Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Top 9 Things To Do In Hampi

Hampi has a carefree soul. It’s a place where ‘doing nothing’ and simply absorbing the local atmosphere come naturally. However, there are a lot of things to see and do in Hampi, which you should not miss if you ever make it there.

My first day in Hampi was pretty average. I didn’t do anything to speak of. To be honest, I thought Hampi wasn’t as great as it’s made out to be. But, that was just an impression, which was far from the truth. When I allowed my curiosity to shake hands with Hampi’s essence, I discovered a place that just keeps getting more and more enchanting.

So, here’s a mini guide to Hampi -

Let the majestic ruins of Hampi beguile you.

There is something about the ruins of Hampi that it’s hard not be impressed. The fact that they are 700-800 years old makes them even more fascinating. There is a sense of stillness and a feeling of awe when you walk amidst them.


Do a bit of temple hopping.

Hampi is a haven of ancient temples. I paid a visit to a few prominent ones – Vittala Temple, Virupaksha Temple and Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy Temple. What I liked the most about these temple complexes was that they are not mere temples, but they have their own characteristic ambiances.


Soak up the nonchalant spirit of Hampi’s countryside on a bicycle.

Most tourists prefer motorbikes over bicycles for exploring Hampi. The former is available for INR200, while the latter can be hired for only INR50 for the entire day. The joy of bicycling through the rustic countryside of Hampi is indescribable. 


Embrace the laid-back vibe of Anegundi Village.     

Anegundi Village is only 6-7 kilometres from Hampi. It’s known to be even older than Hampi, which makes it more interesting. It looks clean and well-organised. Since I went there in the afternoon, I could feel its relaxed and ‘do-nothing’ atmosphere.


Check out Anegundi’s handmade products shop and meet Meera.

As you take a round of Anegundi homes, you will find a handmade products shop by the name of Anegundi Bananafibre Craft showroom, which is run by Tikav Handicraft women artisans Anegundi group.


While I was snapping a few pictures of the women engaged in knitting, Meera, the lady who supervised the shop, entered the room and inquired politely about my photography. She was just curious to know what I would do with the pictures. She was happy to learn that I was a travel blogger. Then she told me a bit about herself that she’s originally from Belgium and was Michelle before being Meera. She migrated to India 30 years ago and never went back. She lived in an Ashram and seemed to be quite content with her life in Hampi.

Bathe in the sunset and sunrise hues.

Although I could manage to see only one sunrise out of the four mornings that I spent in Hampi, sunsets were easily the highlight of my trip. Fortunately, I got to enjoy sunsets right from where I stayed - Shanthi Guest House. There is a river near the guest house, in which you can see the beautiful reflection of the setting sun. However, the best sunset is witnessed from Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy temple. See more photos here.


Enjoy noshing at multi-cuisine restaurants.

I did not eat any local specialty of Hampi, because I was too preoccupied with the exotic food choices available. I enjoyed eating at Shanthi, where I stayed. Also, I had a sumptuous breakfast at Goutami Restaurant, which had a nice German bakery too.


Besides all the good food that I gorged on, I also had a ‘food disaster’ while I was returning from Anegundi village – there’s a small coconut water stall right opposite Hanuman Temple (you need to climb 500 steps to reach the temple). The man who runs the stall apparently stops every tourist to have coconut water and pursues them to have lunch at his stall. I was one of the tourists who got duped by his sweet smile and hospitality. You know what he served? Plain rice with Kurkure, watery curd and something that merely looked like a veggie - It was the weirdest food I ever ate in my life!

Watch the day go by at Tungabhadra River.

The funniest part of my stay in Hampi was taking a ferry and paying 10 bucks every time I wanted to cross the river. Apparently, they don’t want to build a bridge in order to preserve the heritage of Hampi. Anyway, it’s fun to see the life at the river – women washing laundry, people chilling out, kids chirping around and the usual buzz through the day.


Wander aimlessly and discover the quirky corners of Hampi.

Hampi has a lot of quirky elements – colourful shops, old doors, ‘hello’ crazy locals (every local says ‘hello’ to every tourist) and the bathing elephants. It’s like the more you walk the more you get to unveil Hampi’s charming uniqueness. Strolling along the array of shops, guest houses and restaurants across the river is a good way to savour the 'hippie' vibe of Hampi.


How to reach Hampi: Hampi is 13 km from Hospet Railway Station. The auto guy charges INR 200 to drop you till Hampi.

Where to stay in Hampi: The guest houses across Tungabhadra River are nice. I stayed at Shanthi Guest House that cost me INR 3000 for 3 nights.

Does Hampi sound like a place you’d like to visit?

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42 comments:

  1. Wow! Lovely pics, Renuka:)
    Yet to visit Hampi.

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    1. Thanks Anita :-) I hope my guide to Hampi helps you!

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  2. Yes, Hampi is a good place to visit. And INR 3000 for 3 nights is somewhat Ok. What about approx. per day food cost?

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    1. Food should cost you around INR 500 - 600 per day if you eat at any of the multi-cuisine restaurants. I guess the local food should be cheaper.

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  3. Wow nice place
    great visit for educational trip also
    Bling Sparkle

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    1. Right! Hampi is a historical place with lots of interesting things to learn.

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  4. Nice pictures. Sunset images were absolutely gracious.

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    1. Yes, sunset is absolutely magical in Hampi.

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  5. Nice pictures.... An informative Article....

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  6. i heard Hampi was well worth visiting, but I had no idea it was THIS beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Welcome Andrew! :-) Yes, Hampi is beautiful indeed.

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  7. Was in Hampi earlier this year, beautiful: I must have bought half the contents of the banana fibre shop, and then carried them back on my bicycle!

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    1. Wow! The banana fibre shop was cool indeed! Great that you enjoyed Hampi so much. :-)

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  8. Hampi sounds like the perfect place to visit. Lots of history, beautiful temples and scenery plus very welcoming people.

    Interesting story about Michelle, is that normal for people to change their name when they move to India?

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    1. Well, I am not sure about the name change. I guess Michelle became Meera because she adopted a lot of Indianness. :-)

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    2. This place is so amazing, no joke! I can't wait to explore it in the near future :) x

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  9. Someday I will go to India! Looks amazing!

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    1. That would be wonderful, Christine! I'm sure you will love India. :-)

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  10. Wow ...a comprehensive guide for a trip to Hampi with vivid pictures. Loved the post and your presentation!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad that you enjoyed the post. :-)

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  11. Great post- I'm so desperate to visit India, it looks incredible! Cheers for sharing :)

    www.thetechgypsy.com

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure you will be charmed by India. Hampi is waiting for you!

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  12. Not long now until I come back - Renuka you are tickling my already itchy feet with these pictures - I <3 India!

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    1. Haha! :D That would be wonderful, Tim! I hope India is on your radar in 2015.

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  13. After reading your post, I'd love to visit Hampi! Do you have any recommendation for how long someone would want to stay? Would one week be too long?

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    1. Thanks! :-) My trip was for four days, which I thought were sufficient. But even a week's time would be fruitful, as there are many places to explore. Besides, Hampi is a place for relaxation.

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  14. Love those quirky corners and never ending trails and pathways of Hampi. Most of them lead to some temple. :) Nice post, Renuka. Am yet to explore Anegundi. Probably on my third visit to Hampi.

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    1. That's so true! Hampi has so many trails to explore. :-) Yeah, visiting Anegundi was a delight.

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  15. Eating, eating, eating! That's what I would do here all days long :)

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    1. Yeah! I'm sure you'll have a great time in Hampi!

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  16. Hi Renuka, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You have very interesting blog and your photos are great. Keep inspiring. https://everycornerofworld.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/i-am-honored/

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  17. Amazing pictures, Renuka!

    Haven't been to Hampi yet. Intend to visit the town in the next few weeks...

    A question.. How did you organize your images this way? Did you use a particular software to group so many pictures as one? Also, which software did you use for your signature?

    Would be great if I could use them in my blog as well.

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    1. Thanks Rahul! :-) Nice to know that you will be visiting Hampi soon! It's an amazing place. I use Photoshop to edit my pictures (and also for my watermark). I just take 4-5 images and arrange them the way I like. It's pretty simple! :-)

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    2. Manually, eh? Thought you used a software that would do the job for you.

      Thanks! :)

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    3. Great blog, Renuka!

      Following you ;-)

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  18. Long time since I went Hampi.. should visit again

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  19. Nice blog. I am leaving to Hampi for a short trip after Pongal. A sudden trip after reading your blog.

    www.unusualescapes.com

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    1. That would be great! Hampi is fabulous at this time of the year!

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