VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLEUnderstand Hoysala and Chalukya style Architecture, Study about the Vijayanagara dynasty and temple shows this temple are entrance gateways, pillared cloisters, smaller shrines, and a courtyard.
The very origin of Hampis history as a sacred place revolves around the myths associated with this temple. It believed that this temple has been functioning uninterruptedly ever since its inception in the 7th century AD. That makes this one of the oldest functioning temples in India.The original worship place was only a few separate humble shrines (believed to be as old as 7th century) housing the image of the god and the goddesses. Over the centuries the temple gradually expanded into a sprawling complex with many sub shrines, pillared halls, flag posts, lamp posts, towered gateways and even a large temple kitchen. You access the temples main entrance tower through the chariot street in front now popularly called the Hampi Bazaar.
This east facing giant tower (Gopura) leads you the first courtyard of the temple complex. This pastel painted 9 storied tower with a pair of cow horn like projections on top is the most prominent landmark in Hampi. The lower two tiers of the tower is made of decorated stone work.The progressively diminishing superstructure is made with brick and mortar. All around the exterior of the first tier spots many interesting stucco figures. You may get to some distance from the base of the tower to see all of them. For example, the erotic figures of the amorous couples located at the south side of the tower. Such icons connected with fertility rites are considered auspicious on a philosophical ground. You can view them from the southward going alley (towards the post office) from this entrance to the tower. These stucco figures are located at the bottom row of the stucco figures.

THE VITTALA TEMPLE - Understand The temple exemplifies the immense creativity and architectural excellence possessed by the sculptors and artisans of the Vijayanagara era. And study the Dravidian style of architecture. It has traits and features that are characteristic of typical south Indian temple architecture.The Vittala Temple or Vitthala Temple in Hampi is an ancient monument that is well-known for its exceptional architecture and unmatched craftsmanship. It is considered to be one of the largest and the most famous structure in Hampi. The temple is located in the north eastern part of Hampi, near the banks of the Tungabhadra River.The iconic temple has amazing stone structures such as the incomparable stone chariot and the fascinating musical pillars. The Vittala Temple is presumed to be the grandest of all temples and monuments in Hampi. The temple exemplifies the immense creativity and architectural excellence possessed by the sculptors and artisans of the Vijayanagara era.The Vittala temple is built in the Dravidian style of architecture. It has traits and features that are characteristic of typical south Indian temple architecture. It’s elaborate and artistic carvings and magnificent architecture is unmatched by any other structure found in Hampi.It is believed that the main shrine of the temple originally had one enclosed Mantapa. An open Mantapa was added to it in the year 1554 A.D.The temple complex is a sprawling area that is surrounded by high compound walls and three towering gateways. The temple complex has many halls, shrines and pavilions located inside it. Each of these structures is made of stone and each structure is a beauty in itself.Notable among these structures are the shrine of the Goddess (also known as Devi shrine), Maha Mantapa or main hall (also known as Sabha Mantapa or congregation hall), Ranga Mantapa, Kalyana Mantapa (marriage hall), Utsava Mantapa (festival hall), and the famous Stone Chariot

THE SULE BAZAAR AND ACHUTARARYA TEMPLE MUSEUM - One of ancient Hampi’s principal centers of commerce and reputedly its red-light district.It was built in 1534 AD. It is one of the major, splendid and awe-inspiring temples of Hampi located between the Matanga hills and Gandhamadana. This magnificent temple depicts Vijayanagara architecture style of temples in its best and most improved form. This was among the last dazzling temples that were constructed in the celebrated city of Hampi prior to the decline of the Vijayanagara Empire. The principal shrine of the temple is located in the centre of a pair of rectangular concentric enclosures. There are pillared verandas on the interior flanks of the two courtyard walls. The outer walkways are in a state of decay, collapse, and disintegration. The temple is distinctly visible from the top of the Matanga Hill. It is at the end of the abandoned Courtesan Street.On entering the inner court one can spot a chamber that is facing the porch leading to the central hall. There is a small shrine chamber which once sanctified an image of Garuda.The accessible hall has few extremely lauded sculpted pillars in Hampi. The carvings are done on monolithic blocks of rocks. The statues and sculptures on the pillars reveal themes like lord Vishnu blessing an elephant, lord Krishna practising his flute while the calves are watching this scene with interest and infant Krishna dancing with a snake and holding it by the tail.There is a Mandapa which is a marriage hall of the Gods and the Goddesses for the yearly nuptials.

TUNGABHADRA DAM - Study about the effective use of natural resources and learn about one of the largest hydroelectric stations in India once upon a time and a small source of electric power for Karnataka now. Learn how this project is helping the local community as well as the state of Karnataka. Tungabhadra Dam brought to the lives and landscapes of the region. While it created one of the biggest water reservoirs in the state, the majestic view of the dam also attracts tourists from near and afar. The huge reservoir spread over 378 sq. kms gradually attracted migratory and resident aquatic fowl. The availability of abundant food sources such as different species of fish, insect larvae, crustaceans etc. ensured food security for the birds. Apart from more than 90 fish species, the reservoir is home to the Smooth-coated Otter, Mugger, and Asian Giant Soft-shelled Turtle. The small islands in the middle of the dam are ideal breeding grounds for birds. Thus, the reservoir is a biodiversity hotspot for faunal species.Till date, this ancient irrigation system is active in Hospet and Hampi regionsIn the beginning of winter, a huge congregation of birds is seen along the vast mud-banks that span hundreds of kilometres. Small islands and mudflats provide shelter to migratory birds.   About 200 species of birds have been recorded in and around TB Dam reservoir, and more than 20,000 migratory birds are found in winter in the reservoir. Some species occur in much greater numbers than their 1% population threshold, determined by Wetlands International (2012). For example, the 1% threshold of Little Cormorant is 2500, but sometimes more than 5000 are found. Similarly, the 1% population threshold of Bar-headed Goose is 560, but in the reservoir and surrounding areas, it is not unusual to see a few thousands of these birds. They mainly use the reservoir and islands for roosting, and forage in the surrounding crop fields. Other species found in much greater numbers than their 1% population threshold are Painted Stork, Asian Openbill, Woolly-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Indian Black Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Northern Pintail, Greater Flamingo, and Black–tailed Godwit. On the basis of these facts, the Tungabhadra Reservoir is listed as an Important Bird Area (IBA) of India in the latest edition.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM - To learn about elegant replicas of the Vijayanagara dynasty, Museum display assorted antiquities like arms and armory, copper plate grants, metal objects of religious utility and brass plates. In the display, you can also find coins of the Vijayanagara dynasty in various denominations of both gold and copper.Apart from the usual suspects in a museum, this one contains an immensely useful exhibit to a novice visitor: A scaled model - in fact two - of the Hampi topography with the monuments located on it. This is an excellent display to get an idea about the area plan and the relative locations of the sites. The large one located at the central courtyard is miniature copy of Hampi as a whole, complete with its hills and rivers. The smaller but more detailed model located inside the last gallery gives you a comprehensive view of the Royal Centre. The museum has four principal sections. The first one exhibits the Hampi model mentioned above. The second section is dedicated mainly to the sculptures and idols from the Hampi ruins. A large number of artifacts belong to the Veerabhadra cult and Shiva worship is prominent.

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TIME

ACTIVITIES

DAY 01: BANGALORE – HAMPI

10:00 PM

Departure from BANGALORE to HAMPI by Private Coach

DAY 02: HAMPI

06:00 AM

Arrival at HAMPI, check-in at Hotel [Standard check-in time is 12 Noon, Early check-in is subjected to the availability]

07:30 AM

Breakfast will be provided

09:00 AM

Proceed to visit:

  • KADALE KALU GANESHA
  • SASIVE KALU GANESHA
  • BADAVI LINGA

09:30 AM

Visit:

  • KADALE KALU GANESHA is one of the largest statues of Lord Ganesha that exists in the southern part of India. The shrine housing the statue of KadalekaluGanesha is situated on the slope of the Hemakuta Hill in Hampi. It is a remarkable monolithic statue and one of the most popular tourist sites in Hampi
  • SASIVE KALU GANESHA: -SasivekaluGanesha Temple is a huge statue of Lord Ganesha, carved out of a single block of rock. It is one of the major landmarks in Hampi. SasivekaluGanesha is about 8 feet (2.5 meters) tall.
  • BADAVI LINGA: -it is the largest monolithic Shiva Linga in Hampi. The Shiva Linga has a three-eye mark drawn on it in line carving. The three-eye mark depicts the three eyes of Lord Shiva. The beautiful Linga is made of black stone. It has a height of 3 meters. It is believed that the temple has
  • been in existence since the period of the Vijayanagara Empire.

11:30 AM

Snacks will be provided

12:30 PM

Back to Hotel

01:00 PM

Lunch will be provided

02:00 PM

Proceed to visit:

  • KING’S BALANCE
  • MAHANAVAMI DIBBA
  • QUEEN’S BATH
  • LOTUS MAHAL
  • ELEPHANT STABLES

02:30 PM -06:30 PM

Visit

  • KING’S PALACE- This is the largest enclosure, including two major platform structures, an underground chamber which must have served as a treasury or private audience hall, several other platforms, double fortification walls, and several other interesting architectural elements.
  • MAHANAVAMI DIBBA – Equally impressive is the massive MahanavamiDibba, where the kings once sat on gem-studded golden thrones and watched processions pass by. The platform sports densely carved bands of horses, soldiers, and depictions of the various aspects of courtly life.
  • QUEEN’S BATH-this structure has a very plain exterior but the interior is stunningly ornate, with graceful arched corridors, projecting balconies and lotus shaped fountains that used to spout perfumed water for the ladies of the court.
  • LOTUS MAHALthis visually appealing structure has two levels, with open pavilions at the bottom and balconies above, the Mahal derives its name from its beautiful, geometrically-arranged cusped arches that resemble the petals of a flower opening to the sun
  • ELEPHANT STABLES- An imposing edifice with arched entrances and many domes that once housed the magnificent state elephants.

04:30 PM

Snacks will be provided

06:30 PM

Back to Hotel

08:00 PM

Dinner will be provided

09:00 PM

Retired for the day

DAY 03: HAMPI – BANGALORE

06:00 AM

Wake up and freshen up

07:30 AM

Breakfast will be provided

08:30 AM

Check out the hotel

09:00 AM

Proceed to visit VITTHALA TEMPLE

09:30 AM

VITTHALA TEMPLE – Ancient monument that is well-known for its exceptional architecture and unmatched craftsmanship. It is considered to be one of the largest and the most famous structures in Hampi. The temple is located in the northeastern part of Hampi, near the banks of the Tungabhadra River.

11:00 AM

Snacks will be provided

11:15 AM

Proceed to ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

11:45 AM

Visit ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM – The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, a Hindu deity. It was once the private temple of the kings and the royal family of Vijayanagara. The temple is famous for the lovely base relics and panels depicting the story of the epic Ramayana.

12:30 PM

Lunch will be provided

02:00 PM

Proceed to HAMPI BAZAAR AND VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE.

02:30 PM

Visit VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE is located in Hampi 350 km from Bangalore. It is part of the group of Monuments at Hampi, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is the main center of pilgrimage and a most sacred place at Hampi.

04:00 PM

Free for shopping

07:30 PM

Dinner will be provided

09:00 PM

Departure to BANGALORE

DAY 04: BANGALORE

05:00 AM

Arrival at BANGALORE

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Transportation by private coach.
  • Veg Breakfast, Lunch (veg/non veg) and Dinner (veg/non veg), Morning and Evening light snacks.
  • Guide Charges.
  • State Taxes.
  • Sightseeing.
  • General Entrance fees as per the programme.
  • Stay at hotels on four sharing basis (1 king size bed with 1 extra mattress).
  • Experienced tour manager from Crazy Holidays throughout the trip.

 

EXCLUSIONS

  • Any Expenses of Personal Nature (like still camera or video camera, porter charges, Laundry expenses, phone calls, food/beverages not included in the package, usages of mini bar in the hotel.
  • Sightseeing or Activities which are not mentioned in the package.

 

 

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  • 2-star category Hotel
  • Quad Sharing (1 king size bed with 1 extra mattress)
  • Breakfast – Veg
  • Lunch – Veg
  • Dinner – Veg & 1 Non - Veg

49 seater Non AC Coach

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  • 3-star category Hotel
  • Quad Sharing (1 king size bed with 1 extra mattress)
  • Breakfast – Veg
  • Lunch – Veg & 1 Non - Veg
  • Dinner – Veg & 1 Non - Veg

49 seater AC Coach

DELUXE

  • 3-star and above category Hotel
  • Quad/Triple Sharing (1 king size bed with 1 extra mattress)
  • Breakfast – Veg
  • Lunch – Veg & 2 Non - Veg
  • Dinner – Veg & 2 Non - Veg

35 seater AC Coach

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