Solo Trip to Hampi, Karnataka

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Solo Travellers Guide, to Hampi Backpack Trip

Photo of Hampi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Hampi, the city of ruins, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in the shadowed depth of hills and valleys in the state of Karnataka, this place is a historical delight for travellers. Surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, beautiful temples, bustling street markets, bastions, treasury building and captivating remains of Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi is a backpacker's delight. Hampi is an open museum with 100+ locations to explore and a favorite way to see the city from the perspective of its history.

Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar empire around 1500 AD, and by some accounts, the second largest city in the world at that time. Over the next centuries it fell out of importance, and now you can explore the ruins of a lot of temples and other structures spread out over a vast area. The terrain around Hampi is as mysterious as the ruins itself - the city is surrounded by boulders of different sizes, and you can climb to the top of them with a little effort to get a stunning view of the entire city and the geography. It is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Famous for its massive, beautifully carved temples, especially the Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to the patron deity of the empire. You can also find remains of the old aqueducts, canals and military barracks and stables here. Hampi was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986 and many efforts have been taken to restore the lost glory of the place - very limited (if any) modern establishments are allowed in the main area, which gives an authentic feel to the ruins.

How to reach Hampi?

Your gateway town to Hampi is Hospet, bustling town located very close to the Hampi village. This is the major travel hub from where you can get the travel connections.

Some of the long distance express trains pass via Hospet. There are a few passenger trains that connects Hospet with nearby cities. Many private operators run regular long distance bus service to Hospet. Check out with the Red Bus or VRL Travels. Mumbai to Hospet regular buses are available.

The KSRTC operates many buses from Hospet to Hampi. It will cost you INR 15 only. Or you can hire Auto Rikshaw, they will charge you between INR 100-300.

Nearest Airport is Hubli (160 km. from Hampi).

Where to stay in Hampi?

Best place to stay in Hampi for Backpackers is at other side of the Tungabhadra river, known as Hippie Island. Many budget options available at Hippie Island, like cottages guest houses and hostels. They are beautiful, less crowded, and traveler friendly. It will cost you 300-600 per person per night. To reach Hippie Island you have to cross Tungabhadra river, Coralcle and boats are available from 7.00 am to 5.30 pm. They charge INR 20 to 50 per person.

Guest houses and cottages are available also in Hampi market near Virupaksha Temple. Or you may prefer the conveniences of Hospet town and Kamalapura village area with many hotels choices.

There are few 5 star hotels and resorts are available around Hampi.

Best time to visit Hampi

The winter season (October to February) is the best time to visit Hampi. However, Hampi is mostly moderate and dry throughout the year. The weather remains moderately cool except for peak afternoons but mostly perfect for exploring the World Heritage Site. The summers bring soaring high temperatures and therefore, March to June is not the best time to visit.

How much time you need to explore Hampi?

You have to keep minimum 2 to 3 days to explore Hampi. Well, the meaning of satisfaction is relative. For those who like Hampi's charm, even a week spend at Hampi might look it was too short. Make your own version of Hampi itinerary. You can easily make tweaks to the Hampi itinerary as you start exploring it. Hampi is a Do It Yourself travellers' delight.

Hampi has an overwhelming many big and small attractions to see. Get hang of the Top Attractions (popular) of Hampi before you craft a sightseeing plan. Also, you may need to pick and choose the attractions based on your interest like photography, hiking the hills, bouldering or even the religious sites like Virupaksha and Vithala Temple.

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Places to visit in Hampi

Anjenaya Hill or Monkey Temple (Birth Place of Hanumana)

Photo of Anjaneya Hill, Hanumanahalli, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Badavilinga Temple

Photo of Badavilinga Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Durga Temple

Photo of Durga Temple, Anegundi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Elephant Stables

Photo of Elephant Stable, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

Photo of Hemakuta Hill Temple, Hampi, Karnataka by Mady Velkar

Hippie Island

Photo of Sunset point, Hampi Island, Anjanhalli, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Kadalekalu Ganesh

Photo of Kadalekalu Ganesha, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Krishna Temple

Photo of Sri Krishna Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Lakshmi Narsimha Temple

Photo of Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Toravi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Lotus Mahal

Photo of Lotus Mahal Hampi, State Highway 131, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Mahanavami Dibba

Photo of Mahanavami Dibba, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Manmatha Tank

Photo of Manmatha Tank, Hampi, Karnataka by Mady Velkar

Pinhole Camera at Virupaksha Temple

Photo of Sri Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Public Bath Place

Photo of Public Bath, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Queen’s Bath

Photo of Queen's Bath, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Royal Enclosure

Photo of Royal enclosure, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Sasivekalu Ganesh

Photo of Saasivekaalu Ganesha, Krishnapura, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Shanmukha Mandir or Snake Home

Photo of Shanmukha Mandir, Hanumanahalli, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Coracle Ride at Tungabhadra Left Canal

Photo of Tungabhadra Left Canal, Karnataka by Mady Velkar

Underground Shiva Temple

Photo of Underground Shiva Temple (Prasanna Virupaksha Temple), Hampi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Valikilla Cave | Sugriv-Bali Cave

Photo of Valikilla Cave, Anegundi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Vijaya Vithala Temple

Photo of Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Virupaksha Temple

Photo of Sri Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Sunset Point, Hippie Island

Photo of Sunset point, Hampi Island, Anjanhalli, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

Stone Chariot, Hampi

Photo of Stone Chariot, Nimbapura, Karnataka, India by Mady Velkar

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