Across the temple, the neighbouring village of Anegundi holds sway for the fine work of The Kishkinda Trust for sustainable tourism ideas and inclusion of the local population. It was easy to prop my bike on a dependable coracle and cross over with ease. The Sanapur Reservoir, the village library and Chintamani temple took up the rest of the day for me.
Exhausted with the daylong sightseeing, based entirely on pedal power, I sank into a hammock in my guesthouse courtyard in the evening. Slowly the exhaustion ebbed away, making way for an idea of a short trek up to the Matunga Parvath. But I reserved that for the next morning.
Getting There By Train: Book yourself on Hampi Express (Train No.16592) for a convenient overnight trip from Bangalore to Hospet. The journey takes about 9 hours. Expect a fare of Rs 325/- onwards. From Hospet, you can make the 13km journey in a shared (approx Rs 20), private auto (approx Rs 150) or a local bus.
Where to stay: Mowgli Guest House
AC and Non AC basic rooms either face the lush paddy fields or the courtyard. The lounge area doubles up as a restaurant with quintessential Hampi style floor seating and excellent food. (www.mowglihampi.com)
This post was originally published on Travel Khana.