Hampi, was the Capital of one of the richest kingdoms – The Vijaynagar Empire in Karnataka between the fourteenth and the seventeenth centuries. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1986 owing to its temples, monolithic sculptures and monuments. Most of the city is now in ruins after it was attacked and looted by the neighbouring emperors in the seventeenth century. Here is a comprehensive guide to the Places to Visit in Hampi in 3 days.
The Hippie Island is an island located on the other side of the Tungabhadra river. A lot of foreign tourists prefer to be on the island side of Hampi to experience the true Hippie culture. The island comes alive after dust with most of the Guesthouses hosting Live Music, Singing, Movie Nights, etc. along with non-vegetarian food and drinks. However, there is much more to the island that can be covered with the other historic places to visit in Hampi.
An Introduction to Hampi & Hippie Island
|Best Time to Visit||October to March|
|Distance from Major Cities||Pune: 533 Km|
Mumbai: 690 Km
Bangalore: 340 Km
|Modes of Transport||1) Overnight Buses and Trains to Hospet (45 minutes from Hampi – Rs. 200/- per auto)|
2) By rented / own car
3) Nearest airport to Hampi is Belgaum. However, connectivity-wise, Bangalore is the nearest.
|Getting to Hippie Island||1) Boat from Hampi mainland|
Boat Timings: First Boat – 9 AM, Last Boat – 5:30 PM
Time Taken to reach the other side: 5 minutes
Cost per person: Rs. 30 / – (Luggage: Rs. 10/-)
2) By Road from Hampi mainland
Time: 1 hour
|Stay Options||Do not book any accommodation which is outside 1 Km from the center of Hampi|
1 Night at Hippie Island (There are a lot of Guest houses / camps)
1 Night in Hampi (Look out for an option close to the Virupaksha Temple)
Places to Visit in Hampi & Hippie Island: Highlights
|Must Visit Places||Virupaksha Temple, Vijaya Vittala Temple|
|Places to watch Sunrise / Sunset||Anjanadri Hill, Sunset Point at Hippie Island,|
Matanga Hills, Hemakuta Hills
|Places with Monolithic Sculptures||Kadalekalu Ganesha, Sasivekalu Ganesha, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple,|
Monolith Shivlinga, Monolith Bull
|Other Significant Places||Durga Temple, Ganesha Cave Temple, Anegundi Village,|
Krishna Temple and Market, Hazara Rama Temple, Queen’s Bath,
Mahanavami Dibba, Pushkarani Stepwell, Archeological Museum,
Zanana Enclosure, Elephant Stables, Lotus Mahal
|Things for the Adventure Enthusiasts||Coracle Ride, Cliff Jumping in Sanapur Lake,|
Rock / Boulder Climbing, Bike Ride
|Must Try Food Items||Lakshmi Dosa at the Banks of Tungabhadra River from where we get Boats for Hippie Island, |
Idli at the base of Anjanadri Hill,
North Indian / South Indian Thali, Egg Curry, Desserts at Mango Tree Restaurant
Hampi is all about experiencing and seeing the ruins of rich cultural heritage of Vijaynagar Kingdom. You can follow the below itinerary to visit the must visit places in 3 days.
Places to Visit in Hampi: Day 1 – Hippie Island
Reach Hospet early morning by Bus or Train. You can hire an auto to reach the Tungabhadra river boat point. We (7 friends and I) reached a little early and were very hungry. There was a small stall where a young lady (Lakshmi) was preparing fresh Dosas at Rs. 30/- per plate having 2 dosas. Isn’t this super cheap? All of us dug in on the Dosas and refreshing Tea.
1) Tungabhadra River
Get on to the boat and check in to your accommodation in the Hippie Island. Freshen up and hire a 2-wheeler (Rs. 300/- to 400/-) as this is the best way to travel around the Island. Here is photo guide of the 29 places to visit in Hampi.