Hampi is a tiny village located in Northern Karnataka, on the banks of river Tungabhadra. Sitting amidst the ruins of the great Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi is a cultural and historical treasure trove and one of the must-visit places in India.
Human settlements in Hampi date back to 1st century BC. Hampi, however, rose to popularity after the Vijayanagara Empire chose it as their capital. This empire was believed to be the most prosperous one in the nation. It was so rich and prosperous that, according to legends, gold and various precious stones were sold in local markets! Because of its perfect location with the river one side and hills on the other, Hampi made the perfect capital for any kingdom. It enjoyed the position of the royal capital until it was laid to siege by Deccan Muslim invaders.
A historical wonderland, art lovers’ paradise and the perfect weekend getaway
Hampi is one of the most picturesque locations with beautiful rocks and boulders that tell a million tales. Being the historical capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, it is but natural that Hampi is home to some magnificent architectural and historical sites. One such splendid example of the mastery of craftsmen in the yester years is the Vitthala temple. It is one of the most extravagant structures in the country. It is famous for its splendid stone structures and pillars. The highlights in this temple are the stone chariot and the musical pillars. Besides this one can even find the Virupaksha temple which is regarded as one of the most important religious centers in Karnataka.
Besides, the historical areas, one will also witness the influence of tourists and devotees who make their way into the little village from overseas. Tiny French and German bakeries and well- laid riverside resorts are the perfect excuses to spend a weekend in Hampi.
One of the most significant cultural events in Hampi is the Hampi festival that takes place in the month of January. This festival is a culmination of traditional art forms and festivities. It is a festival of joy where one can witness dance, music and folk art at its best.
One can also find many small scale industries that are known for artistic creations with naturally available material. Women from the village are trained to create magnificent works of art that are popular among the travelers who make their way here.
Climate and best time to visit
The climate in Hampi is tropical. However, because of the rocky terrain, summers can get really hot. The best time to visit the place is during the cooler months between October and February.
- Virupaksha Temple
- Vitthala Temple
- Monolithic Bull
- Gagan Mahal or Old Palace
- The Queen’s Bath
- Matanga Hill
- Elephant Stables