Just like a Cinematographer's Hamlet @ Hampi, Karnataka

Tripoto
8th Sep 2018
Photo of Just like a Cinematographer's Hamlet @ Hampi, Karnataka by Anushri Mondal
Day 1

The world around moves with laughter galore while the stone chariot stands still with deep contemplation. Will the world stand still if the chariot moves its wheels? Explore Hampi......

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Anushri Mondal

Brooding under desolation @Virupaksha Temple Complex, Hampi, Karnataka

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Anushri Mondal

Witness to loot and plunder, grandeur and legacy @Vittala Temple Complex, Hampi, Karnataka

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Anushri Mondal

Reel or Real land? @Hampi, Karnataka

Photo of Vitthala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Anushri Mondal

There are beaches and mountains, deserts and forests and then there is Hampi. The place looked quite unreal at first sight. It was as if I was at a location for a movie and the place has been designed with the movie's intent in mind.

However, as you delve deeper, you realise it is as real as your own existence. Ruins of the Vijayanagar dynasty speaking of splendour, heritage and culture, my trip to Hampi in September was a part of Karnataka trip comprising Chikmagalur, Coorg, Mysore, Hampi and Bangalore. I travelled from Mysore via night sleeper buses only to marvel at the destination. The Vitthala temple complex, Virupaksha and the Hemakuta group of temples will need your maximum time and energy. More than the architecture, what touched me was the peace surrounding the remnants of this ancient civilization, the message of mortality and the orange glow of the setting sun which must have stood witness through the centuries of transitory human existence.

What a perfect way to stand still... standing tall and proud in glory...

Photo of Just like a Cinematographer's Hamlet @ Hampi, Karnataka by Anushri Mondal
Photo of Just like a Cinematographer's Hamlet @ Hampi, Karnataka by Anushri Mondal
Day 2

Remnants of a glorious past

Photo of Hemakuta Hill Temple, Hampi, Karnataka by Anushri Mondal

What a sight to behold!!!

Photo of Tungabhadra River, Karnataka by Anushri Mondal

Must haves for Hampi visit:

1. Comfortable shoes as you need to walk uphill and downhill for hours if you want to behold the nitty gritties of the landscape and the architecture.

2. Sunscreen lotion since you will be tanned heavily due to long exposure.

3. Accomodation that should be researched and booked prior if you want a comfortable stay. There are not too many options.You can check Hotel Malligi. It is one of the star hotels at Hampi and serves very comfortable rooms, multicuisine restaurants, complimentary breakfasts, guidance for tour itinerary and is not overtly priced like the star hotels in prime cities.

Open space and water fountain on the eve of September 2018 @Hotel Malligi, Hampi

Photo of Just like a Cinematographer's Hamlet @ Hampi, Karnataka by Anushri Mondal

Restaurant overlooks a pool.. quite a pleasant experience to chill, eat and have a relaxing dinner ..@Hotel Malligi, Hampi

Photo of Just like a Cinematographer's Hamlet @ Hampi, Karnataka by Anushri Mondal

A special mention:

Do not miss the Coracle boat ride on the Tungabhadra river. Its unique and one of its kind.

Coracle boat rider @Tungabhadra river, Hampi

Photo of Tungabhadra River, Karnataka by Anushri Mondal

Sights to behold surrounding the Coracle boat ride @Tungabhdra river, Hampi

Photo of Tungabhadra River, Karnataka by Anushri Mondal
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