Asia | India | Karnataka – sunsets over hampi
Everybody i talked to, said it was beautiful. Everything i read said it ws beautiful, so i was expecting a lot of Hampi. I wasn’t disapointed, it is a quiet magical place, with good locals and superb scenery. I arrived early (8:30ish) after an overnight train from Bangalore and bus from Hospet. I managed to find a hotel easily and had a shower, then got breakfast and had a look around. Its quite a small place, 4-5 streets and a very wide bazzar. Lots of western style food, rooftop resurants, and a large guptha on the temple. I went past the coracles, ferrying people across the river and had lunch in the mango tree cafe
( a must visit ).
The ruins are impressive, the hillsides are scattered with them. As you clamber around the boulders small temples emerge in the most unlikely of places. I bumped into my dutch friends on the second day, we hired some pushbikes and went to explore the southern group of temples. We gave a gardener 5 rupees backsish and had one large temple to ourselves, finding an unlit chamber we did our own indiana jones type of exploring. Later we crossed the river to see the sunset from the top of the rocks and were rewarded with a picture postcard sunset. another day and we treked a good 12 kilometres visiting the hanumam, laxsmi & durga temples. We picked up a new friend (Ravi), an 11 year old boy who showed us lots of short cuts off the roads and through some great landscapes.
Also had a go at making dosa’s and bought myself a new bag.
I can only praise Hampi, it is very peaceful, very spectacular and well worth a visit.
have now moved on to Gokarna, by the sea for a bit more adventure.