Located just 13 km from the small little town of Hospet, Hampi is a quaint place that attracts travellers who like the ruins of the past and stories woven around them. Proclaimed as a World Heritage Centre, Hampi’s monuments are located in two areas: the Sacred Centre and the Royal Enclosure. The Sacred Centre has many sights for the tourists to savour and enjoy. The Virupaksha Temple of Lord Shiva and his consort, Pampa Devi, The Diamond Stone and the KalyanaMantapa, are awe-inspiring. The underground temple is known for the way in which it is naturally air-conditioned. The Hemakuta and Matanga Hills, the Achyuta Raya and Vitthala temples, the Purendar Das BhajaneMantapa are other breath-taking tourist spots. Look for our Karnataka tour packages for a visit to Hampi. The Royal Enclosure houses the King’s Palace and the Zenana Enclosure, the latter being a palace meant for the queens. The Shikhandi Watch Tower and the dome-shaped elephant stables also grace this area. The Pushkarni stepped tank is a beauty sculpted in stone. The Tungabhadra Dam, the largest one in Karnataka and which is more than a mile long, is located here. The dam is surrounded by a deer park, an aquarium, and Japanese styled terrace gardens. For nature and wildlife lovers, The Daroji Sloth Bear Park is located at the Billakallu Reserve Forest that lied close to Hospet. The sanctuary houses a stable population of the species.