Hampi is one of the most sought-after places that makes to the wish list of every kind of traveller, be it an art and architecture enthusiast, a history lover, an adventurer, a backpacker or a biker. The rich ruins of Vijayanagara Empire - one of the greatest empires in the history of India - lure many tourists from across the globe. Often one can find a large number of European tourists spending their extended stay in India at Hampi in Karnataka.
The most travelled destination of Hampi is also famed for its extravagant, 3-day-long, spectacular festival known as the Hampi Utsav or Hampi Festival. This cultural festival provides the travellers with an opportunity to rejoice the glory of the land of Hampi and take a peek into the vibrant cultural heritage and the spirits of the people.
If you love to travel to new places, visiting Hampi during the Hampi Festival will be the best bet. If you have already visited the place, visiting it for the colourful celebration will add new chapters to your travel story. Read on to know what all the Hampi Utsav 2017 has to offer to its visitors.
Adventure Sports For The Daredevils
The beauty of Hampi is in its versatility. The rugged terrain and rocky boulders of the place and the river Tungabhadra provide the visitors and travellers with a great opportunity to experience the sheer thrill of the numerous adventurous activities.
One can partake in the many adventure activities and sports that will be a part of the Hampi Utsav 2017, including rock climbing, bouldering, rappelling, ziplining and more. Visit Anegundi for more bouldering options.
Fun And Adventure Water Sports
Hampi is located on the banks of river Tungabhadra that snakes through the state of Karnataka forming a beautiful landscape and picturesque gorges near Hampi. Visitors of the Hampi Festival can experience various fun and adventurous water sports here including boating, canoeing, rafting, swimming and so on.
Enthusiasts can also indulge in cliff jumping, though care must be taken to avoid serious accidents and fatalities.
Glimpse Into The Culture
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Visitors can take a peek into the cultural heritage of Hampi through the many classical dance and drama performances by skilled artists, folk songs and folk dance, puppet shows and traditional sports, such as wrestling and kabaddi competitions.
Heritage walks through the rich ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire will also be conducted, piquing the interest of historians. The highlight will be a musical procession of beautifully decorated horses and elephants marching to the sounds of trumpets and bugles, taking you back to the bygone era of the royal Vijayanagara Empire.
An Array Of Exhibitions
The Hampi Utsav will be a visual treat for sure. Along with that, it will cater to the interest of all kinds of tourists and travellers. A display and exhibition of numerous food stalls, book counters, flower shows, arts and crafts stalls, paintings and sculptures exhibitions, a light and sound show, a pet show, etc. will be conducted in the 3-day duration of the festival.
Do not miss the decorated paths along the famous temples of Hampi including the Virupaksha Temple, Vijaya Vitthala Temple and more.
Musical And Cultural Programs
You get a chance to watch the live performances by several renowned artists at the Hampi Utsav 2017. Many classical and Carnatic vocalists, international and Indian singers including Shaan, Kunal Ganjawala and Neeti Mohan will be performing live at the festival this year. Around 20-30 performances will be carried out simultaneously each day on the many stages put up across the venue.
Dates For Hampi Utsav
The Hampi Utsav 2017 will be celebrated in Hampi between 3rd November to 5th November 2017.
Must Visit Places In Hampi
While you are in Hampi, visit these places - the Virupaksha Temple, Vijaya Vitthala Temple, The Hanuman Temple (also called Monkey Temple), the archaeological museum, Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Hampi Bazar, the riverside ruins and Matanga Hill among the many other places.
How To Reach Hampi
By Road: The best way to reach Hampi is via a roadway from Bangalore. A lot of buses shuttle between the two places and the road is excellent even if one wishes to drive down.
By Rail: Hospet is the nearest railway station with a good connectivity to major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa, etc. Upon reaching Hospet, which is around 13 km from Hampi, a taxi can be hired.
By Air: There's no airport at Hampi, but if you wish to travel by air, the nearest airport is at Bangalore which is at a distance of 370 km. From Bangalore travelling by road or rail is comfortable and possible.