On the southern bank of the river, Tungabhadra is located Hampi, a small historic town known for its ancient ruins and recognition from the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
In the last article, we explored the Lost City of Hampi, marking all the major tourist attractions of this city. But there is more than the historic side to Hampi. Across the river Tungabhadra is another land, totally contradicting to the lifestyle here (Hampi Bazaar side).
Virupapura is a small village located across this river, which is also known by locals as the ‘Other Side’ and tourist as ‘Hippie Island’. One can reach this place by taking a bridge which connects the two sides of the river, approximately 50 km ride to reach exactly to the opposite side OR just take a ferry near Hampi Bazaar which cost around 40 rupees per head, this the most convenient way. Though the ferry service is only available till 5pm in the evening, you can arrange for a corral ride (oval shaped boat) after the hours but cannot be granted. So, make your plans accordingly when you are traveling from any of these two sides to the other. This side of the river has may cottages, small hotels and hostels for tourist. The laid-back daily routine and foreign tourist crowd derive this village the name of ‘Hippie Island’.
So, let’s get started: