Thungabhadra Dam - Hospet
Hospet - Worthy of Your Admiration
Hospet is situated at a distance of around 325 Km from the capital city of Bangalore. Nestling on the banks of Tungabhadra River, it is just 12 Km from the renowned destination Hampi. And because of this, it has come in the notice of tourism world. Although it has been an important city for the development of the state because of the iron ore production in the city. It is sometimes referred to as Steel City because of the number of iron and steel industries in the region. Hospet has a huge dam built on Tungabhadra River named Tungabhadra Dam. It was built by Vijayanagara King Krishnadevaraya and is considered a marvel. There is a garden at the foot of the dam that is designed in a Japanese style. Both of them have become a great tourist attraction and a popular picnic spot among locales.
What brings recognition to Hospet as a tourist destination is its proximity to Hampi, which is a World Heritage Site. Its just few kilometers from Hospet making it a perfect option for excursions. Chitradurga and Harihar too are situated at a short distance.
Attractions - Language of Stones
Many of the travelers, who come to Hospet, are here to visit the World Heritage Site of Hampi. Hampi is among the most visited site in entire Karnataka. Hampi is the second largest World Heritage Site. Hampi has many times been referred to as the most beautiful ruins in India. Hampi was once the capital of the last great Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagara. Hampi was attacked by Muslim ruler and many parts of the city and temples got destroyed. Still many of the magnificent temples remain and continue to mesmerize its onlookers. The main attractions in Hampi are Vithala temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Ugra Narasimha and Stone Chariot. In Vithala Temple there is a hall that has 56 pillars which produce sounds. Just tap them gently and the sound echoes inside the hall. For all enthusiastic travelers, Hampi is a must visit.
Chitradurga is a town lying close to Hospet. Chitradurga is a well known tourist attraction. The town is situated in the valley of Vedavati River and has Tungabhadra River running to its northwest According to legends, Chitradurga has been there since the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata. The main attraction of Chitradurga is the Chitradurga Fort. The fort is surrounded by a series of seven walls making it a formidable fort. All the walls have gateways where the approach paths are too narrow, making it resistant to battering rams and elephant attacks. The fort was first breached by Hyder Ali in the year 1799. There are around 19 gateways, 28 Postern gates, 35 Secret gates, 4 invisible entrances 50 warehouses along with many other monuments.
Harihar is a temple attraction situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River. It is believed that taking bath in Tungabhadra River on the ghats of Harihar, will relieve you of all your past sins. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Harihareshwar which was built in the year 1223. The architecture of the temple is in Hoysala style. The temple is the main attraction of the town. Other attraction of the town is an archaeological museum. The museum displays traces of wars that took place here, ancient coins and manuscripts. Himavat Kedaya waterfall is a popular picnic spot among the locales and is worth a visit for its scenic beauty and pleasant atmosphere.
Accommodation in Hospet
Hospet has some good places for accommodation. As it is close to Hampi, many people keep Hospet as their base and leave for Hampi for a day excursion. Although highly luxurious hotels are tough to find, most of the hotels in Hospet are above average. The better ones are Lokare Lodge, Hotel Priyadarshini, Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneswari and Hotel Mayura Vijayanagar.
The nearest airport to Hospet is in Bellary which is at a distance of 77 Km. Bellary is one of the most importnat airports in Karnataka and is served by service of all major operators like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Air Deccan. From the airport you can hire a taxi to Hospet. It will take around 2 hrs to cover the distance. There are KSRTC buses as well that ply between these cities.
There is a railway station in Hospet itself. It receives regular trains from Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad and Hubli. Railway station is situated close to the city center.
Hospet is well connected to all the major cities of Karnataka. Transport buses from the capital city Bangalore are regular to Hospet. Bangalore is around 350 Km from here. Hampi is among the most important travel destination in Karnataka which is only 13 km from here. Hospet thus is the best place from where you can head to Hampi.
Auto rickshaws are the most common vehicle for roaming inside the city. Though hiring a taxi is a much better way for the purpose. Transport Buses also run in good numbers.