Direct flights from Bangalore to Hampi begin
Bangalore’s just got closer to Hampi, thanks to new direct flights via TruJet. The low-cost carrier just began the hour-long connections between Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport and the Jindal Vijaynagar Airport in Vidyanagar, which is an hour’s drive from Hampi. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Hampi was previously accessible from Bangalore only via rail or by road. A one-way ticket on the new flights currently begins at Rs999 including taxes.
While Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport offers the shortest flight to Hampi, TruJet also offers direct connections to the ancient capital from Hyderabad. Clocking in at 75min, the Hyderabad-Vidyanagar connection is currently available from Rs999 including taxes for a one-way ticket. Until Trujet’s new flights from Bangalore and Hyderabad to Vidyanagar, the closest airport to Hampi was in Hubli, a four-hour drive away
TruJet’s new flight routes are the latest to take wings under the central government’s subsidised regional connectivity scheme Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN). Just last fortnight, Bhubaneswar-based Air Odisha launched its first flight, from Ahmedabad to Mundra, and announced a partnership with Air Deccan, with more new routes to be rolled out later in the year. UDAN aims to serve lesser-connected airports in tier-2 and tier-3 cities, and caps fares at Rs2,500 per hour of flight on a fixed-wing aircraft and a 30-minute flight on a helicopter.
Travellers most often visit Hampi to see the majestic ruins of the once-opulent capital of the 14th-century Vijayanagar kingdom. Book early for the annual Hampi Utsav from 3-5 November—last year’s edition offered a 5-hour audio tour of the city by moonlight. There’s also bouldering for adventure buffs, or take a coracle across the Tungabhadra River to Anegundi, for birdwatching, handicraft and bicycle rides.