Hampi (Hampe) is a village and temple town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi.In northern Karnataka, India. It was one of the richest and largest cities in the world during its prime. It is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple and several other monuments belonging to the old city. According to statistics of 2014, Hampi is the most searched historical place in Karnataka on Google.The empire boasted a massive army comprising close to two million men.
Sight Seeing Places
Sri Virupaksha Temple
Virupaksha Temple is located in Hampi 350 km from Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka in southern India. It is part of the Group of Monuments at Hampi, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Virupaksha is a form of Shiva and has other temples dedicated to him, notably at the Group of Monuments at Pattadakal, another World Heritage Site. The temple was built by Lakkana Dandesha, a chieftain under the ruler Deva Raya II of the Vijayanagara Empire.
Pampa Sarovar is a lake in Koppal district near Hampi in Karnataka. To the south of the Tungabhadra River, it is considered sacred by Hindus and is one of the five sacred sarovars, or lakes in India. In Hindu mythology Pampa Sarovar is regarded as the place where Pampa, a form of Shiva's consort Parvati, performed penance to show her devotion to Shiva.It is also one of the Sarovar's that finds a mention in the Hindu epic, Ramayana as the place where Shabari, a devotee of Rama waited for the arrival of Ram.
Matanga hill is close to Hampi bazar and exact opposite to Virupaksha Temple. It is height point in Hampi and mainly famous for Sunrise and sunset. Be prepare for good hike. You have to climb stone steps and at the end some rocky patches. Required good stamina as well. We went during rainy time hence miss the sunset but view was awesome. Take proper care as rockys are highly slippery in monsoon.
Probably Matunga Hill is the most talked about hill in Hampi. Let it be its central location, the oversold sunset/sunrise view or the myths associated with it, this hill commands a special attraction.Being at the centre of Hampi, and also the highest point, Matanga hilltop is the best spot to get an aerial view of Hampi and it's environs.
how to reach
By Rail : Hospet station is near to hampi which is connected to Hampi Express (Hubli - Hospet - Bangalore - Mysore),Amaravathi Express (Goa - Hubli - Hospet- Vijayawada - Vizag - Bhubaneswar - Kharagpur - Howrah),Haripriya Express (Kolhapur - Belgaum- Hubli - Hospet - Guntakal - Tirupati )
Distances From Banglore:
Banglore: 343 km
Mysore: 460 km
By Air : Bangalore International Airport is the major airport nearby. Bangalore is about 343 km away from Bangalore and it is 6 hour drive from Bangalore. Bangalore is well connected to most of the major airports in India and abroad.