Hampi was a long time plan for me but it always got delayed for some or the other reasons. One day I was browsing through the news articles, where I happen to see the "52 Places to Go in 2019 - New York Times" and Hampi was on 2nd position. And that was it, the nearest upcoming holiday was 26th of January and I started hunt for the hotels and tickets. Finally the plan was set and I had my bookings done.
I left Bangalore on 25th night by private bus service (Cost: ₹750).
The next morning I was in Hospet where my bus dropped me. From there I hired an auto to Hampi Bazaar near ferry point (Cost: ₹ 150).
My hotel was on the other side of the river, so I crossed the river by ferry (Cost: ₹40).
I booked in R. K. Residency through Booking.com (Cost: ₹1500/night).
Few hours I spent having my breakfast, getting fresh, exploring the area and renting myself a bike (Bike will cost you ₹350/day and for petrol extra ₹100/lit).
Soon after I got bike, I headed to this famous lake know as Sanapur lake. They have coracle ride (Cost: ₹150-₹200). You can also take a deep to beat the heat. Spent little time to climb the nearby boulders and get some photos from the top.
Came back to village, had lunch at Goan Corner. There are many more options available, some of the famous are Laughing Buddha, Nargila restaurant and many more.
After a heavy lunch I decided to take some rest.
In the evening I climbed Anjaneya Hill or Monkey temple, known as the birth place of Lord Hanuman. You can relax there for sometime and get the picturesque view from the hill. This place is also famous for sunset view.
After that memorizing view I came back to my hotel, had some dinner, took a walk around the place and final crashed on my bed.
I checked out from my hotel and headed to the main bazaar area across the river know as Hampi Bazaar. Had my breakfast at Mango Tree restaurant.
I had booked the same auto to let me explore the Hampi ruins for the day (Cost: ₹1000).
I visited the series of extractions of this beautiful city and enjoyed the history connected to this place.
1: Virupaksha Temple
2: Saasivekaalu Ganesha
3: Kadalekalu Ganesha
4: Sri Krishna Temple
5: Krishna Bazaar
6: Badavilinga Temple
7: Lakshmi Narasimha Temple
8: Sri Chandikeshwari Temple
9: Sri Uddana Veerabhadra Swamy Temple
10: Sister Stones
11: Underground Shiva Temple
12: Mohammadan Watch Tower / Mosque
13: Zanana Enclosure / Zenana Enclosure
14: Hazara Rama Temple
15: Royal Enclosure
16: Public Bath / Pushkarni
17: Queen’s Bath
18: Vijaya Vittala Temple (Stone Chariot)
After the whole day of exploring the auto driver dropped me at Kamalapur, where i was suppose to catch my bus back to Bangalore.