The fascinating ruins of Hampi: A photo feature

The complex around Kamal Mahal
Image courtesy: ©Vedant Agarwal

The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that has captivated travellers for centuries. Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over kilometres of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields. While it’s possible to see this World Heritage Site in a day or two, plan on lingering for a while.

The main travellers’ ghetto has traditionally been Hampi Bazaar- a village crammed with budget lodges, shops and restaurants, and towered over by the majestic Virupaksha Temple. Tranquil Virupapur Gaddi across the river has become a new popular hang-out.

Here is a tour across the town in pictures.

Also Read: The fascinating temples of Khajuraho

Also Read: The charm of Rishikesh: Beatles Ashram

Also Read: The best of Bhutan: Thimphu, Punakha and Paro

 

The Vittala Temple’s incredible sculptural work remains the pinnacle of Vijayanagar art
The Vittala Temple’s incredible sculptural work remains the pinnacle of Vijayanagar art
Image courtesy: ©Vedant Agarwal
Sri Krishna Temple stands elaborately with wonderful stone carvings
Sri Krishna Temple stands elaborately with wonderful stone carvings
Image courtesy: ©Vedant Agarwal
Carvings inside the Ramachandra Temple
Carvings inside the Ramachandra Temple
Image courtesy: ©Vedant Agarwal
Kamal Mahal has ancient stone structure with elaborate gardens and carvings
Kamal Mahal has ancient stone structure with elaborate gardens and carvings
Image courtesy: ©Vedant Agarwal
Stand atop Matanga Hill for an aerial view of Hampi
Stand atop Matanga Hill for an aerial view of Hampi
Image courtesy: ©Vedant Agarwal
Ruins around Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple in Hampi
Ruins around Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple in Hampi
Image courtesy: ©Vedant Agarwal