Hospet is a typical Indian market town, situated just 13 km from the spectacular ruins at Hampi. Hampi is he site of the Vijayanagar empire which rivalled Rome in splendour and controlled almost all of South India in the 16th century.

Hospet may lack charm, but this is more than made up for by the range of comfortable accommodation provided by its hotels. Since Hampi has a distinct lack of good hotels, it is a good idea to use Hospet as a base for visiting Hampi.

What to see

  1. On the Highway linking Bangalore to Hospet you come across Chitradurga, a quaint town with its famous Fort. This marvel of military architecture - made impregnable by the Nayak Paleyagars - has 19 gateways and 38 postern entrances.

Harihara, 90 Km from Chitradurga is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. It has an ancient temple dedicated to Harihareshwara.

Getting There

Air: Bangalore and Mangalore are the most convenient airports.

Rail: Hospet is well-connected by rail to Bangalore, Bellary, Hubli-Dharwar, Gadag and Bijapur.

Road: Motorable roads connect Hospet to Bangalore, Bellary, Hubli-Dharwar, Gadag and Bijapur

General information

Area Code: 08394

Excursions