Ideally situated on the southern bank of the River Tungabhadra in a village in Karnataka, 'Hampi' is one of the most important destinations related to history of Southern India. Also called as 'Pampakshetra of Kishkindha', this place has some of the rare relics of the 'City of Victory'- Vijayanagara, and thus, it has been listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. According to archeologists, Hampi was established by 'Harihara' and 'Ukka' during 1336 AD. During that time, Hampi was noted for its stunning palaces, stables of royal elephants, gigantic forts, striking & intricate temples and much more. It comprised of a number of age old monuments (nearly 500), with each one narrating a story in itself. Being a famous ancient site, this place attracts a large number of tourists from not only in India but from around the world. EaseMyTrip.in presents exclusive Hampi holiday packages to get the best offer for your tour.
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It is a majestic temple that stands proudly amidst the ruins of Hampi. When the city of was pillaged by marauding invaders, the Virupaksha temple stood erect and worship continued throughout the ages. The deity of Virupaksheshwara or Pampapathi an incarnation of Lord Shiva is worshipped here.
Archeological Survey of India Museum:
Managed by the Archaeological Survey of India, this museum is located in Kamlapur (around 3 km from Hampi) largely exhibits two models of Hampi, which show the topography of Hampi. Apart from that, it has a good selection of daily use products of the ancient locals, royal remains and artefacts of Hampi's old culture that were found during the excavating of this site.
Vithala Temple Complex:
The most remarkable monument of the place, Vithala Temple is sited on the southern bank of River Tungabhadra. This beautiful monument is best known for its charming musical pillars (total 56 in number) that create an echo of a note when tapped. Another feature of this monument is exclusive sculptured work, ornate pillars, intricate carvings and 16th century art piece.
It is a fine synthesis of the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. Having unique aesthetics, this elegant structure has two levels with open pavilions at the bottom and balconies above. Lotus Mahal gets its name from its beautiful, geometrically arranged cusped arches that look like the petals of a flower opening towards the sun.
Hampi is separated into two major parts, 'the Royal Center' and 'the Sacred Center' that are located around 3 KM apart from each other. As the name suggests, the Sacred Center consists of religious sites and the Royal Center has the royal buildings, which belong to the "Great Empire of Vijayanagar".
Other Attractions (in & around):
In case you wish to explore more of these prehistoric monuments, then there are some places around Hampi, where you can plan an outing. Huligi (50 KM), Chitradurga (150 KM), Anegundi (15 KM) and Tungabhadra Dam (17 KM) are some of these places.