The visitor who makes an
effort to climb this hill will be rewarded with a breath taking
view of the Hampi landscape. One will then appreciate the
forethought of Vijayanagara rulers in choosing Hampi as their
capital. A beautiful view of the Achyuta
Raya Temple can be seen from on top of this hill.
The name to Matanga Hill
comes after the Sage Matanga who used to live on this hill
in Threta Yuga, the period of Ramayana. It is also the place
where Sugriva benefited from the magical protection of the
sage Matanga who had placed a curse of death on Vali, if he
dared enter the area of Matanga Hill. Later, during the Vijayanagara
reign, it was believed that the power and protection of the
sage emanated outwards from this hill, and later extended
to envelop the royal capital.