Krishnadeva Raya

In the footsteps of south india's greatest king

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Today Krishnadevaraya is remembered as an iconic king of South India, not only because of his prowess on the battlefield or the splendour of this empire, but also because he led us through a cultural renaissance that left a lasting impact on the cultural ethos of South India.

He won every single battle he fought and unified the whole of south India under his banner. His two-decade reign from 1509 to 1529 falls in what scholars call the early modern period, a precipice of world history when new global networks were being forged, cultures merged and cultures clashed, this was a time before European colonialism took its hold. Krishnadevaraya thus represents a critical transformation from ancient king to modern politician. He had to confront very modern problems such as building international alliances and negotiating overseas trade deals while grappling with the challenges of globalism and multiculturalism. The Deccan of his time was a place where Hindus and Muslims, north Indians and south Indians, Persians and Portuguese, all intermingled as they made their lives and fortunes. This cultural Dynamism also inspired Krishnadevaraya to look back at India’s past and reflect on her histories and traditions. As a philosopher-King who was also a celebrated poet in his own right, he presided over an Indian renaissance, when ancient texts and traditions were reinvigorated and infused with a fresh and modern vitality.

Come with us on a virtual journey as we follow in the footsteps of the legendary raya. Meet all the important people in his life, ones that influenced his decisions and shaped him. Get an eyewitness account of one of the greatest battles fought on Indian soil, one that involved war elephants, thunderous war drums, matchlock muskets guns, artillery cannons, trebuchets, horse cavalry and courageous heros. See the wondrous structures and work of art that was built during his reign. What did the Raya look like? What inspired him? What was his key contribution in literature, music, dance and other art forms?  Get answers to these and many other questions you’ve always had about Vijayanagara Empire & its greatest King, as an expert takes your through an immersive journey through medieval India. 


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Immersive Content

  • Live narration by the speaker
  • Use of 360° images for virtual walkthroughs 
  • Satellite Images with 3D views using Google Earth 
  • Question and Answer session 
  • Archival Images artifacts & places 
  • Videos, Images & Slides used to aid the narration produced for this tour
  • Scanned high quality images of fresco paintings 
  • Archival footage drawn from documentaries 


  • Geo-politics in deccan and south during the crucial pre-modern era before arrival of europeans in subcontinent
  • Events & People that shaped Krishnadevaraya’s life
  • Krishnadevaraya’s role in bringing a cultural renaissance to South India by reinvigorating ancient texts & traditions. His support to art forms like bhakti geete, carnatic music, bharatanatyam to enable social reform.
  • Peek into the social life, traditions and festivals celebrated during the reign of Krishnadevaraya
  • Battles fought by Krishnadevaraya – Battle strategies & formations , eye witness accounts, military hierarchy & aristocracy,  weapons used, logistics of battle


Arjun Bhat

Entrepreneur, Educator, Tedx Speaker, Cycling Enthusiast & Student of History

For the past 8 years, Arjun has been curating & executing immersive tours all around South India. He is invited to speak on topics related to travel, cultural heritage & responsible tourism. 

In 2012 he quit his corporate job to pursue his passion in travel and founded Travspire Tours. The mission was to offer unique and local experiences to travellers, the kind of experiences that would change their perspectives and shape their world views. He founded Explore Hampi Tours in 2014 to promote community based local tourism at Hampi. Today it provides employment and income opportunities to over 24 families through its various tours showcasing the heritage, culture, wildlife, adventure activities & artforms of Hampi.  In 2016 he started curating & executing immersive experiences for school children with innovative plans like “The Young Archaeologist Program” and “Multicultural Kerala”. 

In 2020 most of the tourism Industry is in dire straits due to the pandemic. Travspire tours hasn’t been able to operate regular tours since mid-march of 2020. The virtual tours are one of ways they are trying to innovate & keep the dream alive. Afterall, Arjun & his team have been storytelling for years on their tours. Today with these virtual tours they continue to tell interesting stories of India, in a new and exciting format! 

Focus Areas:  South Indian History & Heritage, Dravidian Temple Architecture

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