The Hemakuta Hill lies south of the Virupaksha temple. The best way to access the hills is from Sasivekalu Ganesha – not the shortest, but definitely the cleanest!
View of the Tungabhadra valley from Hemakuta Hill
Double Storeyed Gateway atop the hill
View from the Double Storeyed Gateway
The shrines, dating from pre and early Vijaynagara period, are located within a walled complex on the hill.
Hemakuta Shrine Complex
These shrines display the typical Deccan architecture of the 13th and 14th centuries.
Hemakuta shrines (Dravidian style)
These shrines have simple Shiva lingas in the inner sanctums.
Outside one of the shrines
View of Virupaksha temple
Sunset – Hemakuta Hill
Hampi is known for its glorious sunrises and sunsets.
View of the Tungabhadra Valley
Hemakuta and Matanga hills are popular sites to catch the setting/rising sun.
Double Storeyed Gateway
Due to the proximity to the village, sunrises can be a stinky affair ! The best access to the hill is from Sasivekalu Ganesha. Avoid the urge to take the short cut which starts next to the Virupaksha Temple.
View of Virupaksha Temple