The Hampi Utsav has been taking place annually for years now, and brings in plenty of people. The three days of Hampi Utsav, from November 3 to 5 in 2017, are arguably the best time to the visit this ancient heritage site. The ancient ruins and centuries-old temples of Hampi draw millions of tourists every year, but the best time to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site is probably the next three days. That’s because the annual Hampi Utsav is going to start tomorrow. ALSO READ: 15 breathtaking photos of Hampi and Badami in Karnataka! Also Read - 5 Exotic Places You Must Visit in November
The three-day long festival will run from November 3 to 5, 2017. For these three days, there will be dance, music and drama along with heritage walks and other events to celebrate the history and heritage of this incredible site. Light shows, helicopter rides, food markets, rural and adventure sports, and much more will happen. Also Read - Hampi Has Bagged The Second Spot on NYT's '52 Places to go in 2019'
The Hampi ruins date back to the Vijayanagar Empire of the 14th century, with more than 500 monuments to see, including the exquisitely made Vittala Temple that venerates the god Vishnu. These ruins and temples scattered across the barren, rocky landscape, were once part of a thriving capital of a massive empire. And the Hampi Utsav celebrates these roots through heritage walks, sports tournaments, special sound and light shows, and more. The Hampi village, otherwise subdued save for the rush of tourists, turns into a bustling, festive community with everyone coming together to promote Hampi. NOW READ: Hampi history: The fascinating story of Hampi and the Vijayanagara Empire Also Read - Anjeyanadri Hill in Hampi is an Interesting Place to be Explored
Artists from Karnataka and other parts of India come together to take part in the festivities of Hampi Utsav. There’s dance and drama, fireworks and processions, and endless excitement. Major sights like the Virupaksha Temple, with its massive towers and intricate, pillared halls, are bedecked in lights. This is the best time to visit other big draws in Hampi, like the Hampi Bazaar that is still functional with two ancient pavilions, the stone chariot of Vithala Temple, the Zenana Enclosure and the Queen’s Bath.