Feeling Hampi

Hampi is a miracle. Carpets of rice paddy and endless banana groves rise up out of dust and boulders, fed by the swollen Tungabhadra river. It is a city that exists outside of time. 14th century temples populated by monkeys and dusty sunshine look down on a game of twilit cricket. Ornately carved pagodas attract worshipers from the country, though the local population is shadowed by the tourist community.

Hampi virupaksha temple@wikipedia Hampi Virupaksha Temple @wikipedia

Sprawling,cheap cottage-style hostels with great pizza and Tibetan thukpa make it a haven for backpackers and families just looking to spend quality time together. Come for the knowledge, stay for the peace.

Stone Chariot Hampi@team-bhp Stone Chariot Hampi @team-bhp

Top experiences

– Exploring the ancient city

– Actually watching the sunset at Sunset Point

– Leaning back in one of the mattress-lined restaurants and sipping a much needed ginger-mint lemonade

Sunset Point @kevinstandagephotography Sunset Point @kevinstandagephotography


– Take an evening coracle ride on the lake for stunning, spinning views

– Boulder climbing. It’s an exciting sport, and you’re sure to find fellow backpackers who’ll show you the ropes.

– Hire a rickety moped or a bicycle and sail through the streets, monument-hopping

Hampi aerial view Hampi Aerial View

Recommended for:

Backpackers ****

Couples ***

Families **** (since there are so many activities available in the countryside)

Recommended period of stay: 4-5 days

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