Sitting pretty amid the boulders lying 2 km away from Hampi Bazaar is the Vithala Temple which is one of the most splendid ruins of Hampi, dated 16th century. The site appears to be in a good condition with a few cement scaffolds being constructed to prevent the main structure from crumbling. The construction of the temple had probably begun during the region of Krishnadevaraya, the period between 1509 and 1529 AD. Though the work never completed or consecrated, the splendid sculptural work of the temple has always been the highpoint of the Vijayanagar art.
The ‘musical’ pillars outside reverberate when tapped however you would not be able to feel it as authorities have placed them out of reach of tourists to avoid any further damage to this historical legacy. There is an ornate stone chariot, the showcase piece of the temple, standing in the temple courtyard. The wheels of this chariot were once movable. Now the admission charges; while an Indian pays Rs. 10, a foreigner has to pay Rs. 250. You can use the same ticket for admission into the Zenana Enclosure, provided you come on the same day.
|Visit Duration||45 minutes to 1 hour|