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Hampi Holiday Packages

Full of historical monuments and ruins, the cityscape of Hampi talks vividly about the country’s past and Hampi tour packages help in relieving it. Hampi is a sheer example of how even ruins can be so beautiful and mesmerising.
There is plenty to see in Hampi and even more to choose from a plethora of Hampi tour packages. You could customize your Hampi trip plan according to your needs and experience for yourself the beautiful intricacies that it is known for.

10 Best Tourist Places to Explore in a Hampi Tour

There are a lot of attractions that one can visit while on a holiday in Hampi. These attractions make the most of your vacation and here are a few places that you can include in your Hampi tour.

1. Pampapathi Temple

What’s Special: Centre of pilgrimage

Nearby Attractions: Basavanna Temple, Kannika Parameshwari Temple, Eci Church, Ram Mandir, Gangavathi Temple

Timings: 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Distance From City: 0 Km

Transportation Option: Walk

This sacred living temple known as the Pampapathi Temple is said to have expanded into a vast complex in the early 16th century. The enclosure is divided into 2 large portions or courts and the entrance was built by Sri Krishnadevaraya during 1510 AD. Shrines of popular gods and goddesses are placed inside the temple and the ceilings are also painted with stories of the ranga mandapa depicting the ten incarnations of Vishnu, Girija Kalyana, Arjuna piercing the matsyayantra etc. A narrow water channel built to supply water to the temple kitchen is a testimony to the excellent architectural knowledge of ancient India. This temple is a must-visit attraction in Hampi and also one of the most prominent ones in the city. Make sure to check our Hampi travel package to know more about the places to visit and things to do in Hampi.

2. Lotus Mahal

What’s Special: Architecture

Nearby Attractions: Elephant Stables, Hazara Rama Temple, Mahanavami Dibba, Royal Enclosure

Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Distance From City: 3 Km

Transportation Option: Cab, walk, auto-rickshaw

The Lotus Mahal is situated within the Zenana Enclosure and is also known as the Chitragani Mahal and Kamal Mahal. The primary attraction of Zenana, the mahal is shaped like a lotus flower from the top and the archways resemble the petals of a lotus and provide the whole structure the shape of a half-open lotus. With a beautiful architecture and structure, the Mahal is covered with exemplary carvings and delicate artwork that is worth witnessing. If you are planning to visit Hampi anytime soon, then do not forget to visit this beautiful architecture in the city.

3. Hippie Island

What’s Special: Natural beauty

Nearby Attractions: Anegundi Village, Anjaneya Hills, Sanapur Lake, Virupaksha temple, Vitthala temple

Distance From City: 26 Km

Transportation Option: Cab, bus, auto-rickshaw

Though major attractions in Hampi are located in the south of Tungabhadra and right on the other side of the river is the rich hippy culture of the Hippie Island. This small place is located across the Tungabhadra River that separates the historical part from an area with a smooth rhythm. The area has a majority of natural beauty and lush surroundings and is the perfect place to relax in the middle of nature. You can also find a plethora of historical ruins around the place. You can reach Hippie Island by a boat that lets you cross the river.

4. Old Palace

What’s Special: Historical significance

Nearby Attractions: Queen's Bath, Mahanavami Dibba, Elephant Stables, Royal Enclosure, Lotus Mahal

Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Distance From City: 19 Km

Transportation Option: Cab, bus, auto-rickshaw

Another must include site in Hampi tourism packages is Old Palace. Also known as the Gagan Mahal, the palace is a famous historical monument in Hampi and is served as the royal residence and was home to a royal family in Hampi. The monument is known for its beauty and unique architecture. The walls have been beautifully carved and the palace has beautiful architecture and an enticing edifice that had its own charm. It is said that the Old Palace was the most affluent place in Hampi when the Vijayanagara Empire was at its zenith. It was loaded with the precious treasure that was used for the welfare of the public of the kingdom and is a sight to witness on this tour.

5. King's Balance

What’s Special: Historical significance

Nearby Attractions: Vijaya Vittala Temple, Pushkarni, Achyutaraya Temple, Monolith Bull

Timings: 12:00 a.m to 11:59 p.m

Distance From City: 9 Km

Transportation Option: Cab, auto-rickshaw

An ancient 15th century attraction, which was used to weigh the king with the royal jewels every year on special occasions. The structure features intricately carved pillars and is made mostly of granite and the pillars support a stone beam that has hoops which were used to suspend the balance.

6. Vithala Temple

What’s Special: Architecture and craftsmanship

Nearby Attractions: Elephant’s stables, Hemakuta hill temple, King’s Balance

Timings: 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Distance From City: 500 metres

Transportation Option: Walk

Another important temple to visit in Hampi is Vithala Temple. Famous for its exceptional architecture and intricate craftsmanship, it is one of the largest structures in Hampi. Located near the banks of the Tungabhadra River, this temple is believed to be built by one of the rulers of the Vijayanagara Empire, Devaraya II. The temple is famous for its stone chariot and musical pillar. The temple is built after Vithala, which is a form of Lord Vishnu. It is a must-visit site in Hampi.

7. Hampi Bazar

What’s Special: Unique artefacts and crafts

Nearby Attractions: Hemakuta Hill Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Lotus Mahal Hampi

Timings: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Distance From City: 100 m

Transportation Option: Walk

Famous for its stones artefacts, Lambani Crafts, leather crafts and musical instruments. Hampi Bazar is one of the most popular and important places to visit in Hampi. Located in front of Virupaksha Temple, this unique market is quite famous amongst tourists because of its unique artefacts and crafts. You will require at least 1-2 hours to explore the market properly. You can also check our specially designed Hampi tour packages from Mumbai to know more about the places to visit here.

8. Queen’s Bath

What’s Special: A historical landmark

Nearby Attractions: Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Virupaksha Temple

Timings: 6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m

Distance From City: 3.6 Km

Transportation Option: Bus, taxi, auto-rickshaw

A historical landmark in Karnataka, Queen’s Bath is believed to be built by Achyuth Raya for the royal families of Vijayanagara. The whole building is surrounded by verandas, with a pool in the middle. This 500- year-old complex was ruined during the attack by the Mughals, there is a well-maintained lawn in the front of the pool, which is not used for picnics. The interesting thing about this complex is the balconies and the intricate details on it, it is definitely a must-visit place in Hampi.

9. Matanga Hills

What’s Special: Mythological beliefs

Nearby Attractions: Vijaya Vitthala Temple, Elephant’s stable, Sree Virupaksha Temple

Timings: 6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m

Distance From City: 1 Km

Transportation Option: Trek, walk

As described in Ramayana this is one of the holy places, famous because of its mythological background, Matanga hills is a UNESCO world heritage site. Located at a distance of 1 Km from Hampi, it is the best place to witness the most scenic sunset. The place gives you an aerial view of Hampi and its surroundings. It is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your partner by taking a walk to this hilltop and enjoying the scenic views all around.

10. Daroji Bear Sanctuary

What’s Special: The only place to spot Sloth Bear

Nearby Attractions: Elephant’s stables, Lotus Mahal Hampi, Sree Virupaksha Temple

Timings: 2:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m

Distance From City: 20 km

Transportation Option: Taxi or a private cab

The only place in India where you can spot sloth bears, Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is located in the Ballari district of Karnataka. Spread over an area of 82.72 square kilometres, this is Asia’s first sloth bear sanctuary which was built for the protection and conservation of sloth bears in India. A must visit place for all the nature and wildlife enthusiasts, this place is the best if you want to spend some time amid nature and spot various wildlife creatures. Ideal for friends and family, your trip to Hampi would be incomplete without including Daroji Bear Sanctuary.

Best Time to Hampi for tours

Most of the Hampi holiday packages are for the period between the months of October and February and it is because this is the time when the weather of Hampi is at its best. It is the period when the temperature is pleasant and will add a flavor of natural beauty to your trip. Get in touch with our agent as they help you in selecting from the best Hampi travel packages during the most suitable time to visit Hampi. There is no reason to not book this tour especially when it is available for you to customise the trip as per your schedule. However, if you wish to avail package at a slightly cheaper Hampi trip price than you can also opt to visit during the off season.

How to Reach Hampi?

By Road

Hampi is well connected by road from all the major cities like Hyderabad (361km), Bangalore (372km) and Hubli (162km). There are many bus services available for all these routes. Apart from all the state tourism buses, there are many private buses that operate on this route. One can also opt for a private cab or can travel by their own vehicle as per their convenience. This is the cheapest and the most convenient way to reach Hampi

By Train

Hospet is the nearest railway station to Hampi, which is around 13 km away. After reaching Hospet one can take a cab/taxi to reach Hampi. Hospet is well connected by train from all the major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad and Goa. Hampi Express, Amaravathi Express and Haripriya Express are some of the trains that operate regularly.

By Air

The nearest airport to Hampi is Belgaum airport, which is located at a distance of 270 km from Hampi. Belgaum Airport is a domestic airport and has regular flights from major cities like Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. Another airport is at Bellary which is around 60 km away from Hampi.

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