Hampi is one of the holistic destinations of India with a great mix of heritage, culture, adventure and nature. Whether it’s families, backpackers, or just a group of friends, the places to visit in Hampi fit every bill.
Hampi’s landscape consists of rocks perfectly piled on top of each other, probably formed by a number of natural phenomena, a terrain that is not found anywhere else in the world . Hampi is also known for showing an impressive view during sunrise and sunset.
Although it takes more than 3 days to cover all the places to visit in Hampi , hiring local tour guides can shorten the decision-making process and establish with the highlights of Hampi.
However, the alternative that will help you select this Hampi tourist guide with all the information you want to know about the monuments .
For heritage and architecture enthusiasts:
Like most of the temples and heritage structures of South India, Hampi has its share of monuments well known for craftsmanship. Most structures have a granite core up to a height of about 10-20 feet after which limestone is often used for higher elevation and more intricate designs.
The Vijayanagara kings built several temples, each of them associated with their victories in battles.
Most popular among them is the Vijaya Vittala temple, encompassing wonders such as stone chariot and musical pillars. Some of the other wonders architectures include the Virupaksha Temple, the Lakshmi Narasimha statue, the Hazara Rama temple, the Royal Cabinet and the Zenana Lodging.
Here you have everything you need to know about these places to visit in Hampi
Hours: 9 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm, every day
entrance fee: RS. 30 for Indian citizens; RS. 500 for non-Indian citizens
This is the main attraction in Hampi among the pilgrims. The Virupaksha Temple is known to be one of the oldest operating temples in India and was built in the 7th century. Over time, the Vijayanagara Empire, with its unique architectural style, enhanced the temple to the grandeur we see today.
December is the peak time of this temple to be visited, and in February the annual Chariot festival is hosted here.
The temple houses a good number of sculptures and designs from the bygone era and a visit to the temple should be the first thing you should do when you are exploring the places to visit in Hampi.
The temple is located in the Hampi Bazaar area and is the imposing main structure there. This temple also houses the temple elephant, Lakshmi.
Temple of Vijaya Vittala:
Timings: 8,30 am to 5 pm, every day.
Registration fee : RS. 30 for Indian citizens; RS. 500 for non-Indian citizens (reusable ticket at the Zenana site on the same day)
The Vijaya Vittala temple is one of the best places to visit in Hampi, especially because it is considered as the epitome of the skilful architecture of the Vijayanagara Empire. It houses a series of wonders such as the stone car and musical pillars.
A mythical creature of great transcendence found in this temple is the Yali, used to symbolize the characteristics of the Vijayanagara warriors.
This is one of the places to visit in Hampi that requires local tour guides in order to discover the stories of the place. Visit this micro Tour to explore Hampi in one day.
Temple of Achyutaraya:
Hours: 5:30 AM – 1:00 PM and 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Entry fee: free
Duration: 2 hours
The Achyutaraya Temple is outside the main tourist circuit, has a much thinner crowd in relation to the Virupaksha temple and enjoys a breathtaking view of the landscape. This temple was built by King Achyutaraya and is dedicated to Vishnu, making it a good example of Vijayanagara architecture.
The temple is located next to the MATANGA hill. We have some micro tours on our website that helps you explore this temple, as well as the surrounding wonders.
Lakshmi Narasimha statue:
Times: 6 AM to 6 PM
entrance fee: free
The statue of Lakshmi Narasimha is very popular among the places to visit in Hampi. It is the largest monolith in Hampi and architecture is considered one of the best, since a statue of this size rarely has such intricate designs. Although it was damaged during the fall of the Empire, it still speaks a lot about the skill of the Vijayanagara stonemasons.
Hemakuta Hill Complex:
Timing: all day
This hill is located right next to the Virupaksha temple and houses the ruins of many temples and structures of the Vijayanagara era era. But what makes this hill special is that this is one of the best places to visit in Hampi to experience its breathtaking sunset. The whole hill is full of langurs so keep in mind the food you are holding in your hands.
Hours: All day
Rates: Free admission
The Royal Cabinet was the seat of power of the Vijayanagara Empire. This site houses many important structures and relics of the time, all spread out over hundreds of square meters. Since most of these structures have been demolished, having a Hampi tour guide is highly recommended to describe how important the place could have been.
Hours: from 8.30 am to 5 pm daily.
Rates: Entry Rs. 30 for Indian citizens; Rs. 500 for Indian non-citizens (reusable ticket to Vittala Temple on the same day)
Right next to the Royal Enclosure, you will find the Zenana enclosure, which, it was said, was a harem fortified enclosure for royalty women. This enclosure also houses many structures that exhibit an Indo-Islamic architecture.
Stables of the elephant:
Times: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Located adjacent to the Zenana enclosure, this structure housed the royal elephants of the Vijayanagara Empire. These eleven large vaulted structures could contain a total of 22 large elephants. The central dome exhibits an architectural style that is seen in the temples of Hampi while the rest of the ten vaulted structures use an Islamic style of architecture.
How to get to Hampi
Hospet is the closest lane and there are trains from Goa and Bangalore. From Hospet, it is a mere 30 minute tuk tuk trip to get here, then you need to cross the river and find a friendly backpacker place to sleep. You can catch a bus from Gokarna all the way to Hampi itself.