Hampi Group of Monuments

Hampi Group of Monuments are situated on the Southern banks of the river Tungabhadra at Hampi, in Karnataka State, India. It is one of the best Karnataka sites in terms of archeological value.  The forlorn ruins at Hampi makes you spellbound, the moment you see it.

The Jain temple (called Jain Narayana) at Hampi
The Jain temple at Pattadakal (Hampi), a UNESCO world heritage site.

Hampi Group of Monuments are a group of ten temples at the temple town of Hampi, which were declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Within the heritage site, you can find eight temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, ninth one is a Shaivite sanctuary known as the Papanatha Temple, and the tenth temple is a Jain Temple. Four temples were built in ‘Chalukya Dravida’ style of architecture, while four other temples were built in Northern Indian ‘Nagara style of architecture. The Shaivite sanctuary, Papanatha Temple, which is shown below, is a fusion of both ‘Chalukya Dravida’ and ‘Nagara’ style of architecture.

Hampi was once the seat of the Chalukya and Vijayanagar Empires, which ruled northern Karnataka, centuries back.

The UNESCO declared group of temples consists of the Virupaksha Temple, built in CE 740 which   is considered as one of the most outstanding architectural marvels in India. These World Heritage temples  at Hampi are a remarkable combination of temples built by the Chalukya Dynasty which ruled the areas of Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal during the 6 to 8th centuries.

Vittala Temple Complex has an iconic stone chariot which is adopted by the Karnataka State Tourism department as its emblem.

How Do I Go to the Hampi Group of Monuments?

Hospet is the nearest railway station, at 13 kilometers distance.

The nearest airport is at Bellary, which is a domestic airport at 60 kilometers away. Bengaluru Alias Bangalore is the nearest international Airport at 350 kilometers distance from Hampi.

Hampi  is well connected  by roads to other parts of the country.

George T. George

I am George T. George, blogger and owner of the website, touristinindia.com. This blog is for tourists, pilgrims and travelers to India. I started this blog in 2013, as a destination guide for Indian destinations. It has the information on most of the tourist and pilgrimage destinations in India. Currently, there are 435 destinations on the website, as of the last week of 2017. And the list is growing. I started with website related tasks in 1996. Initially, I worked with website design and hosting for my clients. I moved on to web programming and later on to local citations and search engine optimization. This website is my small contribution to those looking for information on Indian tourist destinations. Please mail me at [email protected] . com (remove the spaces around dot), if are looking for any additional information.

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