We woke up early morning and started hiking Matanga hill to watch sunrise. It was still dark that time, we used our mobile torch while climbing, it's a simple trek.
It's a fun trek, we reached hill top, sat there, chatted for sometime and clicked pictures but unfortunately it was a cloudy day and we couldn't see sunrise. Still we were not disappointed because of the view of Hampi, specially view of achyutaraya temple and Virupaksha temple from Mathunga hill is so beautiful.
Later we visited Monolithic bull, it is a giant statue of Nandi which is also called yeduru basavanna placed exactly opposite to the Virupaksha temple and at starting point of matanga hill.
Later we went back to hotel to fresh up, had breakfast and checked out. We settled our bags and started to visit remaining places on 3 wheeler auto. Charge for that day is also around 7 to 800INR.
First place we went to visit Saasivekalu Ganesha and kadalekalu Ganesha temples, the main Idol is a giant statue that was carved out of single boulder and the temple walls are filled with different mythical characters. Next we went to Krishna temple which is a big temple compound and main shrine brought by Raja krishnadevaraya from Odisha.
From there we went to Badava linga and Narasimha Swamy temples. Badava linga is a big rock carved into Shiva lingam surrounded by a pool of water. Ugra Narasimha Swamy status is the largest statue and depicts in a angry form.
On the way to Under ground Shiva temple, we saw 2 gigantic rocks leaning on each other like supporting each other. We got to know from our auto driver that there is a legend associated to this stones that they are actually sisters and cursed to become rocks. They're standing there since ages and one of the stone cracked recently.
We reached underground Shiva temple from there, like most of the temples main shrine was missing at this temple too. Specialty of this temple is, it is constructed below ground level. I haven't seen any ancient temples which constructed below ground level. You can see water inside and also got to know that most part of the temple will be submerged in monsoon.
From there we went to the watch tower which is used to guard the mud path and architecture of this is completely different from others. It is built in indo-islamic model by Vijayanagara kings.
Lotus Mahal was next monuement we visited. It is also built in indo-islamic architecture which is undamaged and looks like a lotus bud. There a basement of Queens palace and other monuments. If you walk further there is another indo-islamic impressive structure stands undamaged called as elephant stable which was used as a shelter to royal elephants. There is a nice lawn in front of that. We spent some time there clicked pictures and decided to walk further and see what else was there. There were some more temples almost damaged.
After that my other friends went to Hazara Rama temple and pushkarini while i was resting in auto treating my foot pain and saving my energy to visit the famous stone chariot.
So here comes the famous and favourite part of the Hampi trip that is stone chariot and Vijaya Vittala temple complex. To reach this place either you can walk from main road or you can pay for shared electric car. It's not near to main road and i also had swelled foot so we opted for electric car.
Stone chariot stands in middle of Vijaya Vittala temple complex. There are so many Hindu mythical characters carved on temple walls and pillars. This place is gave me chills. It is so beautifully constructed. A standing proof of Indian culture, architecture and rich history.
We came back in electric car, had lunch there and went to catch bus to Badami.
There is no direct bus from Hampi to Badami. So we thought to go to Hospet which is town nearby and enquire at bus stand. We said goodbye to our auto driver and boarded a bus to Hospet. People were so friendly and interested to know about our group. One of them told us to go to a place called KUSHTAGI from Hospet and from there we can get buses to Badami. But later co- travellers in bus from HOSPETE to KUSHTAGI told us that it's difficult to get Badami bus from KUSHTAGI, so they suggested us to board GAJENDRAGAD bus. Luckily we got that bus and went to GAJENDRAGAD. From there we got a bus to BADAMI. But it is so crowded that we got two seats by difficult. But finally we reached Badami by 8 or 9 pm. We checked in hotel booked via booking.com just backside of BADAMI bus stand, had dinner and slept.
If anyone want to go by bus from Hampi to Badami
Go to HOSPETE - GAJENDRAGAD or BAGALKOT - BADAMI