Standing tall, on the southern bank of the river Tungabadra, Virupaksha Temple, is a pilgrimage destination that sees thousands of tourists pouring in on a daily basis. It’s only 7kms from the resort and happens to be a destination of great religious significance. Not only is it the oldest temple in Hampi, it was a hub for native culture, art and crafts during the 14th century. Extensive renovations have transformed how this temple looks. But one thing that has remained static over the years, is the devotion that flows through its holy sanctum. The “gopuram” or centre shrine is one of the most prominently seen structures in Hampi and is worth a visit.