We slept early as we had to get up by 4am. And you might think now that we were irresponsible but seriously we slept without alarms, luckily my eyes opened 4:40 am. We hurried and got ready, left by 530. I must tell you, that it's amazing to see the colors of sky from dark blue, to light blue to sunny one! Just amazing. I kept clicking pictures and kept staring from auto. Yup, we booked the same auto for second day too. This time he charged us 700. We lost at bargaining. :(
So a little background, Hampi has 2 sides to it, one is the hippie island and other one the ruins. What we visited on the first day were the ruins. Actually, ruins are spread all over the places. But the hippie islands have rave parties, cliff diving, coracle, etc.
We first went Anjaneya hill to enjoy the sunrise. Oh wow! Whattt a place. Highlight no - 1: Anjaneya hill.With approximately 600 steps, we reach at the top only to see a view that would leave you not only awestruck but also refreshed. We spent 2 hours ( which was actually less) only looking the mesmerizing views. Anjaneya Hill is the birth place of hanuman. While we were walking upstairs we saw tungabhadra River flowing between the two parts, the hippie and the ruins. We saw the road trails from above. We saw lots of monkeys and the cloudy sky.We did darshan of the temple andclicked hell lot of photos. Highlight 2- At the top, there is a tree! All alone, it has different shape of leaves & thick branches easily visible. A different feeling when you are there. The place is specifically called Kishkindha- Kingdom of Vaanar Kings. Vaanar means other humans. I am describing Anjaneya Hill because it deserves a good description and I know I haven't done justice to it, but I have tried.We didn't want to leave, but then how would we come back again :p I want to go there while I’m writing this. You know, sometimes the camera cant capture the view eyes see and the words can’t describe what heart feels.
Okay, we started our journey downwards and took less time descending. While reaching to the main road, we saw a stall selling round appams. We ate one plate (20rs) and it was yumm. The chatni was superb. How small things can give ample satisfaction. I am a foodie, so my eyes were popping out 😍.Next places we visited were as follows :
1. Cliff diving place
2. Pampa sarovar
3. Durga and Snake temple
4. Malyavantha Raghunath temple
I need to describe the cliff diving place- So the height of the place isn’t much and you can stay there as much, because the Sanapur lake is very peaceful. Actually everything here is peaceful! When I did the dive, I was in air and in water for quite a few seconds. You can tick off this adventure if its in your bucket list (though on a small scale) and let me tell you, its absolutely free. Also, wait for people to come there! Recommend to connect with some localites for life jacket if you don’t know how to swim. Not more than 100rs for the life jacket! But it’s worth it!
About the snake temple- the way to snake temple is through Durga temple. Youll have to do a 10min trek , from where you will also see the Pampa Sarovar. The snake temple is within the rocks. What I realized, that how much ever is the heat, the rocks are all cold inside. Its Sheetal! As if the gods are still there! You touch those rocks and feel closer to them!
Post that we left for our our guest house. We completed all of this by 3pm. Starting at 5am and finishing by 3 pm, we had lot of time for the day end. We freshened up, had lunch, took some rest, and left in evening by 5pm. This time we chose to see the sunset via Hemakut hill. Since there was time for sunset, we hired bicycle for 2 hours. Many people visit hemkut hill for the easiest and yet awesome sunset views. So did we and to be honest, it was not as good as the view from Anjaneya or Matanga hill, but it sure as hell, made us felt good. It is nearest to virupaksha temple.
I don’t know why yet, but sun has always felt like home for me!. It is peaceful , either kadakti dhoop or cool sunset. Post sunset, we clicked a lot of photos outside Virupaksha, alottt!. Then we roam around hampi bazaar for souveniors and other carved things. There is a lady that sells tea leaves of various flavors (chocolate, mango, lemon, strawberry, etc. ) . I would recommend to try them atleast once!. We too bought it. We also bought some post cards , magnet and an agarbatti stand.
We went to our room, changed and left for dinner. It was around 9:40. And guess what!! Mango tree closes around 9:30! All other restaurants were closed ! And then there was one savior , Moonlight restaurant. It was able to feed us with jeera rice and vegetable curry. Good this happened as we got a local flavor. It was actually their home made food. And it was very nice! We finished our dinner , headed back looking at the next day – our last day