Hampi, located in Karnataka, is a mysterious but beautiful village. The place seems almost unknown to local travelers, but known to every backpacker. While Hampi is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is not overcrowded, it is rather peaceful. The village is split into two by a small river. One side of the river is home to many many temples (the UNESCO World Heritage Site), this side also has a small bazar and some restaurants. However, it is not recommended to book a hostel on this side of the river. Once you cross the river you find many green rice fields, small restaurants and some lush destinations to stay. From this side of the river you can easily go bouldering or swim in the lake! Nonetheless, one of my favorite things to do in Hampi would be witnessing sunsets from the many viewpoints Hampi has to offer. Check down below some of my favorite Hampi’s viewpoints!
The Hanuman Temple, located on the top of Anjaneya Hill, must be on your list when visiting Hampi. The top is “easily” reachable by steps, and on the top you will find many monkeys. And while the monkeys look very cute, make sure not to come to close and protect your belongings, the monkeys are known for stealing. The view is absolutely spectacular, banana plantations, rice paddies and other hills can be seen from the top. Anjaneya Hill, however, is located slightly out of town. The easiest way to get there would be to rent a motorbike and drive there yourself. Don’t forget to take your shoes off when you reach the top, in the end you are at a temple.
Mathanga Hill is located on the temple side of the river, and with such offers an amazing view over the large field of temples and the river. Make sure to make your way to the hill on time. You will have to walk through the bazar and up the hill, and you don’t want to miss sunset! Jump a bit around on the rocks before to find the best viewpoint, and sit down and relax to witness another stunning sunset…
Even though the name says it all, Sunset point is an easy but beautiful climb to the top. On top of that, once you get there you’ll find loads of backpackers playing music, drinking tea, and enjoying the magnificent view. Sunset point offers a 360degree view over the area, with the view facing the river most likely being the most magnificent. Surrounding hills, rice paddies, temples and the river, give this sunset point a beautiful range of colors!
To reach Hampi you can either take a bus or a train. While the bus can be taken from many locations, the train can be taken from either Bangalore, Mysore or Goa, other well known backpackers destinations. The bus will most likely take you to Hampi, while the train will take you to Hospet, a nearby town. However, from Hospet you can easily catch a bus, or take a tuktuk to Hampi (half an hour).
Hampi does not have any ATMs and it is therefore recommended to take money out before since many hostels charge extra cost for paying with a creditcard. Moreover, with Hampi being such a small town, many touristy things are available, but if you need any essentials (such as medication) make sure to get them before going to Hampi.
Lastly, when you reach Hampi, if you arrive on the temple side (most likely), make your way across the river, this is where most of the restaurants, ho(s)tels/guesthouses, and small bars are located. This is also the side of Hampi that allows alcohol, which cannot be found on the temple side of the river. I stayed at Goan Corner, a place I would recommend to anyone. The owner is amazing, I ended up staying for a week (and so do many others). Goan Corner sells beers, streams movies every night and cook the most delicious food in their restaurant!
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