Founded by two brothers Harihara and Bukka, Vijayanagara has been given the status of a World Heritage Site. Viajayanagara means the ‘City of Victory’ and was indeed that in the 14th century. Comprising Vijayanagara, Hampi, Kamalapura and Hospet; it was then the largest city in the world with a population of over five hundred thousand residents. Located on the banks of the Tungabhadhra and with high formidable mountains on the other side, Vijayanagara was the pride of the kingdom. The landscape around the area strewn with huge boulders was a perfect place which flourished for two hundred years. The invasion in 1565 by the Sultans of Deccan led to the downfall of the empire, which was soon left in ruins.
Modern day Vijayanagara is really only Hampi. Never rebuilt, Vijayanagara now consists of ruins – palaces, stables, temples, ramparts of the fort, ponds and such, scattered all over the city like the massive boulders scattered over the countryside. A magnificent place, plundered and torn asunder in the fight for supremacy, Vijayanagara is still a fascinating place to visit and try to visualize the grandeur as it existed then.
|Visit Duration||2 to 3 days|