Located in Karnataka, Hampi, became the centre of the Hindu Vijayanagara empire in the 14th century. By 1500 CE Hampi-Vijayanagara was the world/s second largest medieval era city, also India's richest at that time.
This description weaves an image of grandeur and pompous infrastructure. But unfortunately,the Vijayanagara empire was defeated, its capital conquered and destroyed by Muslim sultanate armies in 1565. Ever since, the city is in ruins. These ruins are spread over 4100 hectares and considered a world heritage site by the UNESCO.
I can unreservedly recommend Hampi for tourism to the history-enthusiasts, those excited about india's past, as the ruins have very interesting stories attached to each place and it can be a truly enthralling experience.
This city was built around the Tungabhadra river and hence it is divided in two parts. One part has the history,the ruins, the architecture, the stories... and the other side of the river is filled with quaint homestays, a place where the youth prefers to relax.