Last month in January, we visited Humpi. We were two people I and my friend. I hope our experience will guide other travelers and it will help them to explore.
We went from Pune by bus. We did all the bookings one month before. There is no direct bus to Humpi. You have to take a bus to Hospet. From Hospet you need to take city bus bus to Humpi both are at affordable prices. Humpi is basically a small village,if you book early you will find homestays and hotel in Humpi itself otherwise there are also good homestays and hotels on other side of the river also. If you do bookings on other side of river it is great because you get to explore more and more cultural diversity between villages. If you book hotel/homestay on other side you just need to take care that you need to cross the river before 6 30 since that is the last time ferry runs. On first day we explored Vitthal Mandir. If you book bicycle it is better to explore the place. Renting place is nearer to the bus stop where city bus from hospet drops so before checking in ,in morning if you rent bicycle that will be helpful because by the time of 12 'o clock all the bicycle will get rented and you will remain with the option of exploring the place by auto only. On first we did check in , we stayed in Satyadharma homestay quite a nice , nice people. We are Maharashtrian we found people working there were also speaking Marathi it was nice connecting with them. All other guest were foreigners. After checking in we took again ferry to humpi and we explored Vitthal Mandir first. From riverbank vitthal Mandir is on walking distance. There are two places from where you can take ferry one is near virupaksha mandir and second is near vitthal mandir. After exploring Vitthal Mandir we took auto. In our whole journey we never gave more than 150 for 10 km distance. We you will ask them they will start with any random numbers but you will have to bargain. You can avoid this headache if you rent bicycle in morning itself. Vitthal mandir is large area to cover and many spots too like kings balance. You should first buy map just after you step in village and then plan your visit to sites accordingly. It took us day long to explore Vitthal Mandir thats only site we visited on first day. At 6.30 we took ferry and returned to annegudi our homestay. On annegudi side we explored riverside area in evening during sunset. Lovely atmosphere it was.