South India is home to some stunning locales known for various reasons. Some are popular for their natural and scenic beauty. Others are known for their temples and festivals. Some allure you with their spectacular beaches while others draw you towards their lush green hillocks. But there is one particular place in south India which is astonishing on account of its history.Also Read - The Fascinating History And Story of Hampi And Vijayanagara Empire
Hampi is not your usual tourist spot. Known for the historic ruins of the bygone era, Hampi was the capital of the glorious Vijayanagara Empire. You can still witness the grandeur of the empire in the temples, monuments and royal buildings that still stand at Hampi. It makes for a wonderful trip for those who like history and offbeat destinations. For those who live in Mumbai, Hampi can be an excellent weekend getaway, especially during winter when the weather is pleasant and perfect for sight-seeing. Exploring the ruins of Hampi features on the bucket list of many a traveller. If you are one of them, here are all the details on how to reach Hampi from Mumbai. Also Read - Road Trip: Here's The Easiest Way to Reach Hampi From Bengaluru
How to reach Hampi from Mumbai by road
Hampi is located at a distance of 742 km from Mumbai. It makes for an excellent road trip taking you through some amazing destinations like Satara, Kolhapur and Belgavi. The total travel time by road is approximately 12 hours and 41 minutes. NH 48 is a well-traversed route and also one of the finest travel circuits of India. Also Read - 9 lesser known facts about Hampi!
Here is the detailed road route from Mumbai to Hampi that you can follow: Head south-east on CST Road/Tamasi Bandat Rd towards AH Wadia Marg then Bengaluru – Mumbai Hwy/CST Road/Mumbai – Pune Hwy/Santacruz – Chembur Link Rd then merge onto NH 48. Continue on AH47/NH 48, then Hubli – Dharwad Hwy to NH67 and then onto SH 49. Enter through Gateway to Hampi onto Hampi Rd.
How to reach Hampi from Mumbai by train
The nearest railhead to Hampi is Hospet. To reach Mumbai to Hampi by train, you can take the Sbc Garib Nawaj from Mumbai to Hospet then take a cab or rent a private vehicle from Hospet to Hampi. Hospet to Hampi distance is just 13 km and takes around 27 minutes to reach by road.
How to reach Hampi from Mumbai by flight
No direct flights play between Mumbai and Hampi. The most convenient way to reach Hampi by flight from Mumbai is to take a flight to Goa and then take a bus or a cab to reach Hampi. Goa to Hampi distance is 316 km. Alternatively, you can also fly to Belgaum and then take the road route from Belgaum to Hampi. Belgaum to Hampi distance by road is 266 km.
So, the next time you Mumbaikars are planning a trip to south India, consider the ruins of Hampi in Karnataka. You will come back feeling closer to the history of our country.