Hampi’s landscape is strewn with huge boulders that seem to balance on each other almost magically. Although the landscape seems formidable, yet there is serenity in this place that even these huge monolithic stones cannot dispel. A climb up to the top of the Matanga Hill at dawn to watch the rising sun cast its rays on the city, the ancient capital of the Vijayanagara empire. Partly in ruins because of the plundering undertaken by the Deccan sultans, Hampi is still a fascinating place to visit.
A steep climb of around two hundred steps brings you to the top of Matanga Hill. However to reach these steps you have to cross Hampi Bazaar with its huge statue of Nandi. The view from the top is simply breathtaking. Virupaksha Temple, the Tungabhadra River, the ruins of the Achyutaraya Temple and the city itself; all open up to your gaze as you look all around and admire the scenic landscape. A temple on the top of the hill provides spiritual peace to those looking for it. A cave on the way up is associated with the legend of Sugriva, the king of Kishkinda, who was supposed to have hidden himself here. Precaution must be taken when climbing the hill as it is an isolated place and can tempt robbers to try their luck with you.
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|
|Timings||All days of the week 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||3 to 4 hours|