Ranking among the popular tourist attractions in Karnataka, Hampi is located in the northern part of the state of Karnataka. The Hampi Monuments are famous for beautiful sculptures and carvings. Tourists from all over the world visit the Hampi Monuments to get a feel of the rich ancient Indian culture and tradition.
The name Hampi was derived from Pampa which was the old name of the Tungabhadra River. The town of Hampi is situated by the shores of the Tungabhadra River. It was an important part of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire and was the seat of religious activities. The Hampi Monuments are specimens of the rich tradition and culture of the Vijayanagara Empire. The temples of Hampi are listed among the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.
The ruins and monuments of Hampi monuments in Karnataka are spread over an area of around 26 square kilometers. The temples are situated on the southern part of the Tungabhadra River. The temples date back to the 14th century and consist of beautiful carvings and sculptures which portray the Vijayanagara dynasty. Some of the important sites among the Hampi monuments are:
Virupaksha Temple: Located on the western part of Hampi, the Virupaksha Temple rises to a height of around 120 feet. It consists of the shrines and sculptures of Shiva, Pampa and Bhuvaneswari. The sculptures in the temple date back to the 11th or 12th century.
Vithala Temple Complex: It ranks among the most splendid monuments of Hampi. It consists of 56 musical pillars and beautiful carvings. The temple is a great specimen of the Vijayanagara School of sculpture.
There are also other monuments like House of Victory, King's Balance, Lotus Mahal, Mahanavami Dibba, Mustard Ganesh and Noblemen's Palace.
Hampi is also easily accessible. The nearest airport is at Bellary while the nearest rail station is at Hospet, both of which are well connected. The ideal time for coming to Hampi is from September to February.