Hampi, the land of surprises, was founded in the middle of 14th Century
by two local princes, Hakka & Bukka. The Vijayanagar Empire came
to be celebrated for its might and wealth and as a show piece of imperial
magnificence. Vijayanagara is such that the pupil of the eye has never
seen a place like it... " So eulogized Abdul Razaq, a Muslim
envoy who visited Hampi.
city was sacked pillaged and burnt in 1565 AD, after the combined
attack of armies of Muslim Sultanates of the Deccan defeated the
Vijayanagar Military Commander and the King fled the Capital. Rocky
hills and the mighty Tungabhadra River, which flows
through this rugged landscape, dominate the terrain. One can still
glimpse the splendour of Vijayanagara - one of the largest empires
in the history of India - in its ruins. The Vijayanagar Kings were
great patrons of Art & Architecture as evident by the vast ruins
of Hampi. In an effort to resurrect this abandoned capital, the
government has been involved in the restoration, excavation and
protection of the ruins, which are spread over an area of 26 sq
How to get there ?
- Air - The nearest airport is Bellary (74 kms.) Other convenient
airports are a Belgaum (190 kms) and Bangalore , Bijapur, Hubli
- Rail - The nearest train junction is at Hospet.
- Road - Hampi is 350 kms from Bangalore. KSRTC Buses ply regularly
General Information & Accomdation info on Hampi city of Karnataka