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Hampi: The land of wanderlust is something where you can find everything but with and old-worldly charm to it. From ancient monuments, sculptures and temples and of course the immense scenic beauty, it has everything that your eyes urge for!
Whether you are a hiker, archaeologist, philosopher or just want a nice, soothing vacation, Hampi gives you every reason to visit the place. 221 miles from Bangalore, and 196 miles from Goa, Hampi is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With rock formations and boulders of varying sizes all around the place, here are the most attractive places and adventures you can find in Hampi:
1. Hampi Pushkarani
‘Pushkarani’ literally translates to a temple tank, and it is. Set in the Mahanavami Dibba in the Royal Center of Hampi, it is geometrically shaped without any carvings.
2. Lord Ganesh
Hampi was once a thriving town but now all it has left are ruins which works as an example of how rich, vibrant and glorious India’s past is. In the Sasivekalu Ganesha temple resides a statue of Lord Ganesha where a snake encircles the belly of Ganesha. The story goes like the lord ate so much food that his belly was about to burst and thus, not been able to find a rope, he tied a snake around his belly. This statue is about 8 feet (2.5 meters) tall, carved out of a single block of rock.
3. Coracle ride
For the adventure enthusiasts, you can take a unique coracle ride on River Tungabhadra. Don't be scared looking at the size, it is totally safe.
4. Temples of Hampi
From Virupaksha to Vittala Temple, Hampi is one of the most visited pilgrimage. Virupaksha temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is one of the oldest functioning temples in India and Vijaya Vittala Temple being the rock solid Dravidian-style architecture. Dedicated to God Vittala, it was built in the 15th century AD. Hazara Ram temple is also one of the fascinating temples where historical objects and fossils can be found from treta and dwapur yug.
5. Musical Pillars of the Ranga Mantapa
The Ranga Mantapa consists of 56 musical pillars with each representing different musical instruments and gives out different musical notes. The Ranga Mantapa also celebrates the annual festival of Purandaradasa.
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Author: Srinanti Bagchi
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