10 Best Places To Visit In Hampi, Karnatka

Himani SharmaOct 7 . 22 min read

Hampi is located in the central part of Karnataka in the southern part of India. Hampi is one of the finest historical sites of the ancient age in the world .it was the initial capital city famous for the historical Vijayanagara empire located on the bank of Tungabhadra river about 11km away from the Hospet city. There are various best places to visit in Hampi.

·   Hampi is famous for its ruins belonging to the erstwhile medieval Hindu kingdom of Vijaynagar and it's declared a Heritage site.

·   Special name of Hampi:- it is also known as Pampa Kshetra Kishkindha Kshetra and even Bhaskara kshetra. these names were delivered from the famous Tungabhadra river pampa.

·   The Virupaksha temple in Hampi is dedicated to lord shiva.

·   Best time to visit Hampi is the winter season. Hampi festival is one of the most enjoyable and well-known festivals in Hampi that comes in the month of November.


Things to do in Hampi at night:- Hampi by night is an awesome way to explore the beauty of the city. it is the best to place in Hampi, for tourists to enjoy moments at night, boasts of being one of the most visited tourist spots in India.

  1. parties at Hampi's boulder resort
  2. chill out bamboo cafe
  3. rock climbing events
  4. Hampi Utsav
  5. movies in Hampi


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How to go Hampi from Bangalore:- Bangalore to Hampi distance is 350km. the best way to travel to Hampi from Bangalore will be by train. because in India, trains are cheaper faster and more comfortable.

By train - there is no direct train from Bangalore to Hampi because there is no railway station in Hampi. so, to reach Hampi by train, you can get down to Hospet railway station which is the nearest railway station.

By road - Traveling to Hampi from Bangalore follows the route: Bangalore to Tumakuru, Tumkur to Chitradurga, Chitradurga to hosapete/ Hospet, and Hospet to Hampi.


Monkey Temple, Hampi Overview

On top of the Anjaneya Hill, at a distance of 2 kilometres from the Virupaksha Temple, the beautiful Yantradharaka Hanuman Temple also known as the Monkey Temple is present inside a cave. monkey temple is the best place to visit in Hampi. The temple being 500 years old is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Sri Vyasaraja, who was the Rajaguru of the Vijayanagara Kingdom and a Dwaita philosopher, was the one to install the idol of Lord Hanuman in the temple. Being one of the most famous attractions of the Anjeyanadri Hill, the Monkey Temple is considered a sacred spot for Hindus.

One has to climb 570 steps to reach the temple since it is located on top of the hill. Though the climb is steep, the beautiful views and the pleasant air make up for the climbing. One is also likely to come across aged people climbing up with energy and devotion. There is a small temple just 5 minutes away from the Yantrodharaka Temple which is dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, i.e. Lord Srinivasa. His idol has been carved out by Sri Vyasaraja. Below a fig tree in front of the Hanuman Temple lie some snakestones, and they are worshipped as well. It is one of the must-visit spots for all the nature as well as religious lovers.

Best Time To Visit Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple 

The ideal time to visit the Hanuman Temple is between the months of November and February since the weather is pleasant during this time.


Tips For Visiting Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple 

1. A lot of monkeys are present in and around the temple. So, visitors must take care of their belongings. To prevent these monkeys from entering the temple, the door of the temple remains closed.

2. The climb to reach the hilltop is tough. Also, there are no shops at the top so the tourists are advised to bring their own water bottles, and snacks from the stalls present below the hill.

3. No additional charges are incurred for photography inside the temple premises.

4. Attempt the climb to the top of the temple only if you are physically fit.


How To Reach Yantrodha Hanuman Temple 

Hampi is well-connected to several towns and cities by an accessible road network. There are also several buses which connect all the nearby places to Hampi. Tourists can also hire private cars or taxis from Bangalore and Mysore to reach the place.

Since the Monkey Temple is situated on top of the Anjeyanadri Hill, one needs to walk all the way to the top to reach the temple. Visitors can reach Hampi by crossing the river, the main crossing points being Virupapur Gadde, Kondandarama Temple, and the Vittala Temple.


10 best places to visit in Hampi Karnataka:-

 

1.         VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE:-



Weather : 31° C

Timings : 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Dress Code: None But it is recommended to dress modestly as it is an active temple.

Active Temple: Yes

Completed in: 14 Century

 Best time to visit: during festivals like marriage festival, pampa Devi and chariot festival.


  Overview

Virupaksha Temple is located in Hampi in the Ballari district of KarnatakaIndia. It is part of the Group of Monuments at Hampi, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is dedicated to Lord Virupaksha, a form of Shiva. The Virupaksha temple is one of the oldest and best places to visit in Hampi. The temple was built by Lakkan Dandesha, a nayaka (chieftain) under the ruler Deva Raya II also known as Prada Deva Raya of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Hampi, capital of the Vijayanagara empire, sits on the banks of the Tungabhadra River (Pampa hole/Pampa river).

·   Special in Virupaksha temple – the temple is the main centre of pilgrimage at Hampi, had been considered the most sacred sanctuary over the centuries.

·   The temple dedicated to lord shiva is known as Virupaksha /pampa path/as the consort of the local goddess Pampadevi (Parvati ) who is associated with the Tungabhadra river.

 

Best places to visit in Hampi (Virupaksha temple –

     i.   Hampi is famous for its ruins which belong to the Vijayanagar empire.

    ii. UNESCO world heritage site is also renowned for its group of monuments.

    iii. Surrounded by 500 monuments.

    iv. Temples, buildings, and captivating ruins, Hampi is a historical delight for history buffs.

 

Tips for visiting Virupaksha temple:-

·   Remove footwear before you enter. if you feel uncomfortable walking without slippers, slip on a clean pair of socks.

·   Photography of the idols inside the sanctums is not allowed.


How to reach Virupaksha temple:-

By Air

The closest international airport from Hampi is Bellary, 350 km away. Tourists can take a cab from Bellary to Hampi.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Hospet at about 13 km away. Hospet is amply connected to the major cities like Bellary and Bangalore. Tourists usually hire a cab from Hospet to reach Hampi. The distance from Bangalore to Hampi is a distance of 288km.

By Road

Tourists can go to Hampi by bus from places like Bellary, Hospet, and Bangalore. Volvo and AC buses are available for the passengers. Travellers can avail of cabs as well.


2 . CORACLE TEMPLE:- A Coracle Ride across the Tungabhadra River while visiting the ruins of Hampi is a favorite among tourists and locals. A coracle is a waterproof saucer or bowl-shaped primitive small boat made of thin bamboo strips which are rowed with a paddle. The cozy coracle ride lasts about 25-30 minutes and lets you enjoy some wonderful views of the ruins of the old bridge and the scenery. Make sure to find out the price for the coracle ride prior as some charge higher prices compared to most.


 

 At coracle there is the best place to visit in Hampi, there are three places for coracle crossing. the first one is at ghat (stepped river bank ) near the Virupaksha temple. The second is in front of the Kodandarama temple and the third and the most popular is near the Vitthala temple.


Highlighted points:-

·   Location: Tungabhadra river, Hampi

·   Timing: daily 6:00 am to 6:00 pm (between January to march, October to December )

·   Price :- INR 50 to INR 100 per person.

·   How to reach:- rented car/taxi.

·   Available: 24 hours.


3 . HIPPIE BAZAR:- Located just a boat ride away from Hampi, the laidback Hippie Island, or Virupapur Gadde is separated from the historical Hampi by the Tungabhadra River. A trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the gorgeous ruins of Hampi is incomplete without a visit to Hippie Island, deriving its name from the numerous Hippie foreign backpackers who come to stay and chill here. Hippie Island offers an utterly unique experience of relaxation through its scenic beauty, vast paddy fields, gorgeous lake and canals, unpolluted roads, and un-spoilt greenery. Hippie BAZAR is an attractive and the best place to visit in Hampi (Karnataka).

 

 

Things to do & visit in hippie island in Hampi –

·   Enjoying sunset at the top of the rocky mountain on hippie island.

·   Visit a local temple at the top of the mountains.

·   Climb the Anjaneya hill and visit the Hanuman temple.

·   A trip to the Durga temple.

·   Pampa Saras or Sarovar (lake ) and Sri Vijaya Lakshmi temple.

·   Rent a motorbike, see temples, the Sanapur lake, enjoy nature in Hampi.

·   Have lunch in the laughing Buddha. 

        

How to reach hippie islands:-

By train :

Hampi does not have a railway station. the nearest railway station is Hospet, which is around 12 km from Hampi.

By bus :

There are direct buses for Hampi / Hospet from Mysore, Goa, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Gokarna. the bus costs anywhere INR 1,000 to INR 2,000, depending on the type you are option sleeper /semi-sleeper/ non-sleeper ).

By flight :

Hampi does not have an airport. the nearest airport is Hubli which is around 150 km.

 

4. Vijaya Vitthala temple:

 The Vittala Temple or Vitthala Temple in Hampi is an ancient monument that is well-known for its exceptional architecture and unmatched craftsmanship. It is considered to be one of the largest and most famous structures in Hampi. The temple is located in the northeastern part of Hampi, near the banks of the Tungabhadra River. it is one of the most wonderful and best places to visit in Hampi.

The iconic temple has amazing stone structures such as the incomparable stone chariot and the fascinating musical pillars. This predominant monument of Hampi is a major attraction of the ruined town and is a must-see for visitors and tourists


·       Timing: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on all days of the week

·       Entry Fee: No entry fee required

·       Photography: Allowed

·       Video camera: Allowed

·       Visit Duration: About 3 hours

·       Best time to visit: From November to February

 

How to reach Vitthala temple:-

The Vittala Temple in Hampi is situated at the end of the ruined Vittala Bazaar. The place can be easily reached by vehicles from all parts of Hampi. The transport here is also best to visit in Hampi

By Air

Hampi cannot be reached directly by flight as the ruined town has no airport of its own. Ballari (Bellary) is the closest town to have an airport. Ballary is situated at a distance of around 64 km from Hampi. Visitors can reach Ballari by taking a flight and then proceed to Hampi by means of local transport.

By Rail

Hampi does not have a railway station. The nearest railway station can be found in the city of Hosapete (Hospet). The Hospet Junction Railway Station is connected to several other towns and cities of Karnataka by means of regular trains. Hosapete is situated at a distance of around 10 km from Hampi.

By Road

Hampi has a good road network and is connected to many towns and cities in Karnataka by this network. There are a lot of government and private buses that travel between Hampi and several towns and cities.

 

5. Matanga Hill:- Situated just a kilometre from the main bus stand in Hampi, Matanga Hill is known to be the highest point of Hampi and therefore is one of the best places to visit in Hampi - to see a bird's eye view of Hampi. This hill is described as the location of the hermitage of the Saint Matanga in the Ramayana, hence is appropriately named. The trek to the top of the hillock is a popular route amongst both locals and tourists alike.



Time:- Matanga Hill Trek is open on all days, from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Tips for visiting Matanga hill ( best places to visit in Hampi):-

·   Avoid steep paths and don’t venture alone

·   Wear proper accessories like helmets and climbing shoes etc

·   Carry plenty of water on the trek, as the temperature is quite high and there is no water available on the way.


Matanga Hill is the Best Sunset Spot in Hampi

As we approached the summit of the hill, the first thing to catch our eye was the ruins of Veerabhadra Temple. There is an interesting history behind the temple and Matanga Hill, but I’ll save that for another time.

The highlight of Matanga hill is the astonishing panoramic view over the Hampi landscapes. From here, it is very incredible best places to visit in Hampi were to see the Achyutaraya Temple, Tungabhadra River, Virupaksha Temple, and the bouldered landscapes of Hippie Island. It truly is a sight to behold.

We stayed long enough to witness the sun setting over the bouldered landscapes. Sunsets in Hampi are just as bit as mystical as the ancient city itself. And as the blood-red sun transformed the sky into hazy orange hues, we knew we’d found our favorite sunset spot in Hampi.

 

Travel carefully

There are many small steps you can take to becoming a responsible travelerIn the meantime, here are some things to keep in mind when visiting the hilltop.

·   Be careful with any rubbish that doesn’t fly away. Keep it secure until you can dispose of it properly.

·   Do not leave anything on the hill, or take anything away.

·   Respect the temples, shrines, and pilgrims.

·   Take note of warning signs and exercise caution at all times.

 

6. MOPED RIDE:- Come away on a magical journey that will unfold the beauty of Hampi to you from the best vantage points, even as the rising sun spreads its warmth on the blessed lands. The first thing one notices when arriving at Hampi is its awe-inspiring landscape with stunning boulder-strewn hills, lush green valleys, a network of rivers, lakes, and canals. This is a birders paradise with over 300 species of birds and a variety of other animals. This tour is all about enjoying and exploring the awe-inspiring landscape of Hampi in fun and engaging ways! This is a tour for all nature & adventure lovers. The Moped ride is the best place to visits in Hampi where you enjoy the ride very well.


Highlights -

  • Climb up one of the tallest hills in Hampi for a beautiful sunrise and stunning views 
  • Learn about the unique geology of the boulder hills
  • Explore hidden relief sculptures on the riverside by navigating through boulders
  • Enjoy a coracle boat ride over the Tungabhadra river
  • Explore the rural countryside on mopeds, visit lakes and quaint villages on the way. 
  • Enjoy sumptuous local breakfast. 


Points to be noted

05:30 AM – Arrive at the start point and meet your tour leader.

05:45 AM – Begin your ascent from the southern side of Matunga Hill 

6:30 AM – 07:30 AM – Spend time at the top of Matunga Hill, enjoy a stunning sunrise. 

07:30 AM – 08:30 AM – Descend from the east into the ruins of the Achyutaraya complex. And continue along the southern bank of the river, discover several hidden sculptures and spots. 

08:30 AM – 09:00 AM – Take a coracle boat to cross the river. 

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Get on Mopeds with fuel, take a joyride through the countryside visiting lakes, irrigation canals, villages, and more. Stop at a local shop for breakfast. 

10:00 AM – End the tour at Anegundi Village or Virupapur Gaddi .

 

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Wear comfortable cotton clothes. Wear clothing that would cover your chest and shoulders. Wear bottoms that would cover up to your knees.
  • A cap or an umbrella to keep the sun out.
  • Sunglasses


7. Hampi Bazar:-

Visitor’s Information

  • Famous For: Street Shopping
  • Entrance Fee: Nil

.Visiting Time: 6 AM to 11 PM

Overview

Hampi Bazaar is located beside the Hampi Bus Stand and is located in front of the Virupaksha temple. It is also known as Virupaksha Bazaar. About a kilometre long, the eastern side of the bazaar ends at the foothill of Matanga Hill.

Hampi Bazaar is a unique attraction and the best place to visit in Hampi. Both sides of the street have a series of very old pavilions, some single-storied and others are two-storied. These buildings were once part of a booming market and houses of the upper-class merchants. The arcades are open structures with no doors. It was once a place where merchants used to sell precious stones, jewellery, silk clothes, etc. during Vijayanagara rule. It was also a market where cows and horses were traded. The Hampi Bazaar still functions as a marketplace, though it is no longer as attractive as it was. The western end of the street has been encroached by a number of shop owners and small restaurants. These shops sell items like ethnic clothes, bags, and pooja artefacts.

 Best Time to Visit

The summers here are a bit hotter, so the best time to visit this bazaar or market would be in the winter. The months starting from October till February would be an awesome time to visit this place.

How to Reach

The place is well accessible. The nearest airport is Hubli which is 150 km. from there you can take a taxi. Or you can reach by the railway station. There are trains which run from Bangalore, Mysore, and Karnataka to Hospet, the nearest railway station from where you will have to take a taxi or a bus.

8. HEMAKUTA TEMPLE:-  

The Hemakuta group of temples is a cluster of ancient temples situated on the Hemakuta hill in Hampi. The Hemakuta hill is located on the southern side of the Hampi village and the hilltop is dotted with a large number of temples.

The temples on Hemakuta Hill are among the oldest cluster of shrines in Hampi. The Hemakuta Hill as well as the group of temples situated on the hilltop are popular destinations and best places to visit in Hampi for tourists on the Hampi trail.


 

·       Timing: From morning to dusk on all days of the week

·       Entry Fee: No entry fee required

·       Photography: Allowed

·       Visit Duration: About 3 to 4 hours

·       Best time to visit: From November to February


How to reach Hemakuta group of Temples

Hampi is a famous tourist destination that draws visitors from all over the country and beyond. There are a number of ways to reach Hampi from various parts of Karnataka and beyond. The Hemakuta Hill is not a very high hill and does not offer a steep climb. The hill is easily accessible from all parts of Hampi.

By Air

Hampi is an ancient ruined village with no airport of its own. Ballari (Bellary) is the closest town to have an airport. The airport at Bellary is located at a distance of around 64 km from Hampi.

Visitors can reach Ballari by taking a flight and then proceed towards Hampi by means of local transport.

By Rail

Hampi does not have a railway station of its own. The nearest railway station can be traced to the city of Hosapete (Hospet). It has the Hospet Junction Railway Station. Hosapete is at a short distance of around 10 km from Hampi.

One of the simple ways to reach Hampi from Hosapete is to take a bus. A few other means of local transport also exist and visitors can avail them to reach Hampi from Hosapete.

By Road

Hampi is connected by the road network to a number of towns and cities.


9. JAMMING SESSION IN CAFÉ:-


Sunsets in Hampi aren’t just ethereal, they are musical as well! A little hill on the Hippie Island that goes by a very apt name- the Sunset Point just about revs up the glory of the setting sun with an accompanying jamming session.


10. LOTUS MAHAL:-

The Lotus Mahal is otherwise called the Kamal Mahal or Chitragani Mahal. Its remarkable and unmistakable design is the main highlight of the palace. It is one of only a handful few astonishing buildings in Hampi that had not been damaged or destroyed amid the attack on the city. Lotus Mahal is the best palace to visit in Hampi.

The Lotus Mahal is one of the beautiful tourist sites of the Hampi. It has a very typical architecture that can be only found in Hampi. It is located inside the Zenana enclosure. It is believed that the royal women used to come and socialize inside the Lotus Mahal.


·   Timing: Open on all days of the week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

·   Entry fee for adults: INR. 10 for Indians and INR 250 for foreign tourists

·   Entry fee for children: Entry is free for children under 15 years

·   Photography: Allowed (no extra   charges levied)

·   Visit duration: 2 hours approximately

·   Best time to visit: From November to February



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