#hampi #weekendgetaway #karnataka #roadtrip
After many months of lockdown, we mustered the courage to venture out on a road trip and decided to cover the famous Karnataka Heritage Route - Bengaluru - Hampi - Badami - Pattadakal - Aihole- Bijapur - Bengaluru. This cultural immersion spanning 1300+ kms in 5 days takes you across the glory of the Vijayanagara and Chalukya dynasties and adding in a dash of the Mughals as well!
Given we were travelling during covid times, the paranoid me had taken extra precautions. We booked our stay at 2 cities and decided to do day trips from there. At Hampi we chose the Heritage Resort, since it had individual cottages minimizing the chance of usage of lifts etc. We chose Grand Clarks Inn, Badami as the other place to stay given the options to stay at Pattadakal and Aihole are minimal and staying at Bijapur would have been very far off.
We started our day early around 7am, with all food (including my Chai flask) packed for the journey, and set off on the 5hr drive from Bengaluru to Hampi. Post a smooth, minimal contact check-in at the resort and a quick lunch we set out to explore Hampi!
Hampi, a UNESCO Heritage site, was the crown jewel of the Vijayanagara Dynasty. The ruins of Hampi situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra rives, is one of the world's largest open air museums, after Rome. Every nook and corner of Hampi has history associated with it, from the boulders to the intricately carved temples. This archaeological site has a number of tourist attractions and we spent close to 2 days exploring the same. Hampi has 2 parts - the temple/archaeological town on one side of the river and the Hippie Island on the other side. We restricted ourselves to the temple town, given a lot of places on Hippie island was shut due to lack of tourists.
I fell in love with Hampi from the minute we set foot there! Most of the touristy sights are located quite close to each other and hence can be covered together. Here are my top picks of places to see in 2 days in Hampi..
Vijaya Vittala temple