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.
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