Hampi is a UNESCO world heritage site in central Karnataka showcasing the grandeur of the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire. Every year, Hampi Utsav (Hampi Festival) is celebrated over a span of 2 to 3 days to remember and celebrate the glory of the bygone era. Hampi Utsav attracts lakhs of visitors from all parts of the world and is one of the most popular celebrations in Karnataka.
What to expect:
Hampi Utsav brings together thousands of finest performers in art, music and dance to offer a cultural extravaganza to lakhs of visitors. While exact event schedule and performances could vary each year, below are what you can expect during Hampi Utsav
- Competitions: As part of Hampi Utsav, several competitions such as Photography competition, Rangoli and Mehandi competition, water adventure sports are held.
- Cultural Shows: Puppet shows, Music performances, Dance shows, Drama, street performances and more
- Fireworks: Spectacular firework complements the celebrations at Hampi Utsav
- Exhibitions: Stone sculptures, paintings, books and other exhibitions
- Helicopter Rides: Visitors to Hampi Utsav 2020 could enjoy helicopter rides over the world heritage site of Hampi
- Celebrity visits: Some of the prominent celebrities from movie industry visit and perform at Hampi Utsav
- Hampi Utsav for 2020 was held on 10th and 11th of January this year. Dates for each year may vary. Stay tuned to the website and social media pages of Karnataka tourism to know the dates for next edition.
How to reach Hampi:
Hampi is 350 kms from Bengaluru and can be reached via road, rail and air. Vidyanagar airport (Code VDY) is the closest airport to Hampi (40 kms) and has daily flights by Trujet from Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
Hosapete is the nearest railway station (15 kms from Hampi). Multitude of buses are available from Bengaluru to reach Hampi.
Places to stay near Hampi:
Hampi and nearby Hosapete have accommodation options suiting all budgets. Evolve Back Hampi and Hyatt Place Hampi are the most luxurious stays available at Hampi.