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Introduction

Hampi is a village in northern Karnataka state, India. Hampi is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara empire. Remains of the capital city of the Vijayanagara empire are spread out over a beautiful, hilly landscape along the Tungabhadra. Founded in the mid-14th century, Vijayanagara became most powerful during the reigns of Krishnadevaraya and Achyutadevaraya. This was also the period of greatest architectural activity, as both these rulers commissioned several buildings in the royal capital and in other parts of their vast empire. Continuous conflict with the Bahmanis, then with Bidar, Bijapur and Golconda, ended in the Battle of Talikota, in which the Vijayanagara forces were defeated and the capital thoroughly sacked and burnt. Ruins of palaces, temple-complexes, monoliths, royal baths, and mosques still lie mostly deserted and dilapidated. The Vijayanagara ruins are listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Area 25 sq km
Altitude __ metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-30.0 C-43.0 C Winter-15.0 C-30.0 C
Language Kannada, English, Hindi
STD Code 08394
Rainfall __ cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit October to March

Hampi MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :-The nearest airport from Hampi areTornagallu (32 Kms from Hospet), Bellary (74 Kms), Belagum (74 Kms) and Bangalore (353 Kms).
  2. Rail:-Hospet (13 Kms) is the nearest railway station from Hampi. Hospet is linked to Bangalore, Bijapur, Hubli and Guntakal. One has to take the bus journey from here to Hampi.
  3. Road:-State Government Buses ply to Hampi from Hospet every 30 minutes.Hospet is connected by road to Indian National Highway (NH14). This highway connects Bangalore to Mumbai.

Places to Visit

Virupaksha temple Ugra Narashima Vithala Temple Complex Shivlinga
Virupaksha Bazaar King's Balance Lotus Mahal Queen's Bath
Hazara Rama Temple Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy    

Excursion

Tungabhadra Dam Hospet

Shopping

There are shops all over Hampi,especially outside the virupaksha temple and on the backside of the temple,selling clothes,bags,jewellery,shawls,toys etc..They are from different parts of India.

Accommodation

Hotel The Malligi Krishna Palace Hotel Sarvesh Kishkinda Heritage Resort