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HOSPET

Location : Northern Karnataka
Famous For : Tungabhadra Dam, Chitradurga Fort
Distance : 340 kms from Bangalore
Best Time to Visit : September to February
Tungabhadra Dam
Tungabhadra Dam near Hospet


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Also Known As : Fort Town of Karnataka.
Monumental Heritage : Chitradurga Fort – Enclosed by Seven Walls and was Built by Tipu Sulltan.
Lotus Mahal and Vithala Temple – Have Musical Pillars.
Must Visit : Nayakana Hatti (35 kms from Chitradurga) – Famous for the temple and tomb of saint Tippe Rudraswamy.
Pilgrimage Site : Harihara – Holy Town Located on the Banks of River Tungabhadra. Claims to Purify the should of those who take dips here.
don't Miss : Seeing the Monolith Statue of Narsimha, 6.7 mts long in Hampi.
Shopping Delight : Sandalwood Sculptures, Incensed Sticks, Bijapur sarees, Bijapur Jewellery, Lambani Jewelley, Local Handicrafts, Handlooms from Guledgudda.
Excursions : Pushkarni – 3 kms, Hampi – 13 kms, Bellary – 75 kms, Devangere – 110 kms.
Important Distance : Bangalore – 340 kms, Bijapur – 118 kms, Badami – 130 kms, Gulbarga – 720 kms.
Getting There : Air – The nearest airport is Bellary about 75 km. Other airports near Hospet are at Bangalore about 350 km and Belgaum about 200 km well connected by Indian Airlines flights to most parts of India.
Rail – Hospet has its own railway station just 1 km from the main city. Hospet Railway Station is well connected by rail line to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli and Vijapur.
Road – The bus station is in the center of town, within walking distance to many of the hotels. Buses are available from Hospet and regularly ply between here and Bangalore and other major cities of Karnataka. Local transport includes auto rickshaws and transport buses.


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Chitradurga Fort
Chitradurga Fort - Famous Attraction of Hospet

Hospet – The Fort Town of Karnataka

Hospet a city in Karnataka is famous for its charming town of Chitradurga. Also known as the fort town, it is located at a convenient distance of 340 kms from Bangalore. Situated in the northern part of Karnataka, Hospet is a small dusty town that was once the powerful seat of Vijaynagar empire. Having epitome of architectural marvels, that are located around Hospet, UNESCO and the Archaeological Survey of India have been trying their level best to restore the grand ruins of this heritage city.

Karnataka tourism promotes historical city tours of Hospet where tourists can enjoy a myriad glimpse of history.

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Attractions of Hospet – The Legend of Yesterday

Hospet may not boast of having a full fledged list of tourist attraction in its lap, but still there are some unique things that tourists should see in Hospet. Attractions of Hospet includes the Virupaksha temple, Vithala temple, Lotus Mahal and Tungabhadra dam. Tourists are advised to visit the Chitradurga that is regarded as the Kalina kote, meaning a place of stones. See the magnificent Chitradurga Fort that is encircled by seven walls. Tourists should also see the holy town of Harihara. If you want to cleanse your should then take a dip in the Tungabhadra river here.

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Excursion from Hospet – The Extended Attraction

Very close to Hospet lies the world heritage site of Hampi. Known to be the most beautiful ruins of any significance to be seen in India, Hampi is 13 kms from Hospet. Famous for its architectural splendors, Hampi is a must visit for all the tourists who are planning a visit to Karnataka or India.

Hospet tours of Karnataka also highlights excursions to Pushkarni located 3 kms from Hospet. The main attraction of this site lies in the Ramatirtha Pushkarni, which is a stepped drinking water tank made of green stone in the during the Vijayanagar era.

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Pushkarni Stepped Drinking Water Tank Made of Green Stone
Pushkarni Stepped Drinking Water Tank Made of Green Stone

Getting There to Hospet – Reaching the Ancient Kingdom

Hospet is an important heritage destination in Karnataka. Thus it goes without saying that it will be well connected form all the parts of the country. The nearest airport from Hospet is at Bellart, 75 kms away. Other airports near Hospet are at Bangalore about 350 km and Belgaum about 200 km well connected by Indian Airlines flights to most parts of India.
Hospet has its own railway station that well connected by rail line to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Hubli and Vijapur. Regular trains ply between Hospet and the rest of the country.
As far as roadways is concerned, Hospet has well linked roads that connect to Bangalore and other important cities of the state. Local transport of Hospet includes auto rickshaws. Transport buses also run in considerable number.


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Hospet, the fort city of Karnataka is famous for its heritage monuments. Travel to Hospet and see some of the best specimens of Indian history.

Tourists are advised to see the charming town of Chitradurga. This town is famous for its fort that was built by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. This historical town also has some great monumental heritage.

Travel 35 kms from Chitradurga to reach Nayakana Hatti. Here you must see the temple and tomb of saint Tippe Rudraswamy. The World heritage site of Hampi is also only 13 km away fom here.

Just 3 kms from Hampi is the holy town of Harihara. It is believed that if a person takes a dip in the Tubgabhadra river her then he or she will be cleansed of all sins.

Shop for the traditional and local handicrafts of Hospet. Do not miss buying the articles of sandalwood and Bijapur sarees and jewellery. Lambani jewellery as well as handlooms from Guledgudda are must buys too.

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