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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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By Air

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.

By Train

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.

By Road

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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While beach lovers can drive off for a gala time at Goa or Gokarna, Bangalore and Hyderabad are great for shopaholics. Other than these, there is the very fascinating Mysore that awaits with its many tales. Coorg too, is a great respite for anyone looking for a break near Hampi.

Sri Venkateswara Hotel, Mango Tree, Gouthami Guest House, and Laughing Buddha are some of the best places to eat in Hampi.

Duration of 2 days is ideal to explore Hampi completely.

Stone artefacts, Lambani crafts, leather crafts, musical instruments, and banana fiber crafts are among the must-buys in Hampi.

Best time to visit Hampi is from October to February as the temperature is pleasant. Tourists can also visit during the monsoon season, but boulders become quite slippery during the season.

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