“The land of seductive ruins” are the words that could best explain the panorama of Hampi. Located at around 13kms from the Hospete, a town in Karnataka, Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.
Alluring temples, ruins of palaces, remainings of aquatic structures, prehistoric market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings… and on and on. Hampi is literally a backpacker’s paradise, cum a pilgrim’s delight.
The tranquility that prevails in and around Hampi gives every visitor a peaceful mind.
Some main activities to do in Hampi include, taking an auto ride around the town of ruins, of course, with a casual talk with the driver delving the history of the architectural astonishments. He would take you through ancient civilizations including the marketplace, the temples of Ganesha, picturesque mountains of boulder stones, aquatic storage structures, other architectural temples and along with the delightful vistas of agricultural lands featuring viridity. Now just sit back in your seat with casual talks, enjoy the peace that Hampi would give you, the peace with the power of a drug.
Among the temples, the special one is the Veerabhadra Temple at Nimbapura nearby, for its architecture. The whole design of the temple may also replicate the Brihadeeswarar temple of Tanjore. But this surrounding is protected seriously from the poisons to the environment, especially plastic and air pollution. Getting down their, nearly 2km away from the temple, people are allowed in only via ticketed electric cars to avoid the air getting polluted. Such is the peace Hampi would give you, off from the cities. This ride around the ancients of the town would take about half a day, plan accordingly so that you can also take a visit to Virupaksha temple situated along the banks of Tungabhadra river.
Also, don’t forget the beautiful sunset from the high point of sunset point at Matanga hill, a walk away distance from Hampi bus stand, if clouds give you the permission. Some other activities include mountain climbing, that the difficulty level is high as they are boulders. Across the Tungabadhra River to the other side of Hampi, where you can stay in the cottages on the rice fields, do cliff jumping along with the rumors of crocodiles. The best places to stay in Hampi are located across the river, with various qualities. A cottage, thatched huts in the fields, or even hotels.
October to March are the peak season to visit Hampi as they are cooler. A visit during the monsoon season (mid-July to Sep) is also good, that you would have to be careful while walking on the boulders since they become quite slippery during these months.