Built in 7th century AD, the Virupaksha temple has still not lost its glory and has amazed tourists from all over the world. This is the only temple in Hampi which was not completely destroyed during the Muslim invasion and where worshipping is still being practiced. Even Hollywood couldn’t resist its charm. Some of the scenes in the Jackie Chan’s movie ” The Myth” were shot here.  Once you enter the Hampi’s main tower you would see a large courtyard. It houses the 100 pillared hall at the left corner and Kalyanamantapa at the right corner. You would also find a ticket office and a police check post where foreign tourists are supposed to register. This is as simple as entering your name and details in a notebook. 

Virupaksha Temple Hampi
Virupaksha Temple Hampi

In your front, you could see a small gopuram (tower) which was built by KrishnadevaRaya at the time of his coronation. It is also known as Rama Raya tower. Before entering the temple complex you have to remove your shoes and keep it in the shoe safe right next to the second tower. Entrance Fees: Rs 5Photography : Rs 50Video: Rs 500Guided Tour : Rs 100Shoe Safe: Rs 1 per pair  When you enter the second compound, on your left are the temples of Pataleshwara , Muktinarasimha and Suryanarayana. On the right sides there are temples of Lakshminarasimha and Mahishasura mardini.

Other Attractions in Hampi Bazaar

Hampi Main Tower
Hemakuta Hill 
Monolith Nandi