Hampi was the former capital of Vijayanagara Empire located in northern Karnataka. It is home to the famous Virupaksha Temple and also several monuments and forts, cities dating back to the Vijayanagara empire.
Hampi Utsava, also known as “Nada Habba” has been celebrated from the times of Vijayanagara Empire showcasing some of the best talents in religious and cultural arena.
Some of the hindu temples are still sources of worship such as Achutaraya Temple, Badavi Linga, Chandramauleshwara Temple, Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy, Hazara Rama Temple Complex, Hemakuta Group of Temples, Krishna Temple Complex , Virupaksha temple ,Saasive Kalu Ganesha Temple and Vittala Temple Ccomplex.
The Vittala temple complex hosts the most famous stone chariot and is also a symbol of Karnataka tourism. It also hosts the famous musical pillars which is currently cordoned off from public access in order to avoid further damage to the pillars.
Best times: Oct – March.
Hampi is open to public during anytime of the year but because of its hot and dry conditions it isn’t advisable to go there during the Summer (March- June) and wet conditions between (July-August). If you do visit Hampi please do carry lot of water with you at all times. The long walks alongside fort walls is going to tire you soon, and you are unlikely to find a water-source atop the fort