¤ Hampi - A Destination Chiseled Our of Stones
During 1336-1565, Hampi was one of the gratifying capitals of powerful Vijayanagara Empire, stretched from Deccan Plateau up to the Peninsula. The empire comprised three states - Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. The rulers of this dynasty were great lovers of art and architecture that can easily be traced in the widespread ruins of Hampi.
Rocky hills and the mighty River flowing through the rugged landscape, dominate the terrain of Hampi. Guarded by the turbulent river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite cliffs on the other three sides, the magnificent ruins enumerate the glory of grandeur and incredible wealth. The sumptuous residue of palaces and gateways of the broken city narrates a tale of men eternal aptitude and skill of proficiency blended with his measures for unconscious vandalism.
The destruction of Vijayanagar by ravaging Moghul intruders was scandalous and absolute. They reduced the city to ruins girdled by arena of crude slaughter.
The government strives to restore this deserted capital. Efforts have been undertaken in the restoration, excavation and preservation of the ruins, which spread over an area of 26 sq. km.
¤ Hampi is a World Heritage Center
Every rock, every path and every monument at Hampi speak the same language; a language of eminence and splendor.
In March 2002, the Government of India announced Hampi to be developed as an international destination center. Karnataka officially set up the Hampi World Heritage Area Management Authority with wide-ranging powers, as well as a State Level Advisory Committee.
Hospet is the main town providing the getaway for Hampi. From Hampi main bazaar one can explore the entire heritage site, home of ancient temple architecture. Sojourn the temples or wonder at the rocky panorama with its meandering pristine rivers. Amidst, the ruins of the World Heritage site, the Vithala Temple structure, of stone chariot arrayed with many pillars is enough to make you spellbound. Hampi can also be visited as a two-day travel trip from either Goa or Bangalore.
¤ Festive Celebrations
The Vijayanagar Festival organized by the Government of Karnataka in December rejuvenates the glory of the bygone era. The festival is celebrated by the locals in Hampi with great enthusiasm and excitement.
¤ Excursion From Hampi
Tungabhadra Dam -17 Km
Tungabhadra Dam makes an excellent travel excursion from Hampi. The dam is about 590m long and 49m high constructed across the Tungabhadra River. The reservoir has a storage capacity of 1,32,559million cu.ft. of water spread over an area of 379 sq. km. There are regular bus services available from Hospet for the dam site.
¤ Accessibility To Hampi
Air: The nearest airport is Bellary-77km, regular flights from Bangalore takes off for the town. Belgaum-259km is connected by Indian Airlines flights to Mumbai.
Indian Airlines and Vayudoot flights link bangalore-353km to most parts of India.
Rail: The nearest railhead is Hospet-13km, which is connected to Bangalore, Hubli and Guntakal.
Road: Hampi is connected by road to Aihole-156 km via Hospet, Hungund. Frequent bus services to Hospet runs from Hampi that also connects other places like Anegondi, Badami, Bagalkot, Bangalore, Belgaum, Bijapur, Hyderabad, Guntakal, Kamalapur, Mantralaya, Munirabad, Mysore, Mangalore etc. Tourist bus or taxis can be hired from Hospet.