One of the greatest Hindu kingdoms in India’s history, the village has some extremely captivating ruins, intriguingly intermingled with large boulders that rear up all over the landscape. In fact, so richly steeped in history and culture is Hampi, that it has been listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The name "Hampi" is an anglicized version of the Kannada Hampe (derived from Pampa). Over the years, it has also been referred to as Vijayanagara and Virupakshapura (from Virupaksha, the patron deity of the Vijayanagara rulers). In its heydey it was a fairytale city with many temples, palaces and the most beautiful of mansions.
You'll probably arrive at Hampi main bazaar. From there you can explore the whole area. Visit the temples or gaze at the rocky lansdscape with its winding river where you can find an alienationing sight of locals doing their laundry and then all of a sudden, in the middle of nowhere, the ruins of the World Heritage Vittala Temple Complex with its famous stone chariot, many pillars and lovely smelling jasmine trees.
Unfortunately, Hampi is lacking in quality hotels. We just needed a place for one night, so we decided to stay back at a cottage. Like always, village people were humble and kind, which made our ten hour stay more pleasant.
The sunrise and sunset over the village, viewed from atop the central Matanga Hill, are truly magical and are not to be missed. Be sure to have a comfortable pair of shoes with you as some of the ruins can only be accessed on foot and you’ll need to walk quite a distance in order to explore them. Ferry trips are must.
All in all , an incredible energy can be felt at this place.