Explore the Heritage Sites
07:00 AM – 12:00 PM
After exploring the sacred sites of the central part of Hampi, you explore some of the iconic heritage sites of Hampi located on the north-eastern part of the town adjacent to the banks of the Tungabhadra River. The sightseeing begins at Malyavantha Raghunatha Temple and concludes at Sugriva’s Cave.
Mode of Transport: Rent a bike/motorcycle/rickshaw to reach Vijaya Vittala Temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The attractions spread within the temple premises and can be explored on foot. All the attractions are 400 m to 600 m apart from each other and can be covered in 4-5 hours
Malyavantha Raghunatha Temple: The temple is dedicated to Lord Shri Ram and his brother Laxman. According to the folklore, Shri Ram and Laxman, on their expedition in search of Devi Sita, halted at this location to take shelter during the monsoon season. The temple is an active temple and is open for visitors 24 hours. The road leading to the main temple is narrow and can be accessed only on foot.
Vijaya Vittala Temple: Vijaya Vittala Temple is located 5 km north of Malyavantha Raghunath Temple. The temple is dedicated to Vithoba, also known as Vittala, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Dravidian style of architecture of the temple is considered to be the grandest of all monuments in Hampi.
The Stone Chariot: Everyone is familiar with The Stone Chariot of Hampi. The image of the chariot can be found on the Rs 50 denomination currency note. Present inside the Vijaya Vittala Temple complex, the chariot is actually a shrine dedicated to Garuda, the carrier of Lord Vishnu. The structure is believed to be the jewel of Hampi.
Sugriva’s Cave: 800 meters from the Stone Chariot, you come across this naturally formed cave along the banks of the river Tungabhadra. According to the legend, the cave was the hideout spot for Sugriva, the king of the vanara army. Inside the cave, you can find the markings of pieces of jewelry of Devi Sita that were dropped when she was captivated by Ravana.
Time Duration: 4 – 5 hours.
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Explore the other side of the river
01:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Mode of Transport: Best way to cross the Tungabhadra River is by enjoying a ride in the coracle boat. There are three spots where coracle crossing is done – Near Virupaksha Temple, opposite Kondandarama Temple, and near Vijaya Vittala Temple.
The northern bank of the Tungabhadra River is known for the lesser-known and offbeat places of Hampi.
Sanapur Lake: Sanapur Lake acts as a reservoir for agricultural purposes but also serves as a stunning tourist spot. Although coracle boating on the lake is a popular activity, the panoramic views and the balancing boulders add to the charm.
Time Duration: 45 mins
Anjanadri / Anjaneya Hill: The hilltop is named after Hanuman. According to the legend, this was the birthplace of Hanuman. The temple present at the hilltop is dedicated to Hanuman. There is an accessway to the hilltop that has around 500 steps. This is an ideal place to witness the sunset.
Time Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours
Travel Advice: The coracle boat rides are available till 5:30 PM. So make sure you wind up your sightseeing by then.