- Why might you want to visit Hampi?
- Hampi does, however, not fare well in...
- When to go
- Around Hampi
- Food and Accommodation
Once the cradle of the mighty Vijayanagara empire, Hampi today is a prime tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage sight.
Why might you want to visit Hampi?
Hampi is home to many ruins and functioning temples and this is one of the few places in India to see ruins. Surrounding areas offer more natural beauty and other ruins.
Hampi does, however, not fare well in...
As in anywhere else in India, touts are common.
Make sure you check the weather conditions when you visit, summers (Mar-Jun) are likely to be very hot.
Getting to Hampi
If you're driving down from Bangalore, expect around 6 hrs of driving time without stops, but sometimes you may be lucky and only need 5.5 hrs. Before crossing Tumkur, there are two Kamat outlets as well as a Cafe Coffee Day. Afterwards, stops to eat are scarce.
We took NH4 to Tumkur-> Chitradurga and then NH 13 to Hospet.
Or check the train timetables.
Getting around Hampi
Autos and taxis are a common way of getting around, but so is by foot. If you're staying in Hospet, then you can take an auto, a taxi or a bus. Expect a 30 min drive.
When to go
Hampi can get very hot in the summers (Apr-May) as is the rest of the area. Oct onwards, although still warm, starts to get cooler. Check this link.
Hospet is the nearby town, the gateway to Hampi. In contrast, it is sheer unattractive with nothing much to do or see, however there are some hotels located here.
With numerous ruins and temples, shortlisting things to see in a limited timeframe can be a daunting task. Visiting a multitude of ruins in one day can get tiresome so spread your visit over several days if you're that interested. It is easier if you're chartering a taxi for a day (a small Indica hatchback will be approx INR 1400 per day).
As you first enter the area, you will come across a Ganesha temple called Sasivekalu Ganesha temple. Located just outside the temple is an inscription.
|Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple|
of ruins further ahead. Enjoy this areas as much; it's probably the quietest you'll find throughout. You can then, after taking in the view, walk to those ruins as well. Be careful though; you might find slabs of stones in your path along the downward slope, as if deliberately laid to damage your precious camera (and injuring you).
|Virupaksha Temple facade|
|Inside the temple|
|Lakshmi Narasmiha Temple|
|Chuck a coin in Badaviling Temple|
|Entrance to the Underground Siva Temple.|
|Climbing up the Mahanavami Dibba|
|View of other ruins in the Royal Enclosure|
|The famous chariot is located at the Vitthala Temple|