Hampi Mallige Hotel
Even if Karnataka had nothing else to offer but Hampi, tourists would still keep pouring in" exclaims a poster of Karnataka Tourism. Saint VidyaraNya who was then the Jagadguru of Sringeri esta blished the seat of Vijayanagara empire in 1336 A.D, with the help of his devouted disciples Hakka and Bukka. The empire later became world famous for its suppo rt towards renovation/reconstruction of temples thoughout India. It also became renowned for re-establishment of Indian culture, it support for music, art and literature. With the prime purpose of caring for the people and their welfare, this empire stretched physically covering Karnataka, Andhra and Maharashtra and became a by-word for golden rule. Truly, HAMPI, which was the seat of the most famed VIJAYANAGARA empire of His Majesty, Krishnadevaraya, was indeed the capital of the largest empire in post-mogul India, covering several states. Although in ruins today, this capital city once boasted riches known far beyond the shores of India. The Vijayanagara empire streched over at least three states - Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. With his main port at Kalyan (now a part of Bombay) Krishnadevaraya not only provided stability to the region, but also enriched the art, sculptor, and in general, the culture of the whole region.