A religious place, a historical destination, a UNESCO World Heritage site- Hampi is all rolled into one. Situated about 350kms north of Bangalore, Hampi is a unique and legendary place to visit. Once the capital of the popular Hindu empire Vijayanagara, the monuments of Hampi signify the grandeur, opulence of the era gone by. Apart from the historical and archeological magnificence Hampi is also popular for its natural beauty and wildlife and ecological retreats. The peculiarity of this place lies in the giant boulders that can be spotted across the hills, the lush green surroundings, the beautiful river that flows bisecting the town and making a spectacular sight. The complete landscape is filled with ancient monuments, forts, temples, palaces which have stood the test of times. The ruins that are spread in an area of 25 square kilometers are a complete tourist's delight owing to the
The key mode of transportation to this historical town is by road. The nearest railhead is in Hospet which is about 12kms away and is connected to all the major cities and towns in South India like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli, Bijapur, Guntakal and Goa. Regular state bus service is available from Hospet to Hampi. Bellary is the nearest airport which is about 60 kms away and Hubli is about 170kms away. Belgaum is about 190kms and Bangalore is about 350kms away.
While Hampi is a round the year destination for tourists, the best time to visit this historical town is in winters. While summers can be extremely hot and dry, monsoons can be a spoil sport as most of the places across have to be visited on foot. During winters the weather remains extremely pleasant and is a convenient time to explore and discover the ruins.
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