Day 5 – Badami Hospet
Early, next morning you drive to Hospet (190 Km/ 4 Hours). As you reach there, you are escorted to the hotel.
Late that afternoon, you proceed for Hampi. Hampi is a famous city for the ruins it houses, belonging to the early medieval Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar. It has been declared as a World Heritage Site. The monolithic structures of Hampi, the exquisite temples attract a lot of tourists owing to their excellent workmanship. The splendor of the Vijayanagar Empire can be experienced by observing the Hindu style of architecture found at Hampi. The landscape of Hampi, rugged and aesthetic adds up to the historic ambience of this place.
The Virupaksha Temple of Hampi is a 15th century temple and is located in the Bazaar area. Regarded as one of the oldest monuments of Hampi, it is dedicated to Virupaksha, a form of Lord Shiva. The top of this temple rises about 50 m above the ground. An excellent view of the Hampi Bazaar can be had from the Hemakuta Hill. It is to the south of the Virupaksha Temple and it contains early ruins, Jain temples and a monolithic sculpture of Lord Narsimha, a form of Lord Vishnu. Just two kilometers to the east of the Hampi Bazaar is the Vitthal Temple. It is also a World Heritage Site and was built in the 16th century. The temple bears carvings of such astounding beauty that they are living proof of the splendor achieved by the artisans of Vijayanagar in those times.
As you return back to you hotel late at night, you stay overnight at Hospet.