Magical HAMPIDay 1Matanga HillHotelsMapFlights There really is something magical about Hampi that I just can’t describe, there’s a good reason why this place is very much on the backpacker trail in India.Matanga HillHotelsMapFlights It is the amazing ruins of temples, or the magical stories of myths and legends and gods and goddesses or the surrounding countryside that is almost frozen in time. Perhaps it’s a combination of all these things that make Hampi so specialMatanga HillHotelsMapFlights Hampi also finds fame and fortune as it became the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, one of the largest and most important in Indian history.Day 2Sri Virupaksha TempleHotelsMapFlights The Virupaksha Temple is famous because it was the place that the Hindu god Shiva and this wife Parvati were married and Megha really brought this to life, explaining the story behind it and all the meanings behind the rituals and the carvings in the temple.Sri Virupaksha TempleHotelsMapFlights You will get a blessing from Lakshmi the temple elephant (if you give her a 10 Rupee note) and you can also watch Lakshmi get her daily bath in the river each morning.Tungabhadra RiverHotelsMapFlights Tungabhadra River is a holy river in the South Indian peninsula that flows from Karnataka to Andhra Pradesh. Hampi is situated on the southern bank of the Tungabhadra river.Elephant StableHotelsMapFlights The Elephant Stable in Hampi is an impressive structure that was used to provide shelter for the royal elephants of the Vijayanagara Empire.Day 3Hampi Hippie IslandHotelsMapFlights The “Hippy Island” is the unofficial name given to the island of Virupapur Gadde (or Gaddi). It gets its “Island” status as it is surrounded by the Tungabadra River on all sides. When you visit Hampi, this is the place to stay.Hampi Hippie IslandHotelsMapFlights Sanapur LakeHotelsMapFlights Riding in a coracle on the Tungabhadra is a thrilling experience.