OT Travel Itinerary: 3 Days In Hampi

The UNESCO World Heritage site with relics of Vijayanagara Empire's capital city is well-known for its amazing archaeological structures set against a distinctive landscape
The Vijaya Vitthala Temple in Hampi is carved out of a monolith rock
The Vijaya Vitthala Temple in Hampi is carved out of a monolith rockImagesofIndia/Shutterstock

Located in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, Hampi has charmed history enthusiasts and adventurers for decades. The UNESCO World Heritage site is comprised of remnants of the capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire, and is renowned for incredible archaeological structures set in the backdrop of a unique landscape. From the acclaimed Lotus Mahal, with influences from Indo-Islamic architecture to the Royal Gaj (elephant stables) and the Virupaksha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, this historically rich region of Karnataka has a wealth of treasures. You must stay for at least three days to explore the treasures of Hampi in some depth. Here is our day-to-day itinerary for what to do and see.


Vijaya Vitthala Temple in Hampi
Vijaya Vitthala Temple in HampiImagesofIndia/Shutterstock

Start early morning after a hearty breakfast to see the Vittala Temple with its beautiful stone chariot, a major tourist site in Hampi. The temple was constructed in the 15th century and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple features a vast hall with pillars that create musical sounds when struck. The stone chariot is fashioned from a single slab of granite and features rotating wheels.

Next check out the Elephant Stables which were built to house royal elephants and their carers. The stables consist of 11 domed chambers connected by a lengthy passageway. The chambers are vaulted and ornamented with elephant and other animal carvings.

The Hazara Rama Temple's main attraction is its collection of impressively carved panels that adorn the walls. These panels eloquently depict numerous incidents from the epic Ramayana.

After an intense round of ruin explorations, break for lunch. Have a South Indian thali at the well-known and popular Mango Tree restaurant. Top up the thali with a refreshing glass of juice of some mango lassi.

Address: Old bus stand, behind Sathyama Temple, Kamalapur, Karnataka 583221

Continue your Hampi tour after lunch with the Lotus Mahal which stands as an architectural masterpiece revered by historians. Its name derives from its resemblance to a lotus flower, and it is located within the Zenana Enclosure. It is believed that the pavilion served as a meeting place for the emperor and his closest advisors, often referred to as a "council chamber" on early maps of the site dating back to 1799. Read more about it here.

The Queen's Bath is a unique bathing building with a huge, rectangular pool featuring multiple stairs that lead to a central platform utilised for performances and ceremonies. The bath features elaborate carvings, and various balconies offer views of the surrounding area.

Queen's Bath in Hampi showcases the ruins of an ornate, historic bathing chamber used by the king and his wives, with an outdoor pool
Queen's Bath in Hampi showcases the ruins of an ornate, historic bathing chamber used by the king and his wives, with an outdoor poolAmritraj Laishram/Shutterstock


Start your second day with a visit to the most well-known site in Hampi, Virupaksha Temple, which is devoted to Lord Shiva. The temple complex features a towering gopuram over fifty metres tall, which is adorned with elaborate carvings of Hindu deities and mythological creatures. The temple courtyard features a massive statue of Nandi, the bull that is considered Lord Shiva's vehicle. Check out the two monolithic statues of Ganesh behind the temple.

Virupaksha Temple view in Hampi
Virupaksha Temple view in HampiPikoso.kz/Shutterstock

Take a break at one of cafes under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) who have introduced cafetarias and restroom amenities for visitors to Hampi. You can find out more about them in our report here.

Once you have seen the ancient city structures, head to the new cultural complex of the Hampi Art Labs which debuted in February 2024. The institution, which spans nine acres of terrain provides artists with one-of-a-kind production facilities, a creative retreat, and galleries for world-class exhibits. The property includes exhibition spaces, studios, and apartments for residencies, along with gardens, and a café. For more details, visit their website here.

Address: Hampi Art Labs, opposite JSW, Vidyanagar Township, Gate, Toranagallu, Karnataka 583275

An exhibition at Hampi Art Labs whose distinctive design follows the curvature of the space, aligning with the architecture
An exhibition at Hampi Art Labs whose distinctive design follows the curvature of the space, aligning with the architecture@hampiartlabs/Instagram


Anegundi is said to be even older than Hampi
Anegundi is said to be even older than Hampi Nesru Markmedia/Shutterstock

Leave the last day for some walking and hiking in the midst of heritage. Take in the sunrise at Hemakuta Hill. You can get an incredible view of the Hampi landscape from here. Alternatively, book a coracle ride on Tungabhadra river to Anegundi. Hike up to Anjaneya Hill and check out the views as well as the Monkey Temple.

Coracles on the Tungabhadra river
Coracles on the Tungabhadra riverSun_Shine/Shutterstock

In the evening, visit the Hampi Bazaar, a bustling marketplace, once the city's hub of trade and commerce. The market features shops that sell souvenirs, handicrafts, and traditional apparel. You could also walk the two-kilometre stretch of the Kampa Bhupa's Path, commonly known as the Riverside Trek Path, which begins at the Hampi Bazaar and ends at the famed Vittala Temple.

Local market shops in front of old Hampi Bazaar
Local market shops in front of old Hampi BazaarImagesofIndia/Shutterstock

The Information


Hampi offers several stay options, from simple bed and breakfast joints and homestays to more upscale places.

The Thilak Homestay is a short walk from Hampi Bazaar. The upper floor rooms at the Ranjana Guest House has superb views of the temple tower. Archana Guest House has a nice view of Tungabhadra River and Virupaksha Temple.

The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation runs Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneshwari Kamalapur which is located within the World Heritage Site area. The hotel has 30 air-conditioned rooms with the option of a suite, deluxe and semi-deluxe accommodation and six dormitories. For more info, check here.

For something more luxurious, try the WelcomHeritage Shivavilas Palace Hotel. The Anglo Saxon Structure was built in the year 1940 and is situated in a picturesque valley in Sandur, close to the Hampi World Heritage Site. More information here.

Getting There

The nearest airport is in Vijaynagar (38 km) and/or Hubli (143 km) from Hampi. The nearest train station is Hospet (13 km).

Best Time To Visit

Hampi is known for extreme heat during summers when temperatures touch 40 degrees and above. Visit during winter, from October to February, when it is more pleasant.


Hampi is open to visits on all days. The museums and some monuments are ticketed and have specific opening and closing hours.

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