For a long time, it was my dream to go on a trip with my best friends and finally we were able to do it!!! We decided to go to Hampi for a weekend and this is how it turned out <3
We started on the night of 13th September and took a bus to Hospet. From there we took another bus to Hampi and reached at 7.30 am.
Day 1: Cycle tour of Hampi
We checked-in at Ranjana Guest House, which is very close to Hampi Bazaar. Sipping hot Chai and Coffee at the terrace of the guest house, with the nice view of Hampi, we made plans to rent cycles and tour the place for the day. The guest house we stayed itself had cycle rentals at Rs.200 per day (we got 3 cycles for Rs.500). We had our breakfast, got dressed up, grabbed a map of the place and got on our cycles for a day of awesomeness.
We started off with Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple and went on to visit Krishna Temple, Badavi Lingam, Ugranarasimha, Underground Temple, Pushkarani and Queen’s Bath. It turned out to be a Photoshoot day (check out my Instagram for more pictures). By 3.30 p.m. we went Kamalapura to have lunch.
On the way back, we visited Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stable, Hajari Rama Temple, and Watch Tower. Everything closes by 6 p.m. in Hampi. So, we couldn’t cover anything more. We peddled back to our guest house through the fields and ruins that were lit by the sunset.
We got back to our Guest House by 6.45 p.m. and freshened up to head out for the famous Virupaksha Temple (the only attraction that is open past 6 p.m.). After that, we had Dinner at Mango Tree Cafe and retired for the day.
There were few more temples and ruins (like Vittal Temple and Varaha temple) to see, but for that, we should have rushed through the day. We wanted to have a leisure trip, especially because we were cycling all the way. So, we decided to take it easy.
Day 2: Beautiful Sunrise and Hippie Island
At 5.30 a.m. we woke up and ran to the Matanga Hill to witness the sunrise. It was a beautiful sight from the top of the Matanga Hill as the capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire woke up along with the rising Sun.
We savored the moment longer than we should have and without having the heart to, we climbed down the Matanga Hills while the prayers from Virupaksha Temple reverberated through the city.
We checked out of our guest house and caught the ferry to the Hippie Island by 10.30 a.m. Over there, rented a Scooty for a day (for Rs. 400) and headed towards the birthplace of Hanuman. The ride was one of the best part of the trip as we were singing at the top of our voices all the way. Next stop was the Sanapur Lake which is famous for the coracle ride.
More the half the day was over by the time we left Sanapur Lake. Our bus back to Bangalore was at 7 p.m., so we had to head back to Hampi after lunch. We clicked a few more pictures on the way back and did some souvenir shopping, and before we realized, our Hampi trip was over!
If I had to rate Hampi on the scale of 10 as a travel destination, I would give it a 6 or 6.5. Personally, after a few structures, I felt it all looked similar and not much interesting. But it sure is an awesome place if you have right company to explore with. Most importantly, a photographer’s heaven. I love Hampi for it holds a lot of memories and laughter with my friends.
Itinerary and expenses:
Tips and things to remember:
- Take a lot of cash with you as there are no accessible ATMs. And also all the shops accept only cash.
- When you start your tour from Hampi Bazaar till you reach Kamalapura, there are not much food choices available. So, carry enough water and food with you.
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