Hampi in brief
Hampi is a village of less than 3000 people on the bank of Tungabhadra River in central-east Karnataka, but nowadays with the name of Hampi we usually indicate also the area where in the past stood the capital of the Vijaynagara Empire, the biggest Hindu kingdom in the medieval age. Hampi was a prosperous, wealthy and grand city with numerous temples, farms and trading markets and by 1500 BC was the richest city in all India.
The Vijayanagara Empire was defeated by a coalition of Muslim sultanates; its capital was conquered, pillaged and destroyed by sultanate armies in 1565, after which Hampi remained in ruins.
With its unique landscape of granite boulders extended over 60 km square on both side of Tungabhadra River Hampi is today one of the most beloved tourist attraction in all Karnataka.
Hampi and bouldering
Climbing is not a recent thing for Hampi: also thanks the vicinity of Goa we had foreign climbers since the early 1980s. However the big turn out it came after the release of the film “Pilgrimage” featuring Chris Sharma in 2003.
Since then, the number of climbers keeps increasing with every season, finally also within Indian folks and new routes are opened.
The apparently smooth even sharpen granite hills are the perfect playground for beginners and experts.
A Google search about Hampi shows about 4.530.000 results: a huge quantity of information spread on the web! However we tried to list below some useful resources about Hampi’s history and heritage.
For those who are looking for accommodation we can only suggest to stay in Hampi Island, which hosts more than 50 guesthouses and lodges and offers an option for any budget.
If you don’t have time to go in a bookstore before your journey, don’t worry: several street vendors, usually kids, with a small selection of books about Hampi, are waiting for you!