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DURATION : 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
START POINT : Vittala Temple Parking
PRICE : INR 2000 to 2,500 per person
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  • Duration: 9.30 AM - 4.30 PM
  • Start Point: Vittala Temple Parking, Hampi
  • Price: INR 2000 to 2500 per person

What makes Hampi unique?  Who built a magnificent medieval city here and why? What was social life of citizens of Vijayanagara?

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. This is a tour for all history lovers. If you are looking for a well researched tour of Hampi that covers all the important monuments then this one is highly recommended. 

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. 

This tour also comes with an optional add-on to include an immersive local experience to your tour.  The add-on includes a sunset trip, spending time with a local family and home cooked dinner. After dinner you will be dropped back to your hotel or the bustop/railway station. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Well researched tour that goes beyond sightseeing and shows you all the things that make Hampi great.
  • Hear the origin story of Hampi & How the city came to be
  • How did the Kings built such a large city in the medieval times and why here?
  • Get unique perspective on social life of city inhabitants during 14th to 16th century
  • Learn about festivals they celebrated and rituals practiced
  • Explore important monuments of Hampi and learn about each ones function

PRICE

The price for this tour is fixed, we run only one batch per day and take a limited participants in each batch.  For big group enquiries contact us.  

Number of Adult participants (Age 11 and above)PRICE PER PERSON
2 or 3INR 2,500
4 or 5INR 2,200
6, 7 or 8INR 2,000
Number of Kid participants (Age 5 to 10)PRICE PER PERSON
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6 ,7 or 8INR 1,500

DETAILED ITINERARY

SACRED AREA

During the morning half of the day we will be exploring the riverside monuments of the Sacred Area. 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. Hear stories from mythology & local folklore. 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.

Here are the places we will cover during the first half

  • Mustard Seed Ganesha 
  • Hemakuta Group of Monuments
  • Sri Virupaksha Temple Complex – Fresco Paintings, Three headed Nandi, Inverted pinhole image, Main Shrine, Temple elephant, Hampi Bazaar, Monolithic bull
  • Chakra Tirtha & Kodanda Rama Temple
  • Coracle Boat Ride on Tungabhadra River 
  • Kotilingam – Relief sculptures on boulders and Mandapas
  • Purandara Mantapa
  • Vittala Temple Complex – Gopura, Kalyana Mantapa, Mukha Mantapa with Musical Pillars, Sanctum, 100 pillared Mantapa

We then take an auto rickshaw to a restaurant where you can have lunch on you own.

URBAN CORE 

During the second half of the day our focus will be the Urban Core of the medieval city. 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. 

Important monuments covered during the second half

  • Queens Bath
  • Mahanavami Dibba 
  • Audience Hall
  • Stepwell Tank and Aqueduct systems of Royal Enclosure
  • Hazara Rama Temple – Royal Chapel
  • Lotus Mahal
  • Elephant Stables
  • Nobleman’s Quarters viewing point

At the end of the tour we will arrange the autorickshaw to drop you to Kamalapur or Hampi Bazaar. 

SUNSET & DINNER with a local family

This is an optional add-on to your Heritage Tour.  And is a great way to spend more time in Hampi – Witness a beautiful sunset and enjoy dinner with a local family.

  • After end of your full day tour we will stop at a local tea shop for some snacks
  • Then we will head to see the sunset away from the crowds
  • Post sunset we visit a local family that will be hosting us for dinner. 
  • While your dinner is being prepared you can explore the surrounding village on foot. 
  • After dinner you will be dropped back to your hotel or Hospete.

Optional Add-ons

INR 1000/- per person

If you are taking a bus or train on the same night from Hospete and would like to make use of your evening then take this add-on 

  • After your full day tour we will stop at a local shop for some tea and light snack 
  • We will then head to the Malyavantha Hill to witness a beautiful sunset away from the crowds
  • Post sunset we visit a local family that will be hosting us for dinner. 
  • While your dinner is being prepared you can explore the surrounding village on foot. 
  • After dinner you will be dropped back to your hotel or hospete. 
  • If you prefer to move around in an air conditioned car during this tour then choose this optional add-on.
  • If you have trouble walking long distances then choose this option
  • It is recommended if you have elderly or toddlers in your group.
  • This option will automatically qualify you for a Pickup/drop from your hotel (if located in Hampi, Kamalapur or Hospete.)
  • We will get back to you with exact prices

Frequently asked Questions

These are default inclusions on the tour

  • Some light refreshments like coconut water is included
  • An expert english speaking guide 
  • A Long coracle boat ride on river Tungabhadra
  • Battery Cart Fee at Vittala Temple Complex
  • Transportation – Morning half we will be only walking along river side. Post that we will be using Autorickshaws. 
  • Optional Add-on: If you include the “Sunset & Dinner” option the following are included – Sunset, Evening Snack and Chai, Dinner with local family, Drop to your hotel
  • Optional Add-on: Transportation Upgrade A/C car will get you an air-conditioned car that includes pickup and drop from your hotel
  • 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.
  • Pickup and Drop from your Hotel is not included by default. 
  • 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
  • Lunch is not included on this tour. We will recommend you a good place and take you there
  • Wear comfortable cotton clothes. Wear clothing that would cover your chest and shoulders. Wear bottoms that would cover up to your knees.
  • A cap or an umbrella to keep the sun out.
  • Sunglasses 
  1. Submit an enquiry by clicking on the button and providing us your details.  
  2. We will get back to you via email with payment options [Direct Bank Transfer, Credit Card or Paypal] and an invoice
  3. On completion of payment we will send you the final confirmation of the tour

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