Lonely Planet review
From the eastern end of Hampi Bazaar, a track, best covered on foot, leads left along the riverbank to the Vittala Temple, about 2km away. The undisputed highlight of the Hampi ruins, the 16th-century temple is in fairly good condition, though a few cement scaffolds have been erected to keep the main structure from collapsing.
Work possibly started on the temple during the reign of Krishnadevaraya (1509–29) but it was never finished or consecrated. Yet, the temple’s incredible sculptural work remains the pinnacle of Vijayanagar art. The outer ‘musical’ pillars reverberate when tapped, but authorities have placed them out of tourists’ bounds for fear of further damage, so no more do-re-mi. Don’t miss the temple’s showcase piece: the ornate stone chariot that stands in the temple courtyard, whose wheels were once capable of turning.
Retain your ticket for same-day admission into the Zenana Enclosure and Elephant Stables in the Royal Centre.