The Best of HAMPI in 3 Days with JUST Rs.2500

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7th Jan 2019
Photo of The Best of HAMPI in 3 Days with JUST Rs.2500 by Ashish

Hampi... Just single word is enough for any traveler or wanderlust to get excite.

There may be any reason to be at Hampi. For some it may be religious place, for some it may be historical, for some its engineering or architectural marvel or just a ruin for some others. Also just few days back we have got another good reason -Hampi ranked 2nd in List of "52 Places to go in 2019" by New York Times. So what's your reason? Even if you don't have then don't die with regretting yourself later...

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TRUE TRAVELERS DON'T NEED ANY REASON TO BE AT.....

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All the temples/points can be easily covered in just 2 day or if you wish you can extend your stay to relax more at hippie island. Also you don't need to hire auto or need to rent bike to explore hampi. The best way to explore hampi is by foot or by bicycle. All the temples are close to each other and just 2 days are enough to cover them. Don't -waste money on riksha or bike. Just go through blog and plan neatly. Just drop msg for itinerary or send me direct message on @lazysince1995 on instgram

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As per my convenience I took train to gadag from solapur. From gadag I boarded train to hospet which is just 2 hr. Then bus to Hampi from hospet bus stand. At hospet Tejas and Star joined me as my travel partners for this trip.

Day 1

Once you get down at Hampi Bazar street bus stop, you will find many riksha wala's running towards you to offer you there trip plans and will suggest you stay options. We were already late as per our schedule so instead of wasting time in looking for rooms we just choose one. We rented a (room)home stay at 800 per day. (30Rs per bucket for hot water). Don't forget to take extra sim card of vodafone/bsnl. There is no network in hampi for other cellphone network operators.

As we had missed our breakfast so we decided to club breakfast and lunch together and go with "Brunch" at Mango tree restaurant. As soon as we entered to mango tree, we were surprised by the ambiance and the vibe. The restaurant was full with all foreigners. First I felt like we are on some foreign trip but when i noticed to waiters I came back to reality that I'm in Hampi only... We ordred Mango tree special thali and parotha's with thick coffee. Total bill for three - 525Rs.

It was already 12.30pm, so we decided to visit Virupaksha temple, Which is main center of pilgrimage of Hampi. This temple is dedicated to Virupaksha, form of Shiva. The gopuram of virupaksha is so tall and visible from many sites. There are 3 chambers, pillered stage and temples inside temple. Also having another gopuram at south which leads to tungbhadra river. There is one small pond at right. We were lucky enough to see some water there at pond in hampi. The main temple gets close by 2 pm for 1Hr. And again it's open till 8pm. The carved pillars inside virupaksha will definitely mark their impression on you.

ALEX FROM AUSTRIA. HE JUST LOVE HAMPI A LOT.

Photo of Sri Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

We explored entire virupaksha temple by 3.30pm and we had had to visit Sanapur lake for sunset yet. The main problem is commuting to Virupapur gaddi or Hippie island from Hampi. Tungbhadra river separates Hampi and Virupapur or Hippie island. The only way to cross the river is one need to take Coracle ride/Boat to cross the river. Timings for ferry is 7.30am to 5.30pm. Before/after this timings they offer double or sometimes tripple or even more as per you go late. For one way fare is 50Rs. And it takes hardly 1 minute to cross river.

WHY SHOULD BOYS HAVE ALL THE FUN?

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

As its names "Hippie Island", it's Hippie happy place to be at. It's slight different from Hampi. In hippie island you can find many ways to chill out. So many lip smacking food restaurants are available in Hippie island. Also there are a lot of budget friendly stay options than hampi.

We had to come back to river side before 6pm to catch the last boat (with double charges). So we decided to rent scooty or mopped. We tried our best to bargain with local shopkeeper but that guy said 450Rs for 2 mopped just for 1 hr with petrol. But for us it was bad deal and we walked next.As walked some distance we came across paddy fields of rice and banana plantations spread in many hectors.

Paddy fields of rice at hippie island

Photo of Hippie Market, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

This time I did my best to bargain with another shopkeeper. Luckily he agreed at 250Rs for 2 mopped with petrol. At only one condition, for both mopped we had 1 litter petrol each. Which was enough to be at sanapur lake and come back. We drove through narrow road through lush green fields of rice.

Riding mopped was damn awesome experience for me. Large round shaped red stones spread all over which makes view so beautiful. Because this place is isolated than other it makes evening so peaceful. Its true bliss to spend the evening here after wandering under hot sun.

Glittering water of sanapur lake during sunset hours

Photo of Sanapur Lake, Sanapur, Karnataka, India by Ashish

An couple having spending quality time together

Photo of Sanapur Lake, Sanapur, Karnataka, India by Ashish

At 6pm sharp we came back to river side to take catch our last ferry. They charged 100Rs per person this time. And after that they charge 200Rs for coracle ride to cross river.

Near Virupaksha temple we found Swagath Food Stall. Which offers varieties of south indian dishes with chai, coffee etc. The food was mouth watering and tasty too. When you travel new place then you must communicate with locals and stall holders to understand the place. While communicating with omblesh(guy who works at stall) we found that there are many other good stays available than we had. So calculated our expanses we had for whole day. We had spent a lot on unnecessary things. We spent 2400 something for day one. We made our mind to save money and decided to move to Swagath hotel (Homestay). The room we rented had TV, 3 charging sockets(which was not less than any heaven for us), 3 beds with large space. At just 600Rs.

Breakfast at Swagath

Photo of The Best of HAMPI in 3 Days with JUST Rs.2500 by Ashish
Day 2

Early morning around 6am we started to trek to Matanga Hills & within 30 min we reached the top. Matanga hills offers magnificent view from top of Virbhadra temple on hilltop. This place offers 360 view of hampi, So the same place can be visited for sunrise as well as for sunset. I've seen sunrise for at least hundred times before this but I swear, the view I have seen at matanga hill was so magical. We thought we only 3 were climbing hills for sunrise but for our surprise there were 30-40 people already on top. The main thing is 80% were all foreigners. In next 5 min sun started to rise over hills. I can't explain what beautiful sunrise it was. I would recommend to wear good trekking shoes while visiting matanga hills. One should miss sunrise or sunset from matanga hills.

Sun rising over tiny mountains of vijayanagara

Photo of Matanga Hill, Nimbapura, Karnataka by Ashish

I don't have girlfriend...

Photo of Matanga Hill, Nimbapura, Karnataka by Ashish

That's me

Photo of Matanga Hill, Nimbapura, Karnataka by Ashish

After having tummy full breakfast at Swagath we walked towards Royal Center. (Visit Hampi.in and get map to find foot paths, trek routes, short cuts etc) The ruins of Hampi mainly classified into 2 groups – Royal Center and Sacred Center. Also there are few more points having on other side of river. Which are mainly related to Ramayana and they were existing even before than Vijayanagar era.

Virupaksha temple we had visited a day before so we skipped and directly walked to Kadalekalu ganesh. The kadalekalu ganesh is one of largest statue of ganesha in hampi. It is monolithic statue and one of most visited place in hampi monuments. Many forms for ganesha and other hindu gods are carved very beautifully on tall pillar's inside temple.

Photo of Kadalekalu Ganesha, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

Saasivekalu ganesha, it's my personal favorite statue in hampi monuments. It's one of major landmark in hampi ruins. Huge statue of lord ganesha(8feet) is carved out in single block of rock. If you look closely to statue you will notice snake is tied on stomach.

She mad my day by unknowingly posing for me

Photo of Saasivekaalu Ganesha, Krishnapura, Karnataka, India by Ashish

Hampi photo exhibition center, this one is quite unknown but worth to visit place for everyone. On left of police station at Hampi archaeological ruins. This exhibition center having collection of first photographic record. All the photographs are taken by Alexander Green Law in 1856.

Another main attraction is at just 2 min walk distance where Badava linga and Ugra Narsimha Statues are present. If you visit early in morning then you will find priest performing aarti at this temple and you can offer flowers.

Photo of Ugra Narasimha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

The Ugra Narsimha statue is the largest statue exist in hampi mounuments. Many parts of statue are damaged a lot by muslim invaders during fall of Vijayanagar. Even the statue of godness Laxmi is also missing. On the basis of facial expressions the name has been gives as Ugra Narsimha.

Photo of The Best of HAMPI in 3 Days with JUST Rs.2500 by Ashish

Krishna Temple, this is the must see place in hampi. This temple built in 1513 A.D. by King Krishnadevraya to celebrate the victory of eastern kingdom of Utkala (present day - Orrisa state of India). On the walls of temple the story of temple and victory of utkala is carved very beautifully. The main tower at east is under restoration and its impressive sight. The architecture and carvings will make you to get lost back to 15th and 16th century. This temple is dedicated to Balakrishna(form of krishna itself) and this statue is in museum at chennai. Other small shrine are displayed for devotees. After wandering a lot we gulped coconut water, rested few min and again walked till Shri Chandikeshwara Temple.

Shri Chandikeshwara Temple, this temple is on main road at 10 min walk distance from krishna temple. This temple is famous for it's architecture and impressive carvings. This beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Even at this temple you will now find any statue in temple. Which is stolen by Muslim invaders in 1565 A.D. The main attraction of this temple is rich carvings on pillars inside temple. Many animals like Elephants, Horses, Lions etc are carved very beautifully and with so much accuracy.

That fine carvings

Photo of Hampi Bazaar Street, Karnataka, India by Ashish
Photo of Hampi Bazaar Street, Karnataka, India by Ashish

Later we walked down to Hemakuta Temple Complex. On Hemakuta hill is also known as sunset point. But when we were at hill it was just 2.40pm. I rested for 15 min beneath some temple next to iconic hill tree which is so famous on instagram. Like other places even temples at this hill is also damaged a lot but still they quite attractive and worth to visit. Then we went for lunch at Hampi Bazar area.

Postcard.... or TEMPLE RUN

Photo of Hemakuta Hill Temple, Hampi, Karnataka by Ashish

SUNSTAR

Photo of Hemakuta Hill Temple, Hampi, Karnataka by Ashish

LUNCH TIME AT HAMPI BAZAR

Photo of Hemakuta Hill Temple, Hampi, Karnataka by Ashish

Hampi photo exhibition center, this one is quite unknown but worth to visit place for everyone. On left of police station at Hampi archaeological ruins. This exhibition center having collection of first photographic record. All the photographs are taken by Alexander Green Law in 1856.

Hampi Bazar, and points less to mention now. We almost wandered 5-6 times hampi bazar since we landed. This bazar is also known as Virupaksha bazar. This market is just next to Virupaksha temple & a km long which ends at foothills of matanga hills. At another end of bazar their is one huge Monolithic Nandi (bull) temple. This hampi bazar is two sided, some of ruin buildings having two story structure and few having basement only.

Achyutaraya temple, this temple is dedicated to one of form of lord Vishnu. This temple is spread over large area and due to off location than main attraction very few people do visit this place. Achyutaraya temple is one of last temple built during vijayanagar era. And this one is most advance form of temple in hampi. The fine architecture of vijayanagar will make you to fall in love even if people may call it just ruins. You will start questioning yourself like without having any machine they have built such a wonderful art. It's all beyond our imagination and surprising at same time.The fastest route to this temple is from Monolithic bull which is just few hundred meters away(attached map below). Do not skip this temple at any condition.

MAP is Must when you wish to explore hampi by WALK

Photo of Achyutaraya Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish
Photo of Achyutaraya Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

That mesmerizing view ACHYUTRAYA TEMPLE from Matanga Hills

Photo of Achyutaraya Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

It was about to sunset in next 2 hours so we haven't explored Achyutaraya temple much. In next 10 min we came across Sugriva's cave temple. Surrounded by river at left and some other temples at front.

Near sugriva's temple on the way to vijaya vitthala temple i found this...

Photo of Sugriva's cave, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

Vijaya Vitthala Temple, it's situated on banks of Tungabhadra river. It's one of largest and most famous as well as most visited place/temple in hampi. The musical pillars, incomparable architecture and stone chariot are major attractions of Vijaya Vitthala Temple. The Vijaya Vitthala Temple is grandest of all temple in hampi. The words are not enough to explain the beauty of temple. The Vijayanagar dynasty had their own set of rules which are high benchmarks for others. The Stone chariot at this temple is one of three other chariots in India. Actually this stone chariot is not built in single rock but very smartly placed one rock cuts on other, inside the carving. Also this stone chariot had horses pulling chariot like carvings but they damaged during fall of vijayanagar. Now we can notice Elephants next to chariot. But one can easily spot the broken leg still attached at chariot at back to elephants. The stone chariot is also one of most photographed monument in India. One thing I didn't liked much at temple is the mentality of indian people. Instead of feeling proud and protecting our heritage we always show disrespect to everything. While photographing stone chariot, people were sitting near elephants, touching the extremely fragile parts of monuments. The entry fees to this temple is 40Rs which can be used at lotus mahal, museum and elephants stable if you visit them at same day.

Iconic Stone Chariot next to mandapa inside vijaya vitthala temple

Photo of Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

Children sitting at vijaya vitthala temple

Photo of Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

That stunning masterpiece of art... Musical pillar mandapa inside vijaya vitthala temple comple

Photo of Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

Picturesque temple

Photo of Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

GAME OF SHADOWS

Photo of Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

Glowing carvings during golden hour

Photo of Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

Sunset over Tungabhadra river... While coming back from Vijaya Vitthala Temple we had just few minutes to witness the sunset over river. Unfortunately we missed the moment when sun goes below the hills. But, we were lucky enough to see the dusk and down. Then we came back to our room & rested for some time. For dinner we chose new place which was just 100 meters from our room. We enjoyed "Appe" (South indian dish similar to idli but different one). While chit chat we come to know that hampi is also well known for leopards and other wild animals which wander at night. So be careful after sunset hours...

Winter sunsets are magical...

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish
Day 3

Matanga Hills again to witness magical sunrise. There are many option to watch the sunrise but not all are convenient if your budget is tight or having any time limits. You can try visiting Anjanadri Hill which also offer magnificent view of sunrise as well as sunrise. Only problem is you need to cross river by boat or prefer to stay at hippie island instead of hampi a day before ending trip. I chose Matanga hills again for sunrise. I would like to climb hill every day to watch this beautiful sun rising over tiny mountains and turning into yellow from orange...

Two foreigners sitting together to get glimpse of rising sun

Photo of Matanga Hill, Nimbapura, Karnataka by Ashish

Sunrise

Photo of Matanga Hill, Nimbapura, Karnataka by Ashish

Virupaksha Temple from Matanga hills (5x zoom)

Photo of Matanga Hill, Nimbapura, Karnataka by Ashish

I want to sip the golden sun

Photo of Matanga Hill, Nimbapura, Karnataka by Ashish

Lost in conversation

Photo of Matanga Hill, Nimbapura, Karnataka by Ashish

Misty mornings

Photo of Matanga Hill, Nimbapura, Karnataka by Ashish

We came back to our room to check out and waved good bye to the boy "Omblesh" at swagath food stall. We kept our bags at TOP SECRET restaurant till evening. At 6pm Star & Tejas had their VRL Bus bookings from Hospet to Mumbai. And I had to take overnight train from Guntakal Jn. (Which is just 2hrs journey from hospet)

On 3rd day too we haven't took any bike or riksha for Royal Enclosure. From virupaksha bazar it's just 2.3km and as usual we explored everything by walk. All the major as well as minor points are near by or within that Royal Enclosure area itself.

Underground Shiva Temple, this temple is built many meters below the ground so it's called as underground. Due to built below ground level you will find the water running around the main shrine. There is one small water channel which is dry now.

On the way to Royal enclosure, you will find many other points like Nobleman's Quarters, Nobleman's Palaces, Mohamaddens Quarters,Palace Vira Harihara etc. All these places are ruins and there nothing much remained to see. Each place hardly will take a minute to explore.

Hazara Rama Temple, once it was private temple of the kings and Royal family of Viajayanagar Empire. It is smaller but very beautiful and eye catchy. The temple of walls are carved with stories of Ramayana. The fine art on pillars and temple walls will attract you a lot from distance. Inside the temple there is 4 pillars of black granite with carvings on it. For some specific reason they are used. The name of temple is given due to Hazar Rama (a thousand rama). This temple is great example of excellent art.

RAMAYANA STORY CARVED ON TEMPLE WALL

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, India by Ashish

ENTRANCE TO HAZARA RAMA TEMPLE

Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, India by Ashish
Photo of Hazara Rama Temple, Karnataka, India by Ashish

Royal Enclosure, is at just few meter from Hazara rama temple. In Royal enclosure you will find Steeped Tank, Public bath, Mahanavami Dibba, Secret chamber etc. Every place have it's own reason they have built for. Don't miss visiting stepped tank. It's unique and impressive symmetry architecture will definitely mark you an impression.

STEPPED TANK

Photo of Royal enclosure, Karnataka, India by Ashish

Queen's Bath, don't the actual reason behind it's name but actually this Royal bathing complex was built for King with his wives. Inside the bathing complex there is varanda with open sky pool at middle. Once it was filled with fragmented flowers in pool water. On each side multiple windows are present.

QUEEN"S BATH with beautifully carved windows and poll at middle

Photo of Queen's Bath, Karnataka by Ashish

Zanana Enclosure, at entry point we brought our tickets (40Rs per person). A day before coming to this place we had visited to Vijaya Vitthala temple and that time we had already same tickets but these tickets are applicable on same day visit to other payable places.

One of watch tower at zanana enclosure

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Lotus Mahal, it was used by royal women of Vijayanagar dynasty. The name is given on basis of its architecture and it's look. It's mixture of Indian and Islamic style. Which shows the secular idealogy was present since that time in India. The dome at middle built in such a way that it looks like Lotus bud. Near this mahal there is another mahal called as "Jal Mahal".

Photo of Lotus Mahal Hampi, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

LOTUS MAHAL

Photo of Lotus Mahal Hampi, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

Elephant Stable, this structure is one of less damaged monument in hampi. This is also major tourist attraction in hampi. Built as park for Royal Elephants during Vijayanagar era. The building is consist of 11 domes long and the central one is taller than others. Elephants used to tie at iron rods inside the dome. There is Guard's place named place at left of Elephant's stable, do visit this place which holds all the idols found near by hampi of vijayanagar era. After exploring whole royal enclosure are we walked back to hampi. Rested for some time at Top Secret restaurant and left hampi around 4.30pm.

ELEPHANT'S STABLE

Photo of Elephant Stable, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

A CHILD RUNNING INSIDE GUARD'S PLACE

Photo of Elephant Stable, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Ashish

I found Hampi is the best for all kind of travelers from all over globe. You will find the mixture of indian cuture with blend of some western effect on it too. It's was unique and so memorable experience for me. And definitely i'm going to visit this place again and again in future... (Sept - Jan would be best time to visit... specially just after monsoon)

Bills- Day 1- Home stay at 800rs + 60Rs for two bucket hot water, 520rs at Mango tree (Brunch), 150Rs ferry hampi to hippie island, 250Rs for mopped bike, 300Rs as return ferry hippie to hampi, dinner 240rs at Swagath. Day 2 - 600Rs at Swagath Home stay, 60rs hot water, 220Rs for breakfast at swagath, 120rs entry tickets at Vijaya Vitthala temple (40Rs per person), 280 lunch at hampi bazar, 350Rs (evening snacks, cold drinks,dinner). Day 3 - Break fast 190Rs, 120Rs (entry fess at Elephant stable), colddrinks 60rs, 100Rs return riksha from Royal enclosure to hampi, 290Rs lunch, 400rs riksha to hospet from hampi.(Actually its 150Rs one way charge fixed but on the day we were traveling riksha wala's and other transport services had strike in karnataka so they overcharged us) This is ruff calculation. Total we spent 5100Rs in 3 days for 3 people so every persons share was around 1700Rs. And for reservations I spent around 800Rs including local transport such as riksha and bus. In just 2500Rs I hampily enjoyed 3 days. Next time I'm going to save a lot in hampi...

How to reach -

By rail - Hospet is nearest railway station to Hampi which is just 15Km.

By Bus- Almost every bus service will take you till Hospet only. VRL or other private AC/ Non AC buses from major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Goa, Bangalore, Hyderabad etc are available.

By Air - Jindal airport is the nearest one and its just one hour drive to hampi now. One way flight during offer & off season is just 899rs from Bangalore .

By Road- It's well connected with national highways. Also the roads are in good condition if you wish to drive by yourself to hampi.

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