is an amazing experience. Travelers can also reach Hampi easily by taking a bus from Hospet. In addition, a few other means of local transport are also there that can be availed by visitors to reach Hampi from Hospet and other cities that are connected by road.
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Pranav's 4 days trip to HampiIt was superb trip planned to Mysore and Coorg with friends. We enjoyed a lot throughout. Stays availed were comfortable and peaceful. Driver was polite and known to most of the places.
Gopinath's 6 days trip to Hampitrip was awesome Coonoor tip and Bandipur national park
Sujitha's 4 days trip to HampiExcellent experience. Can drivers and agent helped us a lot in covering all places overall it was a good trip organized by travel triangle Coorg
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Rajat's 3 days trip to HampiOverall it was an awesome experience, the cab was in good condition and driver was very genuine. He was aware of all the places in ooty and proved to be a good guide too. Only bad part was that agent didn't informed us about toy train booking details .rest all was good
Shreyash's 5 days trip to HampiOverall its good trip but not satisfied with the hotel especially club Mahindra properties, club Mahindra is very costly ,even there are lots of good hotels and resort which are even better than club mahindra well organised,will surely approach Travel triangle for my next trip. Iruppu Waterfalls, Brahmagiri is very good
Nirmalkumar's 3 days trip to Hampithe trip was good well organized bt travel triangle
Pankajt's 3 days trip to Hampia superb, well-organized trip, the hotel is very good Hoysala comforts Coorg is a very beautiful and peaceful destination
Manan's 3 days trip to Hampithe well-organized trip, overall good experience nice organized, cab diver is very good
Shivam's 6 days trip to HampiEverything was good except the communication problem with the driver. Driver should be well verse with English language.
Syed's 3 days trip to HampiHotels are just average. There is no good breakfast facilities in both the hotels. Also very limited breakfast at church in hotel 29, Bangalore. i never recommend this hotel to anyone. There is no hotwater facility for bathing at Mysore hotel during evening time while we checked in at 8.30pm. After repeated requests and complaints they had provided hot water for bathing.breakfast in the morning also too late. They provided it after 9.30pm. Bannerghatta national park safari trip, wonderla amusement park at Bangalore, night dinner at umpire restaurant near to our hotel, Brindavan garden and mysore palace are memorable moments in that trip.
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