Welcome to Hampi


The main travellers’ ghetto has traditionally been Hampi Bazaar, a village crammed with budget lodges, shops and restaurants, and towered over by the majestic Virupaksha Temple. Tranquil Virupapur Gaddi across the river has become a new popular hang-out. However, recent demolitions in both areas have seen businesses closed, with the future of Hampi bitterly contested between locals and authorities.


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$4900 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Maharajas' Express -The Southern Jewels ( 8 days and 7 Nights )

The Southern Jewels- departure from 16th Sep till 23rd Sep                       (07 Nights / 08 Days )Route:Trivandrum – Chettinad – Mahabalipuram – Mysore – Hampi – Goa – Ratnagiri - Mumbai   Day 01/ Saturday : Welcome Onboard as we proceed to Chettinad - After a traditional welcome board the Maharajas'Express. Dinner  shall be served onboard. Day 02/ Sunday : Chettinad/Karaikudi - Arrive into Chettinad. After onboard breakfast, visit famous Chettinad Mansions and Athnagudi Tile Factory followed by an activity filled day at a private venue . Lunch and Dinner onboard Day 03/ Monday : Mahabalipuram -  After Breakfast proceed to visit the historical city of mahabalipuram. Visit the UNESCO world heritage site - Shore temple. Lunch at an exclusive venue. Return to the Train.Dinner onboard.Day 04/ Tuesday : Mysore - After onboard breakfast , visit the Maysore Palace. Proceed for lunch at the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. After lunach, proceed to visit to Shreerangapatnam. Dinner onboard.Day 05/ Wednesday : Hampi - After an early breakfast, proceed to visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hampi. Enjoy the surroundings as you  travel around on Tuk Tuks. Return to the train for lunch. After lunch, proceed to visit the ancient Anegudi Village. Dinner onboard.Day 06/ Thursday : Hampi-Goa - Enjoy a relaxed day onboard as the train proceeds to Goa. Breakfast and Lunch onboard. Deboard in the evening to visit the Goa Chitra MUseum, one of the finest ethnographic museum in the country followed by exclusive Goan Carnival EveningDay 07/ Friday : Goa - After onboard breakfast, deboard to visit the Churches of the North and a Walking Tour of the Old Panjim houses followed by Lunch at an Exclusive venue. Enjoy an 'Indian Evening' onboard raising a toast to this memorable experience as the Maharajas'Express proceeds to Mumbai.Day 08/ Saturday : Disembark in Mumbai - Early this morning, after breakfast, disembark at around 0900 hours st Mumbai, the financial capital of the India. Bid farewell to the Maharajas'Express as the journey comes to an end with transfer to hotel / airport in Mumbai.Tour Ends

$5550 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Maharajas Express - Southern Sojourn ( 8 days and 7 Nights )

                  The Southern Sojourn- departure from 09th Sep  till 16th Sep                                              (07 Nights / 08 Days )           Route: Mumbai – Goa – Hampi – Mysore – Cochin-  Kumarakom - Trivandrum.Day 01/ Saturday : Welcome Onboard as we proceed to Goa- After a traditional welcome board the Maharajas'Express. Dinner  shall be served onboard.Day 02/ Sunday : Arrive into Goa  After onboard breakfast, deboard to visit the Churches of the North and a Walking Tour of the Old Panjim houses .Return to the train for onboard Lunch. De boarad in the evening to visit the Goa Chitra Museum, one of the finest ethnographic museum in the country followed by exclusive Goan Carnival Evening.Day 03/ Monday : Goa - Hampi - Enjoy a relaxed day onboard as the train proceeds to Hampi . Arrive at Hospet railway station and proceed to  proceed to visit the ancient Anegudi Village. Dinner onboard.Day 04/ Tuesday : Hampi - After an early breakfast, proceed to visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Hampi. Enjoy the surroundings as you  travel around on Tuk Tuks. Return to the train for lunch as the Maharaja express proceed to Mysore. Dinner shall be served on board.Day 05/ Wednesday : Mysore - After onboard breakfast , visit the Maysore Palace. Proceed for lunch at the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. After lunach, proceed to visit to Shreerangapatnam. Dinner onboard.Day 06/ Thursday : Cochin - Arrive into Kerala - God's Own Country. Breakfast and lunch onboard. Disembark to visit a village complex practicing various traditional arts. Take a short Tuk Tuk ride to reach the Model Eco Tourism village. Later proceed for traditional dinner at an exclusive venune.Day 07/ Friday : Kumarakam - After onboard breakfast, proceed for Canoe Cruise on the famous backwaters of Kumarakam. Proceed for lunch at an exclusive venue where you will witness an exciting Snake Boat Race. Return to the comforts of Maharajas'Express. Enjoy an 'Indian Evening' onboard raising a toast to this memorable Experience as the Maharajas'Express proceed to Trivandrum.Day 08/ Saturday : Disembark in Trivandrum -  This Morning,after breakfast, you will disembark at around 0900 hours at trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala. Bid farewell to the Maharajas'Express as the journey comes to an end . Pickup from train station and drop at Airport / Hotel at Trivandrum.Tour End.

$250 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private Two-Day Hampi Tour from Bangalore

Day 1 6AM- Hotel pick up We drive 350 KMs to reach the Hampi, the ancient capital of Vijayanagara Empire. 2PM- Arrive in Hampi We start our tour at the biggest idol of Hampi. Ugra Narasimha is 22 feet in height and was carved by a Brahmin during Krishnadevaraya’s time. There is a serpent with open hood at the back of the headWe will next visit Badavi Linga is the biggest of all lingas in Hampi. It is made of black stone and rises 12 feet in height. A canal passes through it and hence it’s always in water.Balakrishna temple was built by the King Krishnadevaraya) in 1513 AD to celebrate the conquest of the eastern kingdom of Udayagiri. Its a temple of Lord Krishna during his infancy and has spectacular carvings of mythical beasts.Hemakunta hill is our next destination. It has many ancient temples provides scenic views of the entire town. It is also a great place to watch the Sun set.We end the day at the magnificent Virupaksha temple.  It is from the Hoysala period and is the oldest temple in Hampi. The temple tower has eleven storeys and goes up 165 ft in height. The river Tungabhadra flows inside.Day2 Today begins at Vijaya Vittala temple is probably the grandest masterpiece around. It is constructed on a polyhedron foundation. Right at the front is the world renowned stone chariot made of rough quartz. You will spot figures of soldiers, hunters and even foreign visitors like Portuguese and Arabs etched on the chariot.  The musical pillars of the temple is one of the greatest work of art by mankind. King’s Balance is the next destination. This is a huge stone frame east of Purandara Mantapa. A stone beam is placed on two pillars of stone. Legend has it that the generous Kings of Vijayanagara used to weigh them with gold and gems and distribute it among the poor. We will visit the Royal enclosures. Some of the memorable structures here are the Elephant stables, Queen’s bath and the Lotus Mahal.  The Zanana enclosure , which was the place for the royal women is another fascinating site.The Hampi experience ends at the ancient Anegundi caves. The paintings here date back to the Iron Age around 1500 BC.

$900 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6 Night Expedition of the Bewitching Ruins of Hampi

Day 1 – Chitradurga, impregnable fort 7AM- We will reach Chitradurga after a drive of 3.5 hours. The fort has seven concentric fortification walls, 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, 35 secret pathways, four invisible passages, water tanks and 2000 watch towers! Post lunch, we leave for Hampi and check in to our hotel by late evening.Day 2 – Bear Sanctuary Hampi We will head towards the Royal structures of Hampi. Over the next couple of hours we will explore the courts and military structures of the once mighty Vijayanagar Empire. Post lunch visit a fascinating sanctuary for the Indian Sloth Bear at Daroji. Spread over 5500 hectares Daroji Bear Sanctuary is home to 150 Bears and other animals like  Leopards, Hyena, Jackals, Wild boars and many birds. Day 3  Sacred & Royal Trails in Hampi We spend the day walking around the sacred area along the Tungabhadra River. We will experience beautiful temples and market places which were built by Vijaynagara Kings to carry on commerce and trade.  Day 4 – Kishkinda (Ramayana) TrailToday we start early at daybreak at 545 am. We ride to Anjanadri hill, the birth place of  Lord Hanuman,  for a  glorious sunrise. After breakfast we visit Kishkinda, the legendary monkey kingdom mentioned in the great epic The Ramayana. Our guide will tell us stories and legends pertaining to the places we visit.Day 5 – Badami, Aihole & PattadakalOur destination will be the legendary cave temples built by the Chalukyas at Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal. Dating back to the 6th century, these are considered one of the best remnants of temple art in India. After breakfast we do 150 KMs to the erstwhile capital of the Chalukya Kings,  Badami. Located in a ravine at the foot of red sandstone hills Badami looks mesmerizing surrounded by the Agastya lake.  We ride from Badami to Aihole, located 34 KMs away. There are more than a hundred stone temples from 5th century onwards to see.  After Aihole, we move to Pattadakal located 14 KMs away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an epitome of the Visara style of architecture.  Day 6 – Village experience in Badami & Hampi tourWe spend the day at a leisurely pace around the  villages surrounding the ruins of Hampi. We will ride on bikes and bullock carts as we explore lakes, canals and Iron age cave paintings in Anegundi village and other parts of the countryside. You will also be able to look at the local handicrafts which keeps the livelihood going for these folks. Day 7 – Bangalore9AM- We commence the final leg of this tour after breakfast and drive 340 KMs.  We would reach Bangalore by 6 PM. End of Tour.

$106 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day Excursion To Hampi From Hospet With Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hospet and driven to the ancient town of Hampi, which is just 10 miles from Hospet.Once there, start your visit with the magnificent 15th Century Virupaksha temple. The temple is carved in stone and its walls and pillars are decorated with sculptures that depict scenes from Shiva’s life and episodes from the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The outer pillars of the temple are said to produce music when tapped.Another temple famous for its magnificent architecture is the Vittala Temple. A giant chariot carved out of stone stands on the grounds of the temple complex. The temple has several pillared halls. The intricate carvings on the walls of the temple depict stories from Hindu mythology, the military conquests of King Krishnadevaraya and the daily life of the citizens of this glorious Empire.Visit the 14th century underground temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The temple remains submerged in water for most part of the year. The reason why the temple was constructed several feet below the ground level is still not known.Spend the morning exploring other important temples like the Kodanda Rama temple, Achyutaraya temple, Yantrodharaka, Chakra Tirtha, Pattabhirama temple, Ganagitthi Jain Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Ugra Narasimha, Badavi Linga, Krishna Temple and the intriguingly named Mustard Ganesh and Peanut Ganesh temples.Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (beverage excluded).After lunch explore the area around the Old Bazaar and the Royal Center. Visit the old scaffold and the King’s balance on which the Kings of the Vijayanagar Empire were weighed in gold, silver and precious stones that were then distributed to the poor. The elephant stables are another interesting sight amidst the ruins. Visit the Lotus Mahal, the Watchtower, the Queen’s Bath, Mahanavami Dibba (a giant 3-storeyed royal platform), Aqueduct, the Secret Chamber, the King’s Audience Hall and the open shower.At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Hospet and dropped off at your hotel.

$75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day Excursion To Hampi From Hospet

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hospet and driven to the ancient town of Hampi, which is just 10 miles from Hospet.Once there, start your visit with the magnificent 15th Century Virupaksha temple. The temple is carved in stone and its walls and pillars are decorated with sculptures that depict scenes from Shiva’s life and episodes from the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The outer pillars of the temple are said to produce music when tapped.Another temple famous for its magnificent architecture is the Vittala Temple. A giant chariot carved out of stone stands on the grounds of the temple complex. The temple has several pillared halls. The intricate carvings on the walls of the temple depict stories from Hindu mythology, the military conquests of King Krishnadevaraya and the daily life of the citizens of this glorious Empire.Visit the 14th century underground temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The temple remains submerged in water for most part of the year. The reason why the temple was constructed several feet below the ground level is still not known.Spend the morning exploring other important temples like the Kodanda Rama temple, Achyutaraya temple, Yantrodharaka, Chakra Tirtha, Pattabhirama temple, Ganagitthi Jain Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Ugra Narasimha, Badavi Linga, Krishna Temple and the intriguingly named Mustard Ganesh and Peanut Ganesh temples.Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).After lunch explore the area around the Old Bazaar and the Royal Center. Visit the old scaffold and the King’s balance on which the Kings of the Vijayanagar Empire were weighed in gold, silver and precious stones that were then distributed to the poor. The elephant stables are another interesting sight amidst the ruins. Visit the Lotus Mahal, the Watchtower, the Queen’s Bath, Mahanavami Dibba (a giant 3-storeyed royal platform), Aqueduct, the Secret Chamber, the King’s Audience Hall and the open shower. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Hospet and dropped off at your hotel.