Hampi is one of finest historical sites of ancient age in the world. It was the initial capital city of famous historical Vijayanagara Empire located on the bank of Tungabhadra River about 11 km away from Hospet City. Hampi is a small location covered an area of 25 sq. km. and it is totally bounded by mountains (Anjaneya, Malyavanta and Matanga Hills) by the three sites and rest one site is bordered by Tungabhadra River. It is believed by Hindus that Hampi was a kingdom of Monkeys (according to the Ramayana) before Vijayanagara Empire in pre-ancient age (around 1 CE) when the city was known as Kishkindha.
The traditional culture of Hampi will drag your mind to be a witness of this culture and architecture. Hampi was served as capital city of Vijayanagara Empire more over 200 years (around 1336 AD to 1565 AD). Vijayanagara Rulers decorated and designed this city with lots of lovely temples, palaces, market streets and monuments which made this location one of the famous ancient metropolises in India. This super ancient landscape is selected as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Hampi tourism, Karnataka(A image one top of Matanga Hills of the Hampi historical site)
Although Hampi was an ancient super metropolis but today it is in ruins and turned in to a rural location. Many villages are located around this historical site where agriculture is main source of income. If you planned to trip Hampi then the season during October to February would be the best season (winter) to you when lots of Hindu religious festivals are organized. Temperature levels (12°C to 20°C) also stay pleasant in this time. Usually, the climate of Hampi remains hot and humid in summer (March to June) when temperature can reach up to 41°C.
How to Reach to HampiHospet is a small city of Karnataka served as a gateway to Hampi. It is located just 11 km away from Hampi. You can use any medium of transportation (air, road or train) to reach here. But finally you have to go through Hospet Town. After reaching this town you will get a regular basis bus services from this Town to Hampi. It takes around 31 minutes to reach Hampi from Hospet.
Travel by Railways: Hospet Railway Station is the nearest from Hampi located about 12 km away. This station is directly connected to major cities of Karnataka include neighboring state Goa (Vasco Da Gama). Major cities which are directly connected to Hospet Station are Bangalore, Bijapur, Hubli, Guntakal, Kolkata, Goa, Hyderabad, etc. if you are a traveler from northern India then best option is to reach Bangalore first.
Travel by Roadways: There is a bus terminal at Hospet Town ant it directly connected to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa and Hubli by roadways. Bangalore is connected to Hospet by the NH-4 which extended up to Chitradurga, after that you have to drive through NH-169. Travelers who pass through the Hyderabad city have to follow this root- Hyderabad-Mahboobnagar-Raichu-Gangawat-Hampi. You will get local buses or private taxi/auto-rickshaw from Hospet to Hampi.
Travel by Airways: The airstrip of Tornagallu is the nearest to Hampi which is just 33 km away from Hospet. Bellary is the second nearest airport to Hampi located about 61 km away. Other closer airports of Hampi located little away from the city like, Belgaum 191 km and Bangalore International Airport 351 km. Bellary and Tornagallu are domestic airports provided limited services specially from the city Banglore and Goa . Bangalore International Airport would be suitable, if you are a traveler from far away to the city.