Hampi Travel Guide
Location : in the state of
Famous : World Heritage Site
Temperature (°C) : Summer- Max. 41, Min. 37 Winter- Max.
27, Min. 24
Best Season : October to March.
¤ Hampi - A Destination
Chiseled Our of Stones
1336-1565, Hampi was one of the gratifying capitals of powerful
Vijayanagara Empire, stretched from Deccan Plateau up to the
Peninsula. The empire comprised three states - Karnataka, Maharashtra,
and Andhra Pradesh. The rulers of this dynasty were great lovers of
art and architecture that can easily be traced in the widespread ruins
Rocky hills and the mighty River flowing through the rugged
landscape, dominate the terrain of Hampi. Guarded by the turbulent
river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite cliffs on the other
three sides, the magnificent ruins enumerate the glory of grandeur and
incredible wealth. The sumptuous residue of palaces and gateways of
the broken city narrates a tale of men eternal aptitude and skill of
proficiency blended with his measures for unconscious vandalism.
The destruction of Vijayanagar by ravaging Moghul intruders was
scandalous and absolute. They reduced the city to ruins girdled by
arena of crude slaughter.
The government strives to restore this deserted capital. Efforts have
been undertaken in the restoration, excavation and preservation of the
ruins, which spread over an area of 26 sq. km.
¤ Hampi is a World Heritage Center
Every rock, every path and every monument at Hampi speak the same
language; a language of eminence and splendor.
In March 2002, the Government of India announced Hampi to be
developed as an international destination center. Karnataka officially
set up the Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority with
wide-ranging powers, as well as a State Level Advisory Committee.
Hospet is the main town providing the getaway for Hampi. From Hampi
main bazaar one can explore the entire heritage site, home of ancient
temple architecture. Sojourn the temples or wonder at the rocky
panorama with its meandering pristine rivers. Amidst, the ruins of the
World Heritage site, the Vithala Temple structure, of stone chariot
arrayed with many pillars is enough to make you spellbound. Hampi can
also be visited as a two-day travel trip from either Goa or Bangalore.
¤ Festive Celebrations
The Vijayanagar Festival organized by the Government of Karnataka in
December rejuvenates the glory of the bygone era. The festival is
celebrated by the locals in Hampi with great enthusiasm and
¤ Excursion From Hampi
Tungabhadra Dam -17 Km
Tungabhadra Dam makes an excellent travel excursion from Hampi. The
dam is about 590m long and 49m high constructed across the Tungabhadra
River. The reservoir has a storage capacity of 1,32,559million cu.ft.
of water spread over an area of 379 sq. km. There are regular bus
services available from Hospet for the dam site.
¤ Accessibility To Hampi
Air: The nearest airport is Bellary-77km,
regular flights from Bangalore takes off for the town. Belgaum-259km
is connected by Indian Airlines flights to Mumbai.
Indian Airlines and Vayudoot flights link bangalore-353km to most
parts of India.
Rail: The nearest railhead is Hospet-13km, which is connected
to Bangalore, Hubli and Guntakal.
Road: Hampi is connected by road to Aihole-156 km via Hospet,
Hungund. Frequent bus services to Hospet runs from Hampi that also
connects other places like Anegondi, Badami, Bagalkot, Bangalore,
Belgaum, Bijapur, Hyderabad, Guntakal, Kamalapur, Mantralaya,
Munirabad, Mysore, Mangalore etc. Tourist bus or taxis can be hired