We went to Hampi last week during the mid-term break of Adi’s school. Hampi, the erstwhile capital of Vijayanagara empire, today covers an area of of 26 square Kilometers on the Southern bank of the river Tungabhadra in Karnataka. The splendid ruins spread across this area include some of the finest specimens of medieval Indian architecture. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hampi is charismatic even in its ruined state. It attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. Vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills make the backdrop of Hampi unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are 500 plus beautiful monuments, temples, basements of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings.., the list is practically endless.
Hampi is 350 Kms. away from Bangalore. We went by Hampi Express that connects Bangalore is a popular option to reach Hampi from Bangalore. The train passes via Hospet, the nearest railway station for Hampi. Both the up and down journeys the train covers in the night, and that is one of the reasons for its popularity.
We stayed at Karnataka Mayura Bhuvaneshwari Hotels, Hampi, run by KSTDC, is the only hotel located within the World Heritage Site area. The other hotels are located at Hospet about 14 Kms. away. We should budget about two full days to cover Hampi.
Some of the prominent spots in Hampi are Royal enclosure, Queen’s Bath, Hazara Rama Temple, Stepped Tank, Water channel leading to Pushkarini, Mahanavami Dibba (platform), Mint enclosure, Lotus mahal, Elephant stables, Guards’ quarters, Pansupari bazaar, Underground Siva temple, Sister rocks, image Lakshmi Narasimha, Siva temple, Krishna temple, temples on Hemakuta hill, Virupaksha temple, King’s balance and the gorgeous Vitthala temple.
These spots are spread across the city of Hampi and you an hire a car or an auto rickshaw to cover these places. We saw many foreign tourists have hired two wheelers to cover these spots. There are decent food joints at Hospet and there’s a very popular restaurant named Mango Tree where you can have food sitting right under the mango tree along the bank of Tungabhadra, but, the restaurant has been shifted out of its original place due to restriction Hampi being a heritage site. We had our lunch there; I didn’t find the place great food-wise, but the joint is very popular and frequented by many foreign tourists.
Thank you for stopping and reading this blog; here are the photos from the trip.
Posted on August 10, 2013, in Photography, Travel and tagged Bangalore, Hampi, Hospet, Hubli, Karnataka, Travel, Vijayanagara, Vijayanagara Empire, World Heritage Site. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.