Beauty of Hampi

An itinerary curated for visitors who want to explore the heritage sites of Hampi, but also crave for an adventure & some fun!

On the first day of this plan we will explore the rich history of Vijayanagara empire, learn about unique architecture of various monuments, hear stories of victories and defeat. This is a well researched tour of Hampi that covers all the important monuments. 

On the second day our focus will be to immerse ourselves in the beauty of the stunning landscape of Hampi and get a glimpse into lives of locals. Along the way we will engage in some fun and adventure! 

Covers all the important heritage sites and monuments at Vijayanagara Hampi
  • Sacred Area of Hampi
    • Origins story of Vijayanagara Empire & Stories from Pampa Mahatme Sthala Purana
    • Visit to the only functional temple complex at Hampi and the oldest shrines dating to 7th Century
    • Pinnacle of Vijayanagara temple Architecture style at Vittala Temple with 56 pillared ranga Mantapa with musical columns and the stone chariot to Garuda. 
    • Learn about the great philosopher saint Vyasa Tirtha and his disciples Kanakadasa & Purandara Dasa who resided here on the banks of Tungabhadra river. 
  • Urban Core of Hampi
    • Social life of Medieval citizens of Vijayanagara. Festivals they celebrated, layout of the city.
    • Unique courtly architecture style of Vijayanagara.  
    • Cover different monuments whose function vary from residential, ceremonial, administrative, defensive, pleasure and military.
Come away on a magical journey that will unfold the beauty of Hampi and its people to you.
  • Tour conducted by a local from the village community
  • Climb up the one of the tallest hills in Hampi for a beautiful views of the surrounding valley
  • Learn about the unique geology of the boulder hills
  • Meet women artisans and learn how to create handicraft from locally available materials.
  • Visit a local family and enter their kitchen to help with the cooking. Enjoy a delicious home cooked meal.
  • Walk through a charming village and get glimpse into daily lives of locals
  • Enjoy a coracle boat ride 
  • Explore rural countryside on mopeds, visit lakes and quaint villages on the way

09:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Sacred Area of Hampi 

Sacred Center as the name suggests is the religion center of Hampi, a number of ancient temples and structures are in this area. The sacred area is spread over in a South West – North East direction along the southern bank of Tungabhadra river.  We already covered some sites within the Sacred area yesterday, we will continue from where we left of today.  

The lifeline of Hampi is the mighty river Tungabhadra. She is the basis and origin of everything in Hampi. She has witnessed the boulders hills form over millions of years, she has seen early humans settle on her banks, she has seen many a sages and mystics, she has seen the rise and fall of one of the greatest empires in India. On this tour get a glimpse into thousands of years of History as it unfolded on banks of this mighty river. Learn about the rituals, festivals celebrated along the river. Learn about the birth of carnatic music and Haridasa movement. Visit the most beautiful and intricate of all temples in Hampi – Vijaya Vittala Temple & Stone Chariot.

Monuments Covered: Sasivekalu Ganesha, Double Stories Mantapa, Moola Virupaksha, Manmata Kunda, Virupaksha Temple & Hampi Bazaar, Vittala Temple (Ranga Mantapa Musical Columns, Stone Chariot, Kalyana mantapa), Pushkarnini, Narasimha Monolith.

02:00 PM to 04:30 PM: Urban Core of Hampi 

After lunch break we continue our exploration with the Urban Core area. This area was the Citadel of the Vijayanagara kings, it encompasses courtly and military structures of the core zone. 

Here we have basements of palaces, administrative buildings, underground chambers, aqueducts, military structures etc. We will learn about social lives of people in the city through art, we will learn about festivals celebrated, irrigation and sanitation plans of the city. 

Monuments Covered: Queens Bath, Mahanavami Dibba, Aqueduct, Secret chambers, Stepwell tank, Audience Hall, Public Bath, Hazara Rama Temple, Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Underground Shiva Temple, Nobleman’s Quarters.

05:00 PM: Return to Hotel/Resort in Hampi

Overnight stay at Hotel/Resort


8:30 AM to 02:00 PM: Mythical Landscape Tour

Meet your tour leader at the start point which is Anegundi Village. Depending on how far your resort/hotel is from the start point, please plan to leave early.  We will coordinate your pickup on the day of the tour. 

Hike up a hill – Our adventure starts as we climb boulder hill and learn to navigate our way through this unique landscape. Once at the top enjoy stunning views from a vantage point. Learn about the geology and unique eco-systems that it supports. 

Moped Ride through Villages – We enjoy ride through quaint villages making stops to meet people, drink chai, see prehistoric cave paintings and more.  The meandering village roads cutting through the lush rural farmland is a delight! 

Coracle Boat Ride – These round boats made of Bamboo have been in use here for over a thousand years. The fishing community depend on them even today to fish, ferry passengers and earn additional income by ferrying tourists. Enjoy a ride on the coracle boat in a safe manner. 

Village Walk & Community – Take a walking tour through an ancient village, meet people within the community, learn about their livelihoods. Meet craftswomen who turn agricultural waste into beautiful products, and learn how to weave like them.  

Home Cooked Lunch with local family –  We visit a local family who will be hosting us for lunch.  The lunch will be home cooked with locally sourced organic ingredients.  Rest assured this will be the best meal you’ve had on this trip.  The meal highlights the local cuisine and recreates recipes from the Vijayanagara era. 

02:00 PM – End the tour at Anegundi Village. From here you can proceed to your hotel/resort and take the rest of the day to yourselves. 


  • All transfers and local transportation
  • Tours & Activities
    • Day 1 – Expert english speaking heritage guide, Battery Cart Fee
    • Day 2 – Hike, Moped on twin sharing basis with fuel, Coracle Boat Ride, Local Meal, Professional fee for craftswomen & farmers, Local community tour leader. 


  • Accommodation – You will have to book this on your own.  We can help choose the appropriate one based on your needs. 
  • We do not provide bottled drinking water to avoid single-use plastics on our tours. Please carry a water bottle or buy one on the way.
  • Entry fee to monuments is NOT included in the price. We do this so as to keep the price same for foreign and Indian nationals
Francisca, Australia
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Having read previous reviews and comments I had high expectations and Explore Hampi did not disappoint. I booked two tours – the heritage tour, which covered all of the important monuments of the sacred and the royal centre, and the mythical landscape tour, which included a ride on mopeds through the countryside. Both tours covered the best parts of Hampi, with the highlight being a delicious home cooked breakfast. A big thank you to my amazing tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure that I had a memorable experience. I highly recommend Explore Hampi.
Amena, France
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At first we did the Hampi Heritage Tour, it was absolutely amazing! We saw a lot of beautiful temples and thanks to our great & very knowledgeable guide, we learned a lot of the indian mythology! The next day we did the Sunrise at Matunga Hill Tour. We climbed up early in the morning on the hill and were rewarded with an incredible view over Hampi! We also enjoyed the coracle boat ride through the Tungabhadra river. We highly recommend Explore Hampi Tours to any traveller, because you get to a lot of background knowledge and get to see a lot of beautiful things in compact time!
Mita, India
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We , the gang of three friends visited Hampi for short two nights trip. As we had limited time, we decided to take a guided tour to make the most from our trip. I went through the trip advisor s rating on all the various tours and picked up this. After my interaction with Arjun and his professional and prompt response on all my concerns and queries, we zeroed down to go with these guys. First day of our trip was exploring the ruins of Hampi with tonnes of information on history of this once glorious empire. It was a wonderful exhaustive day and we enjoyed it every second of it in spite of hot sun all along. The second day was exploring villages on the bikes, caves, paintings and coracle ride along with amazing picnic lunch on the rocks.