Bukka Aqueduct is located on the Huligi-Gangavati road, on the north bank of Tungabhadra River, 3 km south-east of Sanapur Lake. Though it’s just 1 km north as a crow flies from Virupaksha temple, Hampi, one needs to travel 25 km through road to reach the Aqueduct.
Ambitious in its scale, this ancient aqueduct said to be built around 1345 CE, probably is one of the largest aqueducts in Hampi – the giant aqueduct is in a ruined condition though.
The structure is strongly built with cut stones. The height of the aqueduct suggests it was being used to reach water to the higher suburbs of Hampi.
An architectural marvel indeed!
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Hampi (Kishkinda), Karnataka is situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra 340 km north of Bengaluru.
With more than 1,600 monuments covering ~40 sq kms, Hampi is a World Heritage Site and World’s Largest Open-air Museum.
Hampi, referred to as Kishkinda in Ramayana, has ancient history traceable to thousands of years.
Most of the current day ruins were built by Vijayanagara kings during 1336 – 1565 CE.
Hampi at one time was most prosperous and considered to be the largest city in the World. As per the chronicles of European and Persian travellers, Hampi had dedicated trading markets for diamonds, pearls, silks, brocades, and had opulent palaces, marvelous temples, royal quarters, embassies for foreign emissaries, massive fortifications, large pools, baths, water management systems, aquaducts, pavilions, stables, riverside features, pillared halls, Mandapas, memorial structures, gateways and defence check posts.
Hampi – it’s a living museum!