Hampi, India: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Hampi is a village in the state of Karnataka, India. This used to be a very rich and powerful city, the capital of Vijanagara Empire. Now the ruins of this famous city remain and attract tourists from all around the world. The ruins of this city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city had a million army. It had a population of 500 000 people. It used to be the second biggest city in the world.
The official language is Kannada.
The time zone is UTC+5:30.
And the nearest city is Hospet. The best time to visit Hampi is in winter (November to February), because it is not so hot. In summer (March and May) temperature is around 40°C.
How To Get There
The city of Hubli houses the nearest airport (143km from Hampi).
Trains are rather cheap and comfortable mean of transportation in India. One can use overnight trains to save money for the hostel. Hospet Junction is the nearest train station (13km from Hampi). Bangalore, Hyderabadand Goa have direct trains to Hospet 3 times a week. To get to the very Hampi one can take a rickshaw or a bus.
Hampi is connected with most big cities of India by national highways. The roads are mainly in good conditions, but sometimes there are traffic jams in some parts.
Hospet is connected with from Bangalore, Mysore and Gokarna. To get to the Hampi one needs to take the local bus. It is good to book your ticket in advance, because there are a lot of tourists.