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Virupaksha Temple:

Built in the name of Lord Shiva, also known as Pampapathi or Virupaksha, the Virupaksha temple lies near river Tungabhadra and is the most renowned temple of the city. The origin of the temple dates back to the 7th century, when it was of smaller dimensions and had a small number of shrines housing idols of deities. With the passage of time, additional constructions embellished the temple under the subsequent patronage of Hindu kings in the form of a temple kitchen, lampposts, columns, towers, additional shrines and a 50 meter tall gopuram. The walls of the shrine are adorned with multiple carvings, each carving subtly depicting some mythological narrative. The main shrines inside the temple are that of Virupaksha and the saint Vidyaranya. The eastern entryway of the temple manifests an epitome of engineering expertise.


Vijaya Vittala Temple:

One of the greatly renowned tourist attractions, the Vijaya Vittala temple was constructed in 15th century in the honor of Lord Vishnu, revered as a divine being by the shepherds. The entire temple site comprising towers and compound walls stands out in its marvelous architectural finery. The site also includes a number of halls, marquees and temples.Around the temple campus lie the remnants of the town of Vittalapura. The Vittala temple bears amazing pillared vestibules and the principal appeal of the temple lies in its stone chariot. Over the colossal sandstone pillars in the halls are a brilliant collection of sculptures.


Narasimha Temple:

The Narasimha temple, also called the Jain temple, is situated on the Gandhamadana hill in front of River Tungabhadra. Since the shrine does not house any idol, it is hard to figure out the chief deity of Narasimha temple. According to popular belief, the temple belongs to the Vaishnavites. The temple gates and walls bear carvings of Goddess Lakshmi, Hanuman, Lord Vishnu and some elephants. The mark of Jain architectural technique is evident in the roofs of the temple, giving the temple the sobriquet of the Jain temple.  


Old Palace:

Better recognized as Gagan Mahal, the Old Palace is situated within Anegondi, a former capital city nearby Hampi. Gagan Mahal is a medium sized old imperial structure that is believed to have served as the heart of the kingdom of Anegondi kingdom. The structure is bounded by a colossal fort. The fort as well as the imperial structure is in a dilapidated condition. However, amidst the ruins lies many a tale to draw the lover the history.


Royal Enclosures:

Hampi has a Royal Center which is unique with its stone bounded royal enclosures. The Royal Enclosures mainly constitute Zanana Enclosure or the Lotus Mahal, the Elephant stables and a much guided secret Queen's Bath. The Zanana Enclosure was designed for the attendants of the king and queen. The Elephant Stables were in fact huge monuments where the royal elephants used to rest. The Queen's Bath comprised a rectangle shaped building with the interior balcony approaching a water reservoir filled with fragrances and sweet-smelling flowers.


Hampi Bazaar:

One of the busiest streets in Hampi, the Hampi Bazaar is the street facing Virupaksha temple. The street is packed with shops on both sides. The street is famous for shops that sell jewels prepared by Lambani nomads, embroidered textiles, bags etc. Nandi, the huge bull statues and a photo gallery with photos of ancient Hampi are the major landmarks here.


Mahanavami Dibba:

This is an imposing structure, from where the kings of Vijayanagara Empire observed the religious and royal processions. The structure is an elevated platform embedded with rich carving from history like figures of soldiers, horses and courtly life.


Elephant Stables:

This is a legendary dome shaped elephant quarter which served as the resting place of royal elephants. There are eleven chambers in it and the middle one is richly decorated as musicians and bands performed here during several royal celebrations.


Statue of Ugra Narasimha: 

The giant statue of Narasimha which portrays the Lion-God in its furious form is a famous landmark in Hampi. The statue is 6.7 meter tall and is located in the southern region of the Virupaksha Temple. The giant Narasimha as seated four-armed on a seven-hooded snake with terrifying facial expressions is an excellent example of the skills of traditional architects.


Matangi Hill:

The beautiful Matanga Hill and its surroundings have a great position in Indian myths. In the Indian epic Ramayana it is mentioned as the as the hermitage of Sage Matanga. The mountain being the highest peak in Hampi offers a clear view of the town and its surroundings. Tourists come here to watch beautiful sunsets on the top of Veerabhadra Temple. It is also an ideal trekking spot connecting Hampi Bazaar and Achyuta Raya’s Temple. 


Monkey Temple

Located on Anjenaya Hill, the monkey temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the monkey God. One can reach here climbing 572 steps. The temple equally famous for its beautiful location and the wonderful views it offers including a memorable sunrise and sunset.


Hemakunta Hill Temple:  

This is a temple complex housing several small shrines dedicated to Lord Siva. It resembles a Jain Temple by its structure. The Hemakuta Hill is surrounded by an ancient fort. The place is lovely, calm and secluded offering great time for visitors. 


Hazara Rama Temple:

This was a place of worship and celebration for the royal members of Hampi kingdom. The temple walls and pillars are adorned with many beautiful carvings like figures of Lord Rama, Lord Vishnu, elephant and horse figures, dancing girls and soldiers showcasing the rich architectural heritage of Hampi.



This 3 m tall Sivalinga standing in the midst of water is very famous and beautiful. Many local legends are associated with it.