When you hear the name Hampi, the first thought that rushes to your mind is the breathtaking architecture of the vast city of Vijayanagar which is home to countless ruins. Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire and is one of the best places to capture the true essence of the magnificent Hoysala architecture which transforms the place into poetry written in stone.
Located at a distance of about 350 km from Bengaluru, Hampi is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO which attracts a large number of visitors throughout the year. To experience the grandeur of the ruins, you can hire a bicycle and go around as you please; however, like most other places, there are unconventional ways to enjoy the beauty of the place. Find out how . . .
1. Head To The Various Sunset Points
One can enjoy beautiful sunset views from a large number of viewpoints. The multihued sky, breathtaking views of the ruined city, the river Tungabhadra flowing at a distance and the grand Virupaksha Temple standing tall amidst the giant glowing boulders are some of the elements which contribute to the enjoyable sunset.
Apart from this, there would jamming sessions which take place at the viewpoints adding a whole different vibe to the setting sun.
2. Immerse Yourself In The History Of The Ruins
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Every visitor is meant to get absorbed in the interesting stories about the bygone era. One would come across quite a number of bookshops here, where different kinds of books about Hampi can be found. It is always a plus factor to know about the glorious empire as you visit each ruined structure.
Stories and legends make interesting components as you learn about the place in detail. In case books aren't your cup of tea, hire a local guide to talk you through this magnificent village.
3. Visit The Monkey Temple
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However, once at the top, prepare to be blown away by the breathtaking views of the entire town. With cool breeze blowing, the panoramic view comprising of boulders, green fields and not to forget the Virupaksha Temple at a distance, the trek is worth it especially during sunrise and sunset.
4. Go For A Nature Walk
Who doesn't love to walk through the paddy fields which are lined by banana trees and palm trees? The landscape here is three tiered; the first layer is formed by the palm trees; the second is the banana plantations; at the bottom is the paddy fields which transforms into one of the best sights, especially during monsoons. A walk amidst the greenery is not only soothing for one's eyes but also is the best answer to calmness.
5. Attend A Rock Climbing Session
Boulders are all over the place; hence, climbing atop them yet offers some of the best views of the ruined city and its surroundings. They are the characteristic trait of Hampi and you would find them in almost all the directions you turn towards. You can try your hand at rock climbing atop the boulders. Rock climbing sessions are offered across many places in the town especially during the early morning and evening hours of the day.
6. Enjoy A Ride In A Coracle
Coracle ride is yet another must-do activity when here, the ride across the mighty Tungabhadra river transports you back to a bygone era. Coracle is a traditional round-shaped boat which can accommodate two people at a time; one can slowly transverse through the river enjoying its beauty along with sights of various ruins across its banks. All this for a mere sum of about 30-50 INR.