Next day morning we checked-out from the hotel around 10 am and went to Tungabhadra Dam by auto. We booked the same auto which we booked for Hampi sight-seen. The auto driver took Rs. 600 for taking to the dam and dropping at Hospet station. Its around 17 km far from Hampi. You can easily spend 2 to 3 hours there. Bus service is available in just Rs. 20 per head to visit watch tower from the dam entrance. There's a garden in the lower side with some lights for the fountains. After spending some time at dam we headed towards Hospet station and our journey ends there.
From here on out till lunch the day is a little fuzzy as we mostly drove around viewing temples of little architectural beauty with the sun consistently beating down upon us. But it was a fun ride nonetheless as our excitement did not abate. We visited the Durga Temple grounds but could not bring ourselves to undertake another arduous climb. From there we went to the nearby Lakshmi Temple and settled in for a quick photo session of the surroundings. We then returned the moped and set off for lunch. After lunch though we returned to the Bazaar side of the river and prepared to go to the Tungabhadra Dam. The dam is such a remarkable feat of the human mind and the expanse of water so large that one would feel consumed and alone in the world!
12. Before we boarded the bus to Bangalore, we visited the gardens from where could catch a view of the Tungabhadra dam and river. It was beautiful and we took many pictures. Then we took this picture that speaks some very wrongly put together words.
We were served piping hot idlies with a special idli podi with generous dollops of fresh ghee and the finest filter coffee by my friend Ramu’s family who stay in Tungabhadra Dam, 16 KMs from Hampi. Nothing beats the taste of home-made breakfast. And we packed Chapati, Potato Curry, Lemon Rice and Onion Pakoras for lunch at Hampi. The Canvas of Hampi, makes you eat more because when you sit here and eat your food, you feel a different taste to it. The milieu makes all the difference.
The second day, we took a local bus from Hospet to Hampi.The route is scenic and everytime to see a boulder on the sides of the road, the excitement grows.The bus will go through some of the most scenic road surrounded by Boulders and thick trees.You can feel it in the air looking at those boulders that the city is approaching.The first you see while entering the city is the Ugra Narsimha Temple and Sasivekalu Ganesa.The bus will drop you at a small market in the middle of the city.You do not have to ask or check Google Maps.The Mighty Gopuram of Virupaksha will answer and welcomes you from Far.