What is the best time to visit Hampi?

The best time to visit Hampi is the winter season from October to February. The weather remains moderately cool except for peak afternoons but mostly perfect for exploring the World Heritage Site. Some of the most important festivals including Vijaya Utsav (Festival of Hampi) is celebrated in the month of November.  

Hampi is mostly moderate and dry throughout the year.  The summers bring soaring high temperatures and therefore, March to June is a bad time to visit. Monsoons get average but inconsistent rainfall, keeping the temperatures a little low but humid. One may choose to visit Hampi during the monsoons which begin in July and go on till September. The region seldom receives heavy downpours, but it is advisable to stay away from the slippery terrains to avoid accidents.

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Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 32°/ 19° 0 days
February 33°/ 19° 0 days
March 36°/ 21° 0 days
April 38°/ 24° 2 days
May 40°/ 25° 5 days
June 34°/ 24° 13 days
July 30°/ 22° 9 days
August 29°/ 22° 14 days
September 30°/ 22° 18 days
October 30°/ 22° 25 days
November 30°/ 20° 3 days
December 29°/ 19° 2 days

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Hampi in Winter (October to March)

Hampi experiences winter season between October and February. The minimum temperature hovers around 15°C while the maximum is about 33°C. Other than peak afternoons, the rest of the day remains quite pleasant. The greenery left behind by the intermittent monsoon showers keep the surroundings looking mesmerising and can be explored to the fullest without the rains having to play spoilsport. It is, therefore, the best time to explore the World Heritage Site, its terrain and even climb some of the boulders. It is also the best time to go on a long river cruise on the River Tungabhadra. The water level is decent, the river flows gently, and the region is pleasantly dry; a perfect way to end an evening maybe.
Tungabhadra in Winter
Tungabadra in Winter

If visiting during the season, one may want to witness the festivals celebrated in Hampi. The ancient festival of Vijaya Utsav is celebrated in November. The festival has been a part of the culture since the time of the Vijayanagara Kingdom and is an extravagant celebration with folk music, dance, art and colours all around. The Purandara Festival is celebrated in January/February for 2-3 days to mark the birth anniversary of Purandara who was a poet/ composer from the medieval times. It is a Classical Music Festival which is a treat to all the music lovers. Several renowned national and international musicians participate in this grand cultural fest which is held near the Vittala Temple. The State Government also arranges some more concerts in the market area in front of the Virupaksha temple. These concerts have stunning arrangements with bright, colourful lights that are a treat to watch.

Hampi in Monsoon (July - September)

After the hot and dry summer season, monsoon season begins in July and goes on till September. Hampi experiences low to moderate but intermittent rainfall. The showers keep the weather pleasant with the temperature between 25°C and 33°C. It is quite an enchanting experience to explore the ruins of Hampi when the surroundings are covered with lush greenery. Some areas of the terrain, especially the boulders, get slippery and dangerous because of the rains and must be avoided. Rock climbing, thus, is not recommended during the season to prevent any accidents but sightseeing and exploring the monuments is highly recommended. River Tungabhadra gushes with gallons of water during the monsoons. It is advisable that tourists do not get into the water or avoid the ferry during the season.
Ruins at Hemakuta Hill
Ruins at Hemakuta Hills

Hampi in Summer (April - July)

The summer season begins in April and lasts till July every year. The region remains hot and dry throughout this time. The temperature hovers between 28°C and 37°C. Therefore exploring Hampi is not recommended to tourists around this time. Some may, however, wish to visit Hampi to witness the Virupaksha Car Festival which is celebrated in March/ April. It is celebrated in the Virupaksha temple and is the largest festival celebrated in Hampi. An annual ritual marking the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati can be witnessed during this time. The idols of the divine couple are placed on a chariot and taken out on a procession. The grand chariot, adorned with garlands of marigold flowers and the colourful fabric is a treat to watch. Some devotees from all around the world visit Hampi during this time to witness the rituals and offer their prayers.

Elephant Stable in Hampi
Elephant Stable in Hampi

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Hampi Utsav

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Hampi Utsav, Hampi festival also known as the Vijaya Utsav is one of the largest celebrations of the ancient Vijayanagar empire now Hampi. The festivities take place every year at the Virupaksha Templ (Read More)e, commemorating the culture, traditions of the bygone era. With the beautifully carved ruins of Hampi serving as the backdrop, the rich culture of this region is shown through folk song and dance performances. The Janapada Kalavahini, a concert of folk songs, and the light and sound shows are unique attractions which you can't afford to miss.

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 Old Ruins around Virupaksha Temple, Hampi
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