To help you experience few best things to do in Hampi, I’m writing down my personal experiences. And, these experiences are other than cliff jumping or visiting the famous hippie island.
Have you ever wondered that you will fall in love with the ruins? Have you ever thought that even the boulders and the rocky area can also impress you? I haven’t thought so until I visited the place.
Hampi is a temple town, in the northern Karnataka, recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered to be the richest cities in its era, this town is now left devastated.
But even the broken pillars and the sculptures have a story to tell. A story which every traveler must listen.
How to Reach Hampi
By Train: The nearest Railway stations for Hampi are Hospet and Hampi, both are around 11 KMs from main Hampi, rest of the distance can be covered by local bus and private taxi.
By Road: There are plenty of buses from Bangalore, Goa, and Mysore for Hampi. You can board from any of these cities.
By Plane: Hampi doesn’t have its own Airport, nearest Airport is Hubli 144 KMs far.
Things to Do in Hampi
The place can be explored with a guide, who can explain the history of this beautiful city or else you can just trust your wandering feet and get mesmerized by this place. Or you can use Wikipedia or Google’s help and explore on your own.
#1 Tungabhadra River and Virupaksha Temple
It is situated on the banks of Tungabhadra, so you can just wet your legs in this holy river and enjoy the scenic beauty.
Tungabhadra will enchant you with its silence. The next place which you can visit is Virupaksha Temple.
Virupaksha Temple is the main center of pilgrimage and has been considered the most sacred sanctuary over the centuries.
It is a huge temple, which is situated in the main bazar, Virupaksha is a form of Lord Shiva and the other temples inside it is dedicated to him.
You can hire a guide to know its history and archeological angle and get amazed by the way it’s being built. The temple continues to prosper and attracts huge crowds for the betrothal and marriage festivities of Virupaksha and Pampa in December.
#2 Hampi Bazar and Vittala Temple
From Virupaksha temple, you can head towards the Hampi Bazar as it is right in front of the temple.
It is a well-known marketplace that spreads for more than one kilometer. The road passing through the market has series of old pavilions on both sides, A walk to the market is one of the best Things to do in Hampi.
Though the market has lost its significance it’s still a place worth visiting. It has lots of temple like Jain temple, Krishna Temple and much more but the one of the famous one isVittala Temple.
#3 Statues inside the Temples
Apart from temples, the other things which will attract you are the Mahals and statues.
You can find a beautifully carved statue of Ugra Narasimha and the Monolith Bull. These two statues are very famous ones and also the Sasivekalu Ganesha.
The majestic elephant stables and lotus mahal is a must visit. Do visit the Mahanavami Dibba, a place where the kings ruled their kingdom.
But the devastating part of it is that most of them are ruined. But the intact ones will give you an insight on how majestic the empire of Vijayanagara was at that point of time.
Another thing which is really good about this place is the availability of various types of cuisines.
Since, foreigners frequently keep visiting, you can find all types of cuisines like Chinese, Italian, Mexican.
The best time to visit this city is in winters or rainy season as the temperature is generally high. It goes to 40-45 degrees in summer.
The place is a true delight for an architect and even a traveler can find the peace in this devastated place.
But still, this city can impress you with its amazing and unparalleled beauty, the hospitality of the local people, the food, and the silent Tungabhadra River.
There are many places to explore in Hampi, which I couldn’t do in my short visit. You can even take a shared auto and wander in the city. One thing which you should definitely not miss, is the Sunrise.
Matanga Hill is one such place where you can get a perfect glance of the sunrise. You can even take a cycle on rent and explore the city if you choose not to walk down.
You can share your experiences or you can share other things to do in Hampi. I hope my personal Hampi experience was worth reading, even though I didn’t do touristy things.