Hampi is the ruin of the famous Vijayanagara Empire of the Deccan plateau of South India. The Vijayanagara Kingdom was one of the important kingdoms of medieval India (14th Century) that ruled over Andhra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Hampi was its imperial kingdom and UNESCO declared it as the World Heritage Site. It is located in north Karnataka on the bank of the river Tungabhadra. You can consider Hampi as the open air museum. Every rock of Hampi has a story. Every temple of it is the sign of magnificent architecture of the Vijayanagara dynasty. In monsoon, you can find an amazing contrast of reddish rocks of the ruin and emerald green vegetations with the flow of the river Tungabhadra. Hampi is the perfect blend of nature and history.
How to go?
Nature and History both make me mad. This madness bought me to Hampi. It was our first long drive after buying a car. So, the drive of 385 Km (the distance of Hyderabad to Hampi) was very much exciting. My husband and me, we both drove away from the whole route and took rest at night in some hotel in the route.
- Distance from Bangalore- 352km.
- Nearest Railway Station: Hospet.
- Nearest Airport: Hubli (143Km).
- You can also come by KSRTC bus or car from Bangalore after your landing in Bangalore by train or by Flight.
What to see in Hampi?
The name Hampi derived from Pampa, the old name of the Tungabhadra River. We reached Hampi at the next day afternoon.
we first visited Virupaksha temple. It predates the founding of the Vijayanagara Kingdom. This is the only temple, where worship process is followed in Hampi. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It huge 160-foot high Gopura (entrance of a temple in south India) tower and the ceiling is magnificently decorated. One of the major attractions in the temple is the Laxmi elephant and her blessings. If you give her money or a banana then she gives you blessings by keeping her trunk on your head.
It consists a variety of shops. Many foreign tourists come here for shopping Indian Traditional stuff. Here you can find various types of cuisine. We had dinner at a South Indian restaurant.
Next day, morning, after the breakfast, we visited river Tungabhadra. The serenity of the morning sunlight was amazing. There were few monuments on the bank of the river also and there was a ferry service to cross the river. None of those couldn’t take our interest under the scorching sun.
We went Vijaya Vittala Temple that was very close to the river. It is dedicated to Lord Vittala who is also known as Vithoba / Panduranga an aspect of Vishnu. This Temple is the main attraction in Hampi. We hired a guide to understand the significance for the temple and the beautiful carvings. The architecture of the entrance Gopura was amazing. The major attractions in the temple area are Stone chariot or Ratha.
After that, we visited Hazara Rama Temple, which was the temple of the Royal family. The major attraction of this temple was its walls. Every inch of the outer wall was filled with carvings depicting scenes from the Ramayana.
Our next destination was Queen’s bath and the remaining place of the Royal Enclosure. At a short distance away from the Royal Enclosure, there is a beautiful place such as Zenana Enclosure which consists of Lotus Mahal and watchtowers. Queen palace is surrounded by high walls on all sides. Lotus Palace is Indo-Islamic architectural style palace which was a meeting place for the royal women. It is two story palace with beautiful carving.
In the afternoon, we went Matanga hill which is a viewpoint of Hampi. It is the heightened point in Hampi and mainly famous for Sunrise and sunset view. You have to climb stone steps and some rocky patches at the end. The end part is a bit slippery if it is raining.
Next day morning we returned to our place with a fabulous historical tour.
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