Hampi

Hampi

Things to do - general

Hampi was the erstwhile capital of the great Vijayanagar Empire which flourished in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. During its heydays, Hampi was the second largest city in the world after Peking. During the Ramayana era, Hampi was famous as Kishkinda the kingdom of monkeys. Today Hampi lies in ruins but looks timeless. It is fondly called the world’s largest open air museum.

Vijaya Vittala temple is a grand masterpiece constructed on a polyhedron foundation. The world renowned stone chariot made of rough quartz is located at the entrance. The musical pillars of the temple are one of the greatest work of art by mankind.

Virupaksha temple from Hoysala times is another great price of temple architecture. The temple tower is a majestic 11 storeys tall.

Anegundi is an ancient town located 5 KMs from Hampi and was better known as Kishkinda during the Ramayana times. Anjanadri hill located here is where Lord Hanuman was born.

A coracle ride, in round baskets, is a popular way of exploring Hampi along the Tungabhadra river.

CountryIndia
Visa requirementsA Visa is required for most foreign nationals to enter India.
Languages spokenKannada is the main language. Some people also speak Urdu and Telugu.
Currency usedINR
Area (km2)26

Sports & nature

Hampi has a unique sanctuary dedicated for the Indian Sloth Bear. Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary. More than a 100 Bears live here apart from Leopards, Hyena, Jackals, Wild Boars, Porcupines, Pangolins, Star Tortoise, Monitor Lizards, Mongoose, Pea Fowls, Partridges, Painted Spur Hens and Quails.Sports and nature image

Culture and history info

King Krishnadeva Raya, the greatest of Vijanagara Kings was a great patron of arts, music and architecture. Purandhara Dasa, the founding father of modern day carnatic music sent a considerable part of this life at Hampi and influenced the music scene of Vijayanagara.Another great personality who lived in Hampi was Annamcharya who composed more than 30000 poems.Literature was led by King Krishnadevaraya himself who was an accomplished Telugu scholar and wrote the famous Amuktamalyada.The architecture style in Hampi is breathtaking and was influenced by Chalukya, Pandya, Chola and Hoysala styles. Culture and history image
Bewitching Ruins Trail to Hampi, Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal - 7 days

Bewitching Ruins Trail to Hampi, Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal - 7 days

Hampi
Bewitching Ruins Trail is a 7 day guided experiential tour to Hampi, Badami, Pattadakal & Aihole More info