Hampi – Ramayana To Vijaynagara
Carved out of massive boulders and hills, Vijaynagara, Capital city of Vijayanagara empire, was the second richest and largest city in the world during its peak. Hampi, the ruined town in Vijayanagara, reminds of the rich culture and history Vijayanagara empire carried. Situated on the banks of Tungabhadra river, Hampi is about 370 Km from Bangalore. The nearest city is Hospet which is about 13 Km. The temple town of Hampi is listed under World Heritage sites by UNESCO. Being a religious center it houses some of the most famous temples and religious sites in South India. The nearby areas have been mentioned in mythological tales too. Kishkindha, a village nearby, is mentioned as the Vanara (Monkey) kingdom of Vanara King Sugreev during the time of Ramayana. Due to the architectural, historical and mythological importance, Hampi attracts thousands of tourists every year. The place is slowly becoming popular among the foreign travelers who would stay here for 3-4 months meditating and learning the culture Hampi offers. For solo travelers who like to unwind themselves in peace, this is where you want to be. With a very few vehicles in the region, there is calmness everywhere along with the natural beauty of lakes and hills. The architecture is finest of its time and even though the city is in ruins, every single place has a special history of its own and ruins chant lot of stories heard, unheard before.
On reaching Hampi by 10 Am, sort out stay. Usually, prior booking is not required and you will get a decent room easily any time of the year. We would recommend staying across Tungabhadra river. The view of Virupaksha Temple and other sites from this end is amazing along with good places to stay and eat. You can rent a room starting Rs 500 and within Rs 750 you will get a very decent room for your stay. Relax at the room for some time and enjoy the view. You will have all the time in the world. This journey will be one of the most incredible journeys you take. Start exploring by 3-4 Pm. The best mode of traveling is either renting a bicycle or moped. One can rent a bicycle for Rs 50-Rs 80 per day while moped can be rented at Rs 100-Rs 120 per day. Almost all the places providing accommodation also provide moped and bicycle rentals.
Start exploring. The first place you can visit is the Anjaneya Temple situated on the Anjaneya hill, is significant in Hindu Mythology.
Sri Virupaksha Temple
The blog was originally published on tripoto by Sachin Verma