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Traveller Tales from Hampi


Goswami Achari

27 March 2019

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What You Should Know More About Hampi

  • Q. Travel advice:

    • Sort your plans out: No matter what location or destination one plans on spending their holidays at, it is essential that certain travel tips are kept in mind. Hence, if you’re still in the stage of hatching your plans for Hampi, make sure that you plan well and plan well ahead of time. Make a good, well-researched note of all the important information like accommodation options, local transportation, hospitals, restaurants, resorts and more. It is quite obvious that you’d want to experience a hassle-free journey if you’re actually spending money on your holidays.

    • Transportation in the area: When it comes to transportation in Hampi, there is very little that you need to worry about. The holiday destination is well connected and one can easily make use of the local transport while visiting different locations within the space.

    • Have something of your own: However, what is better advisable is to ensure a private fare while you’re in the region. The simple reason for this tip is that it becomes much easier to visit the places around at one’s own convenience. Cars and bikes are easily available on rent at these places.

    • Be smart, avoid sham services: Travellers must remain aware of who they are hiring as guides. Past experiences have led many to be involved in a scam wherein either their property was stolen or the services were overpriced. This can really trample one’s travel experience. Hence, it is essential that one plans well and one plans well ahead of time.

    • The pick-pocketers can get on your nerves: Yes, you have come to the city with hopes of enjoying your holiday. However, it is always better to be well prepared for all circumstances rather than feeling sorry or regretting it later. Keep an eye out for pick-pockets. These disguise themselves as normal individuals just strolling across the town but they are the most dangerous. Keep yourself and your property well protected.

    • Drinking laws: Consumption in Hampi is not very restrictive. One can easily consume alcohol as and when he/she feels like as liquor is easily accessible. However, avoid consuming alcohol in public places. Majority of the resorts, restaurants, pubs and clubs will have the availability of alcohol.

  • Q. Things to do in Hampi:

    • Discover the ruins of Hampi: Take a walk around the main town of Hampi and get mesmerized by the beautiful ruins of Hampi. Every nook and corner is bordered with beautiful monuments and each one of them has a story or two to say. Some of the ruins are also considered to be among the top UNESCO world heritage sites. Sometimes also referred to as the forgotten empire, this truly is a place you should visit once in your life time.

    • Understand the mythology of Hampi: There is a great amount of history, mythology and ancient tradition associated with Hampi. This picturesque village has a lot to offer to its visitors. However, visitors often neglect to notice the history about the place. Explore the beautiful mythology of this region.

    • Live in a hut at the Hippie island: Did you know? There is actually an island that is called the Hippie island? Isn’t that awesome. This tiny island nown as Virupapur is filled with lush green trees and crystal clear water that you can explore.  There is a great number of pilgrims too, that come flocking every year to this beautiful location.

  • Q. What will you like in Hampi:

    • Go climbing at the various hills: There are so many different hills that you can climb on and enjoy the stunning viewpoints at. Among the chief primary attractions of Hampi is the Matanga hill. This is perhaps, the most visited of them all.

    • Check out the birth place of Lord Hanuman: Anegondi – which is perhaps a few miles away from Hampi is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. This place is easy to climb and one can successfully carry out a great climbing activity while you’re at it.

    • Ride through the red river: Hampi consists  of a river that is literally red in color. This is the same river you need to cross in order to reach the Hippie island. Keep that in mind and travel to the red river.

    Government website: Karnataka Tourism

    Books on Hampi: Hampi: A story in stone


  • Q. When is the best time to visit Hampi?

    Hampi is commonly known as the hippie’s paradise. Known for its ever welcoming weather conditions, Hampi has three seasons. The best time to visit Hampi is during the winter season. This is the month wise break-up of the seasons to visit Hampi:

    •  April to July (Summer Season)
      It is quite hot during this time of the year. The temperature starts with 27 degrees Celsius and can go up to 37 degrees Celsius. May and June do not make for good months during this time as it is unbearably hot.
    • July to September (Monsoon Season)
      Even though the rains can be a little bit of a barrier, but it is during this season that the villages become extremely green and beautiful. Even the monuments become extremely pleasant to visit during this time of the year.
    • October to March (Winter Season)
      This is the best time to visit Hampi. It is during this time of the year that the weather is extremely accommodating and quite comforting as well. Perfect for bonfires, sight-seeing and long walks, it is during this season that you can enjoy the beauty of Hampi completely.

  • Q. How to reach Hampi?

    There are various ways through which you can reach Hampi. There are plenty of options available that are facilitated by Karnataka Tourism. You can consider the following ways to reach Hampi:

    • By Air: The closest airport to Hampi is situated in Hubli, which is about 143 kilometres. Goa is also an option to consider, so you can then take a bus or drive down to Hampi from there.
    •  By Train: The closest station to Hampi is in Hospet, which is situated at a distance of 13 kilometres away. You can take overnight trains from Hyderabad or Bangalore. One of the best options is to take the Hampi express which is an overnight train and can be boarded from Mysore.
    •  By Bus: The main station of Karnataka tourism which is close to Hampi is in Hospet. There are various buses that run from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mysore to Hospet. You can then hop on a local bus which will cost you roughly 20 rupees and get to Hampi from the Hospet bus station.
    • By Car: You can drive to Hampi from anywhere in Karnataka and if you are up for a full fledged road trip, then driving down from Maharashtra or Goa would also make for quite a memorable journey.

  • Q. Which are the best resorts to stay in Hampi?

    Hampi boasts of lovely options to stay where you can enjoy the simplicity of life in its entirety. Here are some of the best resort options to stay in Hampi:

    • Hyatt Place Hampi
    • Sloth Bear Resort
    • Hotel Malligi
    • Vijayshree Heritage Village, Hospet
    • Royal Orchid Hotel-Hampi
    • Heritage Resort Hampi
    • Kishkinda Heritage Resort
    • Gowri Guest House
    • Orange County, Hampi
    • Siri Home-Stay
    • Clarks Inn Hampi

  • Q. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Hampi?

    Hampi is a town made up of rocks. There is a story that each and every rock tells you. Here are the options that you can consider to get around when in Hampi:

    • By Bicycle: You will see a completely different side of Hampi if you ride around the town. Every nook and corner will tell you something new about the city.
    • On Foot: Another great way to explore Hampi is on your foot. This way you can connect with the locals and see a completely authentic side of Hampi.
    • By Boat: A lot of main attractions of Hampi are located across the river. You can get across the river by boat and visit these places.
    • By Rickshaw: You can travel by Rickshaw as well to cover short distances.
    • By Car: Since Hampi has very dry heat, walking around the city can get quite tiring instantly. Which is why, travelling by car is the safest option.

  • Q. Which are the best places for shopping in Hampi?

    There are plenty of markets and shops where you can enjoy street shopping in Hampi. Here are the options to consider:

    • Vittala Bazaar
    • Hampi Bazaar
    • Hoova Craft Shop and Cafe
    • Akash Art Gallery and Book Stall
    • Aspiration Store
    • Gail Djembe Music Shop

  • Q. Where are the ruins of Hampi located?

    Hampi is considered to be one of the most historical sites of India. Today, in ruins- the town is commonly referred to as Ruins of Hampi. The rocks here have every visitor a story to tell and the temples that have stood the test of time give Ruins of Hampi a completely different charm.

  • Q. Which are the UNESCO world heritage sites to visit in Hampi?

    Hampi is known as the UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its old historic temples. It has earned the reputation of being a temple town and has an entire group of monuments that come under the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some of the examples of the monuments under the aforementioned list are- Krishna Temple, Krishna temple, Pattabhirama temple, Hazara Ramachandra, Chandrasekhara temple and Jaina Temples.

  • Q. Which are the famous hiking locations in Hampi?

    Hampi has something different to offer at every step. Here are the famous hiking locations of Hampi where you can explore the best of trails that the town has to offer to you.

    • Vertical Rock Faces
    • Fort at Bali, Parvat
    • Challenging Rock Face
    • Fort Main Gate
    • Observation Post at Bali Parvat
    • Rock Cut Passage at Bali Parvat
    • Durga Temple
    • Zodiac Garden

  • Q. What are the best locations for rock climbing in Hampi?

    Hampi is known to be quite a famous place for Rock Climbing. The four famous places where you can go for rock climbing are:

    • Hemakuta Hill
    • Matanga Hill
    • The premises of Tiruvengalantha Temple
    • Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple