Attractions

Achutaraya Temple
This temple is an example of Vijayanagara style temple architecture in its most advanced form than any other temples in Hampi. The temple dedicated to Lord Tiruvengalanatha, a form of Vishnu , was constructed by a high officer in Achyuta Raya's court and hence the name.The temple complex and the ruined market street in front of it sit in a semi secluded valley created by two hills - the Gandhamadana & Matanga hills . Partially due to its off location from the main tourist track and the hidden nature of the temple's location makes it less crowded.this temple stands as an exemplary example of Vijayanagara style of architecture. The temple is located between the Gandhamadana and Matanga hills. It is one of the last grand creations of the Vijayanagara dynasty before the fall of the great empire.A major part of the temple and its surrounding structures are in a damaged condition. The pillars, towers and walls have fine carved ornamentation.The temple is clearly visible from the summit of the Matanga Hill. Unlike other temple complexes of the Vijayanagara Empire, the Achyuta Raya temple complex has two enclosures, each having an entrance gopura. The main temple is situated within the inner enclosure. The inner wall of the temple courtyard is lined with pillared mantapas.The main temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, sukanasi, a rangamantapa and an ornate mahamantapa. The mahamantapa of the temple is a spacious structure with a number of beautifully carved pillars.Dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, the temple is laid out in the classic Vijayanagara architectural style. There are two concentric rectangular walls within which the main shrine is situated. While much of the temple and its surrounding structures are in ruins it has still managed to withstand much of the ravages of time, colonisation and weather, and even today its grandiosity and magnificence is undeniable. The temple's pillars, walls, towers are replete with fine carved ornamentation. Entering through its two stately, though ruined, towers you will find yourself entering the portal to the lost land of Vijayanagara empire. The inner small shrine once housed the idol of Garuda, mythical bird.
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Achutaraya Temple

Hampi

KARNATAKA

India

Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
Covering a sprawling area of nearly 55.87 sq km Daroji Bear Sanctuary is located in the Bellary district of Karnataka, 15 km from Hampi. In October 1994, the Bilakallu forest reserve - a vast stretch of barren land was declared as Daroji Bear Sanctuary by the Karnataka government. Within a span of few years this area was converted into a lush green forest with enough vegetation for wildlife. With an estimate of nearly 120 sloth bears, 90 different species of birds and 27 species of butterflies, Daroji bear sanctuary is a must visit for all tourists. Though the sanctuary is relatively new, which began in 1994 in the eastern plains of Karnataka, it has proved to be a suitable habitat for the Indian Sloth Bears in a span of few years.at the time of declaration, the forest had nothing but barren stony hillocks and thorny trees. Owing to the arduous efforts of the staff and support of the surrounding villagers, the sanctuary has transformed into a lush green area boasting of a verdant forest with exuberant local species of flora and fauna.Locally known as KARADI, the Sloth Bear (Melursus Ursinus) lives in open scrub forests having outcrop of rocks, tumbled boulders and caves as shelter. Being more of vegetarian, it has choice fodd habits like consuming fruits, tubers, honey, insects and termites. But if it happens to live near human settlements, will not hesitate to add sugarcane and maize crops to its regular diet. It has a fond taste for Ber fruits and Mahuva (Madhuka latifolia) flowers. In a mischievous mood, a bear will also climb palm trees to steal toddy from collection pots. They usually hunt for food during nights and rest during the mornings, drinking water at least once in a day. it has proved to be a suitable habitat for the Indian Sloth Bears in a span of few years.
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Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Hampi

KARNATAKA

India

Hampi Bazaar Street
Located near the Virupaksha Temple, the Hampi Bazaar is also known as Virupaksha Bazaar. On either sides of this one kilometer long street near the temple, are pavilions which were once a part of the markets of the nobles. Most of these pavilions, particularly towards the west of Virupaksha Temple have shops and restaurants. The street is congested and therefore, most of the vehicles are restricted in the bazaar except for two wheelers. The market is also reachable via local bus. It was in July 2011, when over 200 shops in the Hampi Bazaar were demolished by the district administration authorities of Hampi as they were declared illegally encroached, thus affecting the local people. this street is located in font of the Virupaksha temple . About a kilometer long, the east end of the temple ends at the foothill of the Matanga Hill . Both sides of the street are lined with a series of old pavilions, some of them are two storied. These structures were once part of a thriving market and residence of the nobles.Towards the west end (towards Virupaksha temple) the pavilions are now encroached and made into shops, restaurants and the likes making the street narrower. Poor villagers have made the eastern section into their homes. It's interesting the houses of the rich merchants and nobles of the empire are now being occupied by one of the poorest.Most of the Hampi's tourist accommodations are locate close to the west end of this street. On the middle of the street, somewhat close to the temple, you can spot the wooden temple car covered in tin sheets. As a mark of reverence to the god during the annual car festival devotees pull the car along the street, a tradition that has been in practice for centuries.
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Hampi Bazaar Street

Hampi

KARNATAKA

India

Hazara Rama Temple
Hazara Rama Temple in Hampi is an important shrine in Hampi. This small but beautiful temple is located at the center of the royal area. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, a hindu deity. It was once the private temple of the kings and the royal family of Vijayanagara. The temple is famous for the lovely bas relics and panels depicting the story of the epic Ramayana. It was originally built as a simple structure. It consisted of only a sanctum, a pillared hall and an ardha mantapa. Later the temple structure was renovated to add an open porch and beautiful pillars. It was originally built as a simple structure. It consisted of only a sanctum, a pillared hall and an ardha mantapa. Later the temple structure was renovated to add an open porch and beautiful pillars.There are two huge gateways that give access to the temple compound. The interior of the temple has ornately sculpted columns. An empty pedestal with three holes signifies that the temple once had idols of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. There is a smaller shrine inside the temple complex with similar epic wall carvings.This is not a huge temple by Hampi’s yardstick. But this temple at the heart of the royal area has some peculiarities. Firstly it had been functioning as a private temple for the king, or at the most, the royal family. The importance of this temple can be judged from its nodal location in the royal area. Your paths to various locations within the citadel concur at a corner of this temple.Probably this is the only temple in the capital with its external walls decorated with bas-reliefs mentioned above. And the temple got its name Hazara Rama (a thousand Rama) Temple owing to this multitude of these Ramayana panels on its walls.Hazara Rama Temple Hampi was dedicated to Lord Rama. This temple boasts of and is proud of many fine bas reliefs depicting and portraying scenes from Ramayana and Mahanavami festival. The Hazara Rama Temple is believed to have been the private place of worship of the Royal family. The temple is famous for its many Ramayana panels.Hazara Rama Temple in Hampi in India is the only temple in Hampi where there are boldly chiseled bas-reliefs on the exterior walls. Being narrative in nature, the bas reliefs have the Ramayana epic is carved in detail on them.There are five continuous sculptures that cover the outside of the enclosure wall. The panels show and display processions of horses, elephants, attendants, soldiers, musicians and wrestlers witnessed by a few seated royal figures around the temple. The power of the rulers and the might of their fighting forces paraded annually at the time of the Dusshera festival are represented in the panels.
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Hazara Rama Temple

Hampi

KARNATAKA

India

Lotus Mahal Hampi
Ancient stone palace structure with tranquil gardens, arches & elaborate carvings. Lotus Mahal is the primary attraction of the Zenana Enclosure. Shaped like a lotus flower from the top, the archways of the structure resemble petals of a lotus and provide the whole structure the shape of a half-open lotus. The central dome is carved in the shape of a lotus bud. Lotus Mahal is built in Indo-Islamic style. The two-storied structure is symmetrically laid out, with equal projections on four sides. The base of the structure resembles the Hindu temple style while the upper superstructure is Islamic in architecture with pyramidal towers. The upper floor of the Mahal has balconies with arched windows. The arches of the ground floor are recessed and ornate. The walls are protected from sun and rain by the curved eaves that run continuously around the building. There are 8 pyramidal towers rise over the central and corner bays of the building. The 9th tower is above the central bay similar to the other eight but higher. Twenty-four square pillars support the arches and the superstructure of the Mahal. The pillar arches of the structure are covered with exemplary carvings and delicate artwork. The walls also have nice carvings of amazing patterns, birds, Makara Torana, etc. The entire complex is surrounded by a fortifying wall which is rectangular in plan. There are water channels in the upper floors and between the arches to keep the Mahal air-cooled in hot summers of Hampi.
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Lotus Mahal Hampi

Hampi

KARNATAKA

India

Matanga Hill
Probably Matunga Hill is the most talked about hill in Hampi. Let it be its central location, the oversold sunset/sunrise view or the myths associated with it, this hill commands a special attraction.Matanga hilltop is the best spot to get an aerial view of Hampi and it's environs.Matanga Hill is one of the important locations mentioned in the Hindu mythology, Ramayana. The place was the hermitage of Sage Mathanga. Monkey prince Vali killed a buffalo demon called Dundhuvi and thrown the corps on to the sacred Matanga hill. Angry at this act, sage Matanga cursed Vali that he could never venture on to this hill. Later Dundhuvi's son Mayavi fought with Vali to avenge his father's death. Vali chased him into a cave; and asked his brother Sugreeva to stand guard outside.A trek up the mesmerising Matanga Hill offers a picturesque view. But that’s not all. If you set out early in the morning, you can watch the sunrise from Matanga Hill, and the view is certainly breathtaking. From atop the hill, one can view the Achyutaraya temple ruins, the Tungabhadara river, Virupaksha Temple and of course, an amazing landscape.A perfect way to experience Hampi's magnificence in entirety is to climb up Matanga Hill and watch the sun rise over this ancient kingdom, capital of the formidable Vijayanagara dynasty laid to ruins by its five allied sultans from the Deccan.Past Hampi Bazaar and the monolithic statue of Nandi Bull, you have a climb of 200 steep steps up to the apex of Matanga Hill. Located fairly close to the Virupaksha temple, from the zenith you view the Achyutaraya Temple ruins, the mighty Tungabhadara river streaming and meandering through the landscape and of course, Virupaksha temple. There's a small temple on the top of Matanga Hill. On the way down there's a small cave marked with a red doorway where it is believed that Sugriva, ruler of Kishkinda, hid. Do not make the climb to the top alone or in dark as robberies have been known to occur at the top, which can get fairly isolated.
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Matanga Hill

Hampi

KARNATAKA

India

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