Chill scenes (Across the river)- Hampi is a place for chill scenes only. Jotting down a few experiences which we had and LOVED!These include the eateries, places to visit and ride around1. Riding around hampi is THE MOST important. Just take your bike and starte explored the roads which might just take you to nowhere. End up on a spot right on top of one of the ruins to see different views of the village.2. Drive to the Sanapur lake for the quintessential coracle ride. The best time to visit is during sunset. The blue lake turns into golden brown with the most gorgeous orange sun setting with its reflection in the lake3. Ride ahead of Sanapur lake. You wont see many cars going ahead but if you want to be a wee bit more adventurous the road to take is a must. You'll ride along a Canal to your left with the overview of a tiny village in Hampi. You go further ahead to find tiny pools of water where you can swim with your friends with a quiet picnic. Sit amidst the giant boulders and feel like a tiny creature.4. Watch the sunset from the rock next to Goan Corner ,Monkey temple (this is only one of the spots to watch the sun set). Ideally you could explore a spot of your own and it would be equally gorgeous5. Climb one of the boulders to star gaze with the moon light slowly fading away.Chill scenes (Temple side)The most recommended way to go visit all the temples is to hire an auto which costs about Rs 1800 for the whole day. The auto drives are the best guides and would take you to all the temples you want to visit.Ps- It gets super hot during the day so a scarf and sun screen is a must!Pet Puja/Where should I eat?The food in Hampi isnt out of the world but quite sufficient to keep your tummy happy. My recommendations would be1. Pancakes, Fresh juices, Shakes,American breafast and the wooden pizza at The Goan Corner.2. Pita bread and hummus, Mexican falafel, Pasta, Banoffee pie at The German Bakery (Although we couldn’t try the Banoffee pie but it was recommended to us by a lot of our friends)3. Once you get a little tired of the Italian/Continental/Isreali cuisine, our regional cuisine is always there. There's a tiny place named Saniya where you get the best Doas,Idly, Utapams,Pancakes (yes!), Shakes, Alu Paranthas etc which costs nothing more than Rs 120 per person if you really really hog.Do not miss 1. A sun set from any of the view points2. A drive from Sanapur lake towards the CanalHampi has a lot to offer but these were my experiences. I'd love to know more, please feel free to chip in and share your experiences.
Food is the main attraction of this place with 100's of mouthwatering dishes(including the flagship Nutela Pancake & delicious Musaka)to cater people from all over the world. With the Bouldering plateau,different species of birds and the beautiful paddy fields at the backyard of the Goan corner, it's an amazing location to bring climbers and bird watchers here again and again and allowing them to get to know each other.
Another good eatery option is The Goan Corner. Its reasonable and worth filling your stomach.