Hampi & Badami




Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, owing to the ancient temples, forts and other monuments here. Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire around 1500 AD, and by some accounts, the second largest city in the world at that time. Over the next centuries, it fell out of importance, and now there lie ruins of a lot of temples and other structures spread out over a vast area. The terrain around Hampi is as mysterious as the ruins themselves – the city is surrounded by boulders of different sizes, and you can climb to the top of them with a little effort to get a stunning view of the entire city and the geography. It is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Famous for its massive, beautifully carved temples, Hampi tells the stories of its existing structures. Many a visitor climbs atop the Matangaparvata and gets a glimpse of Hampi and its environs. The way the city was built with temples and bazaars is exemplary in itself. On the North banks of the river, Tungabhadra is the first capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, Anegundi, the temples and stories abound, which will help one to get a better understanding of the local heritage.Located in a valley of rugged red sandstone, surrounding the Agastya Lake, Badami is an archaeological delight owing to its beautifully crafted sandstone cave temples, fortresses and carvings. It is home to a number of examples of Dravidian architecture which sustains and enhances instances of both South and North Indian style of architecture. One can see the silent imprints that history has left behind all around the area. Visit the fascinating cave temples carved out of sandstone rocks. The set of four cave temples was built over a period of time and three of them are dedicated to Hindu deities. The fourth cave temple is devoted to Jainism. The temples are connected to each other by flights of stairs.


  • A/c Accommodation on twin sharing basis with Daily Breakfast(Only 1 B/F).
  • AC car for all the transfers and local sightseeing as per the given itinerary.
  • Well-experienced and bilingual driver till the departure.
  • All the expenses related to the vehicle (toll, tax, parking, permits, driver batta, etc).
  • Hotel Check-in at 12 pm and check-out at 10 am.
  • The driver is only available as per the program given above.
  • All the applicable taxes.
  • No hidden costs.
  • The packages do not include Volvo bus tickets.
  • Guide charges, entry fees, Camera Charges, Massages, Elephant Safaris, Personal expenses like laundry, tips and telephone calls, Optional Tours, Travel Insurance, etc.
  • Optional activities are mentioned in the itinerary & anything not mentioned in the above package.
  • In case of payment made by cr card or debit card service charge of 2.5% and 1% will be charged extra.

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Tour Plan

01:00 PM – Arrival & Check-in  On arrival check-in into your hotel/resort room.  Have lunch at the restaurant at your property. 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM – Hemakuta & Virupaksha Temple  As per the local tradition, we will start our visit to Hampi with a visit to the monolith of Sasivekalu Ganesha.  We then climb our way to the entrance of Hemakuta Hill.  Hemakuta hill was a fortified hill where the founders of Vijayanagara first set up their residence before moving it a few kilometres to the south.  On this hill, we find several shrines ranging from the 8th to 16th centuries with distinct architectural styles. We then head to the Virupaksha temple complex.  Within the Sacred area of Vijayanagara, there are 4 Major temple complexes, of which Virupaksha is the oldest and only surviving one.  The much older shrines of Pampa Devi, Bhoodevi & Durga dating to the 6th & 8th centuries are incorporated into the current temple complex.  Here we will learn about the origin of the name Hampi & story of how Vijayanagara was founded. Monuments Covered: Sasivekalu Ganesha, Double Stories Mantapa, Moola Virupaksha, Manmata Kunda, Virupaksha Temple & Hampi Bazaar. 07:00 PM: Return to Hotel/Resort in Hampi Overnight stay at Hotel/Resort
On this day tour, we will get a glimpse of a magnificent group of monuments in the Malaprabha valley, which stretches some 25 Kilometers along the Malaprabha river flowing in a northeasterly direction. Temple architecture in Badami, Aihole, and Pattadakal is characterized by a remarkable variety of styles and construction techniques. This high concentration of multiple styles within the confines of a limited zone like Malaprabha valley is to be found nowhere else in India. The Early Chalukya monuments bridge the transition from rock-cut excavation to free-standing construction. Construction began with cave temples at Badami and Aihole built in mid 6th Century CE with large-scale sculptural compositions on the walls and monolithic columns. Then moved to Dravidian-style structural temples in the first half of the 7th Century. The earliest example of a Dravidian-style structural temple in all of South India is found in Aihole built-in 634 CE. Though the Dravidian style was an Early Chalukya invention it eventually spread across all of South India and since then got influenced by Cholas, Pallavas, Hoysalas, Gangas, and Vijayanagara styles. Pattadakal is a unique meeting place of distinctive Dravida and Nagara building traditions of Southern and Northern India respectively. Not only are these discrete styles represented in temples built side by side, attributes of both these styles even came to be incorporated within individual monuments, resulting in a unique hybrid style.
09:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Sacred Area of Hampi  Sacred Center as the name suggests is the religion center of Hampi, a number of ancient temples and structures are in this area. The sacred area is spread over in a South West – North East direction along the southern bank of the Tungabhadra river.  We already covered some sites within the Sacred area yesterday, we will continue from where we left off today. The lifeline of Hampi is the mighty river Tungabhadra. She is the basis and origin of everything in Hampi. She has witnessed the boulders hills form over millions of years, she has seen early humans settle on her banks, she has seen many a sages and mystics, she has seen the rise and fall of one of the greatest empires in India. On this tour get a glimpse into thousands of years of history as it unfolded on the banks of this mighty river. Learn about the rituals, festivals celebrated along the river. Learn about the birth of Carnatic music and the Haridasa movement. Visit the most beautiful and intricate of all temples in Hampi – Vijaya Vittala Temple & Stone Chariot. Monuments Covered: Kampa Bhoopa Marga, Kodanda Rama Temple, Surya Mantapa, Purandara Dasa Mantapa, Kings Balance, Vittala Temple (Ranga Mantapa Musical Columns, Stone Chariot, Kalyana mantapa), Pushkarnini, Narasimha Monolith. 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM: Urban Core of Hampi  After lunch break, we continue our exploration with the Urban Core area. This area was the Citadel of the Vijayanagara kings, it encompasses courtly and military structures of the core zone. Here we have basements of palaces, administrative buildings, underground chambers, aqueducts, military structures, etc. We will learn about the social lives of people in the city through art, we will learn about festivals celebrated, irrigation, and sanitation plans of the city. Monuments Covered: Queens Bath, Mahanavami Dibba, Aqueduct, Secret chambers, Stepwell tank, Audience Hall, Public Bath, Hazara Rama Temple, Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Underground Shiva Temple, Nobleman’s Quarters. 05:00 PM: Return to Hotel/Resort in Hampi Overnight stay at Hotel/Resort
7:30 AM to 8:00 AM: Breakfast 08:00 AM to 11:30 AM: Anegundi Cluster  On the final day at Hampi, we will head to the northern bank of the Tungabhadra river to the village of Anegundi.  This fortified village predates Vijayanagara by several centuries and continues to be inhabited by descendants of Vijayanagara citizenry.  Here we will visit several structures some from different time periods. Monuments Covered: Anjanadri Hill, Pampa Sarovar, Durga Temple, Gagan Mahal, Old Palace, Chintamani Ghats 12:00 Noon: Drop back to Hotel 12:00 Noon: Checkout & Transfer for onward journey



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