It's our product release done in our office and my son's PG phase2 exams are also done (P.G Means play group not Post graduation 😝). And it's been quite some time since we go on a long drive, so we thought of using the festival season for the same. After exploring multiple options we zeroed on the India's most famous heritage spot Hampi, as winter is the right time that we can explore Hampi(But it is super hot in winter also 😰). Apart from Hampi we have planned for the places near by and on the way from Bangalore to Hampi as well.
Here is the plan of our trip that we have followed.
Dec21st 2019: Day1:
Bangalore - Hampi- Virupaksha temple - Monolithic Bull - Hemakunta Group of Temples - Achutaraya Temple - Veerabhadra temple - Hampi Bazaar shopping.
Dec22nd 2019: Day2:
Hampi Sight seeing spots: There are around 80 spots around Hampi that we can visit. We choose the below ones as they are more prominent and that suits our route and time.
Sasivekalu ganesha - Kadalekalu Ganesha - Krishna Temple, Bazaar and Pushkarini - Badavalinga Temple - Lakshmi Narasimha Temple - Akka Tangi Gundu - Underground Siva Temple - Watch Tower - Queen's Place basement - Lotus Mahal - Elephant Stable - Parashwanta Temple - Srinagarada Habbigalu - Ranga Temple - HazaraRama Temple - Royal Enclosure - Mahanavami dibba - Stepped Tank - Kings Audience hall - Queen's Bath - Vittal Temple - Vittal bazaar - Stone chariot - Vishnu Temple - King's balance - Inscribed Vishnu temple - Mathunga Hill and Sun set
Dec22nd 2019: Day3:
Sunrise at Hemakunta Hills - Virupaksha Temple (Hampi) - Aihole --> Archiological Museum - Durga Temple - Ladkhan temple - Lot of temples around Aihole - Pattadakal --> Kadasiddeshwara Temple - Jambulinga Temple - ChandraSekhara Temple - Sangameshwara Temple - Monolithic Stone Pillar - Virupaksha Temple - Mallikarjuna Temple - Badami --> 4 Caves - Cave1 (Shiva) - cave 2 & 3(Vishnu) - cave 4 (Jain) - Banashankari Temple
Dec22nd 2019: Day4:
Tunga Bhadra River - Temple Elephant Bath time - TungaBhadra Dam - Chitradurga Fort - Bangalore
Hampi is a fantastic place for the history lovers and who won't feel bored of visiting lot of similar places and can walk for a longer distances. If you are not any one of these places then Hampi may not be a place where we can spend much of the time. Even after spending 4 days we still have lot more places to visit that we have planned and couldn't visit due to time constraint such as Anegunde - Anjaneya Hills - Hippie Island etc. As you all know the hampi is the place of Vijayanagara empire ruled between 14th 15th century. Historically between 14th-1565. There are around 8 famous Vijayanagara rulers and Krishandevaraya is the famous one among them. Let's cut the history here and get into the details.
Some Tips from our learnings:
1. I suggest to stay in Hospete as it will be more convenient for stay as well as journey. Second option is Kamalapura. As our booking is in the last minute we couldn't get any places to stay. So we have booked in Hampi.
2. The Homestays in Hampi are extremely basic and the roads are full of dust and cow dung all around. So be prepared if you are allergic to them.
3. Be prepared for lot of heat (even in winter) and walking around the rocky places. So I suggest to wear the comfortable clothing and footware.
4. There are around 100+ places in and around Hampi so you may plan the places that you want to visit in advance based on your interest, time and comfort.
5. There won't even be medical store in Hampi, so if you need anything please carry them with you or else you may need to travel till Kamalapur.
6. Food will be more or less average in Hampi there are some famous places (mango Tree, Funky Monky) but I didn't find them that great. Fans of those places please excuse me. :)
7. 99% of the temples in and around hampi will not have any idols in the temples. So if you are a truly devotional then be prepared to visit them as archaeological wonders rather than temples. People will be roaming in the temples with footwear as there will be no idols or the idols will be broken and no puja rituals for the idols.
8. I suggest you to hire a guide to know more details on the places, we couldn't do it as we are already short of time and need to cover lot of places. Whatever the info that I am providing the in the blog is from wikipedia and the infor provided infront of the temples.
9. The weather will be super hot even in winters so be prepared with lot of fluids which will recharge you.
10. You can also view lot of birds around the area.
On 21stDec 2019 Saturday, We have started at 7 AM from Bangalore (As ususal planned to start at 5:30-6AM) and we have stopped for Breakfast at Kamath Upahar after Dabbaspet the maintenance and service is bad and food is average. Then we have started from there and drove to Hampi with some photo shoot breaks.
We reached Hampi around 2:30 PM. There is a parking lot available at the east gopura of Virupaksha temple and our homestay is also just 200mts walk from there. We got freshen up and the went for lunch to the most talked about food joint in Hampi Mango Tree restaurant. We were super Hungry as it is already 3:30PM by the time we reached the place. But to our disappointment the food is not at all satisfactory they charge Rs. 200 for south Indian Thali and Rs. 300 for North Indian Thali. None of them were worth of the money or the hype. Some how we finished the lunch and started our exploration. The first point is Virupaksha temple(lord Shiva), it was just mesmerizing the view the beauty of the temple is captivating. There is a 28 year old elephant named Lakshmi in the temple, we can offer bananas to the same.