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Underground Temple, Hampi

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#12 of 19 in Historic Sites in Hampi
Religious Site Tourist Spot
Unearthed by archeologists in the 1980s, Underground Temple represents one of the oldest of the World Heritage-listed Hampi monuments. Dedicated to one of Shiva's incarnations and possibly built to serve the royal family during private ceremonies, the temple dates back to the 14th century. With several sections below ground level, the temple includes a number of key areas submerged under water during the wet season. While this prevents visitors from exploring the entire structure, local worshipers of Shiva consider the water sacred. Notice the temple's simple, austere pillars, which lack the carved details found at most other shrines at Hampi. With our online itinerary creator, Hampi attractions like Underground Temple can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This one is also on the must visit places in Hampi. The area was a bit smelly though. Beware of bats!  more »
  • One of the scariest places in Hampi. Too slippery with knee deep water. But it has a magical essence to it. Located near Nobleman's quarters.  more »
  • I had planned my whole trip to Hampi mainly for this temple, and I just couldn't go inside. :( As sad it is, we were asked to avoid going in, as it is filled with ankle deep water throughout the year,...  more »

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You'll find a number of simple guesthouses and homestays located in Hampi itself, primarily in the Hampi Bazaar district. North and south of the river, they offer comfortable rooms in modest former residential buildings. Further afield, a selection of more upmarket resorts and hotels sit on the banks of the river and the nearby lake to the northwest. Many visitors choose to stay in Hosapete, to the southwest, or the small town of Kamalapur, located just south of Hampi. Both offer a greater range of accommodations than Hampi, including hotels, resorts, and hostels.
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