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Hampi Festival aka Hampi Utsav is an extravaganza which celebrates the existence of Vijayanagar Empire founded by Harihara I and his brother Bukka Raya I in 1336. It is a three-day festival which takes place at Virupaksha Temple. The festival is celebrated to commemorate the culture and heritage of the Vijayanagar Empire. Hampi which is known for ancient ruined temples is beautifully decorated with fairy lights. It is locally known as Hampi Utsav or Vijay Utsav. During the festival, one can enjoy the folk dance and music performances. Apart from this, light & sound show is a major attraction of the festival. If you are keen to kickstart the year with a bang, Hampi Festival 2020 in India, is a must-visit. 

Significance of Hampi Festival

As Hampi Festival is dedicated to the times of the Vijayanagar Empire, it might be an ancient festival revives the life during the Vijayanagara Empire. Ruined temples of Hampi comes under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which was ruled by Harihara I and the successors. Due to its historical significance, the Hampi Festival is also called Vijaya Utsav. Exploring the Hampi Festival in Karnataka can be a great opportunity to know the culture of Karnataka.

Major attractions of Hampi Festival

Cultural extravaganza. Being, one of the popular festivals in Karnataka, The grandeur of the festival can be felt at every event. Here at this event, several folk dances and music performances are organised for the audience to relive the Vijayanagar Empire. Classical dance performances such as Bharatnatyam is performed by popular Indian Bharatnatyam Artists in India.  

Jumbo Safari.  It is an elephant march which was organized during the festival that was used to organise during the Vijayanagar Empire. The whole procession will take you back to the Vijayanagar Empire. 

Procession. There is a procession that includes a huge number of people. It is a very interesting parade that is participated by men and women dressing up in medieval military uniform. 

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Decoration of Raja Marg. As Virupaksha Temple was a significant temple during the Vijayanagar Empire, the whole Raja Marg Road connecting the routes towards the temple is decorated with fairy lights. This gives a happy and festival-like feeling which is purposed to welcome the king. 

Light & Sound Show.  It showcases the grandeur of the Vijayanagara empire through light and sound show which is one of the major attractions of Hampi Festival. 

Puppet Show. One can enjoy the puppet show that is another attraction of the event. Several decorated puppets are just eye-delights whereas local stories woven during puppet show are really intriguing to known.

Fireworks. The sky is enlightened with fireworks and people come out in the streets carrying processions. In short, this three-day fiesta has everything that’s entertaining and fun to be a part of.

How to Reach 

By Air. The nearest airport from Hampi is the Hubli Airport and it is located at a distance of approximately 167 km. There are direct flights to the airports which operate from the major cities such as Delhi and Mumbai. From there, you can catch a taxi or some other means of transportation to reach Hampi. 

By Road. The road connectivity of Hampi is well-linked with its nearby regions. The city enjoys regular bus service from Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation. It will be easier to reach Hampi from Hosapete. Also, there are several interstate buses that connect Hampi with Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa. 

By Rail. Hosapete Junction railway station which is situated in Ballari District of Karnataka. The station is approximately 13 kilometres away from Hampi which can take around 15-20 minutes via car and more than one hour via bus. The station is well-connected to neighbouring cities of Hosapete. The railway station is equipped with several amenities including restroom, canteens, bookstalls etc. If you are travelling from any major metropolitan cities of India, it is convenient to deboard at Bengaluru Railway Station that serves pan India. 

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  • 2 Days

  • Dance & Music

  • Karnataka
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    10 January 2020 - 11 January 2020

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