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An Awe inspiring Heritage site close to Bangalore

History has its own grace; and so does Hampi! Hampi, in Karnataka is one vacation destination that offers the tourists serenity and calmness away from the busy city life. For the history lovers, Hampi is the one of the most preferred places for adventure in Bangalore

The place

Hampi is the city of ruins. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the very important historical places of South India. It was the royal capital of dominant Vijayanagara Empire once upon a time and now it is a ruined town having many ancient palaces and forts.  Hampi is situated on the south banks of river Tungabhadra.

Hampi is a small area of 25 sq km. It is bounded by mountains Anjaneya, Malyavanta and Matanga Hills on the three sides and has Tungabhadra River on the fourth. Vijayanagara Rulers had decorated the city with many temples, palaces and monuments and thus it was considered as one of the famous ancient metropolises in India. 


There are a number of attractions in Hampi.

The Virupaksha temple is the main pilgrimage center of Hampi and one of the oldest temples having the deity of Shiva. It is at the foothills of Hemkuta.

The Vithala Temple Complex is known for its beauty and is located on the southern bank of Tungabhadra River. The temple is known for its sculptured works.

Nandi- It is one of the largest monolithic bull in Asia and one of the major attractions in Hampi. This bull is known by the local name Yeduru Basavanna. The bull is placed like a guard at the east end of Hampi bazaar.

Hampi Bazaar is located in the street facing the Virupaksha temple. It has got many shops displaying various types of products one can pick up.

Mahanavami Dibba is a huge structure. The structure has got carved bands of soldiers, horses and others. This is the structure from where kings of Vijayanagara Empire ruled their kingdom and observed various religious and royal possessions.

Statue of Ugra Narsimha is a huge statue of about 6.7 meter that is located in the south region of the temple complex of Hemkuta. This is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Queen's bath is located within in Royal Enclosure and is a building of rectangular shape. It has a long veranda and has a square tank that is 6 feet deep. This is the place where the king and their wives had their wives.


Matanga Hill has spectacular view with scintillating surroundings. It is one of the holy places described in the Ramayana.   

How to reach

The nearest rail station is Hospet which is about 13 km from Hampi. People can take taxi from Hospet to Hampi. Hospet is well connected to Bangalore, Hyderabad and other important cities in Karnataka and other surrounding states. 

Best time to visit

Though the weather remains pleasant throughout the year but winter (November to February) is the ideal for sightseeing and exploring the place. People can go for adventures like rock climbing during winter.

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