Here’s the itinerary I followed:
Drive from the Bangalore airport to Uramma Heritage Home. Reach by 7 pm.
Rest and gear up for the next day. Dinner at UHH.
Post breakfast, walk down to the river bed. Take a steamer across the river to start a day-long walk through the ruins of the once magnificent city of Vijayanagara. Begin with the Sacred Centre, the complex that houses the most number of temples. Visit the only active temple in Hampi, Virupaksha Temple. And the impressive temples of Krishna, Achyuta Raya, and Vitthala.
Lunch at the Mango Tree . Then walk through the very colourful Hampi bazaar. Further, climb to view the sunset from Anjaneya temple, birthplace of Hanuman.
Return to UHH by evening. Unwind, have a relaxed dinner, and doze off.
Leave at 5 am and reach the river bed. Ride the coracle across the Tungabhadra and proceed to climb the Matanga hill for a beautiful sunrise.
Reach UHH back for a quick breakfast and leave within the next hour to continue the sightseeing. Visit a few more sites.
Then take the motor boat across the river for a relaxed lunch at the Laughing Buddha.
A motor boat will take you back to Hampi Bazaar from we continue on to see the Royal Centre and Narasimha Statue.
Reach UHH by evening. Relax and prepare to leave the next day.
Bid farewell and drive back to the Bangalore airport. Reach by the evening and take the flight back home.
Hampi has no direct connectivity of flights or trains. The nearest airport is Hubli (although the Bangalore airport [350 km/7 hours approx. to Hampi] is more accessible from other cities) and the nearest railway station is Hospet. Taxis and buses are available from these places. You can also hop on to a direct overnight bus from Bangalore. Within Hampi, cycles and bikes are available on rent; autorickshaws are also available to take you to the points of interest. However, nothing beats exploring the small town on foot.
December to February (max. will still touch 35 degrees Celsius, but not be as HOT as the rest of the year).
Apart from the many options on offer, Uramma Heritage Home (http://www.urammaheritagehomes.com/uramma-cultural-residency) is a rustic and comfortable stay far removed from the bustling city. You will be greeted with cordial and attentive staff, comfortable rooms, and fresh simple, home-cooked food.