Bangalore to Hampi Road Trip – Distance, Time and Useful Travel Information

The historical town of Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site and sheer work of art on stones, boulders, and monoliths. From ancient temples to fascinating historical ruins holding traces from the 6th and 7th-century art, the erstwhile city of Vijayanagara is enchanting and fascinating to those who seek.

Why travel from Bangalore to Hampi?

Sitting on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, Hampi is tucked on the corner of the Ballari district making it convenient for a quick getaway from the nearest metro city of Bangalore. The best way to experience this is by driving from Bangalore. When you book a cab with Savaari, you can not only have that kind of a journey but also customize your entire trip, the itinerary, and make it an incredible travel experience!

Bangalore to Hampi by road

Traveling from Bangalore to Hampi by car

The road from Bangalore to Hampi lets you slowly escaping from the city into pure nature. The route passes through suburbs and small towns of Tamil Nadu and into the quieter and greener locales, with fascinating nature and tourist spots along the way. With our completely customizable Bangalore to Hampi trip packages, you can stop at any of these places and do a quick sightseeing. Let us help you discover the best routes to travel from Bangalore by Hampi by car.

savaari Bangalore Hampi roadtrip

Best Time To Visit

Being surrounded by the hills and forests of the Nilgiris, Hampi enjoys a pleasant weather most parts of the year. But the ideal time to visit this hilly town is from winter through spring. Summers are also comfortable to travel but can be a little humid. Some people also like traveling to Hampi during the monsoons. But do watch caution while driving around hilly areas during heavy rains.

Popular Routes from Bangalore to Hampi

Route 1: Distance and Time taken from Bangalore to Hampi via NH 48 & NH 50

This is the shortest and the best route to travel between Bangalore and Hampi. It is also the fastest, because the Bangalore to Hampi traffic on this route is regular and there are no road closures. The distance between Bangalore and Hampi on this route is somewhere around 350 KM and takes less than 6 hours. Always check live maps and instant traffic updates for the latest information on Bangalore to Hampi road conditions.

Here’s the basic route map from Bangalore to Hampi

Bangalore – Tumakuru – Hiriyur – Chitradurga – Kudligi – Hampi
Bangalore to Hampi via NH 48 & NH 50

Popular sights/monuments that you will encounter along this route

  • Nijagal Betta, Nijagal – Rolling hills formed of solid sandstone rocks, surrounded by greenery and wide meadows, good for a quick trek.
  • Chitradurga Fort, Chitradurga – Large historical fort on the base of rocky hills with many doors and carvings at the main entrance.
  • Murughaa Mata, Chitradurga – A local museum and art center, housing creative installations and a park.
  • Tungabhadra Dam and garden, Hosapete – Famous local dam on the Tungabhadra River, with catchment area and gardens for relaxing, great for views.
 Chitradurga Fort
Chitradurga Fort

Places to eat along this route

  • Prithvi Veg Restaurant, Tumakuru – Vegetarian North Indian fare served alongside Chinese staples in a family-friendly, rustic setting, kid and family friendly.
  • Reddy Military Hotel, Chitradurga – Army canteen serving lunch plates and standard meals at subsidized rates.
  • Kalpavruksha Lodge Bar and Restaurant, Hiriyur – Local lodge with an attached bar and restaurant serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.
  • The New Landmark Restaurant, Hosapete – Local eatery serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals in a casual setting.

Bangalore to Hampi Road Condition via Route 1:

This is the fastest route to travel from Bangalore to Hampi and is used by most travelers. This route has standard highway tolls and the road conditions are better since there are no road closures.

Route 2: Distance and Time taken from Bangalore to Hampi via Bangalore – Hyderabad Hwy/Srinagar – Kanyakumari Hwy

This is a longer route to travel from Bangalore to Hampi than the previous one and also takes a little more time. Also, the road conditions on this route are variable. The distance from Bangalore to Hampi on this route is around 370 KM and takes a little over 7 hours. To avoid road closures, always check for latest updates and follow a live map when traveling to get best idea of Bangalore to Hampi road conditions.

Here’s the basic route map from Bangalore to Hampi

Bangalore – Chikkaballapur – Penukonda – Anantapur – Ballari – Hampi
Bangalore to Hampi via Bangalore - Hyderabad Hwy

Popular sights/monuments that you will encounter along this route

  • Devanahalli Fort, Devanahalli – A 16th- century fort built with mud, lime and brick fortress with semi-circular bastions spreads over 20 acres.
  • Nandi Hills, Muddenahalli – Historic caves in a remote hilltop environment and a popular spot to watch the sunrise and sunset.
  • Dhyanakendram, Anantapur – A public pyramid like structure in a serene setting, built as a yoga and meditation center, surrounded by greenery.
  • Ballari Fort, Ballari – A 16th century fort sitting on a hilltop, great for short treks and catching views of sunsets, or of the town below.
Nandi Hills, Muddenahalli
Nandi Hills, Muddenahalli

Places to eat along this route

  • Nandi Upachar@Devanahalli, Devanahalli – Locally popular vegetarian place with a banqueting hall serves Indian and Chinese food.
  • Swagath Multi-cuisine Restaurant, Peresandra – Highway side themed restaurant, serving pure vegetarian food, good for late night stops.
  • AP02 Dine In, Anantapur – Local restaurant serving traditional Andhra cuisine in a casual setting, good for families and big groups.
  • The Hot Breads, Ballari – Local café/eatery serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals, Chinese food, and baked goods.

Bangalore to Hampi Road Condition via Route 2:

This is a slighter longer and slower route to travel from Bangalore to Hampi. This route also has tolls, but the road condition is variable, depending on occasional construction work or rains which can cause road closures.

Bangalore to Hampi Best Route

Both the above routes are good for traveling from Bangalore to Hampi. Each of these routes have interesting stop overs and ample food stops. However, if you want to save time and still have a scenic drive, then Route 1 is your best option.

Other means of traveling from Bangalore to Hampi

How to Reach Hampi By Train

You can also travel from Bangalore to Hampi by train. The nearest railhead is in Hosapete/Hospet. There are a total of 5 trains, of which 2 are daily trains that run from Bangalore to Hampi. The train distance from Bangalore to Hampi is about 406 KM and could take between 8 to 12 hours, depending on the train. The fastest train is MYSORE-SAINAGAR SHIRDI EXPRESS (16217). For all train bookings from Bangalore to Hampi, visit any online travel portal or Indian Railways’ website for latest information.

How to Reach Hampi By Flight

There is no direct flight service between Bangalore to Hampi. There are two airports nearby – Bellary Airport (BEP) at 60 KM and JSW Vidyanagar Airport (VDY) at 40 KM away. There are also no regular flights but only 4 weekly flights between Bangalore and these cities. You can book a flight to either of these places from Bangalore and drive the rest of the distance to reach Hampi. For your Bangalore to Hampi flight booking, visit any online travel portal or check with airline’s direct website.

Attractions in Hampi for Sightseeing

The historical town of Hampi is a sheer work of art with about 500 ancient monuments, temples, forts, and of course, the captivating remains of the prosperous Vijayanagar Empire.

  • Visit the Archeological Museum and see exhibits coins, statues, paintings, metal plates, armory, and sculptures.
  • Watch the golden sunset from the Veerabhadra Temple sitting atop the Matanga Hill.
  • Have a day picnic at the Tungabhadra Dam and the adjacent park, famous for flamingo spotting (only in season)
  • Visit the ancient temples of Virupaksha, Vithala, and other local sacred sites.
  • Explore Hippie Island and discover another facet of Hampi’s culture.
  • Enjoy watersports on the Sanapur Lake
  • Take a tour of the Elephant Stables, in an ornate structure with 11 domed chambers.

Savaari recommends – Popular places to eat in Hampi

While Hampi is a historical town and a rich archeological site, the town also has been home to hippies of the bygone days. And thus, it’s food culture has become predominantly multi-cultural, catering to nomads and tourists.

  • These are some of the best rated places to eat in Hampi –
  • Hampi Roof Restaurant, Janatha plot
  • Suresh Restaurant, Hampi Bazaar St
  • Taste of Hampi, Janatha plot hampi.hospet
  • Little Hampi, Kaddirampur
  • Chillout Bamboo Restaurant, bus stop, 1st Floor, near Padma Guest House

Hotels and Resorts in Hampi

Place NameAddressPhone Number
Kishkinda Heritage Resort489, Near Stone Bridge, ANEGUNDI, Sanapur, Karnataka 583234094495 44168
Stay Chill HampiWaterfalls Road, Sanapur, Karnataka 583234091410 72453
Hakuna Matata InnSy No. 20/3, Anjanahalli, behind Anjanadhri Hill, Hampi, Karnataka 583227NA
Hampi Nature Cottagesanapur village, near waterfall, Hampi, Karnataka 583234NA
Shankar HomestayKadirampura, Karnataka 5832390094821 69619

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Some temples and religious sites have dress codes and rules, so make sure to dress accordingly and follow the temple policies.
  • If you are renting a car, keep the vehicle with you all through the trip, local transportation is not as developed or frequent as in cities.
  • Pandemic rules may affect visiting hours of tourist sites and restaurants. Check online or call before you visit.
  • Do not visit archeological sites or ruins after sunset.

Savaari Safety Tips for Road Trips from Bangalore to Hampi 

  • Carry all hygiene related items – sanitizer, masks, disinfectant sprays and a bed sheet to cover the seat with, while traveling.
  • Use a hand sanitizer before and after your ride.
  • Install the Aarogya Setu app before your trip.
  • Running the AC continuously during the trip is not recommended. If you were to use the AC, please ensure that it is run in the recirculated mode and the windows are lowered at frequent intervals.
  • Dispose of any tissues or pieces of cloth that you may have used outside the car.
  • If you have opted for a car rental service, try to load your luggage in the boot of the car yourself to ensure a zero-contact ride. 
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and the driver.

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