Me and my friend 'Rajpal' left for Hosapete after attending the glorious Mysuru Dusshera at the Mysuru Palace.
We reached the bus stand and took the bus to Hampi. We were to be joined by 2 more friends the following day.
We stayed at KSTDC's hotel in Kamalapur for the first night, some 4 kms from main town Hampi.
We started walking towards the Hampi and came across the Royal Enclosure. Hampi is smoldering hot almost throughout the year, keep hydrated when in this part of the country.
Things worth seeing in the royal enclosure include the Dusshera Mantapa, which is visible from a distance, the step well, the 'secret meeting room' and the Hazara Rama temple. We didn't hire a guide and didn't comprehend a lot with the limited information provided by the ASI signs.
We returned to this place on Day 3 with a guide who unraveled the importance and made us visualise the glory of the ruins in its hey day.
We went on to Hampi main town post our semi exploration of the ruins. We saw the towering Gopuram of the famed Virupaksha temple before crossing the river to reach Virapur Gadde.
Virapur Gadde aka the Hippie island or as we called it 'Bob Marley' side of Hampi has an extremely relaxing and soothing aura about it.
You will be greeted by bike renting shops and a line of shacks and restos on one side of the road and green paddy fields with boulderous background.
FOOD - God only knows how exactly the restos in this small town manage to get all ingredients to prepare the crazy variety of food that you can get here. Italian, Israeli, Indian , South Indian ask for it and you'll find it here.
LANGUAGE - The locals speak fluent English although Hindi speakers are scarce.
FOREIGNER - Indians in Virapur are practically foreigners or shack owners.
Indian tourists are heavily outnumbered on this side of town.
It's almost like you crossed into a foreign land.
Bloody exciting !!
The day was concluded by a real quick hike up the Mahathanga hills for the most spectacular sunsets I had ever seen.