Settled on the banks of River Tungabhadra, Hampi is a temple town of Karnataka, formerly the capital of the royal Vijayanagara Empire. The name “Hampi” was derived from “Pampa”, the old name of River Tungabhadra, daughter of Lord Brahma. This town was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it bears the ruins of palaces and temples belonging to the Vijayanagara Empire, thus immortalizing the royal heritage. Since it is located just about 350 km from Bangalore, Hampi makes for an ideal historical getaway that must be visited this weekend! Best Time To Visit Hampi The ideal time to visit Hampi is between the months of October to March when the climate is pleasant and cool. Monsoon rains might make walking around boulders hard and slippery.