Beautiful relics of illustrious kingdom of Vijayanagar known as Hampi is one of the sought after tourist spots in India. Hampi holds many pleasant surprises, which has made this destination among other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hampi is popular among tourists as well as pilgrims, vast stretches of hills and valleys with over 500 ancients relics of past makes Hampi a delightful tourist destination. Hampi is famous for different temples such as splendid Vitthal Temple with its musical pillars and a stone chariot.
Temples are renowned for its monolithic structure and florid ornamentation, elegant stone carving, wide pavilions and a rich iconography and traditional limning of Indian great epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. One of the major attraction in Hampi is huge King’s balance, which weighed king with gold coins and latter distributed to poor. Other noteworthy attractions are Queen’s bath with its arched corridors, projecting balconies and lotus shaped fountains, two storeyed beautiful Lotus Mahal, and the mammoth elephant stables.
Who Designed Hampi?
Hampi is an ancient ruins of Vijayanagar kingdom. It has preserved royal aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, citadels, treasury building, ancient temples and many more. Hampi is tourists’ paradise.
Architectural of Hampi
Architectural beauty bestowed Hampi as one the famous places in India. Beautiful temples with elegantly crafted sculptures are relics of some beautiful architects. Monolithic structure and florid ornamemtation can invite silent reverence. Outside the temples, a granite chariot of the sun god proudly stands in a central courtyard. Noteworthy architectural marvel is Vitthala Temple, which strikes a balance between elegant craftmanship and fantastic presence.
In the first week of December, the desolate streets of Hampi come alive when ruined city plays host to a colorful festivals of dance and music, also known as Vijaya Utsav of Karnataka. The city is then brimming with people form states as well from different part of the world to witness the merry event in an open environment. This festival is organized by government of Karnataka, invites some of the distinguish people in the field of art, dance, music and drama. Other attractions are puppet show, fire show and processions that bring back to life the memories of erstwhile epoch.
By Air : The nearest Airport is Bellary (974 km); other convenient airports are Belgaum (190 km) and Bangalore (353 km).
By Train : The nearest rail point is Hospet from where one travels another 12 kilometers by road to reach Hampi. Hospet is connected with rail to Bangalore, Bijapur,Hubli and Guntakal.
By Road : Regular bus services from Bangalore to Hospet.
Where to stay?
Hampi Power GuestHouse, Tungabhadra Dam -Vaikuntha GuestHouse, Inspection Bungalow, at Hospet – Hotel Maurya Vijaynagar (KSTDC), Kamalapura – PWD Inspection Bungalow.
Best Time To Visit:Throughout the year