Set in an extraordinary landscape of giant boulders, lush paddy fields and banana plantations on the banks of Tungabhadra River, Hampi speaks volumes about the glory of the Vijayanagara Empire. The architectural splendor of monuments makes Hampi one of the most striking ruins of the modern world. It has been declared as a UNESCO world Heritage.
Hampi is divided into two parts, The Sacred Center and the Royal Center. These clusters are about 3 kilometers apart. As the name suggests a number of temples and religious structures are located in the sacred center, and the ruins of palaces and military structures are found in the royal center.
The Virupaksha temple and the Vittala Temple are the largest and the most famous ruins of this complex. Virupaksha Temple has been functioning since its inception in the 7th century AD, which makes this one of the oldest functioning temples in India.
The stone chariot and the musical pillars are the most iconic structures in Vittala temple complex. It is said that if you strike these musical pillars each one of them will emit a musical note. The stone chariot, which appears to be monolithic, is actually made of several large granite blocks, and the joints are camouflaged cleverly with beautiful carvings.
It takes a couple of days at least to see the full glory of Hampi. The best time to visit is between November to March which is the peak season as the climate is cooler
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