From the splendor of past to a saddening ending to a place with substantial historical importance- Hampi, the last great Hindu Kingdom in South India, has seen it all.
Instead of weed, I got high on History in Hampi. There is a distinct vantage point of Hampi apart from the hippie culture. This post is all about the ancient memoir of the Vijaynagara empire, the monolithic architectures and the shaded grandeur from the past. In short: if you looking for a post that would provide details of where to get “High” in Hampi, please buzz off! I had a weekend trip to Hampi from Pune starting on Friday night and ending on Monday morning. It was more like a heritage tour for me.
History: Located on the banks of Tungabhadra river in Karnataka, a religious and trading hub, Hampi was the capital of Vijaynagara Empire in 14th century. The glorious past depicts the story of an enriched city with wealth and prosperity till the end of Tulu dynasty. All the splendour faded when Muslim Sultans defeated the empire, looted and destroyed Vijayanagara turning it into ruins.
After a 12 hours journey from Pune to Hospet (Distance: 600 kilometers), when I reached Hospete, it was 11 am. The hustle and bustle of finding a hotel, checking room, settling down , having a wash and lunch took 2 hours (pfft!) and finally I started exploring the place around 1pm. The road was in a good condition so it took half an hour to reach Hampi from Hospete(Distance: 12 kilometers). I’ll try to provide as much information as possible.
Please note that as it was a religious center, temples are a significant part of this trip. All these ancient monuments are spread over 26 kilometers and the most convenient way to travel the ruins is by Auto, car or cycle. Auto will charge as per your bargaining skill ranging from Rs. 600-1500/- per day.
The view points of Hampi can be divided into three areas as mentioned below. These are the must-visit spots: Virupaksha Temple, Vijay Vitthala Temple, Ugra Narasimha Temple, Lotus Mahal and Mahanavami Dibba. Most of the below mentioned places don’t have any entry fee and can be visited from 6am-6pm.
One: You can see the photos in the slideshow by clicking the right/left arrow.
Krishna Temple and Krishna Bazar,
Ugra Narasimha Temple,
Underground Shiva Temple,
Zenana Enclosure with Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stable and Ranga Temple
Hazara Rama Temple,
Pan Supari Bazar,
Royal Enclosure, Mahanavami Dibba and Pushkarini,
Vijay Vitthala Temple
Here are few information about Hampi:
One entry ticket can be used to enter Zenana Enclosure, Vijay Vitthala Temple and Archeological Museum Hampi. It costs Rs. 40/- for Indians and it is valid for one day only. So it is advisable to visit these places on the same day. Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stable, Ranga Temple is situated in and around the compound of Zenana Enclosure.
The best time to visit Hampi is during Hampi Utsav that occurs on January/February.
Don’t miss the Coracle ride. It is a round shaped boat. Please note that the service pauses during rain. Unfortunately the weather was not with me and I missed it.
You can enjoy sunset at Hemakuta Hill or Matanga Hill.
Here are few spots I could not visit due to lack of time: Archeological Museum , Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple and Achyutaraya Temple.