The magnificent ruined city of Hampi, which is 353 kilometers away from Bangalore, Karnataka was once the capital of the Vijaynagar Empire, one of the greatest empires in India’s history. The Vijaynagar city ruins near village of Hampi, are one of the most fascinating sites in South India. It has ruins of stone temples, elephant stables, barracks and palaces. The temples of the city are ideal and unique for the large dimensions, florid ornamentation, bold and delicate carvings, pillars and magnificent pavilions.
The Hampi festival is the largest festival. It is also known as Hampi Utsav and also popular as Vijaya utsav. The festival is scheduled or extended to 3 days. The festival occurs during the first week of November. It is beautifully organized and executed by the Government of Karnataka on a large scale. The celebration is packed with the traditional Kannadigas dance, drama, fireworks, puppet shows and a pomp procession as the grand finale exhibiting the rich culture of the place. There will be rock climbing, water sports, rural sports are also a part of the schedule. As the fest is conducted by the state itself the entry to enjoy and explore the festival is absolutely free. The city of Hampi is fully crowded on these days.
The various programme and cultural gala will keep the spirits of people and is an opportunity for them to celebrate and relive the glory and richness of their culture. It is a cultural extravaganza of UNESCO world Heritage site, Hampi presents elephants as well as local lads and horses wearing spectacular outfits which point outs the military fashion of the golden era.
The Queen’s bath with arched corridors, projecting balconies and lotus shaped fountains, two storeyed Lotus mahal, huge elephant stables, splendid vittahl temple with the renowned musical pillars and the stone chariot, the virupaksha temple and a lote more are the must place to visit in the city of Hampi.