This paper attempts to investigate the prominence of Tourism & dimensions of its development from the past few decades in Karnataka. Heritage resources are the valuable assets for any state which tells about the glorious past & rich culture of a particular state. Tourism can help in shaping our society. It can have advantages on rural as well as urban communities. There is a scope of tourism in Hampi. The government is also encouraging Private enterprises to promote tourism in Hampi. For developing tourism by utilizing the heritage resources we need to understand the tourism environment, and socio-culture, economic, historical impact of tourism. How we can involve the people to enhance their socio-economic condition. To develop a strategic plan for tourism we have to understand the heritage tourism resources and it’s needs and wants and how to match it with our current scenario with our future to make successful utilization of heritage resources for the empowerment of the nation. Heritage Tourism can develop a win-win situation for both the rural and urban communities.
Keywords: Heritage, Prominence of tourism, Hampi, Karnataka tourism.