Hampi, the beautiful tourist destination in Karnataka is popular as one of the world heritage sites and every year it witnesses the absolutely unique Hampi Festival or Hampi Utsav in the month of January. Organized by the Government of Karnataka this is a festival celebrated to acknowledge the regal heritage of Hampi.
This year the dates are – 9th January to 11th January 2016
Splendor of the Festival
Hampi Festival, also known as Vijaya Utsav is a pompous celebration that dates back to the era when Vijayanagar ruled the place. The main highlights of the festival are dance performances, puppet shows, musical programs, regal parades, drama and fireworks. Tourists from far and wide head to Hampi to experience the fervor and enthusiasm of the festival. Renowned artists from all over the world and India make way to Hampi to entertain the visitors.
The whole venue resounds with melodious music from pipes, drums and other ethnic musical instruments. There are dance performances and several other cultural programs at a number of venues.
The local artisans exhibit their remarkable handmade artifacts and handlooms.If you love shopping, this is a great place for you.
Events like Janapada Kalavahini, that is, a folk songs concert, an elephant procession referred to as Jumbo Savari as well as a light and sound show add more liveliness to the festival. Hampi ruins located on the banks of Tungabhadra get exclusively lighted to showcase the magnificence of past.
Throughout Hampi streets, there are beautifully adorned horses and elephants. Men donned in the military costumes from the Golden Era can be seen patrolling at the Gopuras (benrath red, blue, green and white cloth).
The laid back town of Hampi get royally glitzed up for this cultural extravaganza. Other than cultural programs you can also enjoy a few adventure activities and water sports. Kite festival, flower show, photography and painting competitions along with enjoyable kids events are the specialties of Hampi Festival.
Stay and Food
Home stays, resorts and hotels at reasonable prices warrant a comfortable accommodation in Hampi. Traditional South Indian Thali and delicacies like Idli and Dosas are a must have at Hampi.
Hampi is easily accessible from Hubli airport, 143 kilometers away. The nearest railhead is 13 kilometers away at Hospet. You can even consider hiring a bicycle from Kamalapur. You cannot enter Hampi in your private cars during Hampi Utsav. There is a parking facility near Hampi Arch. From there, green buses are available to reach the venues.
People who wish to travel into the past and have a glimpse of traditional Indian music, dance and lifestyle, Hampi Utsav is the right place to be.