When translated into English, Rayagopura means the royal tower or gateway. This is the ruin of a tower whose construction was never been completed. That makes it a fine specimen for you to see the inner details of an otherwise lofty tower. Located outside the southwest corner of the Vittala Temple complex, this tower would have been planed to mark the east end of the Bukka’ Path.

What you can see is the base structure of the tower and massive doorjambs projecting upward.

The outer structure at ground level is decorated with horses and trainers. At the centre are the four tall doorjambs. The faces of which are carved with floral patterns. At the base of each doorjamb nymph figures in dancing postures can be seen. Next to it are the carvings of Hanuman, a guardian deity, whose figures are usually carved near the entrances. The rear sides of the doorjambs are left unfinished, since this would get embedded into the internal portions (though never completed) of the tower.

Between the doorjambs, you can spot two lion-Yalis (mythical beasts) with protruding eyes in a galloping posture.

This gateway stands as a lone structure with no connection to any other structures. You would naturally end up in this area if you were taking the riverside trekking path (Bukka’s Path) to reach Vittala Temple from Hampi Bazaar area. Just close to the Rayagopura is the King’s Balance.


Inside Vittala Temple of Hampi

Vittala Temple

As the epicenter of Hampi's attractions, Vittala Temple is the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi.No amount of words can explain this spectacle.


Inscription on the Vishnu temple

Inscribed Vishnu Temple

The temple got its name thanks to the numerous rows of inscriptions carved on its outer walls.The temple can easily give a miss as it stand hidden behind the much larger Vittala Temple complex.


Kings Balance

This 5-meter or so tall ‘balance’ is located near the Vittala temple.Also called as Tula Bhara or Tula Purushadana, the king used to weigh himself with gold, gems, silver and precious stones, and distributed to the priests.

Purandaradasa Mantapa

This is a small open pillared pavilion with whitewashed top dedicated to the legendary poet Purandaradasa who lived in Hampi.The pavilion is located at the river shore near Vittala Temple.


Riverside Ruins

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.


Wheels of Stone Chariot in Hampi

Stone Chariot

The "Stone Chariot", as it is often referred is the flagship tourist attraction of Hampi.This is not a chariot ,as the name suggests, rather a shrine built like a chariot.


Tungabhadra River

Tungabhadra is a major river in the south Indian peninsula. Hampi is located on the south bank somewhere in the middle of this river’s path. In this area the river takes a number of twists and turns owing to the rocky terrain.

The river has immense significance in forming the political & religious history of Hampi. The river along with along with the boulder-strewn hills formed the northern barrier of the capital. It was not easy for an invading army cross the river without the fate of a sure defeat.