Hampi, the city of ruins, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River
Updated: September 29, 2019
Hampi, the city of ruins, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Situated in the shadowed depth of hills and valleys in the state of Karnataka, this place is a historical delight for travelers. It is surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, beautiful temples, bustling street markets, bastions, treasury building and captivating remains of Vijayanagar Empire. Hampi is an open museum with 100+ locations to explore and a way to see the city from the perspective of its history.
The city is surrounded by boulders of different sizes, and you can climb to the top of them with a little effort to get a stunning view of the entire city and the geography.
The Virupaksha temple or Prasanna Virupaksha temple is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra river at Hampi, Karnataka that was built during the 7th century. The beautiful architecture and history of the temple has made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temple is abode to one of the forms of Lord Shiva called Lord Virupaksha. Beautiful stone inscriptions dating back to the 7th century on the walls of the temple as proof of its rich heritage can be seen here. The temple has tall towers or gopurams acting as gateways to the inner sanctums, as is usually seen in temples of south Indian style architecture. The sculptures depict mythological stories of numerous Gods and Goddesses. The main deity of the temple is Lord Virupaksha, but it is also abode to few other Hindu deities too.
The Vithala Temple dates back to the 16th century and is a truly splendid example of rich architecture. The famous stone chariot, which has become an iconic symbol of the architecture of Hampi, is located inside the premises of this temple.
The temple complex is spread over a huge area. The main gate has an impressive arch with carvings, and opens in a large courtyard which has the famous stone chariot in the center. The main temple is located just behind the chariot and has beautiful carvings. There are also several other smaller temples inside the temple area.
The Elephant Stables served as an enclosure for royal elephants back in the day of the Vijayanagra Empire. Eleven domed chambers are seen here with a particularly decorated one which served as an enclosure for the musicians during any performances.
Queen's Bath is part of the Royal Enclosure. This aquatic enclosure was the Royal bath during the times of the Vijayanagra Empire.
Matanga Hill is an ideal spot for those looking for some trekking excitement, as it is the highest peak in Hampi. It was the location of the hermiatge of the Saint Matanga during the Ramayana.
Hampi Bazaar is also known as the Virupaksha Bazaar as it is facing the Virupaksha temple. Various artifacts are available here including antique coins, shawls, bags etc. Most tourists purchase souvenirs here.