Tourist places of Hampi can be divided into two main areas – The Hampi Bazaar Area and the royal centre near Kanchipuram. With a horde of tourist spots to see in Hampi, this dream-world made of hilly rocks, monoliths, and ruins of ancient time construction is a delight for tourists and therefore is considered as the best place to visit in Karnataka. It hosts the most stunning sunrises and sunsets. It has more than 1000 stone temples.
Hampi is famous for its beautifully carved temples especially the Virupaksha Temple of Hindus near the revived Hindu bazaar. This temple is dedicated to Lord Virupaksha. Apart from several other monuments and temples, It also has very important value in the Hindu religion.
Another most impressive structure in Hampi is the Vithala temple dates back to the 16th century. It is a fabulous example of rich architecture. The famous stone chariot is located inside the premises of this temple.
This temple is 500 years old and dedicated to Lord Hanumana. Visitors and devotees have to climb up 570 steps to reach this temple. It is located atop at Anjaneya hill. This temple is present inside a cave. The idol of Hanuman is carved on the rock. Also is the small shrine for Rama and his consort Sita inside the temple.
This temple complex has hill houses and many of them are dedicated to Lord Shiva. They are protected by the hill fort. It is one of the must-visit places to visit in Hampi. This spot is considered as the best location to experience the sunset in Hampi. This place has the largest number of pre-Virupaksha temples. Virupaksha temple is the most popular amongst these temples. It has a pool in its front.
Apart from temples, Hampi has many other tourist attractions. All the sites have something for historians, families, and photography enthusiasts.
Daroji Bear sanctuary
This sanctuary was established in 1994 exclusively for the preservation of the Sloth Bears. It is spread over in an area of 83.72 km. It is located 50 km from the Ballary. Free-ranging sloth bear can be spotted afar from the viewing platform.
This museum has four different art galleries that house an extensive variety of artefacts, statues, paintings, ancient coins, metal plates, and sculptures. It will take approx. 2 hours to visit this museum. It remains closed on Fridays.
This hill offers a panoramic view of the ruins of Hampi. There is a trek of 30 minutes to climb up the hill. Witness the sunrise and sunset over the lovely landscape of Hampi town. During the time of Ramayana, this place was a hermitage of rishi (saint) Matanga.
According to the Hindu mythology “Nandi Bull” is a ride of Lord Shiva. The sculpture of Nandi Bull is placed on a high platform. It has been partially ruined now but still attracts the visitors due to its huge size.
Note: Hampi is the only destination from India that has made its way to this list. The other top places in the list include- Santa Barbara, Panama, Munich, and Puerto Rico.