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Hampi : A journey to the lost kingdom – Part 2


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After lunch we set out our journey towards the Vijaya Vittala Temple. Vittala temple is one of the most important monuments in Hampi. You can see the much-famed stone chariot in this temple, which you can find in the Rs. 50 Indian currency. You can either walk or take an electric vehicle to reach the temple. It’s a dusty ride with many ruins on either side.

Vijaya Vittala Temple Entrance with Stone Chariot

The temple dates back to the 15th century and is built in the Dravidian style of architecture. You can hire a guide from the temple itself who can narrate the story behind the carvings and temple history. You can use the same ticket purchased from Zanana Enclosure here. This is one of the beautiful Hindu temple complexes you can ever see in the world.

Pillar carving of the King Krishna Devaraya at Vijaya Vittala Temple
Architecture in Vijaya Vittala Temple

After spending the time admiring the beautiful craftsmanship of the Vittala temple, we made our way towards the Octagonal Bath.

Octagonal Bath is located near the Saraswathy Temple which can be easily missed out by the tourists. It is around 2.5 meters deep octagonal shaped bath tank used by royals.

Octagonal Bath

Next stop was at the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple where we can see the biggest monolithic sculpture in Hampi. The structure stands at 6.70 meters height with a seven-headed serpent. We saw that the structure was missing both the hands. Close to this is the Badavi Linga Temple which has a huge Shiva linga half submerged in water.

Lakshmi Narasimha Statue

The Sri Krishna Temple is located opposite to the Krishna Bazaar which was built in 1513 AD. The Bazaar was said to be functional every Monday supplying groceries. The Temple has carvings that display the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

Sri Krishna Temple
Krishna Bazaar

It was around 5.30 PM, so we decided to move to our last stop of the day – Hemakuta Hills. We said bye to Vali, our guide, for the day because the trek down from the hills will lead us to the Hampi Bazaar which was close to our homestay. You can see the Sasive Kalu Ganapati (Mustard Ganapati), a 2.4 meters tall stone carved statue close by. The shape of the Ganapati is round like a Mustard grain. We started our short trek up to the sunset point where we relaxed after a long day of exploring.

Mustard Ganapati
Sunset from Hemakuta hills

After the sunset we trekked down to our homestay. We went for our dinner around 9.00 PM. Make sure you go for dinner a bit early because all the shops close early in Hampi. Only a few restaurants remain open and they may be a bit of a walk from Hampi Bazaar. We planned to start our journey around 9.00AM towards the other side of Hampi.

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Hampi Route Map

Hampi Route Map for Day 1

Things to Remember in Hampi

  • You can use the ticket purchased at Zenana Enclosure to enter Vijaya Vittala Temple
  • Purchase the tickets for the electric cars at Vijaya Vittala Temple.
  • Plan your trip accordingly if you want to see the sunset.
  • Hampi is a village and shops close early. So try to have an early dinner!

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