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|• Total||50.92 km2 (19.66 sq mi)|
|Elevation||479 m (1,572 ft)|
|• Density||4,048.68/km2 (10,486.0/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
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. While the city was named Nagalapura, 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.
Hospet is a small town, well connected from several important cities in India. Bellary is the closest 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.
According to 2011 census total population is 206,159.The town 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 tourists.
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 Hampi’s 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. Hospet has a number of ATMs and banks.
The nearby Tungabhadra Dam is a popular visitor attraction as well. Apart from Hampi and Tungabhadra dam, Hospet doesn’t have any other tourist attractions of significance. The unique Anantashayana temple of Anantashayana Gudi is located at the eastern fringe of this town, on the way to the Hampi ruins.
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.
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