The ruins of Hampi, a UNESCO world heritage site in central Karnataka, come alive with the strains of music and sounds of dance when the State Government holds the Hampi Utsava to recreate the grandeur of the erstwhile Vijayanagara Empire. It is believed that the Utsav is celebrated from the time of the Vijayanagara Empire and hence might be one of the oldest celebrations/festivals in India. Today, the Hampi Utsava also called as Vijaya Utsav celebrated over 2 or 3 days captures the pomp, splendour and glory of the Vijayanagara empire. The backdrop of the Utsava is Hampi and her ruins. The festival includes lighting up of the prominent monuments in Hampi, Jumbo Saavari (elephant procession), performances by some of India’s most celebrated singers, dancers and performers, a kite festival, water sports, food courts, photography competition, rangoli/ Mehendi competition etc. Hampi Utsav attracts lakhs of visitors from all parts of the world and is one of the most popular celebrations in Karnataka making Hampi one of the top places to visit 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 performs at Hampi Utsav
- Hampi Utsav or Vijaya 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, the UNESCO world heritage site is 350 km from Bengaluru and can be reached via road, rail and air. Vidyanagar airport (Code VDY) is the closest airport to Hampi (40 km) and has daily flights by Trujet from Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
Hosapete is the nearest railway station (15 km from Hampi). Hampi is one the most sought after places to visit in Karnataka and has a multitude of buses available from Bengaluru.
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.