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Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi  Karnataka
Hampi is famed for Group of monuments.Hampi was the capital of ancient Vijayanagara kingdom. A stunning landscape scattered with rocky outcrop and gigantic granite boulders hemmed in lush greenery greet you as you travel to Hampi. On the bank of the river Tungabhadra, the town lies abandoned. The ruinsof Vijayanagara capital are separated into two main areas: the Sacred Centre, around Hampi Bazaar; and the Royal Centre, towards Kamalapuram. A large number of royal buildings were built by Krishnadeva Raya (AD 1509-30), the greatest ruler of the dynasty. The various religious and secular structures which include Hindu and Jaina temples are excavated from the region. Hampi also recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Major Tourist Attractions in Hampi:

Matanga Hill:
A great mode to know-how Hampi's splendor in whole is to climb up Matanga Hill and watch the sun rise over this ancient kingdom, capital of the dreadful Vijayanagara dynasty laid to ruins by its five allied sultans from the Deccan. The peak is located at the southern part of the Matanga hill. Matanga hilltop is the best spot to get an aerial view of Hampi and its vicinity.

Vittala Temple:
Vittala Temple is the most profligate architectural attraction of Hampi. The temple is built in the form of a rambling campus with compound wall and gateway towers. Vittala Temple is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra with Anegundi on the opposite river bank, the approach to the Temple is through the stone ruins of a bazaar.

Hazara Rama Temple:
Situated right in the centre of the royal complex where all paths leading from various locations within the complex converge, Hazara Rama temple is recognized to be the private temple of the Vijayanagra kings and royalties. It was built by Krishna devaraya in 1513.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple:
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is popular among visitors to Hampi for the 6.7 meter monolith statue of Narasimha (an avatar of Lord Vishnu) that is seated on the coil of Adisesha, a seven headed .statue of Narasimha is considered as the the largest statue in Hampi. The shrine is situated at mid way of the main road that connects the Sacred Center to the Royal Center.

Virupaksha Temple:
Virupaksha temple is the oldest and the principal temple in Hampi.Virupaksha temple situated on the south bank of the river Tungabadra. Over the centuries the temple slowly extended into a rambling complex with many sub shrines, pillared halls, flag posts, lamp posts, towered gateways and even a large temple kitchen.
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