Hampi, the ancient city centre of the royal Vijayanagara Empire, is known worldwide for the magnificent group of monuments that are spread across the town. The architectural prowess that gleams out of these monuments is so brilliant that they have been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hampi is therefore Karnataka's most sought after tourist destination, that is both historically and spiritually significant. Numerous temple complexes, pillared halls, mandapas, etc., crowd the town of Hampi - certainly a delight for every history buff. Apart from sightseeing there are quite a few things that one can indulge in, on a visit to Hampi. Here are some of such things that you could do at Hampi.
Probably one of the most obvious things to do at Hampi is to go on a tour through the spectacular temples of Hampi. Being one of the oldest shrines, Virupaksha Temple is a beautiful work of art that is visited by pilgrims and tourists all year.
Some of the other temples that you need to visit includes Krishna temple, Achyutaraya temple and its market complex, Vittala Temple, Hemakuta hill monuments, to name a few.
Since Hampi is home to innumerable rocky boulders all through the town, it makes for a fantastic landscape to try rock climbing or bouldering. Quite a few local services have facilities for rock climbing or bouldering with proper safety measures. Get on your gears and quench your adrenaline thirst by attempting one such adventure.
Live The Hippie Lifestyle At Virupapur Gaddi
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Virupapur Gaddi, fondly known as the hippie island, is a small hamlet that is located a few kilometres from the hub of Hampi. This tiny village has gained significant attention ever since foreign travellers started to visit this area; due to the untouched and serene beauty of the place.
You need to cross a river from the town centre on a coracle ride to reach this hippie destination of Hampi.
Unwind By The Serene Sanapur Lake
This relatively offbeat attraction of Hampi is located about 7 km away from the town centre. The glittering lake is set beside a huge mass of boulders, from where cliff jumping is available. Take a coracle ride through the tranquil lake of Sanapur and revel in the beauty of nature, or just relax by the lakeside.
Shop At Hampi Bazaar
Hampi Bazaar used to be an important flourishing marketplace during the rule of the Vijayanagara Empire. Although the market does not have any of its past glory, it continues to function as a market selling intriguing items.
With increased attraction of hippie people from across the world, you can find various vibrant, exotic accessories and artefacts. Shop for antiques like coins, rustic jewellery, junk jewellery, clay articles, etc.
Watch Sunset at the Hemakuta Hill
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Hemakuta Hill is a treasure trove of shrines, that are set at a beautiful altitude. These shrines are built in a slightly different style than the standard Vijayanagara architectural style, due to which it is often confused to be a group of Jain temples.
There are over 50 shrines, temples, galleries, etc., at this hill, and these structures have been built before the period of the Vijayanagara rule. Walk up the hill and witness a mesmerising sunset and a brilliant panoramic view of Hampi.