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HAMPIBack to the Destination

                     Hampi is located beside the Tungabhadra River at the heart of Karnataka and is about 50 kms from Bellary and 13 km from Hospet. The capital of famous Hindu kingdom of Vijaynagar Empire during 14th century to middle of 16th century, Hampi is regarded as one of the important historical cities of India. Famous as the magnificent city of ruins, probably this is the only ruined city of any significance to be seen in India. Declared as a World Heritage Center, Hampi is the most beautiful and wonderful of all the ruins in India. Tourist Activities In Hampi the prime activity of the tourists is to visit and explore Hampi ruins, a kind of its own in the world. The ruins in Hampi are stretched over an area of about 33 km and the surviving structures are sufficient to describe the glorious past of the famous Vijayanagar Empire. The area here is completely barren surrounded by huge boulders; all balanced on a rocky and undulating terrain. You can also visit the Museum situated at the bottom of Matangi Hill. Here you can see the photo exhibition consisting of 60 enlarged pictures of Hampi taken in 1853 by a British photographer and a matching set of the same place taken 130 years later by an Australian. You can also enjoy the unique Coracle ride (coracle looks like half a large coconut shell) in the calm water of Tungabhadra River. Other important tourist adventure in Hampi includes climbing on Matangi Hills.

 
 

                                                             How to reach  

 By Air

  The nearest airports is Bellary about 75 km. Other airports near Hampi are at Bangalore about 350 km and Belgaum about 200 km well connected by Indian Airlines flights to most parts of India.  

 By Rail  

  Hospet about 13 km is well connected by rail line to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli and Vijapur.  

 By Road  

  Buses are available from Hampi and regularly ply between Hampi and Bangalore and many other destinations.  
   

                                                       Places to Visit  

 Local Attractions  

  This erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagar Empire boasts of some exquisite examples of temple architecture of that period. The Virupaksha Temple, Achutaraya Temple, Hazara Rama Temple and the Vithala Temple are worth visiting here. Queen's bath, monolithic Ganesha, Ugra Narasimha, the watch towers are some of the other relics worth visiting in Hampi representing the history and culture of the Great Vijaynagar Empire.  
   

 Virupaksha Temple  

  The main attraction in these ruins is the famous Virupaksha temple dedicated to Shiva also known as Virupaksha or Pampapathi. The columns are carved with figures of animals. This temple is functional even today and the street leading to the temple is used to organize chariot ceremonies held every year in February.  
   

 Vithala Temple  

  This beautiful peace of architecture is situated on southern banks of the Tungabhadra River, and is a great example of Vijayanagar art. The main pavilion consists of 56 pillars elaborately carved producing different musical notes when stuck by an object. In its quadrangle stands a magnificent stone chariot, perfectly proportioned with an engineering technology so superb that the stone wheels can rotate.  
   

 Hazara Rama Temple  

  Located in the royal center of the town. Hazara Rama Temple, ornate with intricate carvings depicts scenes from the Ramayana. The walls of the temple are carved both on the exterior and the interior with stories from the epics, dancers and troops. On the walls of the sanctum are two rare depictions of Vishnu as the Buddha. Other important tourist attractions are Tungabhadra Dam, Mahanavami Dibba or the royal seat, a platform used by the kings to view the Dassehra festivities. The Lotus Mahal, a graceful two-storey palace is a photographer's delight and is an attractive synthesis of Hindu and Islamic architecture.  

 
 
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