Matanga Hill is the the best place to get panoramic view of the ruins of Hampi. There is a small temple on the top of Matanga Hill. On the way down there is a small cave where it is believed that Sugriva, ruler of Kishkinda, used to hide.
Being the highest peak in Hampi, the hill is an attraction for trekkers. There are many trekking paths that lead to the top of the hilltop where the Veerabhadra Temple is located. The climbing can take around 30 minutes.
The roof top of the Veerabhadra Temple is the ideal place for sunrise and sunset view. From the top of the hill, one can view the Achyutaraya Temple, Tungabhadra River, Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Bazaar and surroundings.
The three prominent trails leading to the foothill are
- trail leading to the east which closes at the Kadale Kalu Ganesha Temple
- one ending at the Hampi Bazaar Street
- the third one in the south of the hill running parallel to Turthu Canal