Hampi: ‘The Ancient Ruins in India’ next to ‘Roman Ruins’!

Hampi: ‘The Ancient Ruins in India’ next to ‘Roman Ruins’!


The beauty and magnitude of its ruins retain the past glory and splendor and have been adopted by UNESCO as a World Heritage Centre. Hampi was the ancient capital of Vijayanagara Empire in India. The austere, grandiose site of Humpi was the last capital of the last great Hindi Kingdom of Vijayanagara. The Dravidian Temple architecture and places won the admiration of travelers between the 14th and the 16th Centuries. The Vijayanagara Empire on the banks of Tunghabhadhra river, was a South Indian empire based in the Deccan Plateau. Established in 1336 by Harihara I and his brother Bukka Raya I. It lasted until 1646 although its power declined after a major military defeat in 1565 by the Deccan sultanates. The Golden Age of the empire is said to extend from 1509 to 1529, under the emperor Krishnadevaraya, when it extended to cover the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The empire is named after its capital city of Vijayanagara, whose impressive ruins surround modern Hampi, now a World Heritage. The art, architecture and Hinduism flourished under the patronage of the Vijaynagara rulers. Efficient administration and vigorous overseas trade brought new technologies like water management systems for irrigation. The empire's economy was largely dependent on agriculture. Corn (jowar), cotton and pulse legumes grew in semi arid regions, while sugarcane, rice and wheat thrived in rainy areas.

Hampi is located 353 kilometres from Bangalore, Karnataka. Hampi is the most beautiful and wonderful of all the ruins in India. In Hampi the prime activity of the tourists is to visit and explore Hampi ruins, a kind of its own in the world. The ruins in Hampi are stretched over an area of about 33 km and the surviving structures are sufficient to describe the glorious past of the famous Vijayanagara Empire. This erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara Empire boasts of some exquisite examples of temple architecture of that period. Hampi holds many delightful surprises. The most famous is the King's Balance where kings were weighed against gold or money, which was then distributed to the poor. Also worth a visit are the Queen's Bath with its arched corridors, projecting balconies and lotus shaped fountains, the two storeyed Lotus Mahal, the huge Elephant Stables, the splendid Vitthal Temple with its musical pillars and the Stone Chariot, the Virupaksha Temple, Ugra Narasimha, the 6.7 meters tall monolith, the Pushkarini Tank, the Mahanavami Dibba, etc. Virupaksha temple is still in use.

The temple dance festival is another main attraction of Hampi. The Government of Karnataka organizes the Hampi festival includes Dance, drama, music, fireworks, puppet shows, spectacular processions, all combine to recreate the grandeur of the bygone era, comes alive during the lively festival of dance and music, held in the first week of November every year.

Airport: The nearest airports is Bellary about 75 km. Other airports near Hampi are at Bangalore about 350 km and Belgaum about 200 km well connected by Indian Airlines flights to most parts of India.

Rail: To visit Hampi, reaching Hospet can be the best option as it provides all the basic facilities to tourists. Hospet is well connected by rail line to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli and Vijapur.

Road: Buses are available from Hampi and regularly ply between Hampi and Bangalore and many other destinations.

Accomodations: Hotel Malligi, JN Road, Off Hampi Road, Hospet, Hotel Priyadarshani, Station Road, Hospet, Shanbhag Towers International, College Road, Hospet, Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneswari, Kamalapur, Hampi.


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Trsmd 8 years ago from India

very good info.. still some more attractions of Humpi is required,...

ColdWarBaby 8 years ago

The monuments that were raised, from passion and often willing sacrifice, like tributes to the rock, stone and mountains of Earth are scoffed at, ogled like a circus sideshow, destroyed and replaced by hideous, suffocating concrete daggers stabbing the sky with poisoned blades.


sweet girl 5 years ago

it is very good place all should visit it.BEST OF LUCK

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