Tourist Spots in Hampi

Hampi, which is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage sites is both a religious and historic place in India. During 14th to 16th century AD, This was the capital of the great Vijayanagara Empire. Hampi, is a vast open museum of history, religion and architecture which is spread over an area of more than 25 square kilometres and contains giant temples, palaces, aquatic structures, market streets and other ancient monuments. Mixed with historic and mythical places, it serves as a perfect tourist spot. Various Tourist destinations in Hampi are covered here

  • Achyutaraya Temple was built by King Achyuta Deva Raya at Timmalapura near Hampi and is dedicated to Lord Tiruvengalanatha.
  • Anegundi Fort was a big fort, most part of it got ruined but still the remaining were interesting to see.
  • Archaeological Museum is a small & elegant museum located towards the southeast end of Hampi.
Tourist Spots in Hampi
  • Badavilinga Temple - Here, lingam is placed in a stone chamber which is open to the sky and its base is always submerged in water.
  • Chandragiri Fort is a great picnic spot, this place is a treat for sunset watchers. It is an historic Fort.
  • Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is about 15kms from Hampi and is exclusively created for the preservation of Indian Sloth bears. 
  • Elephant Stables is a set of large domed chambers which is to house the elephants & Parade ground to practice them for ceremonies of royal households.
  • Gagan Mahal is a Old Palace which reminds us the 16th century kingdom is located in Anegundi village near Hampi. This palace was once used by queens of Vijayanagara kings but now it functions as the local administration building.
  • Hazara Rama Temple is well known for its walls carved with stories of Hindu mythology Ramayana. It’s worth visiting this temple. 
Hampi Tourist Attractions
  • Kings Balance is also called as Tula Bhara, the king used to weigh himself with gold, gems, silver and precious stones, and distributed to the priests. This is a 5-meter tall ‘balance’ which is located near the Vittala Temple.
  • Kodandarama Temple - The main deity is Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. Kodandarama means crowned Rama and It is said that, this is the place where Rama killed Vali and crowned Sugreeva and hence the name.
  • Krishna Temple is also known as Balakrishna Temple is an historic place to visit. Here Balakrishna means infant Lord Krishna and the highlight of this temple is its epic stories carved on the walls of the temple.
  • Lotus Mahal is also known as Kamal Mahal or Chitrangini Mahal which is located in the Zenana enclosure. This magnificent structure is a wonderful blend of Hindu-Islamic architecture and is just 350m (5min walk) away from Hazara Rama Temple.
  • Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy Temple - The main shrine consists of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita's idols with the idol of Lord Hanuman kneeling close to them. The main attraction is its inner walls which consists of interesting motifs of fish and marine creatures.
  • Matanga Hill is the highest point in Hampi and located at the center of Hampi which has Veerabadra temple in its peak. One of the best sunrise and sunset views in India is seen from this hill.
  • Nandi Bull - ‘Nandi’ is the name of the bull which serves as a mount for Lord shiva and as a gate keeper for Lord Shiva and Parvathi and it faces the Virupaksha Temple.
  • Sasivekalu Temple is an interesting Ganesha temple, this sculpture is famous for a snake tied in his tummy. It is said that One day he ate so much of food that his tummy almost busted. He just caught a snake and tied it around his tummy as a belt to save his tummy from bursting.

Stepped Tank in Hampi
  • Stepped Tank is made of finely finished black schist stone blocks. It is a geometrically thrilling tank and is a Wonderful visual treat for visitors. Know more about stepped tank.
  • Stone Chariot which is located inside the Vittala Temple is referred as the flagship tourist attraction of Hampi. It is one of the major attraction in Hampi.
  • Uddana Veerabhadra Temple is located at the highest point (Matunga Hill) in Hampi. It is religiously eminent temple in Hampi  with 3.6 m high monolithic idol of Uddana Veerabhadra.
  • Ugra Narashima is also known as Narashima temple with 22feet tall Narasimha satue and is the largest satue in Hampi. It is one of the most prominent art works in Hampi.
  • Underground Shiva Temple is one of the oldest temple in hampi which is built few meters below the ground level. Its very interesting to visit this temple.
  • Virupaksha Temple is an important pilgrimage for the worshipers of lord Shiva which is located on the bank of river Thunganadra.
  • Vittala Temple which has one of the most wonderful architectural structure in Hampi which has  Lord Vishnu as its main god.
  • Yantrodharaka Anjaneya temple - This is one of the famous temple dedicated to Hanuman which  is located behind the Kodanda Rama Temple.

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