"Hampi - natural beauty and ruins" Top 5 Page for this destination Hampi by MalenaN

Hampi Travel Guide: 297 reviews and 1,193 photos

Hampi is a village situated on the site of the old capital Vijayanagar. It was in 1336 that the Telugu prince Harihararaya made this place the new capital. Vijayanagar grew into one of the largest Hindu empires of India and by the 16th century as much as 500 000 people lived here. It was a major trading centre with merchants coming from countries far away. Vijayanagar was destroyed when a confederacy of Deccan sultanates invaded in 1565, and the city never recovered.

For a tourist Hampi is a wonderful place to visit. Scattered over a large area, in and around Hampi, there are ruins of temples and monuments from the Vijayanagar period. There are more ruins that you will have time to visit in a few days. The ruins of ancient Vijayanagar became a World Heritage Site in 1886 and they can be found mainly in three areas, the Sacred Centre around Hampi Bazaar, the Royal Centre on the way to Kamalapuram and in Anegundi on the other side of Tungabhadra River.

The landscape around Hampi is beautiful with rocky hills with big boulders. There is the Tungabhadra River floating slowly past and green paddy fields, banana plantations and palm grooves. It is a lovely place to walk around in. The atmosphere is very tranquil so if you don’t feel like exploring ruins or taking walks it is a great place to just hang around in and relax for a few days. Hampi is popular both for travellers and Hindu pilgrims.

  • Last visit to Hampi: Jul 2010
  • Intro Updated Nov 13, 2010
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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    You certainly produced an excellent virtual tour on Hampi with fascinating photographs. We certainly learned a lot from your virtual tour. Thanks for sharing this great destination. ~ho & pang

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Dec 29, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Thank you ho and pang for visiting! Hampi is a lovely place to visit!

  • anilpradhanshillong's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Thank You for all the informative tips! Delightful read! Will be there later this month with wife and neice.
    You pages are remarkable for their clarity.Congratulations!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Dec 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Thank you Anil! Visiting Hampi was one of the highlights during my trip to India.

  • taigaa001's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Congratulations on your Barney nomination. I hope you will set foot on Japan someday.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 2, 2012 at 9:10 PM

      Thank you! It is an honor to be nominated and it makes me glad that someone appreciates my pages. I will definitely visit Japan one day, but not the nearest years.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2011 at 3:24 AM

    This is a wonderful page on Hampi. I really enjoyed your travelogues and pics esp. the beautiful stone carvings at the Krishna and Chandikesvara Temples. As always, your descriptions are excellent.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Really great page - so much detail about the temples (I loved the stone carvings) and as always from you, excellent transport tips.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    an excellent page and great pics ! Its amazing to see such a wonderful place !

  • bungi333's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2010 at 3:50 AM

    Yeah. I loved that place! And yeah, we seemed to have been there around the same time. I was there July 8th-ish. Perhaps we will cross paths again somewhere. :)

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    Hampi is a very underated destinations but remains among my favourite.Yours is a wonderful page.

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Excellent page, Malena! If I ever go to India I will hopefully spend some time in Hampi. It must be great to explore those amazing temples and monuments. Very informative transportation tips, those boats/baskets look like a good fun :)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2010 at 7:57 AM

    Beautiful photos, amazing history & great tips in this excellent page! I can see why it is best to take time exploring in & around Hampi! The rugged geographyy & Akka Tangi Gundu rocks reminded me of Monsanto, Portugal! Loved your 'basket boats'!

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