Visiting Hampi lies in every wanderlust and art lovers bucket list. With its enchanting rocky terrain, a mesmerizing view of the Tungabhadra, an alluring experience of rural South India along with an enchanting knowledge of the great past, Hampi is one of the treasure troves of India. However, strangely, although the place has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, not many people are aware of Hampi itself, let alone its vivid past and enchanting ruins of the Vijayanagara kingdom! This listicle charts some of the pointers on why you should make it a point to visit Hampi at least once. So, read it on to know about the place more—
9. Temples at Khajuraho, Ajanta and Ellora
Whenever we think of great architecture, we think of the north Indian monuments, and at most, the temples of Khajuraho, Ajanta and Ellora. When travelling down south, the thought of being marveled by architecture extraordinaire doesn’t simply cross our minds. But a visit to Hampi can seriously change your notion.
8. Lush Greenery and Banana Plantations
There are indeed very less places in India where you’ll find ruins of a bygone city on a rocky terrain being interspersed by lush green stretches of banana plantations and paddy. Besides, the remarkable temples simply add to the charm.
7. Majestic Views of the Serpentine Tungabhadra
Another reason for you to visit Hampi is that the view of the serpentine Tungabhadra from atop the hills is an endearing sight to behold for a lifetime. Besides, being a ruined city, there won’t be any screeches or horns to disturb you while you’re experiencing the majestic sun setting down the gorge.
6. Bathing the Royal Elephant at the Tungabhadra Ghat
Although Hampi, the capital of the Vijayanagaram kingdom, is now in its ruin, still the ritual of bathing the royal elephant at the Tungabhadra ghat
is prevalent. And, the best part is, you can visualize this ritual too. Just get up and take a stroll up to the Ghat, and, at around 9AM, you can see the elaborate and fun affair. It’s worth a watch.
5. Rock Climbing and Bouldering
If you an adventure addict, Hampi isn’t going to leave you disappointed. Rock climbing and bouldering have seen newer limits here with the huge rocks adorning the deep gorge created by the river Tungabhadra. Numerous adventure clubs at Hyderabad and Bangalore take groups on regular rock climbing and bouldering expeditions at Hampi. So, if not for the enchanting scenery and the admirable history, for adventure and fun, you must visit Hampi.
4. Coracle Ride
Are you in for some fun adventures? If yes, then surely you’ll love Hampi. After all, not in many places do you get to indulge in coracle ride! It’s indeed an experience of lifetime of floating in those tiny baskets on the gushing river!
3. Open Air Restaurants
Anegudi is the place, on the other side of Tungabhadra, where hotels and lodges are located. And, if you are lucky enough, you may find great staying options adjoining the banana plantations, overlooking the ruins. And, having local humble food, seated in an open-air restaurant (and, we’re talking about proper restaurants) is an experience of sorts.
2. Joycean bazaar
If you long for a Joycean bazaar, then you may find one at Hampi. The Hampi bazaar, dating hundreds of years now, is still now one of the most visited places. From handicrafts and dresses with tribal work to other souvenirs, you’ll get everything there. In fact, you may also get to see the tribal women engulfed in doing embroideries over clothes and bags, and you may directly purchase stuff from them too! All in all, this bazaar promises to take you back in time—to the era of the Royals!
1. Hampi, The Ghost Town
Did you know Hampi is treated by many as a ghost town? And, why not! After this “city” was ravished by the invaders, no one really cared (or, dared?) to rebuild the city. Even to this day, the city is evacuated every night. Well, we believe that this bit of information is enough for some of you to spend a whole weekend “experiencing” and “cultivating” Hampi!