The World Heritage Site of Hampi is only a short distance of 40 kms away from the Shivavilas Palace. Hampi, the capital city of the Vijayanagar Kingdom is known for its enchanting and large sculptures, monolithic Stone carvings and well laid out city.
The following are important and major tourist attractions / locations one can see at Hampi which is a World Heritage site:
1. Virupaksha Temple
2. Sasivekalu and Kadalekalu Ganesha
3. Vijaya Vithal Complex
4. Laxminarasinha or Ugranarasimha
5. Kodanda Rama Temple
7. Elephant stables
8. Pushkarani or stepped water tank
9. Lotus Mahal
10. Hazara Rama Temple
11. Mahanavami Dibba
12. Queen’s bath
13. Achyutaraya Temple
14. Ganagitti temple
15. Pattabhirama Temple and many more
Daroji Bear Sanctuary
The famous Bear Santuary of Daroji, 60 kms from Sandur and 15 kms from Hampi, the only one of its kind in Asia where a recent Census has shown existence of more than a 100 sloth bears within the Sanctuary.
Tungabhadra Dam at Hospet is about 30 kms from Sandur. It is also a picturesque tourist attraction.
Set inside the Swamimalai forest, this beautiful Temple complex was originally built by the Badami Chalukyas. It was later rebuilt by the Rashtrakutas. It is believed that the Temple that now houses the shrine to Goddess Parvati was the original Subramanya Temple. The current Subramanya idol and shrine were put in by the Rashtrakutas.
This Temple was for a period of time lost to the forest. It was discovered in the 15th century by the Ghorpades, the local Royal Family.
Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra
Lambani Embroidery: The Sandur town and the nearby villages have a dominant community of the Lambani tribe who excel in the needle craft which is their tradition. The Kushala Kala Kendra had successfully been able to train Lambanis to put their skills into use and earn their livelihood. The Kendra believes in limiting this Banjara craft to their tribe alone. Today they have about 300 Lambanis working independently for the organizations who are helped with design development and marketing to keep their traditional craft alive.