Exploring Hampi

The magnificent ruins of Hampi date back to the 14th Century Vijayanagar Empire, which is recognised as the last great Hindu empire in Southern India.  At the height of its power Hampi attracted traders from as far away as Persia and Portugal. Hampi is a complex of ruins spread over 4,100 hectares. Its Hindu, Jain, and Muslim monuments are testament to the long history of religious co-habitation on the Indian subcontinent. There are over 1,600 surviving remains of the historic capital of the Viayanagar Empire and these are surrounded by an undulating terrain of boulders and lush palm, banana and mango groves. Although a little tricky to get to, the striking scenery and fascinating history of Hampi make this UNESCO world heritage site one of south India’s must-see destinations.

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