Here are the top 31 tourist attractions to see in Hampi:

1. Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

4.5 /5

1 km
from city center
1 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

Also known as the Pampapathi temple, it is the most famous temple in Hampi and dates back to the 7th century. It is said that this temple has had a continuous run since then, making it one of the oldest functioning temples in India.

2. Vithala Temple

Must visit 3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
2 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

The most impressive structure in Hampi, the Vithala Temple dates back to the 16th century and is a truly splendid example of rich architecture.

3. Lotus Palace

3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
3 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

Close to the Zenana Enclosure, is a monument that stands out in its design and style from most of the structures of Hampi. Another complex, for royal women, this one gets its name from the lotus-like dome

4. Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple

3.6 /5

4 km
from city center
4 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

Atop the Anjenaya Hill, this temple is dedicated to Hanumana. 570 steps must be climbed by devotees to visit this temple. The view from atop the hillock beside this temple is a feast for the eyes.

5. Hampi Bazaar

3.6 /5

0 km
from city center
5 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

This bazaar is facing the Virupaksha temple and hence is also known as the Virupaksha Bazaar.

6. Hippie Island

3.0 /5

1 km
from city center
6 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

Virapapur Gadde or Hippie Island is a small island situated across the Tungabhadra river. It takes 5 minutes to travel to the island via coracle or boat. The island is an epitome of scenic beauty and is known for laidback ambient and lodges.

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7. Coracle Ride

7 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

When in Hampi, you absolutely have to get hold of a coracle and ride in one. It is one of the few places in the country where you can get such an experience and we guarantee that it is going to be a lot of fun. You can rent a coracle at really economic rates and cross the rates in the ferry that looks exactly like the one in olden days. Coracle rides can be arranged for Rs. 50 or around that price and this is one of the most definitive experiences amongst things to do in Hampi. Coracle rides can be arranged at Tungabhadra River boating area, Sanapur Lake, or at Sanapur waterfalls.

8. Queen's Bath

3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
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places to visit in Hampi

A part of the Royal Enclosure, this aquatic enclosure was the Royal bath during the times of the Vijayanagra Empire. It was built in such a way that no outsiders could enter the bath, and has lost much to ruins at the date.

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9. Matanga Hill

3.6 /5

0 km
from city center
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This hill is described as the location of the hermiatge of the Saint Matanga during the Ramayana, hence is appropriately named.

10. Elephant Stables

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
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places to visit in Hampi

The Elephant Stables served as an enclosure for royal elephants back in the day of the Vijayanagra Empire.

11. Monolith Bull

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
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places to visit in Hampi

The ride of Lord Shiva, the bull is represented here as a sculpture placed on a high platform. It is partially ruined, but is a major attraction owing to its huge size.

12. Big Shivlinga

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
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places to visit in Hampi

Carved out of a single boulder, this Shivlinga stands at a height 3m amidst water. It is a major attraction in Hampi.

13. Zenana Enclosure

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
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places to visit in Hampi

The Zenana Enclosure was primarily the Women's Quarters. A part of the Royal Enclosure, this was a place especially for the Royal women i.e. the Queen and her friends and companions.

14. Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
14 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

This temple features the biggest effigy in Hampi, of Narasimha sitting on SeshaNaag i.e. the seven headed snake acting as a shelter to him. The idol of Goddess Lakshmi is placed along with that of Narasimha.

15. Daroji Bear Sanctuary

3.3 /5

17 km
from city center
15 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

Established in 1994, this sanctuary was converted from a thorny forest to a lush green area which is now inhabited by Sloth Bears.

16. Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

3.3 /5

1 km
from city center
16 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

The Hemakunta Hill houses a temple complex, many of them dedicated to Lord Shiva. These are all protected by a fort, providing a secluded atmosphere.

17. Old Palace

3.3 /5

58 km
from city center
17 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

The Old Palace, surrounded by a fort, and is in ruins as of today. It is located in Anegondi, for which kingdom this palace served as the center.

18. Mahanavami Dibba

3.3 /5

2 km
from city center
18 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

This structure served as a focal point from where the Vijayanagara kings ruled their Kingdom. Various aspects of courtly life are depicted on this huge structure, including a gem studded throne.

19. Achyutraya Temple

3.3 /5

0 km
from city center
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places to visit in Hampi

This temple is also known as the Tiruvengalanatha Temple, after the main deity, a form of Lord Shiva.

20. Hazara Rama Temple

3.3 /5

2 km
from city center
20 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

At the middle of the Royal Centre, this was a place of worship for the royals. The walls and pillars are beautifully adorned with fascinating carvings, including the outside walls of the compound. This temple is smaller in size compared to the others in Hampi.

21. Archaeological Museum

3.3 /5

3 km
from city center
21 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

A government museum in the area houses a number of artifacts, remains, and other exhibits found during excavation.

22. Rock Climbing

3.2 /5

1 km
from city center
22 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

Hampi is always full of rock climbers who are climbing up the boulders with their crash pads around. The landscape is ideal for rock climbing and bouldering since there are granite craigs and boulders all around. Bolting is limited, so carry a crash pad along.

23. Anegudi Village

3 km
from city center
23 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

Located on the banks of River Tungabhadra, Anegundi village is famous for the Aramane Palace Ruins, the Kamal Mahal, the Huchappayana Matha Temple, the Ranganatha temple and the Nava Brindavan. The village is older than Hampi and is considered a World Heritage Site. The rich culture and the beautiful architecture of the important monuments make it a major attraction for tourists.

24. Kadalekalu Ganesh

1 km
from city center
24 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

Kadalekalu Ganesh is an important religious attraction in Hampi. The temple has traditional stone architecture and is located on Hemakuta Hill and has a huge 15 feet monolithic statue of Lord Ganesha which is a believed to be one of the largest in the world. The reason why the attraction is called Kadalekalu is because the belly of the deity is chiselled to look like Kadalekalu (Bengal gram).

25. King's Balance

1 km
from city center
25 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

Situated close to the Vittala Temple, King's Balance is an ancient 15th-century weighing scaled which was used to weigh the king with the royal jewels every year on special occasions. The jewels were then donated to the temple priests. The structure has intricately carved pillars. It is made of granite and the pillars support a stone beam that has hoops which were used to suspend the balance. Interestingly, the king was made to eat rich and fatty food and encouraged to not move too much so that the few extra kilos would reflect on the scale and ensure that more jewels could be donated to the priests.

26. Riverside Ruins

1 km
from city center
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places to visit in Hampi

The Riverside Ruins are a splendid cluster of Shivalings carved on a flat rocky surface, in addition to several shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu and other Hindu deities, some of which are partially submerged. These ruins are in a row of 108 lingas and a sqaurish 1008 lingas and can be spotted all across the gorge.

27. Sasivekalu Ganesh

1 km
from city center
27 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

Sasivekalu Ganesh has a gigantic monolithic statue of Lord Ganesha. The statue is over 8 feet tall and was created in the memory of a Vijayanagara King - King Narasimha II. It is often associated with the legend of Ganesha when he tied a snake around his belly when his stomach was about to burst after he had consumed a lot of food. The snake can be clearly seen around Lord Ganesha's belly.

28. Hampi Utsav

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places to visit in Hampi

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 Temple, 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.

29. Shopping in Hampi

3.0 /5

0 km
from city center
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The stone carvings by local artists are a good piece of memorabilia to take back from Hampi.

30. Cliff Jumping

30 out of 31
places to visit in Hampi

Apart from wandering through several ruins, Cliff Diving is one of the prime activities and things to do in Hampi. Especially popular among adventure buffs, the activity is enough to give you a divine adrenaline rush. You will find signs warning you of crocodiles in the Tungabhadra river below but there are little to no reports of crocodiles ever found at the diving sites. Sanapur Lake and Hampi Lake are also very popular sites for cliff diving in Hampi.

31. Bike Riding

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Riding a bike across town is a whole new way to experience the local life, green fields and local culture. This is one of the most popular activities and things to do in Hampi, among tourists. Other than being a fun activity, it allows you to explore the town on your own. You can relax by the meadows or try delicious food at the local markets. Be sure to capture all these memorable moments in your camera. Bicycles can be rented from many places in Hampi and bike tours of the World Heritage Site are very commonly conducted.

FAQs on Hampi

Can you suggest an itinerary for Hampi?

Day 1: Reach Hampi by mid-day. Visit the Virupaksha Temple and spend some time near the Tungabhadra river in the evening. If you are staying on the island, then take a ferry and go to that side and spend rest of your evening there. You can also visit the local handicrafts stores and spend some time in cafes.
Day 2: Rent a cycle or a moped and start on a city tour by yourself. Take a local city map and visit all the points by yourself at your own pace. If you have another day in hand, then you can spend more time at each of the heritage sites.

How can I commute within Hampi?

Taking a tour of empty winding parts is all you have to do. Rent a moped and make your way to the ruins and holy temples on it. You might catch locals giving bathe to elephants or playful monkeys trying to copy each other. The glimpses of the Boulder town as you ride through it will give a boom to your backpacker journey.

The other best way to explore this city is either by foot or on a bicycle as it gives you the opportunity to closely observe every structure that stands proudly in this town. Bicycles are easily available for rent from the Virupaksha temple market (INR 50-150  per cycle depending on the bike's condition) and you could use them to cover the monuments which are spread out. You can even take the cycles with you while crossing the river (INR 10 for crossing with the bike).

On some paths, like the path from Virupakha to Vitthala temple, it would be easier to walk rather than carry the bike with you, so we would recommend that you walk if you are planning the take a close view of that area. Keep in mind that you'll have to walk around 5-6kms during the day.

In case you don't want to bike or walk, you can also hire an auto for the entire day (INR 300-500) which would take you around the main monuments around the city for a quick and convenient trip.


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What are the top restaurants in Hampi?

The best places to eat in Hampi are Udupi Sri Krishna Bhavan, Waterfalls, Shiv Moon, Durga Huts, Hoova Craft Shop & Cafe, Mango Tree. You can see all the places to eat in Hampi here

What are the top sightseeing places in Hampi?

The top sightseeing places in Hampi are Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Vithala Temple, Lotus Palace, Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple, Hampi Bazaar, Hippie Island.

What are the top activities in Hampi?

The top activities in Hampi are Hampi Half Day Walking Tour , Anjaneya Hill Half Day Trekking Experience, Hampi Heritage Private Half Day Tour, Hampi Half Day Bicycle Tour, Hampi Half Day Tour by Tuk Tuk , Hampi Private Car Charter (4, 8, or 12 Hours).
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