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Introduction

Hospet, a small dusty town in Northern Karnataka, was once the seat of the powerful Vijayanagar Empire. Though the town does not have much to offer the visitors, its importance lies in its nearness to Hampi, the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagar rulers. There was a time when Hampi was the epitome of architectural wonders. Most of the great buildings of this place are now in ruins, though UNESCO and the Archaeological Survey of India have tried their best to recreate the original charm of the place. Hospet is the ideal base for tourists visiting Hampi and other nearby places.

Area 50.92 sq km
Altitude 479 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-32.0 C-42.0 C Winter-12.1 C-32.0 C
Language Kannada, English
STD Code 08394
Rainfall 66 cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit September to March

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How to get there

  1. Air :-The nearest airport to Hospet is in Bellary which is at a distance of 77 Km. Bellary is one of the most importnat airports in Karnataka and is served by service of all major operators like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Air Deccan.
  2. Rail:-There is a railway station in Hospet itself. It receives regular trains from Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad and Hubli.
  3. Road:-Hospet is well connected to all the major cities of Karnataka. Transport buses from the capital city Bangalore are regular to Hospet. Bangalore is around 350 Km from here. Hampi is among the most important travel destination in Karnataka which is only 13 km from here.

Places to Visit

Chitradurga Fort Hampi
Vijayanagar Empire
Achyutraya Temple Virupaksha Temple Lotus Mahal

Excursion

Tungabhadra Dam Mysore Hampi Bellary

Shopping

Sandalwood Sculptures, Incensed Sticks, Bijapur sarees, Bijapur Jewellery, Lambani Jewelley, Local Handicrafts, Handlooms from Guledgudda.

Accommodation

Hotel Malligi Hotel Priyadarshini Hotel Mallige Tourist Home