Hampi, the magical land of boulders and temples - this place had always intrigued me. I had wanted to visit this place for so long and finally when I was in Bangalore for some work, I squeezed in a weekend trip before heading back to Mumbai. I spent two full days in Hampi and pretty much covered everything to see there. However, you can spread the places over a couple of days more and make it a more leisurely trip. Here is a sample itinerary for anyone looking to make a weekend getaway to this beautiful place.
Getting to Hampi: The nearest railway station to Hampi is Hospet, which is about a half an hour drive away from Hampi. By road, Hampi is well connected to all major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Goa etc.
I had taken a KSRTC bus (the government bus service in Karnataka) from Bangalore to Hampi. It is an overnight journey and the bus fare costs around 700-900 INR.
P.S. Most of the buses from Bangalore to Hampi, and vice versa run at night and reach the destination early morning. There are almost no buses that run during the day. So plan your trip accordingly.