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This archaeological site contains the ruins of many ancient Indian monuments that are critically praised for the excellence of their architecture and sculpting.
Vithala Temple Complex
Highlights: Exquisitely carved columns that emit musical notes when hit. A lifesized stone chariot with wheels that move.
Highlight: An intricately carved Gopuram (temple gateway). It rises 50-meters or 150 feet.
Royal Center (Zenana Enclosure)
Highlights. Lotus Mahal ( this petite palace has graceful archways). Elephant stalls (fit for a royal animal).
Runners-up include Hampi Bazaar and the Krishna and Anegundi temple complexes.
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History in brief
In the the 15th century, the city of Vijayanagara (Hampi's old name) was founded as the capital of the vast and powerful Vijayanagara Hindu empire. Over the next 200 years, nearly 500 monuments were built. In the 16th century, the Mughal invaders destroyed the structures, leaving them in ruins.
The vast archeological site covers 26 square kilometers (10 square miles) and is heavily sprinkled with colossal boulders.
When to come
Avoid the hot, sometimes wet climate by coming in the October-to-March period.
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