HAMPI, a World HERITAGE Site acknowledged by UNESCO, located in the east-central of Karnataka by Tungabhadra River. It is famous for its archaeological monuments. It is a must-visit place for everyone. Hampi, the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, has ancient temples that describe the Empire history- carved in the walls, sunrise and sunset views, scenic beauty of mountains, ruins of palaces. There is one of the most popular and extremely large stone Chariot which is positioned just ahead of the Vittala Temple. It becomes more attractive because of 14ft. high statue of Lord Ganesha which is also called Kadalekalu Ganesha, and I must say, if you are planning to go around Hampi, you should definitely visit this place.
You find its picturesque beauty if you move around, it will take you to the historical tours, adventures, worthy knowledge and of course, if you like traveling, then, it is no less than the beauty of heaven. Its serenity is covered by the three hills, Malyavanta, Anjnayeya, and Matanga hills and a shrine location too.
Hampi is one of the ancient places of early times. It is covering an area of 25 sq.km and is surrounded by the hills and the Tungabhadra River too. Long ago, Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Earlier, according to the Ramayana, it was considered by Hindus, that Hampi was the dynasty of monkeys, before Vijayanagara Empire; it was also known as Kishkindha.
In the central core of Karnataka, Hampi is located on the banks of Tungabhadra River. From Bangalore, it is only 53 kms and from Hospet, it is just 13km. Hampi is stationed on a rocky land at a height of about 467 m above the sea level.
Some details about Hampi
While searching for Sita, Lord Rama and his brother had visited there, according to the Ramayana. They also seeked help from Vali and Sugreeva, who were ruling this dynasty at that time.
Vittala Temple is known for its magnificent architectural structures. Besides that, it has 56 pillars which produces music. And the most amazing part is they are not hollow from inside and that’s why, they are being named as SA RE GA MA pillars.
People believed that Sugreeva used to live there. Also, Sita dropped her ornaments there as a mark when Ravana Kidnapped her. There is a rock which resembles a design and people believe it is a mark of Sita’s Saree.
Best time to call for a holiday
From October to March
How to Reach
Hampi is one of the famous tourists Place in the world. People from all over the world visit the city of Ruins. The interesting fact is, it is well connected with the other places and the world via Air, Road and Rail and that makes the tourists more accessible to this place. Hospet is just 13 kms from Hampi Ruins.
Let’s see what the other options available are
Belgaum and Bangalore Airports are the nearest air links from Hampi which is about at a distance of 270 and 300 kms respectively. You can also take direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai. After reaching the airport, you can hire a taxi to reach Hampi.
Different places of the country are well connected with Hospet, which makes it easier to reach Hampi. But Hampi has no railway station as such. Furthermore, 10 trains daily and 5 Special trains run for the Hospet from different areas of the country. After reaching Hospet, you can easily take a taxi.
There are lot of options available if you choose to travel by road. KSRTC buses are regularly available from different places of Karnataka at regular intervals; it is very well connected with Bangalore too. Otherwise, you can take a taxi; rent a car or buses also. So, there is no problem, you can comfortably get hold of Hampi.
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