We started off in the early morning again and straight gone to the Vittala Temple. The temple opens at 8.30am and we spend the time in the nearby Vishnu Temple, the King’s Balance, the Two Storied gateway etc before we entered the Vittala Temple as first tourist of the day. This is one of the two places in Hampi that need tickets to enter, the other is the Zenana Enclosure in the Royal Center area. The same ticket is applicable for both places and for Indians it’s just Rs.10. Being the first visitors, we enjoyed the place a lot without crowds and it was really a spectacular structure and it worth a separate mention among so many other beautiful ruins around Hampi.
After Vittala Temple, we took our car to head straight towards the Sasive Kalu and Kadale Kalu Ganesha and from there to Birupaksha Temple. We came back retracing the same path to see Krishna Temple which again is a sign of spectacular architecture, Badavilinga, the monolithic Shiva Idol and then Lakshmi Narasimha which is spectacular too. We moved slowly towards Royal Center and saw Underground Temple and Hazara Rama Temple which again is a brilliant structure to see.
After lunch again started from Royal Center only to cover Octagonal Bath, Stepped Tank, Mahanavami Dibba, Queen’s Bath and slowly proceeded towards Zenana enclosure to see Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables and finally headed to Hemkuta Hill for another brilliant sunset. This was the clearest day we had in Hampi and as usual the sunset was at its best on this day.
Vittala Temple Complex:
King’s Balance and Two storied Gateway:
Kadale Kalu Ganesha:
Opposite to Krishna Temple towards Matunga:
Hazara Rama Temple:
Sunset from Hemkuta Hills:
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