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|Attractions||: Architecture, Temples|
|Season||: January to December|
|Weather||: Summer (20 to 40°C), Winter (12 to 30°C)|
Hampi was the capital of the famed Vijayanagar empire. Golds and ornaments were traded on these streets during the golden age of Vijayanagara empire. Hampi is located in the Bellary district of Karnataka. The place is significant historically. Architecturally it is a masterpiece. The place has a fascinating landscape with structures ranging from Temples, Civil buildings and Military buildings enclosed in it's entirety.
Most of the structures at Hampi was build between 1336 to 1570 AD from the times of Harihara - I to Sadasivaraya. Most of the royal structures were built during the golden reign of Krishnadevaraya ( 1509 - 1530 AD), the greatest ruler of the Vijayanagara empire.
There are many Hindu and Jain temples in Hampi. The promiment ones are listed below.
Virupaksha temple is also known as Pampavathi temple.The temple has a 49 m tower at it's entrance. The temple has a shrine of Lord Shiva.
The Stone chariot is located inside the Vittala temple complex. It is one of the major tourist attractions at Hampi. As the name suggests, this shrine resembles a chariot. Made with several granite blocks, this is an architectural marvel. The chariot is erected on a rectangular platform with 2 elephants at the front depicted to pull the chariot. This is a must visit place in Hampi.
Lotus Mahal is a beautiful monument built using lime mortar and brick. The shape of the structure is in the form of Lotus and hence the name. During nights, the illumination forms a pleasant sight. There is a large lawn around the Lotus Mahal adding to it's beauty.
This 5-meter tall ‘balance’ is located near the Vittala temple. The king used to weigh himself with gold, gems, silver and precious stones, and the weiged valuables were distributed to the priests.
This structure was used to house eleven royal elephants of Krishnadevaraya army. The neighbouring structure housed the elephant riders.
This giant statue of Ganesha idol was carved out of a huge boulder at the northeastern slope of the Hemakuta hill. The belly of this statue resembles a "Kadalekaalu" meaning Bengal gram and hence the name.
Sasivekaalu means Mustard seed. Due to resemblance, this large monolithic structure of Ganesha is called so. It is located in the southern foothill of the Hemakuta hill.
This newly excavated structure is associated with the Krishna temple. Pushkarani, the sacred tank is located next to Krishna Bazaar.
Matunga hill is prominently located at the center of Hampi and also the highest point. This makes it the best spot to get an aerial view of Hampi.
Hospet is the nearest bus station.
Hospet is the nearest railway station.
Hubli is the nearest airport located 160 km away. Belgaum airport is 270 km away. Both these airports have moderate connectivity to other parts of India. The best way would be to take a flight to Bangalore and take a bus or trian from there to Hospet.
KSRTC buses and private buses ply regularly from Bangalore to Hampi. It is a 7.5 hour journey.
There are no direct trains from Bengaluru to Hampi.
There are a trains from Bangalore to Hospet Junction. From here, Hampi is 13 km away. The trains and the schedule is listed below.
GARIB NAWAZ EXP (Train number 16532) - This train is available on all days of the week. Departure time is 5:00 pm from Bengaluru. Journey time is approximately 10 hours.
HAMPI EXP (Train number 16592) - This train is available on all days of the week. Departure time is 10:00 pm from Bengaluru. Journey time is approximately 9 hours 10 mintues.
HOSPET PASSR (Train number 56909) - This train is available on all days of the week. Departure time is 10:15 pm from Bengaluru. Journey time is approximately 13hours 25 minutes.
MYS SNSI EXPRESS (Train number 16217) - This train is available on Monday. Departure time is 8:15 am from Bengaluru. Journey time is approximately 8hours 40 minutes.
SBC JODHPUR EXP (Train number 16534) - This train is available on Sunday. Departure time is 5:00 pm from Bengaluru. Journey time is approximately 10 hours.
Bengaluru to Hampi distance is 367 km. From Bangalore, connect to Tumkur road. Take AH 47/ Natinoal Highway 4 to Bellary - Hiriyur road for another 150 odd kilometers. Then follow Hubli-Karwar road to State Highway 131. Follow this road for another 15 kilometers to reach Hampi.
There are KSRTC buses available from Mysore to Hampi. It is approximately a 8.5 hour journey.
There are no direct trains between Mysore to Hampi.
There are a trains from Mysore to Hospet Junction. From here, Hampi is 13 km away. The trains and the schedule is listed below.
HAMPI EXP (Train number 16592) - This train is available on all days of the week. Departure time is 6:40 pm from Mysore. Journey time is approximately 12 hours 30 minutes.
MYS SNSI EXPRESS (Train number 16217) - This train is available on Mondays. Departure time is 5:00 am from Mysore. Journey time is approximately 12 hours.
From Mysore, take KRS road to National Highway 275 in Metagalli. Follow Natinal Highway 150A to Mayasandra - Sira road/Tirumakudalu Narasipura - Sira road in Soravanahalli. Follow Mayasandra - Sira Rd to National Highway 4 in Kallambella. Follow Natinal Highway 4 and National Highway 13 to State Highway 49 in Hosapete. Continue on State Highway 49. Drive to Hampi Bazaar street in Hampi. This route goes through Srirangapatna, Melukote, Sira, Chitradurga, Hospet to reach Hampi.