The ruined city of Hampi is located in the Bellary district of Karnataka. For the history-buffs as well as those who have an interest in architecture, a visit to this place is a must, if they are planning a trip to Karnataka. Considering the large rush of tourists that the city experiences every year, it has been ensured that it is accessible by all the modes of transport - air, rail as well as road. To know more on how to reach Hampi, read on.
Traveling to Hampi
Belgaum airport, situated at a distance of approximately 270 km, forms the nearest air link to Hampi. Air Deccan (now Kingfisher Red) operates direct flights to the airport, from Bangalore and Mumbai. From there, you can take a taxi to the city, which costs somewhere around Rs 2500. Bangalore airport is around 350 km from Hampi.
Hampi does not have a railway station of its own and the nearest railhead to the place is provided by Hospet, which is about 13 km away. There are about 10 daily trains and about 5 special trains to the station, which ply once or twice a week. From Bangalore, Hampi Express is the best option. You can take a taxi to Hampi, from here, costing about Rs 300.
Hampi is well connected by road to Bangalore and other major cities of Karnataka. KSRTC buses ply regularly from Hospet to Hampi. Travelers can either avail taxi or auto-rickshaw to explore the ruins of Hampi. Bicycles can also be obtained on rent. If you planning to come to Hampi by car, from Bangalore; take NH4 to Chitradurga, via Tumkur and Hiriyur. From there, switch over to NH13 to Hospet, via Kudligi and Mariyamanahalli, and finally take the state road to Hampi.