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Hampi

Hampi

Weather

Hampi generally experiences temperate and dry weather conditions. The ideal time to tour Hampi is within the months of September and February. The winters, between November and February are absolutely enjoyable and cool. The temperature varies between 12°C and 34°C. For tourists interested in adventure and sightseeing, the winter months are the best. Summers, covering March to May register a warm weather with temperature rising as high as 40°C. Monsoons, from June to August, experience considerable downpour and are damp. For those comfortable in rainy weather, this is a good time to view the beautiful landscape.    

How To Reach

By Road:

A wide network of roads connects Hampi to all adjacent cities through regular state buses. There are a number of private buses running between Hampi and Gokarna as well as several regions of Goa.


By Air:

The adjacent domestic airport is Bellary around 60 kilometers from Hampi. The closest international airport is at a distance of 350 kilometers in Bangalore. Cabs travel from Hampi to both the cities. Bangalore airport has flights to other main Indian as well as foreign airports. 



By Rail:

Hampi does not have its own railway station. The closest one is Hospet, about 13 kilometers away. Taxis travel between Hampi and Hospet. Hospet is considerably well linked to Hyderabad, Bangalore, and other prime cities of Karnataka as well as surrounding states.


Overview

Hampi, in Karnataka is a city that bears immense historical significance. As the imperial capital and core religious hub of the Vijayanagara Empire from 14th to 16th centuries, Hampi holds an important position in Indian chronicles. The city located over a rocky terrain, by the River Tungabhadra, is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. Although in a dilapidated state now, Hampi is a favorite haunt for tourists who love to get indulged in a mystic aura among the remnants of historical splendor. The Archaeological Survey of India is endeavoring to renovate the city of Hampi and reinstate its lost grandeur.  

 

The city of Hampi was established in the year 1336 AD and it houses huge several marquees, beautifully constructed stables of the king’s elephants, bustling marketplaces, colossal forts, marvelous monuments, consecrated temples and magnificent palaces. For the Hindus, Hampi is a hallowed region because it is the dwelling place of Pampa or Pampakshethra, (Lord Brahma’s daughter and lord Shiva’s wife). 

During its bygone days of glory, Hampi was a flourishing business hub, especially for the trade of gems and horses. Legend goes that in Hampi diamonds were put up for sale on the streets.  Currently, the major livelihood for the population of Hampi constitutes tourism, mining and agriculture. Ores of iron and manganese are abundantly found in the area. 

 

Among the several festivals of Hampi, Vijaya Utsav and Purandara are worth mentioning. A range of hotels are available in Hampi varying from luxury hotels to budget hotels, offering good accommodation and delicious food. One can shop here for a variety of hand-crafted articles, mementos and exquisite jewelry.   

 

Hampi with all its primeval architectural magnificence is sure to indulge every tourist in the lively legends that intertwine with the city’s history. It is the perfect place to experience the confluence of culture and spirituality.