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- We visited Hampi and stayed in Hospet for 3 nights/4 days from where accessing Hampi was only a 15 mins drive.
We undertook the services of Rajavalli guide (Mob: 9480755411 / 8073874131) for 2 full days. A very knowledgeable person with fluency in English, Hindi, Kannada and Telugu, he took us around all the sites and optimised the trip to our needs. He is a very patient person and explains everything in a lot of detail. We never felt rushed at any time and on both days we covered a lot between 10 and 4.
He also recommended the best places for lunch and is also an excellent photographer. He knows the right places and takes photos that are quite memorable.
Hampi is an amazing place with so many architectural marvels. Without a guide you would be lost to the historical significance and the little stories that exist in such places.
You can visit all of them at a leisurely place over 2 or 3 days and Rajavalli will be sure to tailor the trip as per your needs.
Highly recommend his services if you are visiting Hampi.Written 15 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Our guide highly recommended a walk up Matanga Hill to enjoy the sunrise. We started our climb at 5:30am from the Bazaar Street side. We were the first ones there that day and the ascent was rather tricky because we had lit up the way with our mobile phone torches and the path is extremely rocky with some big gaps between boulders and steep drops on one side. After about 35-40min, we made it to the top and boy was it a sight to behold.
Once at the top, you realise that this hill is good for both the sunrise and sunset as you get a 360 degree view from the top. We stayed up along with 100+ other people to enjoy the views. Our descent however was on another side towards the Achutraya Temple Complex which I would highly highly recommend. The walk down is easier on this path and it ends at a lovely temple complex that is very picturesque.Written 3 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Marvellous temple and must see place in Hampi.
Amazed by brilliance of architects and glory’s of past india.
I recommend to have a guide to know about the history of this place.Written 16 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Anjaneya Hills is the birthplace of Hanuman Ji, the view one gets to see from here, especially during sunset is mind-blowing. Very calm, surreal, hands down my favorite place in Hampi.
All around the horizon are rugged rocky hills made of boulders giving the area its unique charm. The Tungabhadra River cutting in between gives way to patches of paddy fields and coconut plantations.
The climb to the top where the temple is located takes 575 steps, these are well mentioned with resting points every 50-100 steps. The climb-up is filled with aggressive monkeys so keep watch on your loose items.Written 1 August 2022
- Super place. They have a club cart, which will ensure you do not need to walk much. The chariot structure is interesting !!!!!Written 27 June 2022
- This place will give you goosebumps if you value old architechture and history. The craftsmanship is beyound imagination. This place needs to be preserved for the generations to see the glory and knowledge of the civilisations so old.Written 16 July 2022
- Must Visit ... peaceful place .
Enjoy the view & look for its intricacies design on the building.
nice placeWritten 15 March 2022
- This place lotus mahal is so nicely designed we can see the historical design such a nicely made so many years back, should apricate people who build this place, it is really RoyalWritten 27 May 2022
- Tungabhadra is considered a religious river of the Vijayanagara empire. The whole Hampi group of monuments is located around and near this river. Visit elephant bathing ghat in morning hours, where the female elephant of Virupaksha temple comes daily for bathing.Written 10 December 2021
- In this temple Pundits are reading Ramayana 24 hrs x 365 days since 13 years .
The Temple also have chart how Rama travelled from Ayodhya to Srilanka ... whole path is depicted in one Map. intersting FactsWritten 15 March 2022
- Leading up from the Sasivekalu Ganesha mandir are steps cut into the large granite boulders and once you climb them, you are on top of the Hemakuta Hill.
Many temples dedicated to Lord Shiva rest atop this hill and many climb it in evening to take in the beautiful sunset. Hence it is also called Sunset Point.
From here you can get stunning views of the Balakrishna temple on one side but the main view is of the majestic Virupaksha temple complex on the banks of the mighty Tungabhadra, which can be seen flowing along its meandering course.
It is possible to climb down the hill via steps directly to reach the main entrance of the Virupaksha temple or you can return to the car park and drive down to the car park.Written 9 August 2022
- The largest monolith statue (22 feet) is that of Lakshmi Narasimha that lies in the southern temples at the base of Hemakuta Hill. The statue of Lakshmi that sits in his lap was lost to raiders during the fall of Vijaynagara but you can still see traces of her. It is also referred to as Ugra Narasimha due to his facial expression. The statue has been reinforced to keep it standing and you are not allowed to enter the enclosure but can only see it from a distance.Written 14 August 2022
- My first visit to a stepwell, this one being in the Royal Enclosure of Hampi. Also, first time seeing a medieval-style aqueduct in India.
The practicality of the system and the symmetrical design of the stepwell makes it one of the wonders of ancient India.Written 1 August 2022
- This place is situated near to Royal Enclosure. It is believed that this was a place used by Royal Family to take bath. It was built during the reign of Vijayanagara Empire. It's a nice spot to click some good pictures and there is a small park also in case u want to sit, relax and enjoy.
Timings - 6 AM to 6 PM
Charges - No feeWritten 29 September 2021
- As its name suggests, this area in Hampi was where the king of Vijayanagar, along with the rest of the royal family (except most of the women, who were housed in the Zenana Enclosure) stayed. Spreading across 59,000 sq mt, the Royal Enclosure had at one time included around forty-three buildings. Of these, most remain only in the form of either excavated tank-like dugouts, or low platforms, some with carved patterns—rows of marching elephants seem to have been a popular motif—along the edges.
Among the best-preserved of the somewhat extant structures is the Mahanavami Dibba, a grand three-storeyed granite platform which was once probably topped by a pavilion. The Mahanavami Dibba was used by the royal family at ceremonial and festive occasions (especially the festival of Mahanavami, or Dussehra), when they would sit here to watch the festivities. The square platform is about 25 feet high and a pyramidal structure made of granite, with steps from all sides leading to the flat surface on top. The top offers a panoramic view of the entire surrounding area. One can imagine how grand the entire place had been during the heydays of the Vijayanagara empire. The platform is decorated with rows of beautiful carving, including animal and human figures, deities, and more. Do go all the way up to the top—it’s not much of a climb, and does offer a good view of the surrounding ruins.
If you want an easy climb to the top do not climb the stairs without railings that are visible upfront; if you walk towards the left side of the monument, you can see another bunch of stairs which also lead to the top and are easier to climb. Once you get to the top it provides the onlookers with a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape. The view from the top is not to be missed.
The entire side walls of Mahanavami Dibba are embellished with beautiful sculptures of various shapes and sizes. The bottom-most layer has numerous sculptures of miniature elephants. As one goes up, one comes across a variety of other stone carvings. A few of the sculptures are in black stone. The rest appear to be of other stones. The entire edifice is carved all around. A veritable treat for the eyes.
Adjacent to the Mahanavami Dibba is the most beautiful Stepped Tank or Pushkarni, just requires a small walk to reach there in the same complex.
For a detailed itinerary of a 7-Day trip to Hampi, Aihole, Pattadakal, Badami & Jog Falls near Shimoga from Bangalore, feel free to visit the Links tab on my profile on TripAdvisor.Written 16 December 2021
Frequently Asked Questions about Hampi
- The best day trips from Hampi according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Full-Day Tour of Hampi and Vijayanagar Empire UNESCO Sites
- Discover best of Hampi (Guided Fullday Sightseeing Tour by Car from Hosapete)
- Badami Trails (Guided Day Trip to Badami Cave Temples from Hampi)
- Hampi Group of Monuments Self-Guided Audio Tour
- 1 day private tour of Hampi world heritage site in car with professional guide