Top 14 Places to visit in Hampi

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Best things to do in Hampi and sightseeing in Hampi

Before the tropical air hits you here, an uncanny sense of time travel does, as you scan the historic Vijayanagar's devastatingly beautiful ruins and temples spread across the boulder-strewn landscape. The ancient capital of the Vijayanagara Empire (1343-1565), which has now become a favourite hipster holiday destination, is best explored on foot or bicycle. It has a lot of famous attractions such as the Hemakuta Hill, home to the ancient scattered ruins and a monolithic sculpture of Hindu God Vishnu, along with Hampi Bazaar, once an ancient trading spot for horses, silk, cows, precious stones and now a hub of handicraft shops and little restaurants, with the 15th century Virupaksha temple at its western end and the 16th century Vittala temple at its eastern end. Sule Bazaar and the Achyutaraya temple is also a must visit. This historic expedition can get tiresome and overwhelming for many, and the village in contrast maintains a very laid back atmosphere, with innumerable guest houses spread around, some even with a fascinating spartan setting, costing no more than 300 rupees. Just like its ruins, an ancient festival called the Hampi Utsav has also been kept alive since the Vijayanagar reign and is celebrated annually in November, with light and sound shows, music and dance performances, all boasting of the Kannadigas' rich culture, set against the backdrop of Hampi's ruins. The Mango Tree restaurant is a quaint place reached via passing through a banana plantation. Other good places to eat include Prince Restaurant, Goan Corner Restaurant and Laughing Buddha, popular for South Indian, Chinese, Israeli, Tibetan, and usual vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, enjoyed by the riverside.

Virupaksha Temple - Hampi

One of the oldest and largest in the city of ruins, this temple was built in the 7th century and is still in use. The temple is on the southern banks of the River Tungabhadra and has a very simple design and architecture. Over so many years and the changing rule of so many kings, a number of additions and expansions had been made in the form of pillars and small rooms. The temple is one of the gems of this ruined place and was built of simple brick and mortar. The life size idols of Lord Shiva is attractive and overall this place is an important site of pilgrimage for Shaivites. The present temple is also almost in ruins but still in use.
Visit this place for the climb and the architecture of the complex and the pillars.
Harini Sridharan

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Dedicated to the Hindu god of destruction, the temple is located at a riverbank.The main shrine is dedicated to Virupaksha, a form of Lord Shiva.There are many mythical statues sculptured on the pillars, ceiling and walls.
srishti jugran

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It is believed that this temple has been functioning uninterruptedly ever since its inception in the 7th century AD. Virupaksha Temple is one of the two functional temples in Hampi, the other being Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple. The rest of the temples have been damaged some way or other and not fit for Puja. Tip: Get blessings from Lakshmi, the temple elephant. The more money you pay, the more time she holds her trunk over your head. And by more money, I don't mean 100s. A 10 rupee note will give you enough thrill to last a lifetime. :) Also check for the inverted shadow of the Gopuram from a particular point.
Mahuya Paul

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Best time to visit
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Things to do
worship, sight- seeing
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Budget
Free

Kadalekalu Ganesha - Hampi

No more used as a temple, this ruined site is on the north eastern slopes of the Hemakuta Hill. The 15 feet idol of Lord Ganesha here is the largest structure of a God in South India. The name is derived from the fact that the idol of Lord Ganesha in this temple has a big belly resemblimg a Bengal Gram which in Kannada is called Kadalekalu. The pillars are simple yet attractive with the inscription of mythological themes which is otherwise very common in this city.
The Kadalekalu Ganesha statue is 15 ft high. This is one of the largest sculptures in Hampi.
A Timeless Odyssey

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A statue similar to Sasivekalu Ganesha.
Harini Sridharan

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We biked up the hills to reach a huge monolithic stone carving of the Elephant god Ganesha- the God of eternal knowledge.This 4.6 meters (14 feet) tall sculpture id carved in situ on the slops of the Hemakuta Hill.
srishti jugran

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Best time to visit
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Things to do
sight- seeing, photography
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Budget
Free

Sasivekalu Ganesha - Hampi

The specialty of this temple is the huge monolithic statue of Lord Ganesha which was built by a rich trader of chandragiri, which is the present day Andhra Pradesh. This temple was built in the honor of King Narasimha II. The idol of Lord Ganesha here holds a noosh in one hand, a modak in another, his broken tusk in the third and an axe in the fourth. It is said that once Ganesha ate so much that his belly was about to burst and so he took a snake and tied it round his belly as a belt. Even in this temple there is a snake carved on the belly of Lord Ganesha according to this story. This temple is on the southern foothills of the Hemakuta Hill and is almost in ruins.
A huge Ganesha statue placed in the middle of the city. Visit it to experience viewing an idol for its architectural as well as religious importance.
Harini Sridharan

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This four handed giant statue of Ganesha is a fine example of the Vijayanagara’s artistic skills.
srishti jugran

2k+ Followers, 54 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/a
Things to do
sight- seeing, photography
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Free

Mango Tree Restaurant - Hampi

This is a restaurant in Hampi which seems to be completely under the shade of a large mango tree from where it derives its name. Eating over here is absolute value for money. They mainly serve Indian food but also make pizzas and other foreign dishes. The decor of this small restaurant is worth a mention. They have all sorts of masks and deity paintings on the walls. The seating arrangement is small and not many people can fit in at the same time. This is also an advantage since you can eat properly in this way. The stuffed capsicum curry and the thalis are special mentions over here. The servers are very prompt and efficient and the ambience is really good too.
Mango tree Restaurant: Our next stop was the very famous food joint, The Mango Tree, which was famous for obvious reasons! Super yum food. Starting from delicious mango lassi (which we ended up having three glasses) to soothing lemon soda and spicy cauliflower Manchurian and the famous South indian thali, we loved each and every bit of it. Must try place. Total damage : 411/- P.S. The best part of this place being, they offer you an option, to eat at dining tables or to sit down on those cosy mattresses after a long tiring trek and enjoy the authenticity of the food. We chose the latter one!
Mehak Mahanoori

4 Followers, 15 Reviews


Our last day lunch. Perfect way to wrap up the trip :) Great food!
Isha Borah

232 Followers, 11 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
eat- out
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Mowgli Guest House - Hampi

Mowgli Guest House: Another beautiful place to sit down at relax! Have a beer and just look around! Peace! :)
Mehak Mahanoori

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We had lunch here !
Stacey Mendoz

476 Followers, 10 Reviews


Ravi's Rose Roof Top Restaurant - Hampi

Ravi's Rose Rooftop Restaurant: Though we were waiting for some craziness to come up, where we would die laughing, but nothing happened and we actually had a hard laugh over this fact.
Mehak Mahanoori

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Our breakfast and dinner haunt
akansh

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Hemakuta Hill Temple - Hampi

This is a whole temple complex where most of them are in complete ruins and some are partly in ruins. The temples all look like Jain Temples mainly due to their beautiful architecture of typical Jain Temples but most of these are dedicated to Lord shiva, Vishnu or Lord Ganesha. As you go further, you find a beautiful ond which is now dry but the group of temples around, especially the Veerupaksha Temple complex is extensive and beautiful. The other temples are the Kalu Ganesha, Kadalekalu and Sasivekalu Ganesha. The Lakshminarasimha and Badavalli are two more attractions and there is also an old Hanuman Temple here. This is a perfect spot for history buffs and photographers.
The Hemakuta Group of Temples is situated right next to the Virupaksha Temple. As the name goes, they are located on the Hemakuta Hill which is a good 15 minute climb. These temples are from the pre-Vijayanagara period and most temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva for a lot of reasons. The construction of these temples date back to between the 9th and 14th centuries. The construction of these temples are such that they could be mistaken as Jain temples as well.
A Timeless Odyssey

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The highlights are the sets of triple chambered temples with its pyramid like granite roofs.
srishti jugran

2k+ Followers, 54 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
history tours, photography
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Budget
Free

Krishna Temple Market Road - Hampi

Infront of the Krishna Temple Complex in Hampi, there was once a buzzing market evident from the structure of the buildings around. Circled with rocky structures and raised platforms this is where the central marketplace of the city used to be during the times of the ancient kings. This place is now just a place of loose, huge rocks and historic ruins.
We next stopped at the Krishna temple, engraved with the incarnations of Lord Vishnu and Kamasutra carvings. The complex consists of the main shrine, shrines of the goddesses, the chariot/market street and the temple tank. The main hall spots a series of pillars carved with mythical rampant creatures.
srishti jugran

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Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
History tours, sight- seeing
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Hemkuta Digambar Jain Temples - Hampi

Located in Hampi, Karnataka it is a temple complex with a number of temples located, most of these temples are said to be built prior to the Vijayanagara empire.
We visited the chain of small temples upon a hill which was easy to reach thanks to the gentle slopes . Along with the intricate carvings even the overall sight is very picturesque at dusk .
Deepika Gumaste

286 Followers, 28 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
City walk
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Free

Hampi Bazaar Street - Hampi

This is the view of the Hampi Bazaar and the Nandi when you walk straight up from the Virupaksha main entrance.
A Timeless Odyssey

10 Followers, 18 Reviews


Sri Virupaksha Temple - Hampi

The temple rules the main city of Hampi. It houses 3 Gopurams and is an active temple where Lord Shiva is worshipped.
Srijani Banerjee

21 Followers, 5 Reviews


Rocky Guest House - Hampi

Just beside the main temple of Hampi, this guest house is simple yet very popular. The oener and host is very friendly and welcoming. He takes care of all his guests. The rooms are standard and perfectly clean. There is no hot water facility but the owner makes sure you get it. There is also wifi facility in such a location which is actually value for money. The food is good quality though they do not store alcohol. The location is prime and the hotel is easy to be found.
I stayed at the Rocky guest House in the town centre. A tad expensive (@ 700 per day) as compared to the rest of the guest houses in the area but quite clean and comfortable.
Aprajita Virmani

175 Followers, 9 Reviews


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Things to do
holiday resort
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Matanga Hill - 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.
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.
Sagnik Basu

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Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
site- seeing, photography, trekking
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Budget
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Mathanga Hill - Hampi

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.
Mehak Mahanoori

4 Followers, 15 Reviews


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