Matanga Parvat , Monolithic Nadni Bull structure & Achyutraya temple :This is just opposite to the Virupaksha temple. The sunrise view and view of the Virupaksha & Achyutraya temple from the Matanga Parvat is a besieging sight. Achyuthara temple and bazar is a megalithic old structure, a walk into it will give you the feel of being into the ancient ruins of Mowgli’s jungle book. The temple has inscriptions and carvings depicting incidences from the Mahabharata & Ramayana. There is a huge bazar and Kalyana Mantapa marriage hall opposite to the temple.
Some tips: Where to stay: If you are an easy go person, stay in homestays in Hampi as they are located in the center, with awesome food, surrounded by restaurants and shops, and you can even rent cycles for just Rs.100 here – and best of all- you get the real feel of the place! When you stay on the side where the Virupaksha temple is located, the home-stays are sober and quiet whereas the other side (just a 5-minute coracle/ferry ride to the other side) is the Hippie island – which have the fun, young and more happening home-stays.
- Mattanga hill (Sunrise point), Achyutaraya temple
Later, we had a small trek to Matanga hill. It was supposed to be a breathtaking view of sunset but it was absolutely cloudy that day, but we enjoyed the trek which is steep. While coming back we took a less traveled path, which was a thrill on its own.
Day 2: Matanga Hill and the Ruins of Hampi