Hampi is located in the central part of the state of Karnataka, in the southern part of India. It is 745 km from Mumbai, 539 km from Pune, 353 km from Bangalore, and 13 km from Hospet. It is located on top of a rugged terrain and is 467 m above sea level. Tungabhadra River flows through Hampi.
The first settlement in Hampi dates back to 1st century AD and a number of Buddhist sites belonging to that time have been found nearby. Hampi was the capital of the mighty Vijaynagar Empire. Vijaynagar was one of the largest Hindu empires in India.
Krishnadevaraya (1509-1529) was the greatest ruler and controlled almost all of peninsular India south of Tungabhadra River.
How to reach :
Hampi is located at a distance of 13 kms from the main town of Hospet in Bellary district. A good number of buses are available online for booking from all the major metropolitan cities like Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, etc. The bus journey is overnight and ends at Hospet junction. From Hospet KSRTC bus stop regular local buses take you to the village of Hampi for 12-16 bucks or you can take an auto ride for a 150-250 bucks.
Where to stay :
There are plenty of guest houses available in the village at quiet low rates at a range of 500-2000 bucks per night stay depending on your budget, the best bet for back packers. One can either book their stay before hand on online platforms or can directly approach the guest houses on the day of their arrival in hampi, whichever suitable. Food is cheap and plenty of varieties in the local cafes or you can walk into the village area where they serve very good homemade food at cheap price ( A plate of idli with 4 pcs cost 20 bucks). People with families can stay in hotels or resorts in Hospet which have better amenities.
How to go around :
You can either rent a bicycle available at the local shops near the guest houses ( 100 bucks per day) or a bike ( 200-300 bucks per day). The petrol pump is situated in Kamalapur town which is 4-5 kms from Hampi. Bicycle tours are also available with guides that are roaming around major Monuments – Approx rates – 500-600 bucks for a day (including bicycle rental). Autorickshaw drivers are also well known for their knowledge & history of the place, they take around 400-500 bucks for a day per rickshaw (affordable for group travelling)
But personally, if you want to explore Hampi, there is no better mode of transport than renting a bicycle, and exploring at your own pace and comfort.
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