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Vittala Temple

Hampi's most exquisite structure, the 16th-century Vittala Temple stands amid boulders 2.5km from Hampi Bazaar. Work possibly started on the temple during the reign of Krishnadevaraya (r 1509–29). The structure...

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Virupaksha Temple

The focal point of Hampi Bazaar is this temple, one of the city’s oldest structures, and Hampi’s only remaining working temple. The main gopuram (gateway), almost 50m high, was built in 1442; a smaller one was...

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Achyutaraya Temple

At the southern end of Sule Bazaar is the beautiful Achyutaraya Temple, dating from 1534, one of the last great monuments constructed before the fall of Hampi. You approach the temple via two partly ruined...

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Mango Tree

Hampi’s most famous restaurant has relocated to an atmospheric tented restaurant in the bazaar but is still run by three generations of the same local family. It's an efficiently managed place with good service...

Historic Site in Hampi

Sule Bazaar

Halfway along the path from Hampi Bazaar to Vittala Temple, a track to the right leads over the rocks to deserted Sule Bazaar, one of ancient Hampi’s principal centres of commerce and reputedly its red-light...

Ruins in Hampi

Zenana Enclosure

Northeast of the Royal Centre, within the walled ladies’ quarters, is the Zenana Enclosure. Its peaceful grounds and manicured lawns feel like an oasis in the arid surrounds. The Lotus Mahal and Elephant Stables...

Ruins in Hampi

Queen’s Bath

South of the Royal Centre you’ll find various temples and elaborate waterworks, including the Queen’s Bath, deceptively plain on the outside but amazing within, featuring Indo-Islamic architecture.

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Gouthami

A well-run place with cushion seating (or dining tables) and an excess of psychedelic wall hangings. Serves tasty Indian, Israeli and Western classics. There's an espresso machine (cappuccinos ₹120), and it also...

Multicuisine in Hampi

Gopi Roof Restaurant

Serves up flavoursome Indian, Chinese and Israeli food, and even the Mexican grub (try the veg enchiladas) is quite tasty. Sip a lassi (₹60) or masala chai (₹30) while you're waiting for your meal.

Hindu Temple in Hampi

Lakshimi Narasmiha

An interesting stop along the road to Virupaksha Temple is the 6.7m monolithic statue of the bulging-eyed Lakshimi Narasmiha in a cross-legged lotus position and topped by a hood of seven snakes.

Musical Instruments in Hampi

Gali Djembe Music Shop

Run by an amiable musician who teaches djembe (drums) and didgeridoo, this store sells Indian and Western musical instruments at fair prices.

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Moonlight

A family-owned place right behind Virupaksha Temple that serves good breakfasts, pancakes, curries and espresso coffee.

Wildlife Reserve in Hampi

Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Amid scrubby, undulating terrain 21km south of Hampi, the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary nurses a large population of free-ranging sloth bears in an area of 83 sq km. You have a good chance of spotting them, as...

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Mahanavami-diiba

The Mahanavami-diiba is a 12m-high, three-tiered platform with intricate carvings and panoramic vistas of the walled complex of ruined temples, stepped tanks and the king’s audience hall. The platform was used as...

Museum in Hampi

Archaeological Museum

Boasts a fine collection of sculpture from local sites, plus neolithic tools, 16th-century weaponry and a large floor model of the Vijayanagar ruins. Don't miss the information panels: one details the king's...

Archaeological Site in Hampi

Elephant Stables

This grand building with 11 domed chambers is where the state elephants once resided – each chamber has a small opening where mahouts (keepers) entered. The stables are accessed via the Zenana enclosure. There's...

Hindu Temple in Hampi

Krishna Temple

Built in 1513, Krishna Temple is fronted by an apsara (celestial nymph) and 10 incarnations of Vishnu. It’s on the road to Virupaksha Temple near Lakshimi Narasmiha.

Statue in Hampi

Nandi Statue

At the eastern end of Hampi Bazaar is a Nandi statue, around which stand some of the colonnaded blocks of the ancient marketplace. This is the main location for Vijaya Utsav, the Hampi arts festival.