Full-Day Tour of Hampi and Vijayanagar Empire UNESCO Sites

Tours & Sightseeing in Hampi

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Your smiling professional licensed guide/historian born, lived in Hampi for 46 years reports with local Tuk Tuk at your Hampi stay to start lingering with the fairy tales of irascible gods and monkey kings, where the evocative ruins encourage notions of fantasy, bring the past to life and make the unreal real. Start the tour from the flowing river banks by visiting living shrine Virupaksha Temple and be blessed by Temple Elephant. Further explore the great Indian epic, the Ramayana, part of which had happened right here, along these riverbanks. Hampi, the carnival of carvings is an Austere, Grandiose UNESCO site, an area of nearly 26 sq km, enclosed by seven lines of fortifications with more than 1600 surviving remains of Gods and creatures, The presumptuous veggie lunch will be served on Banana leaves. Further continue to experience the coracle ride on flowing river Tungabhadra. Witness the sun set and final photo shot of the disappearing kingdom . Must visit place in life time.
World Heritage tour starts at 09AM from your place of stay in Hampi region with guide and local Tuk Tuk and ends at 06pm. Veg lunch, coracle ride and entrances are included. Please wear dignified costumes with flip on shoes and hat. You will walk amongst unearthly landscapes, giant boulders, undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields.  Hampi was once the seat of the mighty Vijayanagar empire; the world's second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing by 1500 CE and probably India's richest at that time, attracting traders from Persia and Portugal witnessing resurgence of Hindu religion, art, architecture in an unprecedented scale with contemporary chroniclers from Arabia, Italy, Portugal and Russia visited the empire, have left graphic and glowing accounts of the city. "sacred centre", "urban core" or the "royal centre"; and metropolitan Vijayanagara. Pampapati (now in worship) with magnificent entrance tower. The Vitthala temple. The monolithic statues of Lakshmi, Narasimha and Ganesa are noted for their massiveness and grace.The Krishna temple, Pattabhirama temple, Hazara Ramachandra and Chandrasekhara temple as also the Jaina temples. widespread bazaars flanked on either side by storeyed mandapas. The secular edifices: Zenana enclosure with a massive stone basement of the Queen's palace and an ornate pavilion called 'Lotus-Mahal are only remnants of a luxurious Antahpura. The corner towers of arresting elevation, the Dhananayaka's enclosure (treasury), the Mahanavami Dibba carrying beautifully sculptured panels, a variety of ponds and tanks, mandapas, the elephant's stables and the row of pillared mandapas are some of the important architectural remains of this city.Recent excavations at the site have brought to light a large number of palatial complexes and basements of several platforms. Interesting finds include a large number of stone images, both in round and relief, beautiful terracotta objects and stucco figures that once embellished the palaces. In addition many gold and copper coins, household utensils, a square stepped-tank (sarovara) at the south-west of Mahanavami Dibba, and a large number of ceramics including the important variety of porcelain and inscribed Buddhist sculptures of 2nd -3rd century AD have also been unearthed. You can also visit the state archaeological museum at Kamlapur.  

What’s included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch (veg)
  • Professional historian guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Private tour
  • cocunut water
  • coracle ride
  • Local Tuk Tuk
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities