Tour of Hampi's mystical ruins


| May 15, 2020

Hampi was once the capital of one of the largest Hindu empires. Founded by two Telugu princes in 1336, it reached the height of its power under Krishnadevaraya (1509-29), when it controlled nearly all of the peninsula south of the Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers. Of note is the Hampi bazaar and the Virupaksha temple, dating back to the 15th century and still used to this day. Equally impressive is Sulu bazaar; the 16th-century Vittala temple, one of south India's three world heritage monuments; and the Royal Enclosure Area which contains the impressive Queen's Bath, the Elephant Stables, and the fine Indo-Saracenic architecture of the Lotus Mahal. All of these mystical ruins are set in a lunar boulder-strewn landscape interspersed with groves of coconut palms. Share:
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