Hospet, a small township in Northern Karnataka, is located at a distance of 325 km from the capital city of Bangalore. Situated on the river banks of the Tungabhadra, the destination is 12 km away from Hampi, which is a World Heritage Site. The city is a gateway to tourists arriving from Goa and the West Coast. The destination also acts as a gateway to Hampi.
History of Hospet, once the throne of the powerful Vijayanagar Kingdom, receives attention from Hampi, the erstwhile capital city of the Vijayanagar Kings. The city is spread over an area of 28.39 sq km, which was constructed by one of the rulers of Vijayanagar, Krishna Deva Raya. He built the city in memory of his mother, Nagalambika. Although, natives named the town as Hospet Pete, meaning New City.
Things to do in Hospet Owing to the large iron ore and steel production in the city, it is also referred to as 'Steel City'. One of the highlights of the city is the Tungabhadra Dam, a reservoir built on the Tungabhadra River, which dates back to the 12th century. The ancient reservoir was built by the Vijayanagara king, Krishna Deva Raya. The shore of the dam also features a garden designed in the Japanese style.
Places to Visit in Hospet
Tungabhadra Dam : The oldest Dam in Karnataka, belongs to 12th century. It was built across the river Tungabhadra by the great Vijayanagara king Krishna Deva Raya. It is one of the ancient reservoir and a power station in India. One can find variety of fishes, aquatic animals, spot billed pelicans, storks, flamingos and others.
Vittala Temple : The beautiful 16th century temple, dedicated to Lord Vittala. The 56 musical pillars are the highlighting feature in this temple. Each pillar creates a musical notes when it is tapped. Beautiful sculptures of various deities, lively paintings and decorated walls of shrine are the other attractions.
Hazara Rama Temple : It is one of the prominent religious destination in Hospet. The 15th century temple, devoted to Lord Rama. The sacred shrine depicts scenes from Ramayana in the form of beautiful sculptures and paintings.
Vrupaksha Temple : It is most significant site in Hospet, located in Hampi. It is also a part of UNESCO world heritage. The historical marvel dedicated to Lord Shiva is belongs to 8th century.
Best Time to Visit Hospet
The best time to visit Hospet is in the months of September to February when the weather is pleasant with an average temperature of 15°C to 34°C.
How to Reach Hospet?
By Air : The nearest airport is Bellary about 75 km. Other airports near Hospet are at Bangalore about 350 km and Belgaum about 200 km well connected by Indian Airlines flights to most parts of India.
By Rail : Hospet Railway Station is well connected by rail line to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli and Vijapur.
By Road : Buses are available from Hospet and regularly ply between here and Bangalore and other major cities of Karnataka.