Hampi Tourism is one of the dream destinations for all the people around the world. what could be so alluring out their? Hampi is sort of in the middle of nowhere. Each part of the city whispers a new story to the traveller. The piece of architecture carves out enthusiasm in us to explore more into the beauty of our history.
A turnback to history
Hampi is a UNESCO world heritage site located in eastern Karnataka, India. Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar empire. Vijaya nagara was one of the largest Hindu empires in India. Krisnadevaraya was the greatest ruler and he controlled most part of the penisular india and south of Tunghabhadra river. The chronicle left back by the historians, states that once Hampi was a prosperous and grant city built near the Tungabhadra river, with numerous markets and trading farms. when the prosperity raised to its peak level, it led to the attraction of numerous travellers from Persia and Portugal. With the arrival of Muslim sultanates, it paved its way to destruction gradually. It is now dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes architecture.
Hampi is located in the central part of Karnataka, it is 353 km from Bangalore. It takes only 7 hours from Bangalore and 10 from Goa by an overnight bus. since it experiences a southern monsoon rain from June to August. Thus it would be optimum to travel from in cool winter October to February.
- BY Rail – The nearest railhead is at Hospet, about 13 km from the ruins of Hampi. since Hampi does not have a railway station, most prefer to commence their journey from here.
- By road -once we reach out to the Hampi bazar area through the bus, local transportation vehicle services are obtained as per our convenience.
As once we set forth our journey to Hampi, the main tourist spot is divided into two areas: The royal centre near Kamalapuram and the Hampi Bazaar area. The royal centre comes in between Hampi bazaar and Kamalapuram. The famous Lotus Mahal is designed pavilion within a walled compound, known as Zenan enclosure. The enclosure is adjacent to the Elephant quarter. This Mahal provides the unique ideas of amalgamation of Indo-Islamic architecture. The sculptures which were preserved at the time of ruins are found in a archaeological museum in Kamalapuram.
As we move towards the centre of the town, we will get a magnificent view of the great Virupaksha Temple. Hampi Bazaar which is located about 1 km from the royal centre. The main shrine of the temple is Lord Shiva. If we move ahead another two km, the traveller can see the world Heritage Vittal temple. Its believed that the pillars of this temple sing when tapped. The other places to be visited are the monolithic statues of Lord Ganesh and, Koderma temple and Krishna Temple.
The Hippie Island is an unofficial name given to the island of Virupapur Gadde.since surrounded by Tungabhadra it gets the island status. This would be a perfect spot to stay. This place is easily accessible via a seven-minute boat ride. During the monsoon, it’s better to opt for a taxi to the island. Out there we will be able to reach the Hanuman temple climbing up 572 steps. It is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman.when on the Island, they serve exotic drinks at the green garden Restaurant. In conclusion, it is sure that this trip would be quite a paradise for those who come here. This spot will help to enjoy every bit of it by blending ourself in history.