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 2 day tour of Hampi 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.Day2Today 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

Bewitching ruins of Hampi & Badami over 6 nights from Bangalore

Day 1 – Chitradurga, impregnable fort7AM- 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 HampiWe 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.

$38 Private & Custom Tours

Private Custom Tour: Hampi & Hospet Sightseeing with Guide

Pick up from city hotel in HampiAll sightseeing done in air-conditioned vehicle, with guide. Hampi- a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is nestled within the ruins of medieval city of Vijayanagar in the state of Karnataka on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Vijayanagara, meaning the City of Victory, is set in a surreal boulder-strewn landscape. Although the city was invaded by marauding Mughul invaders in the 16th century, much of it still remains today. Visit the Vittala Temple with a huge stone chariot in its complex. Many of the halls here are noted for their extraordinary pillars with intricate carvings. There are also a set of pillars, known as ‘musical pillars’, which resonate when tapped. The path that connects the ancient Hampi Bazaar to the Vittala temple leads to Riverside Ruins. Scattered along the path you can see numerous shrines, carved artifacts, ruins of ancient structures. Virupaksha Temple that is believed to be one of the oldest active temples from 7th century in India. The temple complex consists of the god’s sanctum, pillared halls and a series of giant entrance towers. Then visit a fortified Royal Enclosure known for a platform from where the king used to watch the annual parade of imperial majesty and military might. The area is strewn with numerous palace bases, underground temples and aquatic structures. Head to the hills and visit the Hemakuta Hill Temples located on a rocky hilltop with undulations. The highlights are the sets of triple chambered temples with its pyramid like granite roofs. Also see Kadalekalu Ganesha - a giant statue of the elephant headed Hindu god Ganesha. Next, visit the Sasivekalu Ganesha, which is a giant statue of Lord Ganesha. Also, see a temple dedicated to lord Krishna. The complex consists of the main shrine, shrines of goddesses, the chariot / market street and the temple tank. Then, visit the most famous icons of Hampi - Lakshmi Narasimha, which is a giant monolithic statue of the man-lion god. Wrap up the tour by seeing the Queen’s bath, which essentially is a large veranda with protruding balconies all around, facing a central pool - which looks like an indoor aquatic complex. Drive to Hospet. (Approx duration: 30 minutes; Approx distance: 12.6 km )In Hospet, visit the Tungabhadra Dam. Tunga Bhadra dam is constructed across river Tungabhadra, a tributary of River Krishna. The dam is built near the town of Hosapete in Karnataka. The main architect of the dam was Thirumalai Iyengar, an engineer from Madras. Because the Tungabhadra Dam was constructed by him, so a general-purpose hall in this place was named after him. Multipurpose dams are the ones which help in generation of electricity, irrigation of land, prevention and control of floods, etc. Later driver back to Hampi, and drop off at city hotel

$255 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private tour: 2-Night Hampi and Hospet Tour from Bangalore

Day 1: Bangalore – Hospet / Hampi (330 kms – 7/8 hrs approx) Pickup from your hotel in Bangalore city or Bengaluru International Airport and then drive to Hospet. Upon arrival in Hospet check in at the hotel. In the evening, visit the Tungabhadra Dam. The area around the dam is a popular picnic spot. Overnight at hotel.Day 2: Hospet and Hampi [B] After breakfast at hotel spend a whole day exploring Hospet and Hampi. First visit Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled within the ruins of medieval city of Vijayanagar in the state of Karnataka on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Vijayanagara, meaning the City of Victory, is set in a surreal boulder-strewn landscape. Although the city was invaded by marauding Mughul invaders in the 16th century, much of it still remains today. Later visit the Vittala Temple with a huge stone chariot in its complex. Many pf the halls here are noted for their extraordinary pillars with intricate carvings. There are also a set of pillars, known as ‘musical pillars’, which resonate when tapped. The path that connects the ancient Hampi Bazaar to the Vittala temple leads to Riverside Ruins. Scattered along the path you can see numerous shrines, carved artifacts, ruins of ancient structures. Also visit the Virupaksha Temple that is believed to be one of the oldest active temples from 7th century in India. The temple complex consists of the god’s sanctum, pillared halls and a series of giant entrance towers. Then visit a fortified Royal Enclosure known for a platform from where the king used to watch the annual parade of imperial majesty and military might. The area is strewn with numerous palace bases, underground temples and aquatic structures. Head to the hills and visit the Hemakuta Hill Temples located on a rocky hilltop with undulations. The highlights are the sets of triple chambered temples with its pyramid like granite roofs. Also see Kadalekalu Ganesha - a giant statue of the elephant headed Hindu god Ganesha. This 14 feet tall sculpture is carved in situ on the slopes of the Hemakuta Hill. Marvel at the Sasivekalu Ganesha, which is a giant statue of Ganesha. Also see a temple dedicated to lord Krishna. The complex consists of the main shrine, shrines of goddesses, the chariot / market street and the temple tank. Next visit amongst the most famous icons of Hampi - Lakshmi Narasimha, which is a giant monolithic statue of the man-lion god. Wrap up the tour by seeing the Queen’s bath, which essentially is a large veranda with protruding balconies all around, facing a central pool - looks like an indoor aquatic complex. Overnight stay at the hotel.Day 3: Hospet/Hampi – Bangalore (330 kms – 7/8 hrs approx)After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to your hotel in Bangalore city or Bengaluru International Airport.