When we think of Karnataka as a destination, the name Hampi is a first on the list. This glorious and ancient city has a rich past and was the 2nd largest Medieval- Era city (First being Beijing). The ruins of Hampi are situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River and is spread over 16 square miles. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi was Vijayanagara Empire’s capital city in the 14th century.
Hampi still holds high religious values and the shrines still intact at Hampi represent how devoted people in history were. Hampi was probably the wealthiest city of India in that era; it attracted traders from Portugal and Persia too.
Hampi is home to about 1,600 surviving structures which includes shrines, complexes, forts, mandapas, pillar halls, memorial structures and water structures too.
Muslim Sultanate armies conquered Hampi in 1565 after they defeated the Vijayanagara Empire, the last ever Hindu empire. The Vijayanagara Empire fought many wars against the Sultanate, but finally, the magnificent structure of Hampi met its end. Today Hampi is a major tourist spot with breathtaking views. If you want to experience how rich Indian history was and want to learn about architectural excellence, Hampi is the place to be.
As you walk through the complex, you can envision the historical monuments the trading roads, the bazaar. Many of Hampi’s structures are monumental to the victories of the great empire of Vijayanagara. Hampi has many great temples where deities like Krishna and Shiva were worshipped If you are interested in history or are looking for a scenic getaway Hampi is the place to be.