Best time to visitN/A
Things to dosite- seeing, photography, trekking
Best MonthsSeptember - February
Traveller TypesFriends, Couples, Families
Rank4 out of 54 attractions in Hampi
This is the central landmark of the city of ruins and also known as the Matunga Hills. The peak of this hill is a place from where you can enjoy awesome views of sunset and sunrise and also some of the most spectacular views of the city. On the southern part down the hills is the Tungabhadra River and on top is the famous Veerbhadra Temple. This temple is dedicated to one incarnation of Lord Shiva known as Veerbhadra. On another side of the hills is the Achutya Raya Temple and last but not the least is the Hampi Bazar. This old market is the starting point of people who come for trekking here.
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Reviews of Matanga Hill • 18
Hampi also finds fame and fortune as it became the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, one of the largest and most important in Indian history.
It is the amazing ruins of temples, or the magical stories of myths and legends and gods and goddesses or the surrounding countryside that is almost frozen in time. Perhaps it’s a combination of all these things that make Hampi so special
There really is something magical about Hampi that I just can’t describe, there’s a good reason why this place is very much on the backpacker trail in India.
Explore the magnificent ruins of Hampi which have captivated travellers for centuries
By 5pm we made our way back to highest point of Hampi- Matunga Hill, most famous to get an aerial view of the landscape and ideal place to watch sunrise and sunset. I am speechless to describe how the large burning red figure melted down far across the horizon leaving us stunningly breathless.Besides there is also one more famous point for sunrise and sunset- The roof top of the Veerabhadra temple.It's interesting to note that all the temples were made facing eastwards. There is much more the place offers. Amazed by the architecture, imagination, art, craft, and the rich ancient culture of the historical site of Hampi, I have fallen in intense love and fascination for Hampi. It was an unexpected architectural adventure to me much beyond imagination.
9. Hike the Monkey Temple or Matanga hill for stunning sunrise and sunset views
We decided to experience the sunrise from Mathanga hill near Virupaksha temple and Market area. We climbed up the 'not so safe' hill. Not so safe becuase there were no railings on the sides, nor were proper steps. One slip and you are down.
The Sunset Point. If you are staying on the Temple side, this is the best place to get a mesmerizing view of Sunset or Sunrise and a panoramic view of Hampi. It is a moderate hike up the hills for 45mins to 1 hour, depending on one's capability. But all the effort is worth giving for the sheer beauty one can witness from up there. If you plan to stay at Hippie Island, you will have to give it a miss as last boat to cross the river is at 5.30 PM and if you miss it, you will have to take an auto to go on other side which will cost you a bomb and also take almost 1 hour.
We started early morning around 7 and start climbing Matanga Parvat, it will take around half an hour to reach there, mid-level trekking but yes when you will reach on the top, you will feel fresh like never before as the view will not let you think anything else. this is the place from where you will see the complete "Hampi" in one go. Yes the Virupaksha temple, Hampi bazaar, banana trees and everything. must visit don't be lazy, worth to climb it. you can choose any time sunrise or sunset or I'll suggest enjoying both.Meet Local:
Hidden gem: Waterfall near Matang -> In to the wild kinda placeWhen you will climb Matang Hill you'll see a waterfall from there, so on our last day as we almost visited everything we give a try to this hidden gem and yes we succeeded. we spent some "into the wild" time here and clicked some awesome pics .here is a proof.while going to Matang instead of climbing just take a right and follow the sound of the waterfall, you will see some caves also and yes you reached.
Sunset from Matanga Hill (3 hours)One of the best spots to get a bird's eye view of Hampi is the Matanga Hills. It is also a famous point for sunset watchers. It is a moderate hike up the hills for 45mins to 1 hour, depending on one's capability. But all the effort is worth giving for the sheer beauty one can witness from up there.
Sunrise at Matanga hill- a must for its beautiful horizon,
The magnificent ruins of Hampi and stunning landscapes that has captivated travelers for centuries.And its always a paradise for the backpackers.
After breakfast we decided to cross the Tungabhadra and visit the hippie land or the 'other side of river'.We took a coracle in this extra hot weather and we were the only people doing that , crazy girls !! I know...Climbing 575+ steps worth the effort !!!
DAY 3(03.10.2015) Mathanga Hills: The final day, we were already too upset to leave this place till we say this and , got depressed of leaving this place. So, our next destination for which we started at 5:30 in morning was Mathanga hills. I would say trip to Hampi would have been incomplete without climbing to Mathanga hills which provides the panoramic view of the this mesmerizing beauty. Once you get at the top, you will easily understand the Map of Hampi. However getting to the top is a tough row to hoe. The trek is moderately challenging as there is no clearway or signboards for directions. At some places, even we were in dilemma, if we were going in the right direction. But all we could do was trust our instincts and follow them as me climbed those rocks. Slippery stones, no support to climb those tough rocks, but these all difficulties perished as soon as we saw the sunrise from the top.
When on the hill, you will be living the vision of a ruler as the entire village would be under your nose and can appreciate the sheer wisdom of the Vijaynagara rulers for selecting Hampi as their capital. The best track for trekking enthusiasts is the one that begins from Hampi bazaar to the Achyutaraya temple. The picturesque sight from the top comprises the Tungabhadra River, the Kodanda Rama temple, the Veerbhadra temple and the Turthu canal. Matanga hill is historically connected to the epic Ramayana as it was the hiding place for Sugriva, the ruler of Kishkinda.
It provides the best bird-eye view of the main city complex and the nearby ruins. The trek is short and easy though it got slightly slippery because of the rains.
A slightly arduous trek in pre-dawn darkness up Matanga hill doesn't sound like too exciting a proposition, but the view from the top competes with some of my favourite memories of all time. The sun coming up on the ruins, slowly lighting up the entire landscape, and the monkeys keeping us company while we gasped for the appropriate words to describe the feeling -- I can relive each one of the moments in exquisite detail.