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Introduction

The beautiful town of Hospet is located at a distance of around 340 km from the hi-tech city Bangalore. Large iron ore and high steel production has awarded Hospet with the name 'Steel City'. Hospet is also recognized as a town of stones. Its location near the Hampi, the world heritage site has brought it in to recognition. The town enjoys richness in culture as well as heritage. Hospet is located on the banks of Tungabhadra. The destination severs as a gateway to Hampi, which is around 12 km away from Hospet. Warm welcome by the locals and rich history create a different charm that allure tourists visiting nearby areas.


History

The throne of  Vijayanagar Kingdom in its bygone era, Hospet receives fame from Hampi, capital city of the Vijayanagar Kings. Sprawled over an area of about 28.39 sq km, Hospet was constructed by  Krishna Deva Raya, one of the former rulers of Vijayanagar. Earlier named as Nagalambika, the city got a new name from its natives, which is Hospet. The name was discovered from the local language and brings out the meaning 'New City'.


Main Attractions


Tungabhadra Dam

This 12th century dam is an ancient reservoir. Built by Vijayanagara king, the dam is a major attraction of the town. A garden designed in Japanese style is another feature near the dam, which draws the attraction of the visitors.


Chitradurga Fort

Also referred as Kallina Kote or the Place of Stones, the massive fort is a must visit place of the city.
Its nineteen gateways and a number of ancient temples inside the fort are the piece of fine art and reflects extreme devotion of the people of bygone era. Sampige Siddeshwara temple, Ekanathamma, Phalguneshwara, Gopalakrishan, cave shrine of Hidimbeshwara, Anjaneya and Subbaraya are few names of the temples that are located inside the fort.


Nayakana Hatti

Tomb of saint Tippe Rudraswamy and the temples of Nayakana Hatti deserve a visit. Murugharajendra Matha, Archaeological Museum, Jogimatti, Himavat Kedaya waterfall, and Ankli Matha are the attractions of this ancient region that have made it popular and attractive.


Harihar

This temple is located on the banks of Tungabhadra river. Popular for its sacred ghats, the door to Moksha, this temple holds importance among the devotees. People believe that by taking a bath in this river, one can wash off their sins. Built in 1223 in Hoysala architecture, it is an interesting site for hertiage lovers.



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