Flintstones-like step up, green grass and blue skies, ruins to take you back to 14th century. Yes, that’s Hampi. Awarded as a top Asian travel destination in 2018, Hampi has been attracting travellers from all across the world.
In a desperate attempt to break the monotonous office routine and being tired of my friends constant lauding, we decided to escape the modern times and go back to the Vijayanagar Empire. So on a Friday night, we left from Bangalore, and after an overnight journey, we reached Hampi. The next two days were spend riding on our moped under the shade of palm trees, yes we hired a moped, relaxing by the river, hopping from one ruin to another on a rickshaw, admiring the surreal landscapes and getting blessed by Elephants.
Here’s what you should know about Hampi
1.) UNESCO World Heritage Site
Hampi is one of the World Heritage Centre in India, not very far from Bangalore. It takes you back to the times of Vijayanagar Empire of 14th century through the ruins. From the famous “Stone Chariot” at Vijay Vittala Temple to the “Great Platform” where the throne of the king was once placed, the ruins would make you wonder what it would have been like back then.
2.) Hippie Island
The other side of the Hampi, separated from the ruins through the river, is the hippie island. Crossing the river in a coracle boat(well, that’s another adventure), you reach the other side. Here you would find guest houses to stay in, cafes to chill at and some other places to explore.
3.) Laid back atmosphere
If you are looking for a place with clubs to dance on loud music or a place with many adventure sports, Hampi is not the right choice. But if you are want to relax under the shade of palm trees, ride around on your motorbike, indulge yourself in the history and sit by the river, then pack your bags and leave for Hampi.
4.) Sunsets and views
Turn your bike on whichever road, it is BEAUTIFUL. Huge rocks, green fields, clouds like marshmallow and rivers would leave you astonished. You can hike up to the Hanuman temple or some rocks to see a magical and serene sunset. Not only that, you can sit across the reservoir for hours and enjoy the peace. Hampi has many such spots where you would not find anyone and can enjoy the beauty of nature.
5.) Almost no network
You read it right. Throughout my stay, I was searching for spots to catch some network and call back home. Our guesthouse had wifi but abysmal connection. So be prepared to remain isolated from the rest of the world during your stay.
6.) Reasonable and comfortable guest houses
You would quickly find nice, scenic guesthouses under 1000 INR( about 14 USD). Our guest house opened to a fantastic view of the field and rocky hills. It was just the kind of look one would wish to wake up to. Although I must warn you about the mosquitoes.
7.) Coracle Boats till 5 pm
If you wish to cross the river and go over to the other side, you would have to take the boat ride which is available till 5 pm only. In case you miss that, you would have to ride through the jungle which is not safe.
8.) It’s hot in Hampi
During my visit, the sun was kind to us. Days were sunny but bearable. It even showered on one of the days. But you should know that it is usually scorching is Hampi, especially during April- May. Try avoiding to plan your trip then, carry scarfs and sunblocks to keep yourself protected.
So are you ready to go back to the dinosaur age? 😉