Additional Places to See in Hampi


While we were able to cover most of the major sites in Hampi during our trip, we did unfortunately miss out on a number of others. Here is a summary of additional places that are well worth taking a look at if your schedule allows it:

Matanga Hill
Located on the south bank of the Tungabhadra River and to the east of Hampi village, Matanga Hill is a steep climb that reportedly gives great views of the surrounding landscape from its summit, particularly at sunrise or sunset (though be sure to go as part of a group as there have been occasional reports of travelers being robbed at these times).

The hill is named after the sage Matanga, who lived in a hermitage here and, according to the Ramayana, gave protection to Sugriva from his brother Vali, whom he had cursed after Vali had left a rotting demon near his abode.

Hemakuta Hill
Situated close by the Virupaksha Temple, Hemakuta Hill is one of the smaller hills in Hampi but offers some excellent views of the ruins and is one the best places in the area to see the sunrise and sunset.

According to local legend, Shiva meditated on Hemakuta Hill having just destroyed Kama, the god of lust, when he caught the attention of Pampa, the daughter of Brahma. After Pampa impressed him by diligently performing penances nearby the great god married her and she became his wife Parvati.

With its religious associations, it’s not surprising that the hill features a large number of ancient temples, archways and pavilions. Many of these were built well before the establishment of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Malyavanta Hill
Located some distance away from the main ruins of Hampi on the road to Kampili, Malyavanta Hill houses the Malayavanta Raghunatha Temple featuring a massive boulder with carvings of Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, and Hanuman on its summit.

According to the Ramayana, Rama and Lakshmana lived on the hill while waiting for Hanuman to return from his search for Sita. Malyavanta Hill also offers some spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Anjanadri Hill
Anjanadri Hill is located about five miles from Hampi and is named after the mother of Hanuman, who is believed to have been born here. A temple dedicated to the monkey god is on the summit of the hill.

Sugriva’s Cave
Located nearby the south bank of the Tungabhadra River, this is believed to be where Sugriva hid the garment and jewels dropped by Sita. Certain marks and streaks on the sheet rock nearby the cave are said to be the marks made by Sita’s garments when they fell from the air.

Sitasarovar Pool
Close to Sugriva’s Cave, the Sitasarovar Pool is named after Rama’s wife.

A huge mound of cinders near this small village, which is located on the south bank of the Tungabhadra River, is believed to be the cremated remains of Vali.

Rangatha Temple
Located at the north end of the Soolai Bazaar facing the Achyutaraya Temple, this is sometimes known as the Vishnu Temple and features a famous image of a four-armed Vishnu in a reclining posture on the coiled body of the cosmic snake Anantha.

Hazara Rama Temple
Located in the Royal Citadel, the Hazara Rama Temple (which literally means Thousand Rama Temple) was the private temple of the king and the royal family and is famous for the long lines of stunning carvings wrapped around its walls that tell the story of the Ramayana and other Hindu epics scene by scene in almost comic-book form. Other carvings depict scenes from everyday life during the Vijayanagara Empire, including carvings of soldiers marching and women dancing and playing drums during major festivals.

Ranga Temple
Also situated in the Royal Citadel, this complex is dedicated to Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi but its main attraction is a huge stone slab with an almost perfectly preserved image of Hanuman carved on it. This is reportedly the largest of its type in Hampi.

Queens’ Bath & Octagonal Bath
Although called the Queens Bath, this structure was in all probability a pleasure complex for the king, his wives, and other members of the royal court. Don’t be deceived by its plain exterior: the structure has a highly luxurious interior with ornately carved balconies looking out onto the pool, which is now empty of water.

Not too far away from the Queens’ Bath is a similar eight-sided complex known as the Octagonal Bath. It isn’t known who used or owned this.

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