I am a lover of all aesthetics. All the off-beat destinations like lost cities, ruined architecture and hidden places satiates my soul. In one such exploration, I came across this hidden treasure known as Hippie Island in Hampi. Thankfully, I planned and successfully completed my trip just right before the Covid-19 had spread its tentacles in India.
To begin with, most travelers are aware of Hampi, the city of incredible ruins and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It has an astounding history and exquisite architecture attached to it. But very people are aware of the place called Hippie Island which is right across the Tungabhadra river on the village side, Virupapur. The name itself defines the chilling and laid back vibes it offers to its visitors. One can take a boat which usually operates from 8am-5.30pm in the evening. They charge around Rs40-50 and it takes hardly 5-7minutes to cross the river. But sometimes I have seen people crossing the river by these boat upto 8pm in the evening usually at an inflated charge of Rs 200-300.
I will never recommend an auto (tuk-tuk) as a means of transport to reach this place as the charges are Rs600-800.
On reaching upon this place, it de-stress you to another level when there is negligible network connectivity. Yes, all of your mobile devices just becomes a toy where you can listen music or play games but can't call. The auro of this place will anyway take you to another planet. With impeccable boulders on one side and lush green bushes on the other will fill any nature lover's heart with joy.