Things you should not miss in Hampi, South Karnataka

Tripoto
8th Dec 2008
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Trip to Hampi in South Karnataka was my first from Bangalore with my own earning. After joining HAL, Helicopter Division in April 2007 and upon completion of one year of training in Bangalore, Hampi (legendary capital of the glorious, rich and the powerful Vijayanagara Empire which rose to its peak under the rule of King Krishnadeva Raya in 16th century CE) was my first destination that I visited with my two of my friends-one my engineering batchmate and the other a guy from my training batch in HAL.

It was a trip by state owned KSRTC bus from Bangalore to Hampi and back. It took around 8-10 hours by bus one way. Since it was my first trip on my own and I had only started documenting my travel experiences, I could only jot down the spots we visited in Hampi in my first entry in my personal travel diary which I have now decided to make it public, but since typing all the entries in quite tiring and cumbersome, I am going to scan the my diary entry page by page. Hope my handwriting is not too bad to understand. Detailed information on these places in Hampi can easily be obtained from Karnataka Tourism Website and other travel sites. So, join me as I take you through my journey across my versatile motherland - India.

Day 1

My first entry in personal travel diary on Hampi

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Rocky terrains of Hampi

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Exploring the ruins and terrains of Hampi

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Carving on the walls of a temple depicting the battle between toddler Lord Krishna and the serpent king, Kaliya Naag in Yamuna River.

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The stone pillars of the temple housing Kadalekalu Ganesha

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Kadalekalu Ganesha -Front view

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Kadalekalu Ganesha -Back view

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The Gopuram of Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

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Lakshmi Narsimha Statue, in Hampi

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Lotus Mahal - the Queen's Summer Palace, Hampi

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Royal Elephant's Stable

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Architecture in the ceilings of the Elephant's stable

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Royal Guard's Quarters

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Intricate carving on black stone walls of a temple in Hampi, depicting an armed royal soldier mounted on a horse

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Carvings depicting Lord Krishna and his consorts

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Royal Bathing Spot

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Intricate carvings on the walls of the Royal Enclosure

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Intricate carvings on the walls of the Royal Enclosure

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Ruins at Royal Enclosure

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Ruins at Royal Enclosure

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Queen's Bath

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What is left over of the gopurams in Vittal Temple, Hampi

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Entrance to Vittal Temple, Hampi

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Marketplace in ruins within the premises of Vittal Temple

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The inside premises of Vittal Temple

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The main sanctum in the Vittal Temple

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The famous musical pillars of Vittal Temple, Hampi

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The legendary stone chariot in the premises of Vittal Temple, dedicated to Garuda, the escort of Lord Vishnu

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Ruins of the market area from the banks of Tungabhadra River

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More ruins all around Hampi

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Entrance to an ancient cave in Hampi

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The dam across the Tungabhadra River, from the top of a hill in Hampi

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Sunset at the banks of Tungabhadra

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Day 2

View from the top of Anjanadri Hills (believed to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman). This entire terrain is also believed to be part of the ancient city of Kiskindha, which as per the Hindu Epic Ramayana, used to be the Kingdom of Bali and Sugriva

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Some more views from the top of Anjanadri Hills

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Stones, stones and more stones-each of them having a story to tell of the time when Vijayanagara Empire was at its most peak in South Indian peninsular.

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River Tungabhadra flowing down, witnessing the history as it unfolds with every passing moment.

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