Hampi is an ancient village in the state of Karnataka with a rich history. It is located within the ruins of Vijaynagara, the former capital of Vijaynagara Empire. Known for its ruins, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that made Hampi a famous destination for tourists from all over the world.
Here is a list of places to visit in and around Hampi.
Vijaya Vittala Temple
Located near the banks of the Tungabhadra River, Vijaya Vittala temple is dedicated to Vittala, an aspect of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the largest and the most famous structures in Hampi, which is well-known for its exceptional architecture and unmatched craftsmanship. The other attractions in this temple complex are the Goddess’s shrine, the 100-pillared hall, the Kalyana Mandapa and the pillared corridor all around the enclosure wall.
WelcomHeritage Shivavilas Palace
Located 40 kms away from Hampi, WelcomHeritage Shivavilas Palace is one of the best luxury hotels in Karnataka. Built over a sprawling area of about 20 acres, this hotel has 2 floors of about 20,000 sq ft each and houses 12 residential rooms. The palace offers its guests royal treatment and comfort, transporting them to an era of enchanted living. It is the perfect place to soak in the soothing atmosphere; for a tryst with the bouldery ruins of Vijayanagar and discoveries along the mighty Tungabhadra River.
Bellary Fort is one of the most famous structures of the city. Being built on the fort hill, this structure attracts not only the art lovers but also the nature enthusiasts. It is constructed in two parts – the upper part was designed by Hanumappa Nayaka and the lower part was built by Hyder Ali. Touched with beauty and elegance, the lights add extra charm to this structure. People from different parts of country visit this place just to see the view of amazing game of light and shadow.
Royal Enclosure in hansi is a huge fortified area that was once the centre of the Vijayanagra Empire. It is the place where the royal family of the Empire used to reside. It contains the ruins of several palaces, water tanks, temples, canals and many other structures. The most attractive structure in the Royal Enclosure is the Mahanavami Dibba or the Dasara Dibba, which is also known as the House of Victory.
Well known as the Virupaksha Bazaar, it is a long street at the foothill of the Matanga Hill, which is located in front of Virupaksha Temple. Both sides are lined with a series of old pavilions, which once were the part of flourishing market.
Hampi village is an excellent tourist destination and full of places to be explored. So, do not miss the chance and visit the city, as this could be a new introduction to history and architecture.