Hampi is a historic and religious place in India, located within the ruins of Vijayanagara Empire. It covers more than 25 square kilometer area. Here you can find palaces, temples, ancient monuments, aquatic structures, market streets etc. Here you will mostly find the religion of Hindu, Islamic and Jainism. Hampi is a rural place, if we talk about the climate; the climate of Hampi is generally dry and hot. However you can find the cool temperature in the period of November to February. Hampi is open for visitors throughout the year, generally most crowds come during the summer and rainy seasons.
This is a sprawling area and it is the seat of the erstwhile king. Here the king used to watch the annual parade of imperial majesty & military from the Mahanavami platform. This area is full of underground temples, aquatic structure, palace bases etc.
Riverside trek Path
This is a path which connects the ancient Hampi market to the Vittala temple. This path has carved artifacts, numerous shrines, ruins of ancient structures all around. For instance, 1008 Siva ling carved in a matrix on a sheet of boulders at the river shore.
This structure was mainly constructed for courtly ladies or the king himself. It belongs to the royal area of the capital. The Queen’s Bath complex normally looks like an indoor aquatic complex. This was made very technically, in this structure a large veranda with protruding balconies all around faces the central pool. This is the typical example of Indo-Islamic hybrid architecture.
Also known as Virupaksha Bazaar, is a market street located in front of the Virupaksha temple. Both sides of the street are lined with a series of old pavilions, wherein some of them are two storied.
Hazara Rama Temple:
The 15th century temple has finely carved basalt pillars in its hall depicting incarnations of Lord Vishnu while the sculptures on the exteriors of the hall depict main events from Ramayana.
Sasivekalu Ganesha (Sasivekalu means of mustard seed in the local language) is a giant statue of Ganesha located inside an open pavilion. The potbelly of the god is in the shape of mustard seed and hence the name.
How To Reach Hampi:
By Air : Nearest airport is Bellary, 74 km from the city of Hampi.
By Train : Nearest railway station is at nearby Hospet, which in turn is well connected to and from Bangalore, Bellary, Gadag, Bijapur and Hubli-Dharwar.
By Road : Well linked to Hospet to Hampi by bus services, which is 350 km from Bangalore, daily buses from Bangalore to Hampi. Also some private operators who run buses from Goa and Gokarna.