One of the very famous places to visit in Karnataka is Hampi. It was been in the news in the past for various reasons ranging from Hampi becoming a world heritage site to illegal cafes being shut down to curb the tourism that's booming there.
Many people I know visit Hampi to experience the "hippy" culture, something that involves being a backpacker, living like a nomad, listening to trance music, and getting high on a lot of stuff. But, I'm not that sort of a person. I had heard that the cafes in Hampi were pretty organic, healthy, and colourful, something that seemed to stand out in the contrast of rocky hills and greenery that one would normally find in Hampi.
There's also a place that's popular in Hampi called the Hippy Island that a lot of foreigners end up travelling to and staying in ecostays that exist on the island. What a lot of people don't know is that it isn't really an island. This land mass resides bang in the midle of the river and is covered majorly by water. But, it is connected to the mainland on the other side (the less popular side) and not many of the locals want to make this fact well known.
The reason being that there are locals who run a "ferry" service to ferry you across the river to the "island" side, even if you have a rented bike. They charge quite a bit if you're new to the place and foreigners get over-charged.
But, I'd seen incredible pictures of hippy island and the surrounding places and I knew I wanted to visit and experience a piece of Hampi for myself. This time, I wanted to travel with a group, even if it was a small one. I asked a few close friends to accompany me and finally, 5 of us decided to go: 2 girls and 3 guys. Two of the guys were studying photography and they wanted an excuse to visit some place other than Bangalore to finish their assignments. I wanted company, so it was good.