Top sunset points in Hampi, Karnataka
Hampi – the lost kingdom situated in the state of Karnataka is one the historically richest places in the ancient times. Being listed on the UNESCO World Heritage site , Hampi has been one of the most visited places in India from all around the world and the reason behind is the flawless architecture and monuments made of stones which attracts the tourist looking for a path in time where history and architecture comes hand in hand. The place will remind you of Flintstone cartoon series because the whole landscape is filled with huge boulders with a spread of green sheet of forest. This makes a lovely sunset point. Almost every place in are a good point but there are some places where you will get the best scenic view of sunset.
- Hazara Rama Temple : This is one of the temples dedicated to Lord Rama and provides a scenic beauty around the landscape. The temple has sculpted columns and two huge gates made of iron. Located in the Royal Enclosure this temple makes it to the top 10 lists for seeing sunset
- Octagonal bath: This structure has numerous channels of aqueduct and is made in an octagon shape thus the name Octagonal Bath. From a height you will be able to see the landscape and the Matanga hill from this place and also being on top while the sun is setting you will see the shadows of the octagonal bath side facing the sun is slowly be creeped upon by the shadows
- The Elephant Stable: This particular structure has little to no destruction of its architecture and is one of the most visited places in Hampi. During the sun down taking landscape picture with the sun rays slicing through the top of the domes gives away aesthetic feel of the picture
- Vijay Vittala temple : one of the most beautiful temples in Hampi famous for its Stone chariot where the locals believe that if this chariot moves the world will come to an end. There is a tree on west side of the temple where most people take pictures as it hardly has any leaves during the season of summer and being the only tree inside the temple makes it a even more attractive during the sun down .
- Hanuman Temple : In order to reach this temple you have to climb 575 steps which is worth the climb as you can see the whole of Hampi from that height which makes it a perfect place to click a selfie and a group picture.
- Tungabhadra river : This place is very popular because of an oddly shaped boat used by Alexander’s army for sneak attacks during the night time. The boat is called a coracle and its shape is more or less circular and can accommodate five to seven people at a time. Surrounded by huge boulders on both sides, this part of the water body creates a magnificent view during the sunset time . There is a huge boulder which you can climb upon to get a birds view of the whole place.
- Sanapur lake is another stunning place to get a sunset point as the lake is filled with high faded yellow Closepet granite. There is one shot you can take while the sun is setting behind the hill. Take a shot of the sun’s reflection on the lake water holding the phone horizontal and capturing the landscape along with the sun and it’s reflection
- Matanga Hill : Mentioned in the Hindu mythology, Matanga Hill is one of the important places which is a must visit for people visit Hampi. The Hill is the highest point in Hampi making it the most popular sunset point if not the best place to click a picture of sunset.
- Hemakuta Hill temple: This is the next best place to experience the sun’s presence on earth. Stretched on a portion of hand is provides travellers of all age group to visit thus making it a bustling place for people to chill for the day.
- Stepped tank: Another architecture which is attached to the temples of Hampi is the Pushkaranis, the water tanks which are sacred water used for ritualistic purpose. If you are photogenic you will love this place. Especially during the sunset time more than half of this water tank is in shadows and almost half is sun lit. The patterned steps make it very intriguing place.