“The ruins of Hampi are engraved as one of the largest UNESCO World Heritage Sites.”, a village where the palaces, temples & ruins are so historic that it has been recognized as a World Heritage Site. Hampi is divided into two sides, one is the heritage side (monuments and temples) and the other is the Hippie Island Hampi due to the chilled-out vibes it has. So, now let’s see the best places to visit in Hampi, Karnataka.
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Hampi the Historical, Artistic and Marvelous place of India!
The name Hampi can also mean “champion”. It is located within the ruins of the Vijayanagara, The former capital of the Vijaynagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, it continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha temple and several other monuments belonging to the old city. ‘The incredible sculpture on the stone says a lot about our history. There are so many places to visit in Hampi that will definitely catch your attention!
You can guess that Hampi is such an attractive and important village, that behind the 50 rupees note of Indian currency, there is a depiction of ‘stone chariot of Hampi temple’. Hampi has one of the most amazing and impressive places to visit in India. It is also referred to as the group of Monuments. This charming village is known for its Love treasure of artwork and its stunning stone temples dating back to classical times. Hampi has got references even in Mahabharata and Ramayan. Sculpture on the stone is just amazing and mind-blowing. So, now you can make a rough guess what Hampi is? well, now time to know the best places in Hampi.
These are the best unique tourist places to visit & to explore in Hampi, Karnataka:-
# Heritage Side
01. Vijaya Vitthala Temple & stone chariot :-
Vitthal Temple is one of the biggest mysteries of the Indian temple. The musical note Sa Re Ga Ma Pa can be heard upon tapping 56 music pillars in the Rang Mandap. While science has worked hard to eliminate it and find a logical reason, it is still a mystery. It is one of the most extraordinary architectural monuments in Hampi.
In the same place, the most iconic structure of Hampi is the stone chariot at the Vitthal temple. The chariot is a shrine dedicated to Lord Garuda, the vehicle of the Hindu god Vishnu. Also, if you look at the backside of the 50 rupee note, it shows Hampi’s stone chariot. So these all places are Must see in Hampi.
02. Narsimha Temple & Badavilinga Temple:-
Narsimha Temple, Also known as Ugra Narsimha- The speciality of this temple is it is the largest monolith statue in Hampi. Lord Narasimha is sitting on a coil of a joint 7 headed snake. The idol of Lord Narasimha — an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and a half-man, half-lion — is depicted in his fierce form in a cross-legged posture. This gigantic stone structure is considered to be among the most important monuments found in Hampi. It is a major tourist attraction and is visited by a large number of people throughout the year.
Badavilinga temple is located just near the Lakshmi Narsimha Temple. The Badavilinga temple in Hampi has the largest monolithic Shiva Linga in Hampi made of beautiful stone. The temple is believed to have existed since the period of the Vijayanagara Empire.
03. Krishna Temple:-
This is one of the must-visit places in Hampi due to its beautiful carvings are spectacular. Balakrishna Temple Hampi is situated on the way from Kamalapur to Virupaksha Temple, on the east side, dedicated to Vaishnavas in Balakrishna. This temple was built by King Sri Krishna Dev Rai in 1514 AD to commemorate the victory of Udayagiri in Orissa. The temple is a masterpiece of Vijayanagara architecture.
04. Sasivekalu Ganesha & Kadalekalu Temple:-
This idol of Lord Ganesha resembles a mustard seed, which in local dialect is called Sasivekalaku, from which it derives its name. The statue is located on the southern foothills of Hemkuta and is about half the size of Kadalekalu Ganesha, situated on the northern slope of the same hill. “Kadalekalu Temple“ is another temple Just next to the Sasivekalu Temple of Lord Ganesh.
05. Hemakuta Hill, sunset point:-
Hemkuta Hill is one of the best attractions of Hampi, the spectacular view of the sunset, this hill is only a 15-minute climb from the foothills of Kadalekalu Ganesh. There is a cluster of temples on this Hemakuta hill. Hemkuta hill is a generously spread hill that hosts over 30+ temples and shrines mostly dedicated to Lord Shiva. Happily, it is less difficult than climbing on Matanga hill. Most of it is in ruins.
06. Sree Virupaksha Temple:-
If you find a place to visit in Hampi, you will find that this temple will be addressed at the top everywhere. The temple is dedicated to Lord Virupaksha a form of Lord Shiva. Virupaksha Temple has great mythological and historical significance, it is one of the most visited temples in South India. But, one of the biggest reasons to visit this temple is Lakshmi ( the holy elephant ), a leaving incarnation of God Ganesh. She gives you blessing & When she blesses it will feel as Lord Ganesha himself is a blessing.
07. Monolithic Bull Temple:-
The word Monolith means unbroken, it is an amazing structure that is made up of one stone. Hampi is a magnificent specimen of monolithic bull architecture. The impressive and massive structure of the monolithic bull is locally named Yeduru Basavanna or Nandi. According to Hindu mythology, Nandi is the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Contrary to its rough texture, the colossal statue of Nandi attracts a lot of visitors. The monolithic bull statue is placed in front of the Virupaksha temple in Hampi. Hampi is a grand specimen of monolithic bull architecture.
08. Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple:-
Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the mechanical Hanuman temple derives its name from the statue of Hanuman placed inside a talisman. The position of Hanuman is different from any other form of Lord Hanuman that can be found in Hampi. This temple is the second most important temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman in Hampi. Lord Hanuman is shown seated in padmasana within the centre of Srichakra which is known as a yantra.
09. Matanga Hill & Veerabhadra Temple:-
If you are about to get up early and want to see the rising sun, Matanga Hill is the way for you. Being the highest peak in Hampi, the hill is a delight for trekkers and offers a pleasing view of colour in the city below. This is the best sport to see the aerial view of Hampi and its surroundings. The path below is a small cave, believed to be hidden by Sugriva, the ruler of his Kishkindha.
Several trekking paths are leading to the hilltop where the “Veerabhadra Temple“ is located. The climb can take about 30 minutes. The roof of the Veerabhadra Temple is an ideal place for sunrise and sunset views. From the hilltop one can do the Achyutarai Temple, Tungabhadra River, Hampi Bazaar and surroundings.
10. Achyutaraya Temple:-
The Achyuta Raisa Temple is one of the last splendid masterpieces of the Vijayanagara dynasty just before its fatal fall. Established in 1534 AD by Hiriya Tiruvengalanatha, the Achyutaraya temple was originally named Tiruvengalanatha but gradually came to be named after the king. The pillars, walls, minarets of the temple are full of finely carved ornamentation. Entering through its two majestic, though ruined, towers you will find yourself entering the portal of the lost lands of the Vijayanagara Empire. The inner small temple once had a statue of the mythical bird Garuda.
11. Underground shiv temple:-
The underground Shiva temple is one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in Hampi. Many parts of this temple, built several meters below the ground, are still sunk in water. There is a water canal inside the temple and there is also a green garden around it. The idol of Lord Shiva was once kept in the inner sanctum, but today it is only a seat. If you are adventurous, you will like to walk in knee-deep water to reach the sanctum sanctorum.
12. Lotus Mahal:-
Lotus Mahal is also known as Kamal Mahal because of its structure resembling a lotus. This beautiful structure is supported by 24 pillars. The beautifully carved pillars and walls are a feast for the eyes. This palace was known as the Council Chamber during the 18th century. This destination ranks first on the wish list of tourists. Many music festivals and many cultural activities were held in this beautiful architecture. The entire palace itself tells about its splendid historical stories. A trip to Hampi is incomplete without exploring the magnificent Royal Center and the many temples in this complex.
13. Elephants Stable:-
Elephant Stables is a marvellous structure that provided shelter to the royal elephants of the grand Vijayanagara Empire. The intricate designs and emphasis on small details reflect the importance attached to the imperial elephants of the empire. The stables have a row of 11 rooms and one in the middle. The central hall with the temple style tower is grander than the other rooms. It is decorated with frescoes and carvings. Inside the chambers, one can see metal hooks that were used to tame elephants.
14. Hazara rama Temple:-
One of the most breathtaking structures amidst the ruins of Hampi, the Hazara Ram Temple really attracts visitors. Situated in the heart of Hampi village, it is a beautiful treat for the eyes of visitors and archaeological enthusiasts. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Rama and is known as a place of worship for the royal families. The finely carved pillars and walls still perfectly depict the stories of Lord Rama’s life. With a unique set of architecture, the temple retains its finest design and structure. A favourite destination of photographers, Hazara Temple does not disappoint anyone who keeps an eye on it.
15. Royal enclosure:-
There are many ruins in Hampi but the Royal Enclosure definitely takes away the Taj. The vast, stunning Royal Enclosure was formally the centre of the Vijayanagara Empire. The vast fortified area is proudly spread over 59,000 square metres. As the name suggests, the Royal Enclosure used to be the shelter of the king and his queens during the reign of the Vijayanagara era. The fort was made secret security for the royal families. The entire stretch of land was protected by two layers of walls. You will find many places to see in the Royal Enclosure itself, Like Mahanavami Dibba, Durbar Hall, Stepped Tank.
16. Queens Bath:-
Located close to the royal enclosure, Queen’s Bath is another famous heritage site in Hampi. The private bathrooms of kings and queens. It is a large ancient swimming pool that has now drained all its water. It is hard to imagine the days when the pool in the centre would have been filled with perfumed water and flowers and the ornate balconies overlooking the bath would have teemed with colourfully clad attendants of the king and his queens. The interior of the bathroom is elaborately designed into an enclosed space. The bathhouse has no roof and is open to the sky, which adds to its grandeur.
17. Tungabhadra river for Coracle Ride:-
In Hampi, the preferred way to cross the Tungabhadra is through the humble coracle. This round shaped boat can be hired to visit the small village of Anegundi. If you go after the rain, crossing the mighty Tungabhadra can be exciting. you see life as it would have existed in Hampi centuries ago. Self-imposed time travel has its drawbacks – leaning into the boat and holding onto its side when it jerks and stumbles over rocks takes some skill. It is a short ride to Anegundi where you can explore an ancient fort and Anjaneya hill, believed to be the birthplace of Hanuman also between rides you can see and explore various ancient temples.
18. Anjaneya Hill, birthplace of Lord Hanuman:-
Anjeyanadri Hill is an exciting place to visit in Hampi. The hill is famous as the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. Monkeys supported by lord Hanuman’s birthplace are worshipped in the areas as a symbol of friendship and sacrifice. This place is also a famous pilgrimage centre for Hindus. You have to climb 600 stairs to see the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. The view from the hill to Hampi is enchanting.
# Hippie Island; Best places to visit in HAmpi, Karnataka
Hampi is divided into two sides, one is the heritage side (monuments and temples) and the other is the Viruppur village side, known as the Hippie Island due to the chilled-out vibes it has.