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.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.
A city situated in the Bellary district of Karnataka, Hospet is located on the banks of the mighty Tungabhadra River. The proximity of Hospet to the World Heritage Site of Hampi, which is a mere 12 kilometers away, makes it one of the frequently visited tourist destinations of Karnataka. The prominent tourist attractions around Hospet are the Chitradurga Fort built by Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan and the sacred town of Harihara which is also located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Tourists will also find a number of budget and five star hotels along with tourist homes in Hospet which provide luxury as well as budget accommodation.