Hampi ( a.k.a Humpi or Hampe ) is both a historic & religious place in India. This was the capital of the Hindu empire,Vijayanagara, who ruled the south India during 14th to 16th century AD. The ruins of Hampi, as it is known today, is a vast open museum of history, architecture and religion . Spread over an area more than 25 square kilometers (10 square miles), Hampi ruins is packed with giant temples, palaces, market streets, aquatic structures , fortifications and an abundance of other ancient monuments.
Where is Hampi?
Hampi is located in Karnataka state , a southwestern province of India. It’s about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Bangalore, the state capital.
A UNESCO world heritage site, Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire. It is situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra in Karnataka. The ruins of the palaces in Hampi , the temples and the royal buildings stand testimony to the wealth and grandeur of the Vijayanagar Emperors. The name Hampi is derived from the ancient name of Tungabhadra river, Pampa, the daughter of Lord Brahma. The town is locally known as the town of Pampa.
The capital of the Vijyanagar Empire from 1336 to 1565, the city was ruled by four dynasties — Sangama, Saluva, Tuluva and Aravidu dynasty. The princes of these dynasties built more than 500 monuments. As a capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi grew as a trade center for cotton, spices, horse and gem stones. Rubies and diamonds were believed to have been sold on the streets and gold and silver was used as currecny. The main street selling diamonds was called Pan Supari street and the temples and palaces were admired by Arab, Portuguese and Italian travelers. Hampi’s heydays came to an end when a combined army of Muslim kingdoms laid siege to the town in 1565. The town was looted for six months before it was abandoned.
The Virupaksha temple is the most prominent building in Hampi.It is believed that Lord Shiva married Parvati in this temple. Other attractions of Hampi are the Lotus Palace, Hazara Rama temple and Lakshmi Narasimha temple built in Vijayanagar style of architecture. The Hampi Utsav, also known as Vijaya Utsav, is a cultural event organized by the Karnataka government in January each year. The festival of Purandaradasa Aradhana conducted at the Vithala temple is famous. It is celebrated to honor the poet-composer Purandaradasa.
THINGS TO DO IN HAMPI
Daroji Bear Sanctuary
Daroji bear sanctuary is known for the sloth bear sighting. The sanctuary is home to many more wild animals other than the sloth bear, like wild boars, hyenas, leopards, jackals, mongoose and more. There is an observatory tower from where you can catch a glimpse of the bears.
Timings at Daroji Bear Sanctuary
- Visit Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Trekking at Matanga Hill
A trek up the mesmerising Matanga Hill offers a picturesque view. But that’s not all. If you set out early in the morning, you can watch the sunrise from Matanga Hill, and the view is certainly breathtaking. From atop the hill, one can view the Achyutaraya temple ruins, the Tungabhadara river, Virupaksha Temple and of course, an amazing landscape.
Shopping at Hampi Bazaar
A walk down Hampi Bazaar will take you back in time. It was one of the most popular market place in the Vijayanagar Empire and also a place where the high ranking nobles resided. While all this has been transformed, one can still get a look at the photogallery of Hampi, as it looked in 1856. It is the hotspot for all festive happenings.
Coracle ride in Hampi
Coracle ride: Coracle, also known as Dongi, is a bowl-shaped boat made of reed, saplings and hide. For one of the most thrilling boat rides complete with whirlpools, high currents and crocodiles, go for a fun filled coracle ride on Tungabhadra river. Riding in a coracle on the Tungabhadra is a thrilling experience.
- January to March: 06:00 am – 06:00 pm
- October to December: 06:00 am – 06:00 pm
Cost for Coracle ride in Hampi
The cost for Coracle ride in Hampi is mentioned below. We have listed cost per person, adult and child fees along with eligibility criteria
Cost Per Person: Rs. 10 – Rs. 50 per person
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN HAMPI
There are many accommodation options in the city. Visitors can find many budget, mid-range hotels and cottage with modern amenities. Karnataka State Tourism Department Corporation hotel is also a good option.
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BEST PLACES TO EAT IN HAMPI
There are many multi-cuisine restaurants in Hampi. Most of the restaurants serve only vegetarian food.
BEST TIME TO VISIT HAMPI
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Hampi is as given below. The best time to visit Hampi is also specified.
How To Reach Hampi
The nearest airport is at Bellary, about 60 km from Hampi. The nearest international airport is at Bengaluru, about 350 km away. From both the airports, taxi services are available.
The nearest railway station is at Hospet; located around 13 km from Hampi. Trains from Bengaluru, Hubli, Guntakal and many other cities of Karnataka and other states halt at the station.
There are plenty of bus services available for Hampi. Hampi is well connected with the major cities through roads. It is fun to drive to Hampi as there are a lot of things to see on roads while travelling. It is a popular and most visited tourist destination and so private vehicles are available for tourists.