Hampi, a small town located in Karnataka’s north-central area, was once the capital of Vijaynagar Empire in the post-Mogul era. It is a famous place in India known for its beautiful and haunting ancient ruins. The Dravidian architecture in Hampi tells the story of its lavish royal heritage and riches. On the northern side of this town flows the beautiful river Tungabhadra, a wonderful background to this beautiful city.
Among the ruins here there is the temple of Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy. The walls of this temple have exquisitely beautiful carvings of fish and other marine monsters. Most of these creatures are mythical and can be found in the rich Indian mythologies.
The Hampi Bazaar was considered to be the most beautiful street with most beautiful houses. Near this bazaar is the majestic structure of Virupaksha Temple. On its eastern entrance there is a 120 feet tall tower.
The Vithala Temple complex, comprising of 56 musical towers is inarguably the most extra ordinary monument in Hampi. The hall in the eastern side of this temple has a beautiful stone chariot. The wheels of this chariot actually move and the most amazing thing is that the wheels are also made of stone – something that fascinates tourists. The House of Victory is a beautiful structure build in the honour of Krishnadeva Raya when he defeated the king of Orissa.
The private worship place of the royal family the Hazara Ramaswami temple is also a major attraction. Scenes from the Hindu epic Ramayana are painted on its interior walls which add to the interest. Then there are few other structures like the Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Pushkarini Tank, Mahanavami Dibba, Mustard Ganesh (a nine feet tall single stone statue of Lord Ganesha) and Noblemen’s Palace.
Other than the temple ruins, there is Daroji Bear Sanctuary near Hampi which was developed in the year 1994. It has been home for the Indian bears since then.
There is a local festival conducted by The government of Karnataka every year from 3rd to 5th november known as the Hampi Utsav or Vijaya Utsav. Various artists present the dance and music of the ancient time and take the viewers back to that time.
There are places to stay in Hampi but its better if you get an accommodation in Hospet, which is considered as a gateway to Hampi as you can get better options and food there.