700 years back Hampi, on the banks of tungabhadra in karnataka, was the glorious capital of the Vijayanagara empire full of architecture and art wonders. Unfortunately it was destroyed by Moghul invaders in 1565. Hampi finds mention in the epic Ramayana as kishkinda. It was the kingdom of Bali, Sugriva's brother.
Recently Hampi was declared a World Heritage Centre. Hampi is time travel. Hampi offers to the tourist a remainder of the greatest land in the whole world. Every rock, every path and every monument at Hampi speak the same language; a language of glory and beauty.
Mustard Ganesh: Also known as the Sasivikalu Ganesha. 9 foot high single stone statue of the Hindu God of wit and wisdom. Son of Shiva & Parvati.Â
Peanut Ganesh: Also known as Kadalai Kalu Ganesha, the deity is made of 18 feet high single stone. From here one gets marvelous view of Hampi Market and adjoining areas.Â
Hamakut Hill: Provides a panoramic view of Virupaksha temple, the northern sector of Hampi and the river Tungabhadra.Â
Hamakutam Temple: This is a typical example of Jain architecture. It is also known as "Tricota" temple or temple with 3 sanctums, dedicated to Hindu religion.Â
Virupaksha Temple: It has a 50 m high Gopuram or tower ornamented with exotic figures. Parts of the temple are from the 06th century. Renovated in 1510 by King Krishna Deva Raya, this shrine is still in use and houses an elephant.
Narshima: Single stone statue of half man - half lion incarnation of Vishnu. It is also called Jankanteshwara.
Noblemen's Palace: This recently discovered palace, suggests there were quarters for aristocrats and high-ranking officials in this palace. Hampi, the 14th century capital city of the Vijaynagara Empire lies in the Deccan heartland in the state of Karnataka. The ruins spread over an area of more than 26 square kms protected by the river Tungabhadra in the north and by rocky granite ridges on the other three sides.