A holiday in India presents a great opportunity to discover the many facets of this multicultural nation. One such facet is its diverse architecture styles, which can be witnessed at its temples and historical sites. Hampi is one such place, where tourists can head to, to explore it during their book India tours.
Architectural Wonders of Hampi
The village, located in the state of Karnataka along the banks of Tungabhadra River, is considered among the top historical places in India. There was a time in the past, when Hampi was among the largest and richest cities of the world. Today, though in ruins, it continues to be an important religious centre and a popular destination for tourists on India tours. The architectural ruins of this area have been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The main attractions of this village are dotted across many zones; a few miles apart from each other, but connected by roads. There are technically five zones to explore here, namely the Royal Centre, Kamalapura, Sacred Centre, Anegondi and Islamic Quarter.
Royal Centre: This area served as the citadel of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is home to prominent structures, such as Lotus Mahal, Hazara Rama Temple and Royal Enclosure.
Kamalapura: This small suburb is famous for its domed gateway and the archaeology museum. It is also home to the revered Pattabhirama Temple.
Sacred Centre: It is the main religious centre of this place, with several important temples located here. Some of the oldest functioning temples in the country are found here.
Anegondi: It is a bustling village square, which served as the original capital of the Vijayanagara kingdom, before it was shifted to Hampi. The attractions to explore in this area are Ranganata Temple and Hanuman Temple.
Islamic Quarter: This area served as the residential complex of the Muslim officials of the kingdom. Besides the famous Vittala Temple, the area feature Islamic monuments like Ahmed Khan’s Mosque and Tomb.
How to Reach
The nearest important town to this place is Hospet, which is well connected with the rest of South India by railways and roadways. This village is only about 12.8 km away by road from Hospet. Alternatively, by opting for India tour packages that include a trip to this historical place, tourists can directly come here from Bengaluru and Chennai by road.