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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Risha's 3 days trip to HampiIt was really a good and well planned trip. The best part was the resort ( The IBNII )- Very very nice and beautiful resort. Thanks Jigyasa ( Travel Corp) for prompt response. The driver ( Yashwanth ) and car was also good and drive was cosy
Prutha's 3 days trip to HampiProfessionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value We booked package from Bengaluru to Coorg for 4 days. Ms. Jigyasa helped us with booking and made sure that each place in our iternary is covered. She was even connected with us during our tour through phone/whatsapp and comforted us when one of the place was closed due to pandemic (Golden Temple). She extended herself and helped us with other alternative place which we can visit. I would also highly recommend Mr. Amjad (our tour driver) who was well informed about the place and guided us in entire tour. His driving skills are excellent and drives very safely.
Mohit's 7 days trip to HampiMy Family was travelling with my mother in law (a senior citizen) and 2 kids and they had expected a good stay at booked hotels and lovey travelling experience. · We have had very uncooperative driver and the matter was even discussed with Mr. Narendra Maurya. · Driver is not just a driver but is also supposed to be a tour guide to the traveller. In this case, our driver used to drop us to the point far from the location giving excuse of the parking challenge and then we had to locate the car when we are back. Many at times, his number was not reachable and we had to wait for long. Once I had called Mr. Mueen to help to locate his car. · He was not even interacting with the Kids just because my elder son had puked in the car and he had to clean it up. · In Coorg, we had to wait for 45 mins at time of check-in due to some booking issue. However, the resort as such is good and so was our stay there. My family's overall experience was not good at all and they found the trip totally waste of money especially with an uncooperative Driver.
Anirudh's 3 days trip to HampiThe trip was wonderful, the driver partner was wonderful but the executive interaction and the false statements/promises ruined all the memories. 1. I was offered a discount of Rupees 1000 on the total amount. The discount was not granted even after the executive promising me that it will be levied and i should do the payment immediately. at time of completing the trip also i was told the same thing that i should handover the remaining amount to driver and i will be refunded in 3 days time. nothing happened even after writing mails and reaching out to team multiple times 2. I had 750 kms listed in the itinerary as free(included) Nowhere did it mention that this will also include to and fro kms from garage to my place. Only after completing the trip i was told that i have to extra for that. I did not ask for the refund even then the team was not ready to agree it was a wrong doing from there end rather they said its always like this. I requested to take a note and start including this note in all the itinerary's but to no avail. 3. Mysore was also to be covered on the third day as per the itinerary, but i was told at that time that its not part of the package, after multiple requests the driver partner showed us the Mysore palace and when i raised the concern with the team they said i have already covered mysore in the trip. I did not ask any refund but raised it as a concern so that in future others and myself should not suffer. The trip could have been so much memorable without any bad thoughts but all this chaos and unwanted behaviour spoiled this completely.
Akash's 3 days trip to Hampibooked my entire trip via Travel Triangle. The entire trip was planned and managed by the superb team of Travel Corp. Right from beginning till the last point that is till the time I reached my home back, they were coordinating it very smoothly. Even the customer service teams were regularly checking with the quality of service, be it hotel or cab. The cab was in a mint condition and also the cab driver was very friendly and cordial. The resort arranged by them IBNI Springs was too good. The staff were well organized and took utmost care of us. So all this was so hassle free and no time consuming. I would highly recommend to book any of your future trips via Travel Triangle. They are simple the best at this. Thanks again. superb team of Travel Corp
Anitha's 3 days trip to HampiHad a grt trip traveling to coorg. I literally appreciate the team of Travelcorp. I honestly recommend the people can assure and travel with Travelcorp agency. Thank you for the support throughout the journey. Hope we may plan some other trips in the future. Thanks again. Great Trip
Lohitnarayan's 3 days trip to HampiOur trip was awesome, Very good driver, Very good service..Hotel gave us the balcony room when we requested, Breakfast was too good,Can suggest my friends about your service, Yes everything is good.. thanku Thanks for the arrangement guys it’s really nice
Vijaya's 3 days trip to HampiHello jigyasa, it was very nice connecting you through travel triangle.And the way you approached us and sharing all the stuff regarding the travel and even the way you gave bit confidence which really made us strong to take step forward! Was really great! It was really great experience where this is my first trip,I wish to continue the journey with you and travel corp even for further travels. Regards, Vijayab.
Lahari's 2 days trip to HampiThis this is regarding the trip which I have gone it was so good and memorable..and even my travel guide jigyasa is so responsible and respectful n responding to whatever questions n problems v have..even the travelcorp India the resort we have gone is soo soo good..i do recommend n have recommended travelcorp n jigyasa to my frnd n co...do make n plan good trips n memories to us.. Tnq
Mohammed's 3 days trip to HampiIt was an amazing trip we all really loved that never expected it to be so good Rajat sir(our trip organiser) made it all right and managed to make us happy I would definitely recommend to book trip through travel corps and really appreciate Trip organiser RAJAT sir for all his service
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