Hampi is known for its extensive built heritage spread over 42 square kilometers comprising of stunning structures & monuments. Amongst the ruins of the medieval city are 28 village settlements, the people living in these communities are descendants of erstwhile citizens of Vijayanagara. Through their festivals, cuisine, artforms, rituals, folklore & oral tradition they are still connected to their past. This is why Hampi is often referred to as a living heritage site.
Through this curated itinerary we hope to give you a glimpse into the lives of people in these communities, their shared heritage and its connection to Hampi. We will explore all the heritage sites, learn about architecture and do all the usual things, but we will also meet people from local community, share a meal with them and get a glimpse into their lives.
For more details please refer to the detailed itinerary section.
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 to 07:30 PM – Hemakuta & Virupaksha Temple
As per the local tradition, we will start out visit of Hampi with a visit to the monolith of Sasivekalu Ganesha. We then climb our way to the entrance of Hemakuta Hill. Hemakuta hill was a fortified hill where the founders of Vijayanagara first set up their residence before moving it few kilometers to the south. On this hill we find several shrines ranging from 8th to 16th centuries with distinct architectural styles.
We then head to the Virupaksha temple complex. Within the Sacred area of Vijayanagara, there are 4 Major temple complexes, of which Virupaksha is the oldest and only surviving one. The much older shrines of Pampa Devi, Bhoodevi & Durga dating to 6th & 8th centuries are incorporated into the current temple complex. Here we will learn about the origin of the name Hampi & story of how Vijayanagara was founded.
08:00 PM: Return to Hotel/Resort in Hampi
Overnight stay at Hotel/Resort
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
07:30 – 8:00 AM – Breakfast
08:30 AM – Checkout of Rooms
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM: Village Life Tour – Hampi through eyes of its people
On this Hampi Village Life Tour, we will embark on a journey of exploring & experiencing the local way of life in rural communities around the UNESCO world heritage site. There are around 29 village settlements within the protected core zone and people living in these communities are an essential part of the cultural heritage of Hampi. The traditions, festivals, social life of people here is deeply intertwined with their shared heritage and the landscape. This is why Hampi is often referred to as a living heritage site. On this tour we will immerse ourselves in lives of people from these communities, understand how they contribute to the richness of the cultural heritage of this site.
03:00 PM: Transfer for onward journey