Hampi photography

Hampi photography

Even if is not impressive like Angkor Wat or famous like the Taj Mahal, Hampi has magnificient ruins that has captivated for centuries. In fact the historical city of Hampi was the center of the Vijayanagara Empire and named Vijayanagara at the time. The city flourished in the 14th century, peaked in the 15th and was destroyed in the 16th. In all the area  1,600 monuments spread over 41 square kilometers. Take your time to visit and photograph the monument and the temples.

Planning hampi photography

Once I’ve the map start planing how photography Hampi. It is a place where you can lose yourself among wistful ruins, or simply be mesmerised by the vagaries of nature. Here the main subject to shooting are the ruins and some great landscape of the hills around it. So look the potential locations, then try to plan out when you want to shot each spot. Timing it’s really important thing, so check the direction of the light for each spot. So look at sunset vs. sunrise, and try to make an educated guess on when it will photograph best.

Hampi photography

What photography hampi

Start your photographic journey in Hampi Bazaar, that is with southern village of Kamalapuram, the two main points of entry to the ruins. Avoid the tourist early in the morning to shooting The Virupaksha Temple, one of the city’s oldest structures. The main gopuram, almost 50m high, was built in 1442, with a smaller one added in 1510. The main shrine is dedicated to Viru- paksha, an incarnation of Shiva. Then i suggest you to going to Hemakuta Hill. Here there are few early ruins to shooting, including monolithic sculp- tures of Narasimha and Ganesha. At the east end of Hampi Bazaar is a monolithic Nandi statue, around which stand colonnad- ed blocks of the ancient marketplace. Over- looking the site is Matanga Hill, whose sum- mit a ords dramatic views of the terrain at sunrise.

Hampi photography

However, the undisputed highlight to photograph of the Hampi ruins is the 16th-century Vittala Temple. It is stands amid the boulders 2km from Hampi Bazaar. Though a few cement scaf- folds have been erected to keep the main structure from collapsing, the site is in relatively good condition. Other ruins in the area of royal center are worth a visit, like the Zenana enclosure and the lotus Mahal. When yo finish with ruins going toward the river to the gaths where the local pray.

Hampi photography

For second day of your visit can you walk up Matanga Hill for an amazing panoramic landscape. From here you can frame most of the area’s rich surrounds Hampi. Maybe is best the sunset then the sunrise.

Before Living

For you photographic trip in Karnataka is better to prepare well. In fact, the region is quiet big and not easy to dealing with, especially if you are first timer. So find what you want really shooting at is fundamental.

Before living search for works made in the past by greater photographers. Indeed from them you will be learning a lot of things. You should look and study the works of artist like Raghu Rai . Take notes and made a checklist in this process can be great and i really recommend to do that. Finally, be sure you have the right traveling photography equipment. In India can be difficult find a good photography shop, just in big city like Mumbai, New Delhi or Bangalore you will find professional equipment. Also the products are more expensive due a some government tax.

Getting there

The nearest airport to Hampi is the Bengaluru airport. From there you can take train, bus or private car to Hampi. The nearest railhead to Hampi is Hospet. Hospet is well connected to Bangalore by buses and train. From Hospet, you can take an auto to Hampi. Also there are many overnight bus from Bangalore to Hospet. From Hospet we took an auto to Hampi. The auto took Rs.150 from us. There are local buses from Hospet to Hampi that you can get from the Hospet bus stand.

Travel Insurance

Getting a really god insurance. Like any destination, traveling with proper travel insurance is a must. Take care of yourself in the India.

Healthy issues

Prophylaxis or vaccination for India is not mandatory. However, it is recommended to contact the external health of the autonomous community.


You must apply for an Indian tourist visa embassy or consulate (contact us for more information and help) via online (Price approx. € 65). Passport with a minimum validity of six months and at least two blank pages.

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