It has been a while I haven’t updated my travel dairy. But I somehow feel I should pen down the memories of my travel to Hampi.
Hampi was in my wishlist from the time I started exploring southern India. 2016 was high time I get that checked. With not much of thoughts me and my friend decided to explore Hampi.. An UNESCO world heritage site in India.
Hampi is an ancient village in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It’s dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire.The ruins are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also, it is believed that Hampi in its earlier avatar of thousands of years ago (roughly at around 4,000 B.C.) was the city of Kishkinda. As many of you would know, Sugriva and his brother Bali (the monkey men in Ramayan) were the rulers of this city. Hanuman is also believed to have been born at this place itself.
Hampi is famous for the rugged topology and natural granite rocks, green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields that lay scattered around the archaeological ruins. It is majorly a tourist attraction now. The tourist season peaks at around October-December.
Hampi is close to 400km from Bangalore city and it took us overnight (8 hrs almost) by bus from both the directions to reach the destinations. Upon reaching we found that 15th October is celebrated as Balmiki Diwas in Hampi. A rowdy bike rally hovering through the city as a part of the celebration.
The ruins of Hampi have been classified into 2 groups – Royal Center and Sacred Center. Also, there are a few sites on the other side of the river – they are mostly related associated with Ramayan and were already there before the Vijaynagar era.
Let me now talk about our travel experience. I believe 2 days is enough to explore and relax in Hampi. However, Hampi is such an wonderful place that everyone will definitely feel like lingering for a while and I can bet on that. We were advised to stay on the river side. Sai Plaza was our resort. Brilliantly located next to the river on a hill.. The view is one of the best thing that we enjoyed.