Hampi, the world's second largest medieval era city after Beijing, was the capital of Vijayanagara Empire. The whole town is full of temples and ruins on both sides of Tungabhadra river.
We have been trying to plan a weekend trip for almost 2 months. Hampi, Kodachari, Savanadurga etc. Everything gets cancelled for some reason. Finally we decided on Hampi just 3 days before, irrespective of everyone goes or not. And only 2 people showed up in the end. There was only one direct bus available between Chennai and Hampi. It was on RedBus, from Manish Travels. About ₹1400 for 13 hours travel. Booked it.