Hampi, is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Located near the ruins of the city of vijayanagara, It is a village of historical significance in the northern part of karnataka. Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, It is here that the virupaksha temple and several other monuments is situated and is the most searched historical place in karnataka. Hampi was traditionally known as Kishkinda-kshetra, Bhaskara-kshetra and the name is derived from the old name of Tungabhadra river, Pampa. Hampi is believed to be within the Ashokan kingdom during the 3rd century BC. Hampi was one of the main capital areas of the vijayanagara empire from 1343-65. The site is architecturally and historically significant. The Archaeological Survey of India continues to conduct excavations in the area, to discover additional artefacts and temples.
Hampi has several mineral deposits like iron-ore, manganese in this region and as a result it has led to increased levels of mining in this district. The principal industries of the village are agriculture, as well as tourism. Most of the monuments at Hampi are from the Vijayanagara period, a small proportion can be assigned to pre-Vijayanagara times. The Jain temples on Hemakuta hill, the two Devi shrines, the Virupaksha temple complex predate the Vijanagara empire. The shaiva shrine with their pyramidal superstructures, dates back to the early chalukyan period around 9th century AD.
Hampi has various famous Hindu temples with some Vedanta mythology inscriptions inside the temples, some of which are still active places of worship. The most notable temples are Achyutaraya Temple, Badavi Linga, Chandramauleshwara Temple,Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy temple,Hazara Rama Temple Complex, Hemakuta group of temples, Krishna Temple Complex,Vittala Temple Complex, Muslim Sunni masjid, Preksha temple and groups, Saasivekaalu Ganesha, Underground Shiva Temple, Yantrodharaka Anjaneya temple etc. Hampi is 353 km from Bangalore and 74 km away from Bellary. Hospet is just 13 km away and is the nearest railway head. The annual Vijayanagara Festival is organized by the Government of Karnataka in November.