- About Hospet
Hospet lies at a distance of 340 km from the city of Bangalore. Its
proximity to Hampi, a World Heritage Site, and many other renowned
destinations makes it an place an ideal tourist site. Hampi is the spot
of the ruins of the medieval Vijayanagara Empire. The Royal Enclosure
Area, rich with various stone walled enclosures, houses some of Hampis
major attractions. The Tungabadra Dam that harnesses the waters of the
Tungabhadra River is also situated at Hospet.
Hampi, the prime tourist attraction of Hospet, is well known for its
architecture and historical significance and gets its name from the
Tungabadra River on whose banks the city is built. The city lies within
the now-ruined capital city of the Vijayanagara empire- Vijayanagara.
The impressive ruins are now a World Heritage Site. The best known works
of the Vijayanagara style of architecture are brought out in the
structures at Hampi. They include temples and even secular royal
structures. The famous Virupaksha temple housed at Hampi has Lord Shiva
as the presiding deity and draws many devotees to the place. At the
entrance of the temple is a 160 feet high tower. Other places of tourist
interest in and around Hampi are the Madhavan Palace- rich with over
10,00,000 pillars, the Kings balance, the Queens bath with projecting
balconies and lotus-shaped fountains, and the Anjeyanadri Hill - the
The Lotus Mahal at Hampi with its buried archways speaks volumes of the architectural excellence of the period. The Mahal is a standing example of the delightful blend of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The Lotus Mahal remains the best preserved courtly structure of the Vijayanagara Empire.
The impressive Vithala temple with musical pillars and an exceptional stone chariot is the crowning glory of Hampi. The large Ranga Mandapa (open-hall) has 56 musical pillars which reverberate musically when struck, however this practice is now discouraged to avoid further damage to the structure.
Archaeological Museum at Kamalapura holds artifacts that were collected from the ruins of Hampi. Also on display are sculptures and idols of Gods. The excellent display helps one to get an idea of the layout of the area in the bygone days. In spite of the fact that the museum is tiny, it is worthy of the visit.
Tungabadra dam which is a multi-purpose project is also at Hospet. The dam is the largest dam at Karnataka and over the years has become a picnic spot that is worth visiting. At the base of the dam is a Japanese styled garden which is an ideal spot for picnics and leisure.
Chitradurga, referred to as the Place of Stones, is a hill and fort town with numerous places of tourist interest. The famous fort of Chitradurga lies enclosed in a series of seven walls and is famous for its military architecture. Another specialty of the fort is that it has nineteen gateways. The temple also accommodates several prehistoric temples.
Shri Kumaraswamy temple, the oldest and one of the famous temples in Karnataka, is in Sandur which is also located in Bellary district. Another place of interest near Hospet is Bommaghatta. Harihar, located at Hospet, is a temple attraction. There is a belief that a dip in the Tungabadhra River along the ghats of Harihar will relieve a person from all his past sins. A temple that was built in the year 1223 depicting the Hoysala architecture and which is dedicated to Lord Harihaeshwar is the main attraction of the town.
- Best Time To Visit
September to February.
- How to Reach
The nearest airport to Hospet is in Bellary.
The nearest Railway station is Hospet.
Hospet is well connected to all cities.