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.
Places to stay near Matanga Hill
Reviews • 7
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.