Hampi The Unesco Heritage, popularly knows as the land of Hippies.
The very fact that its called the land of hippies becomes synonymous to freedom, open lands, greens (literally and metaphorically) and Isreali food.
Hampi takes you a couple of decades back to kaccha houses, ruins of royals kingdoms, laterns and candles. The two sides of Hampi show a very dominantly different cultures of what hampi was and what it has become. All you need to do is cross the river to go to either sides of the era.
• Rent a bike/Scooty as soon as you reach- Negotiate on Rs300 per day
• Sun screen
Ideal Days - 2 nights and 3 days is just enough to see the place. Rest is per choice
Getting to Hampi -
Closest airpot- Bangalore
Book your tickets well in advance so you get reservations-
Bangalore -Hospet- There are night buses which run from Majestic. Book your bus tickets on KRCTC. A sleeper AC bus is the most convenient as you wake up fresh for the next day. The bus would drop you to Hospet
Hospet-Hampi - You reach early morning where the bus departs at hospet. This is where one can take the local bus to Hampi which run hourly with a ticket of Rs 50 per head. The ride is for an hour after which you reach Hampi.
Reaching the "Other side" - If you wish to go to the other side of Hampi, take the boat from Virupaksha temple which would cost Rs 250 per Coracal or Rs 30 per head if you wish to take the speed boat.
You must book your stay well it advance as it gets fully booked. The place I'd recommend is The Goan corner. It has shared dorms/single rooms as well. It’s the BEST place to meet backpackers from different corners of the world. Ps- You get amazing breakfast to kick start your day!