The ancient ruins, being reclaimed by nature, in Hampi

Hampi Tours and Travels

About Hampi

Steeped in mystery and filled with ancient, crumbling ruins, Hampi is a city unlike any other. With rice paddies stretching out across rolling hills, peppered with banana trees and colossal boulders, the landscape here is sure to enchant you, while the awe-inspiring collection of temples will captivate you even further. Every crack, crumble and fallen brick tells a story in this fascinating region so why not spend a few days marvelling at these tumbling temples. Realistically, the sights and sounds of Hampi could be seen and heard in a day, however, speeding through jars with the laid back vibe here, so take your time and meander at a leisurely pace.

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Naturally, the ruins that characterise this city are the main reason people visit Hampi. The best way to make the most of your time here is to hire a guide to take you through the maze of paths, they will be able to explain some of the history surrounding each of the temples and palaces. The Vittala Temple and the Virupaksha Temple are two of the most frequently visited sites but there are also dozens of smaller, less well-known structures that are equally impressive.

Imbued with rich spiritualism, Hampi is an excellent place for those seeking to reconnect with nature and detox from the chaos of modern life. Yoga classes are readily available and often take place at sunrise. Alternatively, wander through the various markets and bazaars and ogle the beautiful handicrafts. Visitors might also want to pay a visit to 'hippie island', located on the other side of the river and only accessible by boat, or they might prefer seeking out some of Hampi's indigenous wildlife.

Hampi Hotels

If you are planning a Hampi holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Boulders Resort Hampi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid-range Boutique Hotel

Boulders Resort is a fantastic boutique hotel set among an expanse of water eroded boulders, offering a range of individual cottages throughout the gorgeous hotel grounds. Each cottage is spacious and stylishly decorated. Organic vegetables, picked from the hotel's own garden, are used in the dishes cooked and served in the onsite restaurant. Enjoy authentic South Indian cuisine while you listen to the sound of the birds overhead. The hotel is 20 km from Hospet and 350 km from the airport at Bangalore.

Hyatt Palace Hampi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Modern and bright, the Hyatt Palace tastefully combines contemporary accommodation with authentic Indian hospitality. Guest rooms feature plush beds with state of the art amenities and excellent en suite facilities. Free Wi-fi is available throughout and there is an outdoor pool, perfect for relaxing by in the afternoon. Meals are served in the stylish restaurant and the cocktail bar is a great place to relax in the evening. The accommodation is located a short drive from the famous ruins of Hampi.

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