Hampi's attractions are clustered across many zones and villages. Typically a few miles apart, all of them are connected by road and at places by the local ferries.
The Sacred Centre: As the name suggests this is the religious area of Hampi. A number of temples and other religious structures are located here. This is roughly the area around where the Hampi's local bus stand is located.
Some of the oldest functioning temples in India are located in this part of Hampi. Also this is the bustling centre where the pilgrims and the backpackers camp. The river (Tungabhadra) marks the northern boundary of the Sacred Centre. The local coracle ferry services give you access to places like Virupapur Gadde and Anegondi located across the river. In most cases tourists start their Hampi tour from Sacred Centre.
The Royal Centre: This is an area generally populated with the courtly and military structures. Royal Center was the citadel of the Vijayanagara capital. Currently many winding dirt paths connect various enclosures and other structures in this location. A number of highlights in Hampi tour are located in this area. The main road to Hampi from Hospet in fact passes through the Royal Centre before terminating at the Sacred Centre. Some of the important structures in this area includes the Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Royal Enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple and the Queen’s Bath.
The Islamic Quarter: This is believed to be the residential area of the Muslim officers in Vijayanagara court and army. The road that connects Kamalapura to the Vittala Temple passes though the heart of this area. You can see the remains of many tombs and other religious structure in this area. For example the Ahmed Khan’s Mosque & Tomb and the well nearby.
Kamalapura: This is a tiny but crowded suburb located just outside Hampi proper. Kamalapura houses a number of interesting monuments like the Pattabhirama Temple and the domed gateway. Also the Archeology museum is located at the heart of this place. The state run hotel, one of the few ‘luxury’ facilities in Hampi, is located at the edge of Kamalapura. You may in any case be passing through Kamalapura as it is a main junction from where many roads branches to various locations in Hampi.
Anegondi: This had been the original capital of the kingdom long before its founder chiefs made Hampi as their imperial capital. You need to cross the river at some point to reach Anegondi from Hampi side. At the core of Anegondi is the bustling village square. Many important sites in Hampi are located in Anegondi. For example the Hanuman temple on the hilltop and the Ranganata Temple at the village square are highly sough after by tourists and pilgrims alike. Also this is the laidback area of Hampi (that is even in Hampi’s rural standards). The riverside areas towards the west of the village square are the main ‘huts for rental’ scene. A few resort like places Hampi boast of are too located about this locality.
Map show the location of various monuments in Hampi
Anegondi was the capital of the region, before it was moved to Hampi. In fact this was the core of a tiny kingdom that eventually expanded into the Vijayanagar Empire covering the whole of south India. Currently Anegondi is sleepy village with a principally farming community inhibiting it.
The riverside gorge just north of the Kodandarama Temple is remarkable for the various clusters of ruins.The sought after ones are the array of Shiva Lingas carved on the flat rock surface and the carved Anandashayana Vishnu on the rock cleft.