Oh Hampi, how I love thee. When we travelled to Hampi, I had already fallen in love with India and to be honest — was a little apprehensive about how the North would differ to the South. There are so many different opinions floating about as to which section of this vast country is better, and why, so I became a little pressured by it all.
Hampi is a handy travelling segway from where I started my trip, in deepest darkest South India (Kerala) to Goa, and then Mumbai. So it is, for sure, still in the South but is located more centrally in the state of Karnataka. We travelled by bus, and, it felt like, in time to an ancient city of ruins with two distinct sides. The bazaar, and ‘the other side of the river’…….which in traveller terms, was kind of mythical.
To get to the ‘other side’ you could probably wade through the ankle deep water for 20 metres but in actuality you grab a small (and insanely packed) boat across. All of which costs you about 10 pence. Once there, you can cycle around the beautiful rice fields and enjoy some of the great hostels located on the river. Actually, we stayed in the Bazaar the whole time, but I’d definitely recommend a night or two across the way. If only to enjoy a breakfast of Chai and Jalebi whilst enjoying the views of Lakshmi the elephant having her morning bath!
The Bazaar is the heart of Hampi. From here you can enjoy one of the many bars, restaurants and Holy Sadhu’s (a common bunch of scammers FYI) and the Virupaksha temple, where monkeys gather daily, and are fed by the monks! The star of the show is obviously the UNESCO World Heritage site ruins, which are genuinely a little bit breathtaking. This being India, things are pretty casual and you have access to things that you probably shouldn’t but that just adds to the adventure!
Okay, enough chat now. I’m sure I have convinced you to hit Hampi up asap. Here is my Photo of the Week: me looking pensive after a frankly perilous cycle ride through the ruins………
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