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    Best time to Visit Hampi: Jan,Oct,dec

    Category : History/heritage: History & Heritage,Culture & Festival

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

    Description

    Hampi is an historic village of Karnataka, which is filled with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire. 
    This UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to many ancient temples, forts and other well carved monuments.

    The most famous temples of Hampi are the 7th-century Virupaksha Temple, Achyutaraya temple, Laxmi Narasimha temple, Vittala Temple.

     

    It is a popular tourist spot in north Karnataka, and forms a favorite historical circuit (Hampi - Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal) with its neighbouring cities.


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    Virupaksha Temple

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    Virupaksha Temple is a 7th century temple and is among the prime attractions of Hampi. It is also known as Pampapathi temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on the south bank of Tungabhadra. The temple walls are beautifully carved. The temple’s towers are 50 meters high and the complex has gateways, shrines, courtyards pillared pavilion, etc.
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      Vithala Temple / Vijaya Vittala Temple

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      Vithala Temple is an architectural marvel. It houses the iconic stone chariot, which has become an iconic symbol of Hampi. The main temple is beautifully carved and sits inside a huge temple complex area along with many smaller temples. The carvings on the walls/pillars of these structures depict various gods in different forms. The temple is dedicated to Vittala, an aspect of Lord Vishnu. This temple is famous for its unique musical pillars. Each of the massive pillars of the temple emits a different musical tone.
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        Achyutaraya Temple / Tiruvengalanatha Temple

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        Achyutaraya Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This 15th century, was the last creation of the Vijayanagara dynasty. This ruined temple has carved pillars covering the temple courtyard.
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          Hazara Rama Temple

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          Hazara Rama Temple was a private place of worship for the royal family. It is one of the smallest temples in Hampi and is located at the center of the royal complex. The temple got its name “Hazara Temple” (a thousand Ram) Temple because of its Ramayana Panels on the walls. The events and characters of Ramayana are beautifully carved on the wall of this temple.
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            Lakshmi Narasimha temple / Ugra Narasimha

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            Laxmi Narasimha temple is a 1528 temple which famous for its huge structure of Lord Narasimha sitting on SeshaNaag i.e. the seven headed snake acting as a shelter to him. The idol is chiseled out of a single granite boulder. The statue of Goddess Lakshmi next to this statue was destroyed during invasion.
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              Hanuman Temple

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              Hanuman Temple is situated on top of Anjenaya Hill. One has to climb 570 steps to reach this temple. The hill top offers spectacular view of the ruined Hampi.
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                Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

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                Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex is a huge complex with many temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The complex is protected by a fort, giving it a grand allure.
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                  Sasivekalu Ganesha / Kadalekalu Ganesha

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                  Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple houses a huge statue of Lord Ganesha - which is about 8 feet (2.5 metres) tall. This statue is carved out of a single block of rock. It is one of the major landmarks in Hampi. A large mandapa along with many pillars cover this statue. According to the mythology, once Ganesha consumed a lot of food, due to which his stomach was on the verge of bursting. Ganesha caught hold of a snake and tied it around his stomach in order to prevent it from bursting open. This mythological incidence is depicted in this statue, where you can find a snake tied around the Ganesha’s stomach.
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                    Elephant Stables

                    Entry Fees :₹ 10 Time To Visit :8:30 am to 05:30 pm

                    Elephant Stables in Hampi is an interesting place to visit. The stable has a row of 11 chambers, the center chamber is grander than the other chambers. It served as an enclosure for royal elephants during Vijayanagra Empire.
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                      Monolithic Bull

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                      Monolithic Bull is placed on a high platform. This massive monolith is a huge crowd puller.
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                        Zenana Enclosure

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                        Zenana Enclosure was meant for royal women. It is close to Lotus palace. There are four structures inside the enclosure, of which the Queen’s palace is the largest.
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                          Queen's Bath

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                          Queens Bath is a part of the Royal Enclosure. It refers to the private bathing chambers of the kings and queens of the Vijanagara era. It makes you realize that the royals enjoyed more luxury than the modern day spas, tubs or pools.
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                            Hampi Bazaar

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                            Hampi Bazaar is close to Virupaksha temple. It is a place to buy souvenirs. You can find various artifacts like antique coins, shawls, bags etc.
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                              Archaeological Museum

                              Entry Fees :₹ 5 Time To Visit :10:00 am to 05:00 pm

                              Archaeological Museum in Hampi houses a collection of sculptures and artifacts found during excavation. It beautifully captures the history of Hampi.
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                                Pampa Sarovar

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                                Pampa Sarovar is one of the five sacred sarovars, or lakes in India. According to mythology, Pampa Sarovar is regarded as the place where Pampa, a form of Shiva's consort Parvati, performed penance to show her devotion to Shiva. It is about a kilometer from the foothills of the Hanuman Temple. The lake is filled with lotuses, and is really picturesque when the flowers are in bloom.
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                                  Matanga Hill

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                                  Matanga Hill is the highest peak in Hampi and is popular trekking spot.
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                                    Daroji Bear Sanctuary

                                    Entry Fees :₹ 50 Time To Visit :6 AM to 6 PM

                                    Daroji Bear Sanctuary is home to the Indian sloth bear. It is located at a distance of 15 kms from Hampi. The sanctuary covers an area more than 82.72 sq km. Apart from bears, the sanctuary is home to wide species of birds and other wildlife like leopards, hyena, jackals.
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                                      Bellary fort

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                                      Bellary Fort is located on top of Bellary Gudda. The Fort was built in two parts. The Upper Fort was built by Hanumappa Nayaka during the time of Vijayanagara Empire and the Lower fort was built by Hyder Ali.
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                                        Badami Aihole Pattadakal

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                                        Hampi - Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal; these 4 places together form the historical circuit of Karnataka. Landmarks in Badami include cave temples, gateways, forts, inscriptions and sculptures.
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                                          Chitradurga

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                                          Chitradurga is famous stopover place when you are visiting Hampi from Bangalore. You can relive the ancient story of the brave Onake Obavva here. In 18th Century, Onake Obavva, a brave lady of Chitradurga, fought the forces of Hyder Ali single-handedly with a pestle (Onake). During the reign of Madakari Nayaka, the city of Chitradurga was besieged by the troops of Hyder Ali (1754-1779). A chance sighting of a man entering the Chitradurga fort through a hole in the rocks led to a plan by Hyder Ali to send his soldiers through that hole. The Guard (Kahale Mudda Hanuma, who was on duty near that hole) had gone home to have his lunch. During his meal he needed some water to drink, so his wife Obavva went to collect water in a pot from a pond which was near the hole in the rocks, halfway up the hill. She noticed the army trying to enter the fort through the hole. She used the Onake or pestle (a wooden long club meant for pounding paddy grains) to kill the soldiers one by one by hitting them on the head and then quietly moving the dead without raising the suspicions of the rest of the troops. Mudda Hanuma, Obavva's husband, returned from lunch, was shocked to see Obavva standing with a blood stained Onake and several of the enemies' dead bodies around her. Later, the same day, she was found dead either due to shock or having been killed by the enemy soldiers. She belonged to the Holayas (Chalavadi) community. Though her brave attempt saved the fort this time, Madakari could not resist the attack by Hyder Ali during 1779, when the fort of Chitradurga was lost to Hyder Ali. The Chitradurga Fort (also known as Kalline Kote which means the “Stone Fortress”) and Obavva Kindi are two popular attractions of this Chitradurga.
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                                            By Flight
                                            The Nearest airport is Hubli Airport (144 km away)

                                            By Train
                                            The Nearest railway station is Hospet Junction (HPT) (11 km away)

                                            By Road
                                            Hampi has good road connectivity.
                                            There are regular buses from other major cities to Hampi.
                                            Here are some important distances to note:
                                            Hubballi - 164 kms
                                            Bangalore - 342 kms 
                                            Mysore - 403 kms
                                            Mangalore - 401 kms
                                            Hyderabad - 374 kms