The ruins of Hampi can be divided into two main areas, as shown in the map below: Hampi Bazaar, including the Virupaksha Temple, the Achyutaraya Temple, the Chakratirtha, and the Vithala Temple; and the Royal Citadel, including the Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stable, and Zenana Enclosure.
While it is possible to see the most important ruins in a day, as we did, this makes for a very hectic schedule and means that you miss out on many of the smaller places of interest. You can see our route in the map below.
In addition, going around Hampi can be quite exhausting with long walking or cycling distances between some of the sights; although motorized transportation is available for longer trips between some of the attractions, two days would make for a much more relaxing and enjoyable schedule.
It is a good idea to get a guide to show you around Hampi and give you a more detailed insight into the history and background of all the places you visit. The cost is around 500 Indian Rupees per day – around $10 at current exchange rates. We hired ours just outside the Virupaksha Temple. You can also arrange for a guide at the tourist office or your hotel.