Legends of Hampi

An itinerary curated for visitors who want to experience Hampi in a storytelling style. Here we bring alive different stories from Mythology and Vijayanagara history as we explore the different heritage sites in and around Hampi. If you are interested in exploring the Ramayana connection to Hampi then this is for you!

Our introduction to Hampi begins on the first day watching a stunning sunset over the landscape of Hampi.  In the evening we will be hosted by a local family for dinner at their simple village home. This home cooked vegetarian meal with locally sourced ingredients will be the best food you will have in Hampi. 

On day two we will engage in a full-day heritage tour that will take us through all the important sights within the UNESCO world heritage site of Hampi. We will learn about the History & Architecture of the medieval city of Vijayanagara, we will hear stories of origin, victory, celebrations and defeat. 

On our third and last day we will explore Hampi’s connection to the great Indian epic – Ramayana. Hampi and its surrounding villages are believed to be Kishkindha, Kingdom of the forest dwellers led by Vali & Sugriva. We will visit all places associated with the 6th Chapter of Ramayana as we hear stories narrated by a local. 

For more details please refer to the detailed itinerary section. Transportation & Accommodation are included in the itinerary by default but you can opt-out of these if you wish to.  

What customers say

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.
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  • DETAILED ITINERARY
  • ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
  • INFORMATION
 DAY 1

01:00 PM - Arrival & Check-in 

On arrival check-in to your hotel/resort room.  Have lunch at the restaurant at your property. Take it easy in the afternoon.

05:00 PM - Sunset followed by dinner with local family 

This is a great way to begin your exploration at Hampi. We will head to the Malyavantha Hill to witness a beautiful sunset and see our first of many ancient temples at Hampi. We will then head to a charming village to the house of our hosts, here you will be served a delicious traditional meal on banana leaves. The food is cooked fresh using locally sourced ingredients. The menu will have local specialities and will be a full vegetarian meal with rice, sambhar, papad, chitranna (flavoured rice), chapati (Wheat breads), stir fried veggies, salad, yoghurt, sweet dish, pickles, vegetable curry. So come hungry! This meal will likely be the best meal of your trip. While your dinner is being prepared you can explore the surrounding village on foot. Post dinner you'll be dropped back to the hotel.

09:00 PM: Return to Hotel/Resort in Hampi

Overnight stay at Hotel/Resort 

DAY 2

07:30 AM to 08:30 AM:  Breakfast 

09:00 AM to 04:30 PM: Heritage Hampi Tour 

On this engaging Hampi tour we will explore the rich history of Vijayanagara empire, learn about unique architecture of various monuments, hear stories of victories and defeat. Hampi today is a protected UNESCO world heritage site, whose core zone is spread over an area of 42 square kilometers encompassing ancient temples, basements of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings and more. Within the core zone of the site there are several clusters of monuments, the most important amongst them are the Sacred Center, Urban Core, Islamic quarters, Kamlapura and Anegundi. On this Hampi Tour we will attempt to cover all the important monuments in the Sacred and Urban core areas. In the morning we will first cover the Sacred Center. Sacred Center as the name suggests is the religion center of Hampi, a number of ancient temples and structures are in this area. 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. 

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

Overnight stay at Hotel/Resort

DAY 3

9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon: Ramayana Tour

Hampi and surrounding villages together are believed to be the Mythical Kingdom of Kishkinda mentioned in Ramayana. The Ramayana is an ancient Indian epic which follows Prince Rama’s quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana with the help of an army of monkeys. In the fourth chapter of Ramayana, Rama arrives in Kishkinda in search of his abducted wife. On this tour we will hear the story as it happened here in Kishkinda after Rama’s arrival, as we visit important sites associated with Ramayana. 

12:30 PM: Drop back to Hotel

1:00 PM: Checkout & Transfer for onward journey

 

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INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation as per preference - 2 night stay.
  • All transfers and local transportation
  • Tours & Activities
    • Day 1 - Sunset Excursion, Home cooked Vegetarian Dinner with local family.
    • Day 2 - Battery Cart Fee, Expert english speaking heritage guide
    • Day 3 - Light refreshments, Local expert guide, Offering of dakshina & Pooja at Temples. 

EXCLUSION

  • 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
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