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Tourist Places in Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi, Karnataka, India stands on the banks of River Tungabhadra, Hampi is a small yet enthralling town. The intriguing historical ruins of Vijayanagara Empire are dotted all over. It magnetizes tourists from far and wide to admire its age-old wonders. This much famed World Heritage Site receives perpetual flood of history aficionados and keen photographers. There is no dearth of Hampi monuments that capture attention and make a vacationer explore the historical expanses, while completely surrendering oneself to the irresistible charisma of the same.

It is noteworthy that Hampi is surrounded by heritage that is much older that the town itself. Traces of an ancient civilization, dynasties that resulted in Vijayanagar Empire, natural heritage, and wars are the factors collectively add to Hampi attractions and tempt a keen vacationer to visit this place of unparalleled charm and beauty. The town is undoubtedly a dream world that comprises boulders, monoliths, and ruins of ancient edifices.

Places to visit in Hampi are mainly categorized as religious and historical sites. The most loved holy site is Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, located on the banks of the river Tungabhadra and is one of the structures in the Group of Monuments in Hampi. Its inscriptions are 9th and 10th century old. Vijaya Vittala Temple, dedicated to Vittala, an aspect of Lord Vishnu is another religious site here. It exhibits the most extravagant architecture and exceptional craftsmanship. Achyutaraya Temple, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara was originally named Tiruvengalanatha. It was established in 1534 AD by Achyuta Deva Raya. One of the smallest Hampi temples is Hazara Ram Temple that was christened so as it has Ramayana Panels on the walls. The events and characters of Ramayana are carved on the wall of this temple. Lakshmi Narasimha temple is also worth visiting.

Hampi points of interest that fascinate history buffs include a host of palaces, forts, sculptures, and several ancient edifices. Archaeological Museum in Hampi is the first museum established by the Archeological Survey of India. A tasteful collection of sculptures and artifacts is displayed here that includes sculptures of deities, metal objects of religious importance, gold and silver coins from the Vijayanagara era.

King’s Balance, also known as Tulapurushandana is an unmissable Hampi sightseeing point. Five meters tall, the structure is carved from stone. On occasions like lunar and solar eclipses and Dussehra, it is believed that, the King was weighed against gold, jewels, and precious stones, which was then distributed to temple priests. Thus, the name – King’s Balance.

Among the top Hampi attractions is Lotus Palace, also called as Chitragani Mahal and Kamal Maha. It was built in Indo-Islamic architecture style for use of regal ladies. Another structural beauty that was meant especially for ladies of the royal household is Zenana Enclosure. Its serene grounds and manicured lawns make vacationers feel as if they are in an oasis amidst the scorched surroundings.

Other historical attractions include Queen’s Bath, Bellary Fort, and Elephant Stables among many more. These hotspots are looked upon when a holidaymaker is looking forward to places to visit in Hampi in one day.

Hippie Island Hampi is a must visit place. “Hippie” is the unofficial name given to the island of Virupapur Gadde (or Gaddi). It gets its “Island” status as it is surrounded by the Tungabhadra River on all sides.

In a nutshell, a Hampi trip treats vacationers with amazing places to visit. Hampi India points of interest keep vacationers intrigued throughout their stay and tempts them for more visits.


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Elephant Stables In Hampi

Hampi, a small town in Karnataka, is known for the archaeological ruins, which reflect an integral part of the Dravidian history. The temple complexes belong to the Vijayanagara Empire. The Elephant stables of Hampi are also an important attraction as these stables are one of those structures that have not suffered extensiv...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Virupaksha Temple In Hampi

Located in the state of Karnataka in Southern India, Virupaksha Temple is one of the group of monuments at Hampi, which has been denominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Adorned with magnificent carvings and sculptures, the temple is surrounded with structures including a pillared walkway, courtyards, entrances, and small...

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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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