In someway detached from the rest of the typical tourist circuits, many Hampi visitors often fail to make it to Malyavanta Hill . Those of you take the trouble to venture on to it will be rewarded with a few pleasant surprises , and of course a relatively less touristy ambient

First of all it is one of the few hilltops in Hampi (or is it really the only one?) where you can reach by a vehicle. That’s welcome news for those of you find it difficult to hike, despite a desire, to a Hampi hilltop.

The view and ambiance are as remarkable, and more tranquil, than the much talked about Mathanga Hill top. Due to its relative isolation, you would find a much smaller tourist crowd on top of this hill than say the Matunga Hill or the less tall Hemakuta Hill .

Apart from the usual expectation from a hilltop, the highlight of this hill includes large temple campus at the top. The main temple, popularly known as Malayavanta Raghunatha Temple , is dedicated to lord Rama. (See Gods of Hampi )

According to mythology , it is here lord Rama and his brother Laxmana waited till the monsoon season gets over; and then they marched towards Lanka with Hanuman’s monkey army to rescue Sita.

The narrow but decently paved uphill path terminates in front of the eastern gate of the temple campus. Enter through the towered porch and you are inside the campus with many temples and pavilions all around. At the east side (towards your left) of the wall you can spot huge entrances tower.

Out side this is a vantage area overlooking a long chain of boulder hills. Just beneath lies the main road that you took from Kamalapura.

A modest opening at the back (west side) of the campus wall leads to a cliff. Devoid of any interruptions, the wind seems powerful enough to lift you off your feet. From this point you can get an almost 360 degree panoramic view. The haze in the horizon seems the only barrier.

The topography of many hills, the contours of the green fields filling the valley and planes, the almost thread like trails that snake through the ridges and fields, the anonymous monuments that scatter around all gives a feel that you are looking at a gigantic live map of Hampi. The visibility is especially great during the brighter part of the day.

Just around this area you will notice a gigantic boulder, over which a whitewashed shrine tower is located. The shrine beneath it houses a Shiva Linga.

Just in front of the shrine, on the rocky floor, you can spot an array of carved Nandi (Bull) statues and Shiva Lingas (See Gods of Hampi ) . A cleft on the floor, usually filled with water, separate the two rows of carvings. This cleft is believed to have caused by Laxmana’s arrow.

Owing to its westward projection, this is a fantastic place to enjoy a Hampi sunset

Though a bit isolated, reaching Malyavanta Hill is not a great struggle. It is located somewhat on the way to Vittala Temple from Kamalapura town. If your itinerary covers this route (-Kamalapura- Ganagitti Temple - Bhima’a Gateway - Vittala Temple -), it’s not a bad idea to tweak it a bit to include Malyavanta Hill as a side trip.

From Kamalapura take the main road (the same road that goes to the Ganagitti Temple and the Bhima’s Gateway) that goes in the northeast direction towards Kampili. At about two kilometers from Kamalapura, or after passing the Ganagitti Temple on your right, road reaches a fork. The left branch goes towards the Vittala Temple. The main road continues towards Kampili. About 500 meters from the junction, at the left side of the main road you see the Malyavanta Hill. A cemented ramp to the hilltop with an arched gateway at the foothill is a distinct landmark. A moped may not be powerful enough to pull all the way up with two people riding on it. You can park your bicycle or moped anywhere in the vicinity, that is, by the foothill, near the ramp at the courtyard of the temple complex at the top.

Another option is to follow the route plan as suggested in Route-4 of Hampi Itinerary

For a couple of rupees, a local bus from Kamalapura bus station can drop you near the arch mentioned above. As a norm the buses are packed to the limit imaginable with the village folks. And that excludes the 25 or so brave ones clinging on to the rooftop.

Banyan tree at Malayavanta hill

Banyan tree with its roots falling from branches atop the Mayayavanta Hill

Banyan tree with its roots falling from branches atop the Mayayavanta Hill

Islamic Quarter

Vishnu Temple

This relatively isolated temple is located midway to Vittala Temple from Kamalapura.This large temple is made of granite including the tower, a notable deviation from the rest of the temples in Hampi.

Devi Shrine in Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple

Malayavanta Raghunatha Temple

From a religious and mythological point Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple in Hampi is very significant. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Raghunatha (Rama).


Hampi Landscape

Areas of Hampi

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.


Mohammadan Tomb and Darga

Yet another set of monuments standing in isolation.The first thing you would notice on approaching this area is two cubical structures, one with a domical roof and the other flat roofed.


Ganigitti Temple

'Ganigitti temple' roughly translates to ‘the oil women's temple’!The reason for the curious name is unknown.


Ahmed Khan’s Mosque and Tomb

This cubical tomb with dome appears in the typical Islamic style (Deccani) architecture.Just north of it is a rectangular pavilion with an array of circular decorated pillars supporting the flat roof.


Coracle ferry in Hampi located near the Kodandarama Temple

Sites in Hampi

Sites in Sacred Center area:
(see Areas of Hampi )

Sites in the Riverside area:
(see Riverside Ruins)

Sites in Royal Center area:
(see Areas of Hampi )

Sites in Islamic Quarter area:
(see Areas of Hampi )

Hills in Hampi:

Sites in Anegondi area:
(see Anegondi )