Hampi was in my bucket list for sometime now. Malayali's were drawn to Hampi especially after the movie "Aanandam". I had told my friends about the ride to Hampi in the past but none showed any interest to go there it could be because whenever they asked me why Hampi I never had any clear answer, I just used to say that there are many old structures there.So I didn't feel like inviting anyone else I just told my two friends that I would be going on this trip but they were preoccupied.
I decided to go on my first overnight solo motorcycle ride. Even though I initially planned for a 4-day ride it had to be cut short to two days so just the weekend. Hence planned to start around 3pm on Friday and reach Hampi by midnight. But again had to reschedule because of work. Finally started the ride by 3am on Saturday.
I already had decided upon the route through Challakere as I had read online that this route is most scenic and it was until Chalakere.
I started the ride on Saturday morning 3am after a hot shower and black coffee. Took few coffee and smoke breaks along the way and reached Chalakere in time for breakfast. The ride till this point was superb, road were great and scenic, weather was a bliss. Once my stomach was recharged decided to hit the road again and at this moment Google maps decided that I can save 10 mins if I took a different route and guided me along this route which took me an hour more than the estimated time to cover up.
I had already booked my stay at Rambo guest house,Reservoir road via Booking.com. Reached the homestay by 1pm and informed my friends and family about the same. Initial impression about the stay was not great but since the address of the stay said "Reservoir road" I wanted to explore so I set out right away. Found water bodies near the reservoir, tourists enjoying Coracle rides and a secluded lake at the end of the mud patch. Made a mental note to swim in lake next day.
By this time Hunger had already kicked in so decided to head back to the stay. Decided to find a decent place to eat but settled for the in-house restaurant at the guest house which turned out to be one of the best decision in the trip. Ordered Chicken Fried rice which was the best fried rice that I had in a long time. There itself I met two final year graduates who were also taking a break.
After the lunch,I decided to just relax at the restaurant and listen to music for a while. Now this felt really good that too after a long ride. Enjoyed the peace and also the ambiance of the place, even the thought of that stay puts me in a relaxing mood. I do apologize for not clicking any pics of the place but the place does set you in a lazy mood(I am uploading a pic that I found in google).