Air The nearest airport
is Bellary about 75 km. Other airports near Hospet
are at Bangalore about 350 km and Belgaum about
200 km well connected by Indian Airlines flights
to most parts of India.
Rail Hospet has its own railway station
just 1 km from the main city. Hospet Railway Station
is well connected by rail line to Bangalore, Hyderabad,
Hubli and Vijapur.
Road The bus station is in the center of
town, within walking distance to many of the hotels.
Buses are available from Hospet and regularly
ply between here and Bangalore and other major
cities of Karnataka. Local transport includes
auto rickshaws and transport buses.
Hospet or Hosapete, is a city in
Bellary District in central Karnataka, India.
It is on the Tungabhadra River, 12 km from Hampi,
the World Heritage site consisting of the ruins
of the medieval city of Vijayanagara, former capital
of the Vijayanagara Empire.
The city was built by Krishna Deva
Raya in 1520 AD , one of the rulers of Vijayanagara
in memory of his mother Nagalambika. The city
was named Nagalapura, however people referred
to the city as Hosa Pete meaning New City. An
area between Hampi and Hospet is still called
Nagalapura. It was the entrance gate to the city
of Vijayanagara for all travellers coming from
Goa and West Coast.
The nearby Tungabhadra Dam was built
in the twentieth century. Hospet is a small town,
well connected from several important cities in
India. Hubli is the closet city from Hospet. Bangalore
is also six hours away on a bus. The city has
some good hotels. The city has a well developed
market area with many international brands available.
A recent phenomenon in this region
has been the boom of the iron-ore mining business.
Due to great international demands for iron-ore,
particularly from China, there has been considerable
mining in this region and also called as steel
city of Karnataka. To an extent, the Tungabhadra
Dam as well as constitute 51% of the population
and females 49%. Hospet has an average literacy
rate of 65%. Male literacy is 72%, and female
literacy is 57%. In Hospet, 12% of the population
is under 6 years of age.
Hospet is a gateway town to the
Hampi ruins. Most of the long distance state operated
buses for Hampi terminate at Hospet bus station
(KSRTC bus station). So is the Hospet railway
station (station code:HPT ). Four pairs of express
trains pass through Hospet. Hampi Express connecting
Bangalore & Hubli and Vasco da Gama Express
(Amaravati Express) connecting Vasco da Gama (for
Goa) & Vijayawada are popular choices of Hampi
In contrast to the Hampi ruins site,
Hospet offers a range of hotel options . If you
expect a reasonable luxury stay (of course with
respect to Hampis standards), Hospet is
the place for you to set the base camp. Most of
the hotels are located around the main road that
connects the railway station to the bus station.
Also Hospet has a number of ATMs and banks.
Apart from the above, Hospet doesnt
have any tourist attractions of significance.
Of course the unique Anantashayana temple of Anantashayana
Gudi is located at the eastern fringe of this
town, on the way to the Hampi ruins.