Hampi, in north Karnataka, India is the site of the once-magnificent capital of the Vijayanagar Empire. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ruins and still standing magnificent carved temples are spread throughout a 26 km area. The small village of Hampi is situated on the picturesque Tungabhadra river, surrounded by large granite hills and rocks.
When visiting don't forget to visit the large main temple complexes, and take a ride on the river in a shallow circular boat to see the temples along the river.
For a restaurant with a view, check out the "Mango Tree". Hampi is also very close to the Tungabhadra Dam near Hospet.
Hampi is connected by road to the nearby city of Hospet which has a railway station and major road highways passing through. The nearest airport is at Bellary.