There are hundreds of articles about Hampi but my trip was indeed a crazy one, actually trips, yes I loved it so much I visited twice in a month.When you are young and broke 20 something It’s indeed inexpedient. Visiting Hampi by far has been the best thing I did for myself. You have to see it to believe the everlasting beauty of this place.
Hampi is a small temple town recognized as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, in northern Karnataka India. The moment you enter Hampi you'll see ruins and boulders everywhere.
Magical landscapes and pretty blue skies- couldn't ask for more.
The best part about Hampi are backpackers from all around the world and the spirit that you can do whatever you want to do.There will be people telling you about the amazing architectural ruins, temples,religious buildings and the history of Hampi, although I loved the other side of the river more than anything else.Yes, I'm talking about the Hippie Island.I wouldn't mind spending the rest of my life staying by the riverside. No kidding! You need to cross the Tungabhadra River If you want to stay on the other side of the town. It's a small Island also known as Hampi Island or Hippie Island. An early morning coracle ride is the best thing ever indeed that will take you to the other side.
Coracle ride across the river.
There are a lot of home stays,Guest houses and shacks across the paddy fields. I'll show you the place where we stayed, the shacks are pretty cheap and amazing.You can choose according to your budget.
Psychedelic art portraits on the walls.
Hut in the woods, place where we stayed for INR 500 per day :)
There are amazing places to eat as well,bakeries and shacks offering classic recipes from around the world, Mexican beyond fajitas and Italian beyond pasta. Greek,Indian, Singaporean cuisine, Indonesian cuisine,Inuit,Italian, American ,Jewish and Israeli cuisine be the best. Don't forget to try the local cuisine as well.
You can rent a scooter, bike or even a bicycle on daily basis for INR 200 to 400 per day as there won't be any local transport available.Trust me It's gonna be the best part of the trip.
Step well- 800 years old.
Carvings on the walls- Poetry in the stones.
Hampi stands for - architectural and cultural brilliance of Vijayanagara empire. Needless to say, you won't miss this if you are visiting Hampi. The area is devoid of any trees, so carry plenty of liquids and sun protection when you are visiting the ruins.
Places to visit:
Elephant stables: used to house the eleven royal elephants in King Krishnadeva Raya's army. The neighbouring building housed the elephant riders of the royal elephants.
Important sites at and near Hampi
Lake (Near Sanapur)
A few days or even an entire month isn’t enough to see the wonders of Hampi.Set aside at least a few days to explore its outstanding architecture and pay tribute to the talented artisans of that historic era. As I mentioned previously "I wouldn't mind spending the rest of my life staying by the riverside. No kidding!"
So,what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and leave, It's a happy hippie Hampi call.