Sights of Hampi, India Part 1 – Vittala Temple

February 7, 2015

Links to the parts in this series:
Part 2 – Achutaraya Temple
Part 3 – Virupaksha Temple
Part 4 – Queen’s Palace and Bath
Part 5 – Royal Enclosure
Part 6 – Hazara Rama Temple

Hampi was the center of the Vijayanagara Hindu Empire, 1343-1565. The 16th century was the golden age of Hampi when merchants from all over the civilized world came to Hampi to trade. Horse trading reigned supreme and many of the temples reflect their importance in the carvings.

While most of the immense complex has been destroyed – little is left of the palace grounds – and large portions of some temples have been rebuilt, the granite carvings, story boards and columns are a delight. Also be sure not to miss the painted story on the ceiling of the Virupaksha temple.

The palace grounds and temples surrounding the town of Hampi cover an extensive area, much too large to simply wander by yourself without a guide or map. However, the surrounding landscape of gigantict granite boulders entices you to do just that, especially late in the day when the sun is low and most of the tourists have gone home.

If you really want to see the key sights in a reasonable amount of time it is best to hire a guide. Good local guides are highly trained in local history and culture and can bring the ruins to life. Our guide’s English was good enough to get his point across albeit with a few difficulties. We paid 1500 rupees for a full day, probably a bit more than we should have, but we were happy with his professionalism and passion for his subject.

I have to admit that in the heat of the afternoon the ruins start to run together and the guide’s stories seem to go on forever. It would be more pleasant to plan a couple of half day guided tours, relax during the hottest part of the day and maybe stroll sections of the ruins in low light of the late afternoon.

Day 1 – The guided tour of Hampi started at the village road east of town to Vittala Temple

Kudregombe Mantapa

Kudregombe Mantapa

Pool on the way to entrance

Pool along road to entrance gate

Vittala Temple – The day of our visit they were filming a Bollywood movie.

Vittala Temple

original section of gate

original section of gate

Chariot

Chariot

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musical columns - can be played like a musical  instrument

musical columns – can be played like a musical instrument

Vittala Temple

no one at the back of the complex

no one at the back of the complex

Vittala Temple

male lead

male lead

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8 Responses to Sights of Hampi, India Part 1 – Vittala Temple

  1. lovetotrav says:

    Great pics. It must have been interesting to see part of the filming as well. Bollywood movies are so unique!

  2. hchamney says:

    I love all the colors and dress of India.. so beautiful! Great photos!

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