kms from Bangalore lies Hospet. Its tourist importance lies in its
proximity to Hampi, the site of the medieval Vijayanagar Empire,
situated about 13 kms away. The Tungabhadra Dam here harnesses the
sweet waters of the Tungabhadra river. At the base of the dam is
a garden styled along Japanese lines.
On the Highway linking Bangalore to Hospet, one comes across Chitradurga,
a quaint town with its famous Fort. This marvel of military architecture,
made impregnable by the Nayak Paleyagars has 19 gateways and 38
353 kms from Bangalore and 74 kms from Bellary is Hampi. A World
Heritage Centre, Hampi is the most beautiful and evocative of all
the ruins in Karnataka. The erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagar
Kingdom, Hampi is full of delightful surprises. King's Balance is
the balance where kings were weighted against grain, gold or money,
which was then distributed to the poor.
Queen's Bath with its arched corridors, projecting balconies and
lotus-shaped fountains that once sprouted perfumed water, the two-storeyed
Lotus Mahal with recessed archways are architectural delights. The
huge Elephant Stables, the splendid Vithala Temple with its musical
pillars and the Stone Chariot, the Virupaksha Temple, still used
for worship, Ugra Narasimha, the 6.7 m tall monolith, the Pushkarini
Tank, the Mahanavami Dibba are all worth visiting. The once-powerful
Vijayanagar Empire was compared to Rome by the Portuguese traveller
How to get there ?
- Rail - Hospet is connected to Bangalore , Bellary, Gadag, Bijapur
- Road - there is a well-developed road network.
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