Distance from Bangalore: 368km
Hampi, a village located inside the remains of Vijayanagara, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its remarkable heritage architecture. The Virupaksha Temple along with several other noteworthy Hindu temples like Achyutaraya Temple, Badavi Linga, Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy temple and Chandramauleshwara Temple can be explored to view their detailed carvings and sculptures. While on a historical walk in Hampi, one can also visit the Hazara Rama Temple Complex which, although ruined, is well-known for its inscriptions depicting the story of Ramayana and a sprawling courtyard well-laid with gardens.
All these temples are perfect for pursuing photography and appreciating ancient architecture. Huge boulders dot the banks of the River Tungabhadra that flows adjacent to the village border and are frequented by rock climbing and bouldering enthusiasts who find the granite rocks most ideal for their adventurous pursuits.
With a multitude of places to go to within 400 kms of Bangalore, you have many choices to think of your next weekend vacation. Weather it is a relaxed, indolent outing or an action-packed, exciting one, you can opt for the destination most suited to the experiences you are searching for. With most of them situated in the middle of Mother Nature’s lap, you will return home feeling rejuvenated and refreshed, carrying back fond memories of your trip.