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20 Breathtaking Pictures Of Hampi That Will Make You Change Your Vacation Destination

By Swati Mishra

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 8 min read

Hampi is a royal heritage but not so popular yet but here we bring you some beautiful and magnificent pictures of the royal town of Hampi, that will make you add this place in your travelling bucket list. These Hampi Images are all you need to see to change your vacation plans.


1. Breathtaking Architecture 

A picturesque sight of the old ruins of the heritage architecture of Hampi. If you crave to visit and explore ancient architecture based places - Hampi is the place to go! A walk around this heritage area will reveal a hundred stories to amaze the visitors.

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2. Pay A Spiritual Tribute

Pay a spiritual tribute at this spectacular Lord Shiva Virupaksha Temple. The sanctuary is committed to Lord Shiva, referred to here as Virupaksha, as the partner of the nearby goddess Pampadevi who is related with the Tungabhadra River. One will be awe-struck to witness such a sight!

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3. Beauty Amidst Chaos

The breathtaking architecture of the Lotus Mahal of Hampi will leave you at loss of words. It's a perfect example of beauty amidst chaos, the whole place might be in ruins but nothing can beat the authenticity of the place. It's always better to read about their histories to have a better insight while exploring them.

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4. Famous Chariot Of Hampi

One just cannot miss out on the famous stone chariot of the town Hampi. The chariot is really a holy place devoted to Garuda, worked inside the Vittala Temple Complex. The enormous model of Garuda, Lord Vishnu's escort used to be situated on the chariot however it is vacant at the present date.

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5. Elephant Stable Of Hampi

Glorifying Elephant stable of Hampi is a treat to visit and experience. It's about reimagining the entire scenario and how it was used to provide shelter to the royal elephants of Vijayanagara Empire. This bit of Hampi is definitely on the tourist checklist as it's one of the main attractions.

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6. Matanga Hills

It's one of the highest points in Hampi to witness the most surreal panoramic view of the city Hampi. The Matanga Hills offer several paths which lead to the hilltop where Veerabhadra Temple is located.  There are several passages to reach the top offering different scenic routes and interesting views.

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7. Tungabhadra River

The charismatic beauty of mother nature is depicted beautifully through this magnificent river of Tungabhadra. Don't forget to take a coracle ride there as it should definitely be on your to-do list when ti comes to visiting Tungabhadra river. tungabhadra



8. Watchtowers Of Hampi

You'll witness a number of watchtowers in and around the city of Hampi mostly used for observation by guards to keep a check around the area as it served a military purpose. They are located at hilltops, riversides or corners of fortifications. The military ones were made up of rock slabs whereas the local ones were made of plastered walls with domed roof and arches.

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9. Dynamic Sunsets

Missing out on the most dynamic sunsets of all times would be equal to ruining your wanderlust checklist. You've got to witness the dazzling sunset amidst the ruins in Hampi to explore the real beauty of mother nature. It's nothing like the usual sunsets as the colors merge into each other in the most magical way.



10. Kalyani - Water Tanks

A Kalyani can be found almost in different corners of Hampi - it's also known as Tank. Their architecture and style will leave you amazed - during monsoons, water gets collected in several Kalyani making it look surreal again. There are tanks in almost every temple and complex in Hampi. It lay buried under the ground until the archaeologists re-discovered them. They are mostly symmetrical in shape.

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11. Adore The Historical Queen's Bath

You won't be able to take your eyes off this beautiful ancient royal pool with an unbelievable architectural style. There is a courtyard in the front with a dome-like roof and small windows within various balconies along with a rectangular pool made of bricks. It was constructed by Achyuta Raya for the women of the family of Vijayanagara. It was used as a bathing chamber of the kings and his queens.



12. Explore Religious Sites Like Hanuman Temple

This one stays open all day, it's one of the famous religious sites in Hampi situated at the top of the Anjaneya Hill - Birthplace of Lord Hanuman. It's 4kms away from the Hampi Village, the best way to reach to Hanuman Temple is through boating and then climbing up the stairs to reach the temple. It's one of the most beautiful places to explore if you want to pay a spiritual tribute. Beware of the monkeys around the temple area!



13. Uncover The Hemikunt Hill Temple Complex 

Climbing up to Hemikunt Hill Temple Complex is comparatively easier than climbing up to Matunga Hill. You'll be able to witness a panoramic view of Virupaksha Temple after reaching your destination. Your trip is definitely incomplete without visiting this surreal complex. Be careful as the temple has steep steps which are not really in place. There is no entry fees for this place.



14. Discover The Gems Of Hampi At Vitthala Temple

Vitthala Temple is also known as Vittala Temple - It's an ancient monument known for its unmatched craftsmanship. It's one of the largest architectural structure in Hampi. It was built during the reign of King Devaraya - various parts of the temples kept on expanding and got enhanced during the reign of other rules as well. It was an abode for Lord Vishnu in his Vitthala form.



15. Visit The 3 Meters Long Shiva Linga

Inside the Badavilinga Temple lies the largest monolithic Shiva Linda in Hampi. It has a three-eye mark carved on it in line carving. It depicts the three eyes of Lord Shiva, it's located near the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple. Several tourists flock to this temple throughout the year.



16. Learn More About Hampi

HAMPI is a monumental world heritage precinct and a vibrant center for contemporary pilgrimage – where history, the natural environment, mythology and everyday cultural practices are closely interwoven. The museum, this spreads across a very few galleries. The first one offers an introduction to Michell and Fritz’s project, including some landmark photos that they took: in the center of the room is a circular satellite photo of Hampi, with the major sites and areas marked out on it. There is, of course, a brief introduction to Hampi and the powerful Vijayanagar Empire itself.



17. Don't Miss Out On This Underground Siva Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built many meters below the ground level. The core parts of the temple are mostly underwater - restricting entry to most of the inner areas. There is a water canal system too which is visible around the main temple but the canal remains dry.  There are wide large steps which leads you to the inner part of the temple. It's one of the oldest temples in Hampi which you can't miss out on.



18. Wildlife Tourism Has A New Name - Daroji Bear Sanctuary

Home to sloth bears, Daroji Bear Sanctuary is spread to spreads over 82.72 sq km.  There is a watchtower within the sanctuary, opposite Karadikallu Gudda, that provides a vantage point to view the bears descending from the adjacent hillocks during evening hours. Although this place is hard to reach but is a must visit a place where you can find animals in there natural habitat.



19. Let The Serenity Of This Beautiful River Absorb You

Away from city life lies the Sanapur lake which is a reservoir fed by the Tungabhadra river dam canal. It is a calm site where you can sit for hours and let the serene absorb and calm you. It is a great place to enjoy in the company of your loved ones, while you are at it do give coracles(local boats) a shot. 



20. Adore The Beauty Of Tungabhadra-Dam

It's also known as Pampa Sagar which is constructed across the Tungabhadra River. It's a tributary of the Krishna River. It's a multipurpose damn which serves irrigation, electricity generation and manages flood control as well. It's unbelievable as to how beautiful it looks if one witness it from a height as nothing beats the beauty of gushing white water flowing inside the dam.



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Q: Which is the best time to visit Hampi?

A: October to March


Q: Which are the best places to visit in Hampi?

A: Virupaksha Temple, Hemakuta Hill Temples, Ugra Narshima Temple, Shivlinga, Sasivekalu Ganesh Temple, Achyutaraya Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Lotus Mahal, Hampi River, Sanapur Lake and Tungabhadra Dam


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