Traditionally it's also known as Pampa , kishkinda, Bhaskara kshetra - is derived from the old name of the Tungabhadra river, the name 'Hampi"is an anglicized version of Kannada name Hampe (derived from Pampa).
This historic place listed in UNESCO world heritage site, this ruined city is located on the bank of river Tungabhadra & it's once the capital of Vijayanagar kingdom (Golden kingdom) it's not only religious place but the market for the precious gems, gold & diamond . Many foreigner visited here & described as the gold, precious stones sell in the main market place with huge heaps & this city is bigger than Rome city.
This Hampi located in the Bellary district of Karnataka there is nearest railway station at Hospet & nearest airport is Bangalore(KIAL)
There are a lot of buses arrange by both Karnataka govt & private tourism .
Virupaksha temple was the main patron deity for the Vijayanagar rulers, it was recorded in the earlier settlement in Hampi date back to 1 CE.
The annual Hampi Utsava or Vijaya Utsava has been celebrated since the reign of Vijayanagara. It is organised by Govt of Karnataka as Naada habba.
There are a lot of temples built in Vijayanagar times - Viirupaksha temple, Achyutaraya temple, Badavilinga temple, Chandramouleshwara temple, Ranganathaswamy temple, Hazara Rama temple, Krishna temple, Jain temple, Vijaya vittala temple.
Along with this Elephant stable, world-famous Stone chariot, Kamala Mahal, many things you can see which make you love towards fine art.
|One of Avatar(Inacrnation) of Sri Vishnu - Kurmavathaar|
|Shree Maha Vishnu carved on a stone|
|Once upon a time using for Thoolabaram(Offering Ritual) by king's with precious stones|
|Spectacular view of River Tunghabahdra|
|Scenic view from Hemakuta hill|
|Ruined stone sculpture of a dancer|
|Royal emblem - Wild boar with sword|
|Beautiful Sunset at Hemakuta Hill|
|Stone carvings near Vijadashami dibba - this stage used to perform many cultural related activities along with martial arts|
|Goddesses Durga stone carving on main temple wall|
|Ruined Ugra Narasimha (Lord Vishnu)|
This city was capital to all dynasties of Vijayanagara kingdom & it also referred as Golden empire
Dynasties like Saluva, Sangama, Tuluva, Araividu ruled this city after the battle of Talikota , Deccan sultanate invaders ruined the city, destroyed many temples & monuments later they changed capital to Penukonda & Chandragiri (A.P) respectively.
Nearly one week required to cover all historical sites places around Hampi , you can hire motorbike or bicycle will be given rent on daily basis.
|Shri Purandara Dasa - Father of Carnatic music|
|Ruined old bridge constructed along Tungabhadra river|
|Aerial view of Tungabhadra river with green paddy fields|
|Bhagavad dwaja (Saffron Hindu flag)|
We gave shelter to foreigner traders, build churches, mosques & invited the expatriates gave shelter to them but rulers of India (Bharatha Bhoomi) never invaded any foreign countries that's harmony in our blood & we are proud of our culture & Sanatha dharma (Hinduism)
Dharmo rakshithi rakshitha...
|Sage Vidhyaranya Grave(Brindavana)|
|Entrance gate of Palace, but now it's ruined|
|Sugreeva Cave, as this place near to Kishkinda|
|An Optical illustration image inside Vittala temple|
Guess where today's animators need to seek inspiration from!
Please visit this historical place and experience the world largest live museum!!!
If you are love with art, painting, History, Adventure than what you are thinking....Pack up & move.....
Hampi, Karnataka (India)
By road: Reach Hosepet and get an lot of buses running to Hampi.
By air: Vijayanagar Jindal Airport, Bangalore international Airport (Approx 345 KM's)
Best time to visit: August to February
Minimum number of days required: Three to four days
Places to stay: In Hospete you will get all good Hotels with all amenities , i preferred to stay at Hotel Shanbhag (Best hotel with best price)
*Auto rickshaws are available only for one side of the bank. You have to use to the boat to crossover to the other bank. Rated are fixed for it and you can cross only when the boat is full. For the other side, rent a bicycle to travel around if the weather is good or else go for a two wheeler. Tourist attractions are on both sides of the bank but prefer staying on the calmer side surrounded by nature, free from pollution.
If you want any good guide please contact me without hesitation, I'll reach you to a good knowledge on this place.
- Shiva Kumar Mutt