Hampi, known as the city of ruins is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also famous for its ancient temples, palaces and other monuments.
Around 1500 AD, Hampi was the capital city of Vijayanagara Dynasty. During that time it was the second largest city in the world. The city is constructed on the banks of Tungabhadra River and it is surrounded by big boulders. With little efforts, if we get on top of the boulders, we can have a panoramic view of the beautiful ruined city of Hampi. The city is well known for its gigantic temples which have beautiful carvings. These carvings explain the then conditions of the society and various Gods.
How to reach Hampi:
The nearest airport to reach Hampi is Hubli, which is 143 kilometers away. You can hire a cab or take a bus to reach Hampi from there.
The nearest bus station Hospet is 13 kilometers from Hampi. One needs to take a taxi from there to reach this spectacular breathtaking city.
Must and Best Places to Visit in Hampi:
- Virupaksha Temple – Lord Shiva Temple which is the main and most sacred Temple of the city
- Vithala Temple
- Elephant Stables
- Achyuta Raya Temple
- Coracle boat ride
- Monkey Temple (birth place of Lord Hanuman)
All these wonderful places are within a radius of 30 kms. They can be covered on bicycles which can be hired at INR 450 per person.
Local Food of Hampi:
Most of the restaurants are on both sides of Tungabadhra River, the northern side of the river has a variety of cafés and restaurants where they offer a wide range of national and international foods like Israeli specialties lafa, shakshouka etc . They also offer Italian specialities like Lasagna, pizza, pasta and much more.
The cafés are setup in such a way that the guests can indulge in the scenic views of Hampi and divulge in the quiet ambience.
If you are an Indian traveler planning to visit Hampi, don’t think twice. It is a very budget friendly place. On the other hand, if you are a foreign traveler, brace your pocket as there are special rates everywhere i.e. from Temple entries to hiring a bike for local usage.
Whatever it may be, visiting Hampi leaves us with many experiences to take along. Pack your bags and include Hampi in your next trip to the south of India.