After all these years, Hampi, also known as the greatest outdoor museum in the world, continues to bear witness to the splendour of the Vijayanagara Empire. The monuments that are still standing give homage to luxury and majesty with their well articulated design and sculpture. The Vijaya Vittala Temple, which according to legend was built for Lord Vishnu himself, the ancient Virupaksha Temple, which is thought to have served as the location of Lord Shiva and Parvati's engagement, as well as countless other historically significant buildings serve as the backdrop to the Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort.
The Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort, a popular JLR property, has a well-known World Heritage Site as a background. This JLR trip has an element of adventure thanks to its location on the outskirts of the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, where the wild terrain serves as the sloth bears' natural habitat. Rustic is given an entirely new meaning by the barren, scrub-covered countryside.
The Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort offers a wide range of activities. From a watchtower located atop a hill, you may observe sloth bears in their natural environment and, if you're lucky, other animals including wild boars, black-naped hares, pangolins, porcupines, jackals, and leopards. In addition, the 8 km drive into the forest provides a good opportunity to see the numerous peafowl, spurfowl, yellow-throated bulbuls, sand grouse, quails, sirkeer malkoha, and stone-curlews that call the area home. In addition to the sloth bear safari, there are also temple trails, environmental hikes, and bird watching.
It is advisable to tour Hampi's heritage sites in the mornings, which are generally separated into the Sacred Centre, the Royal Centre, the Urban Core, and the Suburban areas. Anegundi, also known as Kishkinda in the Ramayana, is located across the River Tungabhadra and has an old-world charm with quaint cottages, aqueducts that irrigate its rice fields, and legendary landmarks. The Sloth Bear Sanctuary is a fantastic site to base yourself while seeing the amazing legacy at Badami, Aihole, and Pattadakal, all of which are included as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
After a long day, relax with a delectable dinner. Trust us when we say that even after three days with us, you won't have seen everything the resort has to offer.
Best Time to Visit Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort
The resort is open throughout the year. July to March is the best time, as the weather is pleasant and a good time to spot wildlife. Sloth bears can be sighted across the year. Summers can be hot. After the monsoons, the bouldered landscape and the paddy fields are awash with green. November to February is the peak season.
Things to do near Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort
- The original capital of Vijayanagara Kingdom, Anegundi, is about 40 kilometres away and has several historical sites too.
- At about 2 and a half hours from Hampi are several historical sites, one of which is Pattadakal.
- About 2 hours from Hampi is Aihole, the first capital of the Chalukyas, with several historical temples and other structures.
- You will reach Gajendragad in under two hours from Hampi. Kalakaleshwar Temple and the historic fort are its prime attractions.
- About two and a half hours from Hampi is Badami, which stands ode to the Chalukya architecture and is perhaps most famous for its cave temples.
- If you are willing to travel the distance, it will take you 3 hours to reach Bijapur which is home to some of the most beautiful Mughal architectural structures, like the Gol Gumbaz.
- If you are not in the mood to travel a lot, visit Hospet which is just about 12 kilometres from Hampi. It is home to some ancient temples like Sri Jambunatha Temple that take you back to the mythological era of Ramayana.
- Just over half an hour from Hampi is Tungabhadra Dam. Enjoy the spectacular view of the never-ending expanse of water here.
Cuisine at Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort
The in-house multi cuisine restaurant at the resort let's travellers enjoy a delightful culinary experience at the property. The chefs prepare a range of unique flavours and cuisines serving travellers with the best. The beautiful lush green surroundings and lip-smacking food makes for an unforgettable experience.
How to Reach Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort
The Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort or the Sloth Bear Heritage Resort is located in Kamalapur at a distance of 365 Km from Bangalore and Goa (Madgaon) and 415 Km from Hyderabad.
By Road: From Bangalore you can reach Kamalapur via Nelamangala, Tumkur, Chitradurga and Hospet. Take NH4 from Bangalore to Chitradurga (199 Km) and NH13 from Chitradurga to Hospet (135 Km). 12 Km from Hospet is Kalamapur. Once at Kamalapur, turn right at Ambedkar Circle towards Kannada University Road leading to P.K. Halli.
By Rail: Hospet and Munirabad are the nearest railheads. Pickup and drop facilities are available at an extra cost.
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