This place is right where I fell in love.
Hampi. Let me admit this, being a North Indian girl and living in Madhya Pradesh all my life, the first time when I went through the pictures of this region, I found them pretty sober and somewhere close to Mandav. I decided that I would rather travel way past Kerala and visit the tea plantations or maybe take a river cruise. Well, after a lot of thought, I somehow settled my mind for Goa and then to Hampi.
Hampi; as I heard from a lot of people is a hippie paradise; an unexpected place with really jagged rocks, rice paddy fields, green hills and palm trees. To an extent, reading this will make you feel like I am talking about just another tourist destination from South India but the moment I jumped out of my 6-hour long KSRTC bus, I was mesmerized.
Frankly, it is a paradise nesting carefully in ruins, taking you back to a long forgotten time of the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th-century. And right from where I stood and browsed the landscape panoramically, Hampi felt magical. Unfortunately, I had only a couple of days to spend at the place, but if you have a good long week or even more than that, the place will be a bliss to your soul.