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Woods - Malnadu

Praveen Chamarthi © 2006-2007


Road less travelled

shimoga, karnataka

Praveen Chamarthi ©2006-2007

Hampi, A Time travel to the Sangama Dynasty

After a long tiring week I decided to take off from the city and decided to go to some place quite, historical, cultural with similing faces and laid back atmosphere so I decided to go to HAMPI.

Boarded the HAMPI Express from Bangalore which leaves at 10pm and reaches HOSPET,the closest town to Hampi, at 7:30am. Hired an auto rickshaw (indian tuk-tuk) to take us to HAMPI which is around 13kms away from HOSPET.

The landscape was a nice change tea shops, mud houses, children playing on the streets to banana plantations and finally the rocky hills indicating that we have reached HAMPI. The experience was exhilarating: ruins, temples, carvings, pillars, rocks, boulders, restoration sites, archealogical sites are definetley a get away from the city’s hustle-bustle.

Some of the moments captured from HAMPI.

History: Hampi (ಹ೦ಪೆ, Hampe in Kannada) is a village in northern Karnataka, on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in India. Hampi is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara empire. Possibly predating the city of Vijayanagara, this village continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple. The village of Hampi contains several other monuments belonging to the old city. It extends into some of the old ceremonial streets of Vijayanagara.

Hampi is identified with the mythological Kishkindha, the monkey kingdom which finds mention in the Ramayana. The first historical settlements in Hampi date back to 1 CE.

Hampi formed one of the cores of the capital of the Vijayanagara empire from 1336 to 1565. Hampi was chosen because of its strategic location, bounded by the torrential Tungabhadra river on one side and surrounded by defensible hills on the other three sides.

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Ruins at Vittala Temple

Vitthala Temple
The famous stone chariot “Kalyana Ratha, Vittala Temple

Kalyana Ratha

Hemakoota Temples

Hemakoota Temples