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hampi

INTRODUCTION

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.

ATTRACTIONS

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.

HISTORICAL & RELIGIOUS PLACES

  • Matanga Hill
  • Virupaksha Temple
  • Vijaya Vittala Temple
  • Monkey Temple
  • Statue of Ugra Narasimha
  • Lotus Mahal
  • Elephant Stables
  • Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

MUSEUMS

  • 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.

FESTIVALS

  • 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

SHOPPING

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

RESTAURANTS

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

HOTELS

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

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

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

LANGUAGE

Kannada is the official language of Hampi .

Kannada:

  • Hello - Namaskra
  • How are you? - Athava kshemana?
  • Welcome - Susvgata
  • What's your name? - Nimma hesarenu?
  • My name is - Nanna hesaru
  • Good morning - Shubhodaya