Achyutaraya Temple, Hampi

Visitor Information

  • Famous For: Architecture
  • Entrance Fee: NIL
  • Visiting Time: 5:30 AM to 1 PM and 5:30 PM to 9PM
  • Visiting Duration: 1 hour

This magnificent structure of Achyutaraya Temple depicts the vijayanagar style in the most elegant way. It was one of the most grand projects that was completed under this empire before its downfall. It was built under the rule of King and hence the temple’s name. The deity worshiped here is form of Lord Vishnu. The structures here are definitely going to awestruck you.

Achyutaraya Temple
Photo by Arian Zwegers, CC BY 2.0

Traveler’s Tips

  • There is no extra charge for photography. So, once you get in there, try to get the maximum of the place. Temple’s ruin may not be in its full glory because of the broken structure but is definitely a place for some superb photographic shots.
  • If you want to see the Courtesan’s Street which used to be the hotspot for all the happening activities, you need to travel by foot or cycle. You can’t take any type of vehicle here.
  • There are no idols in the temple. So just in case if you go there and search for them, you won’t be seeing any luck coming your way.
  • Hire a good guide.

Things to Do

  • Temple has been made with sheer brilliance of the architectural talent in the. When you come here, do notice the art made on the walls. That is just purely phenomenal and you would surely love it.
  • The matanga hills by the side also provide you the opportunity to take on trekking and experience adventure in the artistic air of achyutraya.

Best Time to Visit

There is nothing seasonal about the place. Everything which is here is available to its visitors all the yearlong. You can drop by any season and enjoy this ecstatic beauty of South.

How to Reach

Hampi is connected by all the three means of transport, that is, air, rail and road.

To reach via the airways, you will have to land at Bellary airport, which is 64 km from Hampi. From here, you can take any taxi or bus to reach Hampi.

Talking about the rail network, the nearest railway station to Hampi is Hospet which is 13 km from Hampi. After reaching Hospet you can hire any tax which would drop you in Hampi.

Hampi is well connected to the road network also. There are number of buses which ply between main cities of Karnataka to hampi and vice vaersa. You may also hire a taxi or Volvo bus.

Interesting Facts and Trivia about Achyutaraya Temple

  • The structure was made in 16th century.
  • There are no idols in the so called ‘Temple’ of Achyut Raya.
  • The temple was made to worship Lord Tiruvengalantha, a form of Lord Vishnu.
  • The temple was attacked by the monarchs of Bhamani Kingdom after which it started seeing its downfall.
  • There are musical pillars here.
Achyutaraya Temple Hampi
Photo by Vinoth Chandar, CC BY 2.0

Nearby Attractions

  • Stone Chariot
  • Shri Virupaksha Temple
  • Water channels
  • Prasanna virupaksha temple
  • Stepped tank
  • Sasivekalu ganesha temple
  • Shri vijaya vitthala temple
  • Hazari rama temple
  • Elephant stable
  • King’s balance
  • Balakrishna temple
  • Ugra Narsimha

Nearby Restaurants

  • Chill out in bamboo restaurant
  • Mango tree
  • Sagar hotel
  • Hampi roof restaurant
  • Gopi guest house and restaurant
  • Shiv moon
  • New shanthi
  • Tibetan kitchen
  • Funky monkey restaurant
  • Laughing Buddha
  • Waves
  • Ravi’s rose rooftop restaurant
  • The goan corner
  • Prince restaurant

The aesthetic design, the elegant curves, the magnificent architecture, the breath taking scenic beauty all of these combine to give India one of the most amazing artistic wonders, The Achyutaraya Temple. Far from the visitors’ crowd, enjoy the solitude you have been searching for, besides the sheer divinity of the place.

About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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