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Classic Heritage of Hampi

duration:

2 days 1 Night

where:

Hampi, Karnataka

group size:

2-20

INR 7,000 to 9,000 per person

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Hampi is one of the most beautiful and evocative of all historical sites in south India. It was established as the seat of the Vijayanagara Empire in the mid 14th century, a time when art and architecture flourished in South India. Several travellers from around the world visited the empire during this period and wrote glowing accounts of a magnificent city.  Abdul Razzaq, a persian traveller wrote “The City of Vijayanagara is such that the pupil of the eye has never seen a place like it, and the ear of intelligence has never been informed that there existed anything equal it in the world”.   The city had over half a million inhabitants making it the second largest city in the world at the time.  At its peak the empire spread to entire south India encompassing present day Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Chhattisgarh and Orissa. In CE 1565 the Vijayanagara empire fell after facing defeat at the battle of Talikota. Following this the Sultanate troops conquered the capital, pillaged it for six months before abandoning it.  So extensive was the damage that the city never recovered.  Today only structures made of solid masonry survive as evidence to the glorious past. The site is a protected UNESCO world heritage site, spread over an area of 265 square kilometers encompassing beautiful temples, basements of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings and more.

On this Heritage Hampi Itinerary learn about the exquisite architecture of Hampi’s ruins, hear the founding stories of Vijayanagara and why they choose this blessed land to build their capital, explore the ruins spread across the core zone of world heritage site of Hampi.  This getaway is suitable for lovers of history.

For detailed itinerary please see the section below.

 

Price

Price could be within the range indicated,  the final price will vary based on number of people travelling, accommodation provided and other customization. Please fill up the enquiry form for a quote.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation will be arranged at a heritage property set in stunning village surroundings.   Allocation will depend on availability.  Send us an enquiry with interested dates and we’ll get back to you with a price quote and share details of available accommodation for those dates.

 

Tours and Activities Included

1) Anegundi Walking Heritage Tour (2 Hours) –  Day 1 Morning

2) Royal Center Heritage Tour (3 Hours)  – Day 1 Afternoon

3) Sunrise at Matuna Hill (3 Hours ) –  Day 2 Early Morning

4)  Sacred Area Heritage Tour (3 Hours) – Day 2 Morning

 

When can I go?

Any time of the year.

Experience Highlights

  • Learn about the glorious history of Vijayanagara Empire
  • Visit all the important spots within the world heritage site in short duration of two days
  • Watch a stunning sunrise in the morning on top of Matunga Hill

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Anegundi & Royal Center 

We will arrange pickup from Hospet or Gangavathi, the nearest connected towns. Pickup can be in cars or auto rickshaws based on your preference. After pickup you will be transferred to the hotel or guest house of your choice. Once you get settled in the hotel and complete breakfast we will commence with days activities.

The world heritage site of Hampi covers 265 square kilometers of area, of which about 17% is considered as the core zone. Within this core zone there are several clusters of monuments in pockets of area.  The most important amongst them are the Sacred Center, Royal Center, Islamic quarters, Kamalapura and Anegundi.  Today we will be covering highlights of Hampi’s history, heritage and architecture connected to the Royal center and Anegundi. Royal Center was the Citadel of the Vijayanagara kings, it encompasses courtly and military structures of the core zone. Anegundi served as a cradle city of Vijayanagara and still serves as residence to local line of Rajas today.  

We will start with a heritage walking tour of Anegundi. Anegundi is called the cradle city of Vijayanagara because this fortified village predates Vijayanagara by many centuries. Moreover this area is believed to be the kingdom of Kishkindha mentioned in the great Indian epic Ramayana. Every hill, boulder and cave here has a story to tell. The town still has preserved its rich heritage. There are beautiful river side temples, palaces, old ancestral houses with wooden pillars and caves to explore.  

In the afternoon we will cross the river tungabhadra to visit the Royal center. Here we will cover a number of monuments – Queens Bath, Elephant Stables, Lotus Mahal, Mahanavami Dibba Platform, Underground shiva temple, Hazara Rama, Nobleman quarters view point, Stepwell kalyani, underground secret chamber.  

 

Day 2

Matunga Sunrise and Sacred Center

Today we start the day early on a  journey that will unfold the beauty of Hampi to us from the best vantage point of Matunga hill, even as the rising sun spreads its warmth on the blessed lands.  We will experience the joy of a beautiful sunrise while engaging in stories of this land and its people. Later we take a tour of the Sacred Center, which as the name suggests is the religion center of Hampi, a number of ancient temples and structures are in this area along the southern bank of the Tungabhadra river. We stop at a beautiful picnic location to have home cooked food out in the open, the meal will have all local specialities! 

We start early at 5.30 AM and head to the village of Hanumanahalli. From here we take a long ride on a coracle boat to cross the river onto the southern bank near the 16th century Vedic school mantapas. Then we proceed on foot through suli bazaar near Achutraya complex and start our ascent up the Matunga hill. Once up the hill we will watch the magnificent sunrise, this hilltop has the best aerial view of Hampi Matunga hill is the highest point in Hampi, the best spot for an aerial view of hampi. Once at the summit, the guide will explain the unique geology of this land, its flora and fauna. Learn why the kings established their capital in Vijayanagara and how it grew to be the second largest city in the world at the time.  We will then descend and proceed to have breakfast at a local tea shop.

From here we will start the tour of Sacred center covering several monuments including Hemakuta group of monuments, Virupaksha temple, Hampi Bazaar, Koti Linga, Kodanda Rama Temple, Kings Balance and Vittala temple complex.  After lunch we will relax and take a little rest since we had a early day to begin with.

Later in the evening we will arrange for you to be dropped back to continue your onward journey.

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