Also known as Virupaksha Bazaar, this street is located in font of the Virupaksha temple . About a kilometer long, the east end of the temple ends at the foothill of the Matanga Hill . Both sides of the street are lined with a series of old pavilions, some of them are two storied. These structures were once part of a thriving market and residence of the nobles.

Towards the west end (towards Virupaksha temple) the pavilions are now encroached and made into shops, restaurants and the likes making the street narrower. Poor villagers have made the eastern section into their homes. It's interesting the houses of the rich merchants and nobles of the empire are now being occupied by one of the poorest.

One enters into the street from the bus stand through a gate. Movement of motor vehicle entry is regulated. But two wheelers are freely allowed to enter the street.

A huge Nandi (bull statue) called is located at the east end of the street. A next to it is a two storied pavilion where a photo gallery is functioning. Photos of the Hampi sites taken by Alexander Greenlaw in 1856 are on display. Admission is free. An open platform nearby is the main stage of the annual Hampi festival. The circular pillars used are of interest.

Opposite to the gallery, a little away across the street you can even see a nursery school for the village children. Probably this is the world's oldest nursery school building!

Most of the Hampi's tourist accommodations are locate close to the west end of this street. On the middle of the street, somewhat close to the temple, you can spot the wooden temple car covered in tin sheets. As a mark of reverence to the god during the annual car festival devotees pull the car along the street, a tradition that has been in practice for centuries.

If you are staying at Hampi, go for a morning walk along this street. You can witness the Hampi village 'waking up' slowly on either sides of the street.

You can use bicycle or opt for a walk. It takes about 30 minutes plus to cover this street. From the east end of the street you can proceed further to the Achyuta Raya's Temple (Tiruvengalanatha Temple) , after a small trek across the hill or head towards the Riverside teak path.

Hampi Bazaar Pavilion

Hampi Bazaar Pavilion

Hampi Bazaar Pavilion

Sacred Center

Matunga Hill

Probably Matunga Hill is the most talked about hill in Hampi. Let it be its central location, the oversold sunset/sunrise view or the myths associated with it, this hill commands a special attraction.

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Hemakuta Hill

This hilltop and its gentle slopes offer a splendid view of the sprawling ruins site.

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Hemakuta Temples

Some times referred to as Jain Temples, these clusters of temples on the Hemakuta hill is one of the beautiful sites in Hampi.Thanks to its architecture these temples are mistaken for Jain Temples.

Monolithic Bull

Locally known as Yeduru Basavanna or Nandi, this monolithic bull marks the east end of the Virupaksha Bazaar.The statue is housed in a twin storied pavilion built on an elevated platform.

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Virupaksha Temple

Believed to functioning uninterruptedly ever since its inception in the 7th century AD, Virupaksha temple is the oldest and the principal temple in Hampi. This is easily one of the oldest functioning temple in India as well..

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Virupapur Gadde

Virupapur Gadde is the area just across the river from near the Virupaksha Temple.The place is known for its laidback ambient, lodges and tourist huts.

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Moola Virupaksha Temple

According to some historic accounts, the Virupaksha Temple in Hampi is one among the ancient temples in India with an uninterrupted history from about the 7th century. What you see now as the grandiose temple complex is attributed to various vijayanagara kings from 14th Century.

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