Best time to visit October to mid March
In the 14th century it became the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire capital. The city situated near the Tungabhadra River, with numerous temples, farms and trading markets. The Vijayanagara Empire was defeated by the alliance of Muslim sultanates. Also, its capital was looted and destroyed by their sultanate armies and remained RUINS.
Hippie Island, Hampi Overview:
It was a long plan that came to an end. We finally made it to Hampi after almost planning for several months.
The nearest city is Hospet, which is around 18km from Hampi. There is bus service every 30 min else you can take auto rickshaw which will cost you not more than 30 rs (sharing). After this you need to take a boat to reach Hippie Island. It takes 5 min to reach to reach there via boat or coracle. Note that the last boat leaves at 17:30 (5:30 pm) in the evening.
We preferred Virapapur Gadde or Hippie Island to stay due to its vibrant hippie culture. It is small island on the other side of Tungabhadra. Hippie island is full of cafes and shacks, which operate till mid March from October. The ambient of these cafes and shacks are trippy and it feels so relaxing. Not only this, these cafes serve delicious Indian and Western cuisine. Also, you can enjoy your favourite beer with karaoke.
Lot of cafes have their own guest houses and you can get simple room at affordable rates. We stayed in small huts away from luxurious life. Hippie island is full of backpackers who want explore the ruins of Hampi. Therefore, don't be surprised to see many of them.
We reached to our guest house at around 8:30 am, we had coffee and after freshen up we planned to explore the Virupaksha temple and places around it.