Hampi (or Hampe) is a town located in east-central part of the south Indian state of Karnataka , India.
It is also referred to as “the Group of Monuments at Hampi”, and was officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hampi is a place with a rich heritage that is reflected in its beautiful ancient monuments with stunning architecture. Here are the top places to see and visit in Hampi:
- Daroji Bear Sanctuary – A protected forest area which is the primary habitat of the Indian Sloth bears.
- Tungabhadra Dam – A picturesque dam on the nearby Tungabhadra River; the place has many flamingoes and lots of greenery.
- Hippie Island – A nearby island, with lovely sandy beach, sunset views and restaurants with live music.
- Sanapur Lake – A beautiful lake surrounded by rocks and boulders.
- Matanga Hill
- Virupaksha Temple
- Vijaya Vittala Temple
- Monkey Temple
- Statue of Ugra Narasimha
- Lotus Mahal
- Elephant Stables
- Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex
- Archaeological Museum Hampi – An archaeological museum that houses various sculptures from the ruins around Hampi, and also a couple of excellent 3-D exhibits of the entire Hampi area.
- Hampi Utsav – Also known as Vijaya Utsav, this is a festival honouring the cultural richness of Hampi, and is usually celebrated during the first week of November, for 3 days across the city
- Maha Shivaratri – A festival dedicated to Lord Shiva
- Ganesh Chaturthi – A festival where Lord Ganesh – the elephant headed God (who is also the son of Lord Shiva) is worshipped
- Navrathri – A 10-day Hindu festival, where Goddess Durga is worshipped
- Deepavali – The festival of Lights; India’s most popular and widely celebrated festival
- Naga Panchami – Where snakes are worshipped and offered milk; a tribute to Snake deity/God
If you’d like to buy some souvenirs, the best things to buy from Hampi are ---. Some of the best shopping spots to check out in Hampi are:
- Hampi Bazaar – A pretty market with attractive and not-so-expensive souvenirs and items. This is the most popular market in Hampi and is often frequented by tourists as well as locals
- Craft Bazaar Hampi
- Akash Art Gallery & Bookstall
Following is a list of some of best restaurants in Hampi to try the local delicacies as well as sumptuous meals:
- Mango Tree Restaurant
- Laughing Buddha
- Funky Monkey Restaurant
- Ganesh Old Chillout
- Hampi Roof Restaurant
- Gauthami Restaurant
- Suresh Restaurant
Some of the best hotels in Hampi for a comfortable stay include the following:
- Hotel Malligi
- Wanderlust Hampi
- Hotel Gowri
- Royal Orchid Central Kireeti
- Lotus Riya
- Stay Chill Hampi
- Hampi’s Boulders Resort
- Clark’s Inn Hampi
- Abhi Homestay
- Tutti Hampi
- Little Banana Homestay
Hampi STD Code – 08394 (to be used before dialling numbers from a number that is not locally registered).
Common emergency numbers:
- Police: 100
- Fire: 101
- Ambulance helpline: 108
- Medical helpline: 104
- Child helpline: 1098
- Women helpline: 1091
Kannada is the official language of Hampi .
- Hello - Namaskra
- How are you? - Athava kshemana?
- Welcome - Susvgata
- What's your name? - Nimma hesarenu?
- My name is - Nanna hesaru
- Good morning - Shubhodaya