September 3, 2020

Hampi – A Short History with Anirudh Kanisetti

This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to host of the hit podcast "Echoes of India" - Anirudh Kanisetti!

Today's destination: Hampi!

Nearest Airport: Hubli Airport (HBX)

Nearest Railway Station: Hospet Junction (HPT)

Prerequisites - NA

Packing - Pack according to the weather - summers can be HOT!

Time of the year - Nov to Jan is a good time to visit!

Length of the itinerary- 5 days

Itinerary Highlights:

- Anirudh speaks about the origins of history, rise of the Vijayanagara empire and the dramatic fall.
- Hampi is located in the state of Karanataka, close to the Andhra Pradesh border
- Vijayanagara empire rose to fame after the fall of the Kalyana Chalukyas, and the capital was established in the city of Pampa - who was married to Virupaksha, a form of Shiva and is also believed to be the land of Kishkinda or Ramayana.
- Anirudh talks about the layout of Hampi, which was described by many travellers as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the world.
- The city is divided into the sacred centre and the royal enclosure. The sacred centre mushroomed around the Virupaksha temple. The royal enclosure was a bit further away and consisted of the royal residences.
- Close to the sacred centre is the Hampi Bazaar, a crowded bazaar that was frequented by travellers and traders from different parts of the sub-continent and even abroad.
- We also discuss about the Vittala Temple complex built by one of the famous Vijayanagara rulers - Krishna Deva Raya, and the layers of history within the temple complex: From musical pillars to the story behind the chariot.
- Anirudh also calls out other important places in the ruins, from the hills of Hemakuta and Mathanga, to the Tungabhadra river and the hippie town and it's stories!
- The royal enclosure has several important structures like the elephant stables, Lotus Mahal, Navami Tibba, Hazara Rama temple, Queens bath, pushkarni and many other important structures.
- Finally, Anirudh talks about the fall of the great empire in the war of Talikota to a coalition of the Deccan Sultanate.


Link to Anirudh's podcast:
"Echoes of India" -
"Yuddha" -
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Picture credits:
Ayush Kumar @soul.traveller.kumar on IG
Thank you Ayush!

Battle music:
Sota War ( by YleArkisto ( is licensed under CC by 3.0 (

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