One Day Hampi Sightseeing Trip by Cab

1 Day Hampi Local Sightseeing Trip by Car
1 Day Hampi Local Sightseeing Trip by Car (courtesy: pavankumaar)

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty and rich cultural heritage of Hampi – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will leave you spellbound. Join us on our One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by private car and let us take you on a journey through time.

You’ll be transported back to the days of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire. Marvel at the intricate carvings and architectural wonders that have stood the test of time. Our expert driver-cum-guides will provide you with fascinating insights into the history and culture of this magnificent place.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover the beauty of Hampi. Book your Hampi Local Sightseeing Tour today!

Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, Hampi is a sprawling landscape of natural rock formations. The massive boulders and monuments are a treat for the eyes. Once a fortified city and the capital of the Vijaynagara Empire in the 14th century, it is now in ruins. It now houses remnants of its prosperous and glorious past in the form of temples, palaces, shrines, pillared halls, memorial structures, royal complexes, and sacred shrines.

Divided into two by the Tungabhadra River, Hampi offers an unmissable experience for every traveler. You can witness jaw-dropping vistas of sunrise and sunset over the ruins. Visit the several temples scattered all over. By hiring a tour guide you can learn about the ancient culture, history, and architecture of Hampi. You can trek, aimlessly roam around, relish a South Indian thali, and shop at the local bazaars.

On your one-day Hampi local sightseeing tour by private cab, you can spend plenty of time exploring the abandoned city of Hampi. You can take your children and parents with you on a spiritual tour and enjoy a refreshing break from the bustling city for a day.

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Highlights of Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Cab

  • Full-day Hampi local sightseeing tour
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
  • Tour by Private Cab (not shared with others)
  • Pickup & Drop: Hampi Hotel / Home
  • Places Covered: Virupaksha Temple, Balakrishna Temple, Mahanavami Dibba, Hazara Rama Temple, Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stable, Vittala Complex, Stone Chariot, Musical Pillars, 100 Pillar Mandapam, and Vittala Temple.

Package Price for 1 Day Hampi Sightseeing by Cab

Honda Amaze Sedan Car for One Day Trip
Amaze / Etios / Dzire
4 Seater / Sedan

₹ 2,999/-

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga SUV Car for One Day Trip
Maruti Ertiga
6 – 7 Seater / SUV

₹ 3,499/-

Toyota Innova SUV Car for One Day Trip
Toyota Innova
6 – 7 Seater / SUV

₹ 3,999/-

Toyota Innova Crysta SUV Car for One Day Trip
Toyota Innova Crysta
6 – 7 Seater / SUV

₹ 4,499/-

Tempo Traveller Mini Van for One Day Trip
Tempo/ Force Traveller
12 Seater / LCV

₹ 4,999/-

Mini Bus for One Day Trip
Mini Bus
21 Seater / LCV

Price on Request

Book your 1 Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour Package!

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What’s included

  • Pick and drop from Hotel / Home in Hampi
  • Cab for Hampi sightseeing as per the above Itinerary
  • Vehicle Parking Charges
  • Toll-gate Charges if any
  • Driver Allowance

What’s not included

  • Entry Ticket Fee at tourist places in Hampi
  • Breakfast, Lunch or any meal
  • Lodging / Accommodation at Hampi
  • Vehicle beyond the mentioned time duration
  • Vehicle beyond the designated tour route

What to Expect on your Chikmagalur Sightseeing Trip

What to expect on your One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Cab

We will pick you up from your accommodation early in the morning so that you get the best views of Hampi. We will start the journey from the popular Virupaksha Temple and head to the Balakrishna Temple. You can also witness the Mahanavami Dibba and the ruins of Hazara Rama Temple. You can also explore the Lotus Mahal and Elephant Stable. 

Next, we will head to Vittala Complex where you can explore the complex, the Stone Chariot, Musical Pillar, and 100 Pillar Mandapam. We will wind up the trip with a visit to the Vittala Temple before dropping you off at your place of stay.

Itinerary of One Day Hampi Sightseeing Trip

Pickup from your Hotel in Hampi at 8:00 AM

S.NoSightseeing PlaceRecommended Duration
1Virupaksha Temple30 minutes
2Balakrishna Temple30 minutes
3Mahanavami Dibba20 minutes
4Hazara Rama Temple30 minutes
5Lotus Mahal30 minutes
6Elephant Stable20 minutes
7Vittala Complex40 minutes
8Stone Chariot50 minutes
9Musical Pillars40 minutes
10100 Pillar Mandapam40 minutes
11Vittala Temple30 minutes

Drop back at your Hotel in Hampi by 8:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Guests can visit all the tourism places near Hampi listed above or remove any of the places that they don’t want to visit. In order to include any other sightseeing place, guests can check with their cab provider while booking this Hampi city tour by private car.

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Places to visit in Hampi in one day by private car

Some of the best places to visit in Hampi in one day on your sightseeing tour include:

1. Virupaksha Temple

Visit Virupaksha Temple with One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Car

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Virupaksha Temple is the oldest temple in Hampi and the oldest functioning temple in the country. It consists of a series of small temples, a community kitchen, a water tank, and a 750 m long ruined stone market. On this one day trip, you can marvel at the regularly repainted 160 feet high gopuram and several other monuments around the temple. 

The temple is believed to date back to the 7th century AD. It has 3 towers, out of which the main one on the east is an imposing structure built in the 15th century. The Eastern gopura is the main entrance. It has carvings of Hindu gods and goddesses on its floors. Its inverted shadow falls on one of the walls inside the temple. You will be amazed by the beauty of the stucco figures and paintings.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Offer prayer to Lord Shiva at the country’s oldest temple. 
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free

2. Balakrishna Temple

Next on your one day Hampi sightseeing tour is Balakrishna Temple.  Also called the Krishna Temple, it is a 16th-century temple now in ruins. You can witness its elaborately carved stone pillars and towers, and a sacred water tank. 

The temple was built by Krishnadevaraya of the Vijaynagara Empire in the Panchayathana style. The main shrine is in the center which has a sanctum, maha mandapa, Ardha Mandapa, a pillared pavilion, a Devi shrine, and many sub-shrines.

Southeast of the main shrine is the temple kitchen. Yalis are carved on the pillars while figurines of the elephant riders embellish the entrances to the temple hall. The eastern main tower highlights the Vijaynagara architecture and epic stories carved on its walls.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Marvel at the stunning architecture of the temple.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free
Visit Balakrishna Temple with One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Car

3. Mahanavami Dibba

Visit Mahanavami Dibba with One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Taxi

Marvel at the splendor of Mahanavami Dibba, a breathtaking attraction on your Hampi local sightseeing tour by private car. The House of Victory, Mahanavami Dibba, or Dasara Dibba is an exquisite stone platform within the royal enclosure.

It is the tallest square structure in the area with three layers. The largest monument with a wooden mandapa on top was burnt down during Hampi’s destruction. The two lower levels are made of granite. 

Mahanavami Dibba was used as a stage to watch the army march past, the war games, and processions during the Mahanavami festival. It has two stairways to reach the top. While the top provides marvelous views of the surrounding areas, the lower one has ornate carvings of elephants, horses, soldiers, and processions.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Enjoy the majestic views of the surroundings.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free

4. Hazara Rama Temple

Inscriptions regard it as Ramachandra Temple. Hazara Rama Temple is a small yet dominant shrine in Hampi. The once ceremonial temple of the royal family was dedicated to Lord Rama. Constructed in the early 15th century, it is famous for the lovely relics and panels portraying the Ramayana story. 

The former simple structure had one sanctum, a pillared hall, and Ardha Mandapa. Later, an open porch and beautifully carved pillars were added. It is the only temple in Hampi to have carvings on the compound wall. The sprawling lawn on the northern side leads to Pan Supari Street further down.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Witness the ruins of the ceremonial shrine of the royal family.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free
Visit Hazara Rama Temple with One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Taxi

5. Lotus Mahal

Visit Lotus Mahal / Chitrangini Mahal with One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Car

Lotus Mahal is also called the Chitrangini Mahal. It is a significantly secular structure and historical landmark of Hampi. The 2-story building is finely plastered and has built-in Rubble masonry. Carvings of sea creatures and birds adorn the walls and the pillars. Lying within the Zenana enclosure its lotus-like structure is a treat for the eyes. 

The central dome appears like a lotus bud. The passages and the balcony resemble an open lotus bud. While the multi-layered roof depicts Indian architectural style, the curves of the palace indicate Islamic style. It was a segregated zone used by the royal women of the Vijayanagara dynasty.

Learn something new at Lotus Mahal, an educational tourist attraction on your one day Hampi local sightseeing trip.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Spend time marveling at the beautiful royal enclosure dedicated to women.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 10 per person for Indians and INR 250 for foreigner

6. Elephant Stable

Constructed 600 years ago, it is an impressive structure providing shelter to the royal elephants of the Vijaynagara Empire. Gajashala lies to the east of the royal center. It features 11 square chambers, aligned north and south. There are arched openings and alternate flat and fluted domes. 

The central dome is the largest and the most decorated out of the 11 domes. You can reach the roof through the stairs in the middle of the stable. It was one of the few which suffered the least damage during Hampi destruction. You can spend 1 hour on this sightseeing tour exploring the amazing craftsmanship and Indo-Islamic architecture.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Visit the royal elephant stable and be amazed by its beauty.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 10 per person for Indians and INR 250 for foreigner
Visit Elephant Stable with One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Taxi

7. Vittala Complex

Visit Vittala Complex with One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Taxi

Located northeast of the Virupaksha Temple, Vittala Complex is situated near the Tungabhadra River. It is an artistically designed temple and market complex. One of the largest and most famous structures in Hampi, it entices tourists with its exceptional craftsmanship and wonderful architecture. It houses the Vittal Temple, dedicated to a form of Krishna called Vithoba. 

You can also witness the brilliantly sculpted moving Stone Chariot or Ratha standing in the temple premises along with the musical pillars. You can record videos and click photos of this astounding place on this sightseeing tour.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Imagine life in the era gone by.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 30 per person

8. Stone Chariot

Situated on the grounds of the Vijaya Vittala Temple, it is a lavish carving of a divine Hindu vehicle. Devaraya II, one of the rulers of the Vijayanagara Empire, built it in the 15th century. Although it appears as a monolithic structure, it was made of massive granite blocks. 

It is an iconic shrine dedicated to Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s Vahana. It is also believed that the chariot’s wheels moved in the past. Renowned as the Jewel of Hampi, it is one of the three most popular stone chariots in India. Earlier the huge statue of Garuda was seated atop the chariot but now it is empty.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Witness the magnificence of the stone sculpture.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: Free
Visit Stone Chariot with One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Cab

9. Musical Pillars

Visit Musical Pillars with One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Cab

Get lost in the wonders of Musical Pillars, a captivating stop on a one day Hampi sightseeing by cab. The 56 Musical Pillars are also known as SaReGaMaPa Pillars. The main pillars have been designed as musical instruments. Each main pillar is covered by 7 minor pillars which create such musical sounds. When struck with a thumb they produce musical notes sounding like bells ringing. 

When they are also hit with sandalwood sticks, they produce rhythmic sounds. Housed in the large Ranga Mandapa in the Vittal Temple Complex, it is a pleasing site. The mysterious architecture is a source of pride for India. Geologists believe it is because of a large amount of silica and metallic ore present in the rocks.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Listen to the sweet music and see the awe-inspiring architecture.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 30 per person

10. 100 Pillar Mandapam

It is a notable attraction inside the Vittal Temple complex. Around the Pradakshin path for walking around the sanctum, you will come across the 100-pillared Mandapam in the southwest direction. It was formerly used for ceremonial wedding functions by the royal family. 

You can notice the brilliant carvings on the pillars and the walls with human figurines. Sculpted friezes of horses, elephants, and swans are worth watching. The roof and vimana are completely in ruins. You can find pillared cloisters all around the enclosed wall.

  • Must See / Things to Do: Explore the beautiful ruins.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 30 per person
Visit 100 Pillar Mandapam with One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Cab

11. Vittala Temple

Visit Vijaya Vittala Temple with One Day Hampi Sightseeing Tour by Car

The 3-km long Vijaya Vittala Temple is an architectural extravaganza and the last place to visit on your Hampi sightseeing trip. Constructed by the Vijayanagara kings during the early to mid-16th century, it is dedicated to Vittala, a form of Sri Krishna. Later on, several sections were renovated and added to enhance the beauty of the shrine. It is situated in the northeastern part of Hampi on the Tungabhadra riverbank. 

You can notice its unmatched grandeur and features of classic South Indian temples. Built in Dravidian architectural style, it stands in a large rectangular enclosure. Every hall, pavilion, tower, shrine, and the building is made of stone and reflects the sheer brilliance of craftsmen.

  • Must See / Things to Do: See the architectural brilliance of those times.
  • Timings: Open on all days of the week from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 30 per person

Things to Do on your Hampi Sightseeing Tour

Things to do on your One Day Hampi Local Sightseeing Tour by Car
Things to do on your One Day Hampi Local Sightseeing Tour by Car (courtesy: mikekotsch)

The ancient city of Hampi is a popular tourist destination in India. There are many things to see and do in Hampi beyond spiritual sightseeing.

What to Shop during your Full Day Chikmagalur Sightseeing Tour by Car?

Hampi is a colorful place, also known for its ample scope for shopping. There are historic market stalls lining up the streets in front of the Virupaksha Temple. Handcrafted stone artifacts like replicas of deities, oil lamps, and figurines of Nandi, Ganesh, and Shiva Linga are quite popular as trinket items.

Get bags, jewelry, belts, patches, and souvenirs depicting Lambani crafts. The brightly colored fabric used for making such stuff is often hand embroidered and infused with metal balls, mirror work, and antique coin lookalikes. 

Handmade leather puppets, bags, footwear, and accessories are pretty common. If you are a music lover or you know someone, you can acquire wind and string musical instruments like flute, Djembe, and Ektara. Banana fiber crafts include bags, pen stands, baskets, and cushion covers. Cheap Hippie clothes like Kurtis, pants, and dresses are widely available on the streets. 

You can also purchase Hampi souvenir t-shirts on your day trip. Handmade home décor and traditional jewelry sets make interesting gift items. You can also find foreign and Indian books. You have to walk more through the narrow and crowded lanes to best explore the vibrant flea markets of Hampi.

What to Eat during your One Day Chikmagalur Sightseeing Trip by Taxi?

You can try a wide variety of delicious local dishes in Hampi. The typical South Indian platter is awesome. Sit back and relax in the myriad cafés and decent hotels and restaurants. You can also get western options on the menu. Savor crispy fried momos, North Indian cuisine, pastries, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and herbal teas at prominent restaurants. 

You can have terrific veg options but non-veg is difficult to get since Hampi is a temple town. Don’t forget to try a Kannada meal with a variety of food items included in the thali. You have to take a ferry ride and cross the river for non-veg food. Big fine-dine restaurants and hotels serve Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and Continental dishes. There are countless street food stalls where you can grab a quick bite while shopping or sightseeing.

Terms & Conditions

Travelers are requested to follow the given itinerary for 1 day Hampi city tour package. Ideally this full day tour package cannot be customized, however if guests prefer to visit different set of places during this Hampi sightseeing tour by private car, they can check the possibility of the same with the above listed car rental companies and request for a custom quote.

We recommend our guests to stick to the time spent at each tourist attraction in Hampi as per the Itinerary schedule. In case of any delays or additional time spent at a particular place, driver or car rental company will not be responsible to cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary.

Please also note that if a particular sightseeing place is closed on the scheduled day of the tour, it may not be covered from the list of sightseeing places. Please check the possibility of visiting an alternate place with listed cab vendor before you book the tour.


Is there any possibility to add / remove tourist places in this Hampi sightseeing tour?

Ideally, no. However guests can check if it’s possible to customize the tour with the above listed Hampi cab vendors before booking the trip. Additional charges might apply.

Exploring the ruined city of Hampi will strain your legs, so it will be a wise decision to hire a private cab. Since Hampi is well-accessible by road, you will find the car ride relaxing and enjoyable. You can halt at several points, refresh yourself and soak in the natural abundance along the route.

It is a great option to load your car with numerous souvenirs while returning. For an unplanned de-stressing from the hustle and bustle of the city, one day Hampi local sightseeing by a private rental car is a great and smart choice.


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