Before going for your Hampi vacation, be familiar with where you must visit during the
It is a majestic temple that stands proudly amidst the ruins of Hampi. When the city of
was pillaged by marauding invaders, the Virupaksha temple stood erect and worship
continued throughout the ages. The deity of Virupaksheshwara or Pampapathi an
incarnation of Lord Shiva is worshipped here.
Archeological Survey of India Museum:
Managed by the Archaeological Survey of India, this museum is located in Kamlapur
(around 3 km from Hampi) largely exhibits two models of Hampi, which show the
topography of Hampi. Apart from that, it has a good selection of daily use products of
the ancient locals, royal remains and artefacts of Hampi's old culture that were found
during the excavating of this site.
Vithala Temple Complex:
The most remarkable monument of the place, Vithala Temple is sited on the southern
bank of River Tungabhadra. This beautiful monument is best known for its charming
musical pillars (total 56 in number) that create an echo of a note when tapped. Another
feature of this monument is exclusive sculptured work, ornate pillars, intricate carvings
and 16th century art piece.
It is a fine synthesis of the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. Having unique
aesthetics, this elegant structure has two levels with open pavilions at the bottom and
balconies above. Lotus Mahal gets its name from its beautiful, geometrically arranged
cusped arches that look like the petals of a flower opening towards the sun.
Hampi is separated into two major parts, 'the Royal Center' and 'the Sacred Center'
that are located around 3 KM apart from each other. As the name suggests, the Sacred
Center consists of religious sites and the Royal Center has the royal buildings, which
belong to the "Great Empire of Vijayanagar".
Other Attractions (in & around):
In case you wish to explore more of these prehistoric monuments, then there are some
places around Hampi, where you can plan an outing. Huligi (50 KM), Chitradurga (150
KM), Anegundi (15 KM) and Tungabhadra Dam (17 KM) are some of these places.
Best Time for Holidaying in Hampi
Hampi enjoys a tropical weather with hot and dry summers with peak temperatures
touching 44 Degree Celsius. The monsoon starts from July and the rainfall is very
heavy. The winter season lasts from November to February. The month of October
enjoys festive season with celebration of Dussehra and during November has the yearly
Hampi festival. Therefore, the ideal time to enjoy best of Hampi with sightseeing and
festivity is between the months of October and March. So, plan your Hampi trip at the
Must Buy Things from Hampi
Hampi is mainly a historical place, which invites people with its charming historical
beauty. So, shopping here is not that much of an exciting thing. Yet, you can go
shopping in the famous Hampi Bazaar, also known as Virupaksha Bazaar. There are
various shops displaying several products including jewelry made by Lambani nomads,
shawls to embroidered textiles, bags and skirts and antique coins that would make for
some great collections as well as souvenirs to take back home.
Explore Options to Reach Hampi
Before booking your Hampi holiday packages, you must be aware of the ways to
reach this city. To know more, read on:
Belgaum airport situated at a distance of around 270 KM is the closest air link to Hampi.
From here, you can take a taxi to the city. The next nearest airport is Bangalore airport
(around 350 KM) from Hampi.
Hampi does not have a railway station. The nearest railhead to this place is Hospet that
is around 13 KM away. There are about 10 daily trains and about 5 special trains to the
station, which operate once or twice a week. From Bangalore, Hampi Express is the
best option to reach Hampi. From here, you can hire a taxi to Hampi.
Hampi is very well-connected by road to Bangalore and other major cities of Karnataka.
KSRTC buses ply regularly from Hospet to Hampi. Other than that, tourists can either
hire taxi or auto-rickshaw to explore the ruins of Hampi. In addition, bicycles are also
available on rent to explore Hampi. Choose any of the traveling modes and come for an
incredible Hampi tour.