Well, well.. Hampi, India is one popular destination for the people all around the world. Also recognized as one of the World’s Heritage Sites, this small town offers you a lot more than your holy ‘highness’.
I went for a short visit to this glorified town- a weekend. Two days are a good deal if you don’t want yourself lazying around, which won’t be a bad idea either, given the destination, just in case.
I stayed at a small guest house who’s owner looked happier than I am on my birthday. The place was decent.
Duration : 1 night, 2 days
Cost per room: 1000 Rupees
Condition: Average, so are all of them.
Things I didn’t expect: hammock, mosquito net(a must, there).
So before you read ahead, I’d like to throw some light on the two sides of this place. The picturesque Tungabhadra river divides Hampi into the two sides of the temple. There is a ferry that fetches you to the either side. At 1730 hours everyday, they ferry the last boat for the day. So you need to be on the side you are put up by this time.
Also I would suggest you to buy a handy guide book. Costs about a 100 Indian Rupees.
1. The temple side– the good part about being on this side is that you’d be able to view the beautiful temples for however long you want to. I came across some good cafes on this side as well. So if you’re someone looking to visit this place only for the temples and the holy spirit it offers, I’d recommend you to put up on this side. You have the temples, hampi bazaar, easier and faster access to Hosapete from here as well.
Temples and ancient magnificent art. I was astounded by some of the best carvings I’ve come across in a temple. They were so highly detailed that ranting about studying history deeply in school made sense to me suddenly. Emotions were beautifully woven into art. I hope these photos do some justice to the outstanding chills they gave me.
Also you cannot rent a scooty/bike on this side very easily. They want the autos to do some business so they would always tell you that you can’t. You could easily rent bicycles though. Renting bicycles is a brilliant idea only if you visit this place during winters. Else it’s a simple no no! Your choice, though.
Buses are not very easily available and relying on them for transportation from one temple to another would be a waste of some precious time. Some temples are close to the Hampi bazaar and can be easily walked down(again, depends a lot on the weather!), if you study the map closely, there lay a gap between a set of temples near the bazaar and then ones further. So in short, they are like a conglomeration scattered around. I would suggest you to pay not more than 50 Rupees to go from one place to another.
Also wear comfy clothes, shoes and carry a water bottle and an umbrella. Your welcome.
2. The other side of the Temples– the spirit of holy ‘highness’, for the love of the green grass and for some tastier food, you should put up on this side. Scene is ‘chill’ here and probably what you have been looking for or have heard( I know!).
So you can rent a scooty/bike on this side and explore a little more towards the other villages. The path is breathtaking. I met a lot of happy people from the villages waving a goodbye to me.
Also I love kitties. You could even shop here for fun.
Like Humans Do..
I would recommend you to visit the temples during the daytime and chill during the evening in some cafe. They play deep house, pop and post rock mostly. I personally loved the ambience of the place. It had an aura I was looking for in a while.
Also, grass is greener on the other side(of the temple).
So my first day comprised of visiting temples and an evening full of holy chills. Second day, I rented out a scooty and went for a ride to the nearby places. Had food at the local places and spoke with some small kids.
I liked Hampi and would want to visit it again sometime.
I’ll leave you with some more pictures to ponder over..