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Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi October 19th 2018

A visit to Hampi will transport you to a different era. A glimpse of the long-lost Vijayanagara Empire is just breathtaking. It is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Every turn here has a monument which has an age-old history. Hampi ruins have been declared as UNESCO world heritage site. This 'forgotten empire is believed to be one of the largest and biggest empires in the world. There are few places in Hampi which are a must visit. VijayaVittala Temple This structure is largest of all structures in Hampi. This is a 15th-century temple dedicated to Lord Vittala (Vishnu). It has a very beautiful stone carved chariot, beautiful structures, and architecture. This is a must see place. Hanuman Te... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi August 23rd 2018

After a relative lie in we ventured down for breakfast. Stephen managed to eat something and seemed much better despite not being quite back to 100%. We had arranged to spend the afternoon at the local sloth bear sanctuary and decided to spend the morning relaxing, reading and booking our next accommodation. We were picked up at 2pm by our tuk tuk driver from the tour to Anegundi we did earlier in the week. This chap, Raja, is incredibly cheerful and a real character. He has even pimped up his tuk tuk so it has massive speakers in the back and sparky interior design! There was talk of introducing a safari option to the sloth bear sanctuary last year but this hasn’t yet happened. It costs 100 rupees each to get in and then is a ... read more
Sloth bear

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi August 22nd 2018

Today started with a short cycle down the road to Bhima’s gate. We stopped on the way to look at the Ganagitti Jain temple, a fairly unremarkable place. The gate itself was slightly disappointing in that it was missing its city walls on either side (the maps suggest you can still see them). Being a rather plain structure it was clearly functional and not used as the main gates for guests etc. We next headed over to the Zanana enclosure, an enclosure with complete walls all around containing the treasury, a water tank, the queens palace (ruins) and the lotus mahal, a beautiful 2 storied pavilion. This is another of the sites you have to pay to go into, and is considered one of the main attractions in Hampi. They are doing a lot of work ... read more
Elephant stables
View of Royal Centre from hill behind
Lotus Mahal - Zenana enclosure

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi August 21st 2018

A comfy bed, thick curtains & double glazing led to an excellent nights sleep. Almost making the rubbish breakfast (compared to the hostels in Hampi) worth it... We were picked up at 830am by our guide for the morning and a tuktuk complete with driver to see the sights on the other side of the river. Anegundi pre-dates Hampi and is thought to be the kingdom of Kishkindu in Hindu mythology. The first stop was a climb up to the Hanuman (monkey) temple. We bought our bananas to offer to the monkeys at the top for ‘good karma’ and headed up the 500 steps. The views are spectacular and well worth the walk. Once at the top our guide explained the mythology behind the place and why Hanuman is important. From the viewing platform Stephen & ... read more
Stephen enjoying the view - Anegundi fort
Cave in Anegundi fort
By the river in Anegundi

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi August 20th 2018

Despite the best of intentions with regard to getting up early to see ‘sunrise hill’ after a rubbish nights sleep due to the noise we decided to stay in bed a little later instead... It actually turned out rather well. There was no way we would have been able to navigate the route up in the dark and it would have been rather dangerous. There seem to be a number of ‘sunrise hills’ and ‘sunset points’ in Hampi depending on who you talk to. We took it to be Matanga Hill. We walked up from the Hampi bazaar side. This was a fantastic walk with great views and some interesting, original steps and slightly scary boulders to walk over. On the way up we found a short cave system in between the boulders that eventually led ... read more
Climb up to Mantanga summit
Exploring on way up Mantanga hill
View of Sule bazaar from Mantanga hill

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi August 19th 2018

Our second day in Hampi started earlier than hoped due to the lack of curtains in our room and the general noise levels. This was more than made up for by the delicious breakfast the hostel provided, whilst sitting enjoying views over the river. We walked back over Mantanga hill, passed the Achyutaraya temple & Sule bazaar and towards the Vittala temple, the ‘undisputed highlight’ of Hampi according to the Lonely Planet (we dispute this!). It’s around 2km from Hampi and along the way there are plenty of other temples and ruins to investigate. We particularly enjoyed having an explore in some caves made by the boulders near the river edge. There are often little shrines down narrow passageways which are fun to discover. Once at the Temple we were greeted by hoards of tourists - ... read more
Cave exploration
The stone chariot
Vittala temple

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi August 18th 2018

We arrived in Hospete pretty much on time (only 1 hour late) - I had found the slightly larger 1st class beds on the train much easier to sleep on. Unfortunately Stephens was wonky so he hadn’t got much sleep. Overall there isn’t much difference between the 1st & 2nd AC classes so its probably not worth the extra money. There wasn’t a food cart on this train either, and we didn’t even get any tea! We did, however, get a steady stream of staff wanting a ‘selfie’ with us. Trying to find a tuktuk to the boat crossing to Anegundi, where we were supposed to be staying, we discovered that the river crossings were shut. They had been shut for over a week, so our accommodation knew that before taking our booking & offering to ... read more
Hampi - over Mantanga hill
Hampi - Hemakutu hill
Hampi - Hemakutu hill

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi January 25th 2018

Woolly says – We were up bright and early and having found probably the worse tea in the world, breakfast hadn’t been a great success, we’re in India home of tea growing, how can they make such a bad cuppa? Having left the barely consumed cups we headed outside where our driver, Winkie, was ready for us with his three wheeled chariot. As we bounced and bumped our way back to Hampi, we again enjoyed watching the scenic views and working animals going about their daily tasks. Flying past some of yesterdays temples we pulled up at the Zanana Enclosure, which housed a couple of things that couldn’t be missed on a visit to Hampi. Having walked past the base of where the Queens Palace would have once stood my eye was instantly drawn to the ... read more
The Elephant Stables
The best yet
Cute goats

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi January 24th 2018

We arrived in Hampi after a good night’s sleep, although the train bunks were narrow and being suspended from the roof of the carriage was a little daunting the gentle rocking motion soothed us like babies. Woolly says – Our first task was the usual business of haggling with the rickshaw drivers, now old hands at this it didn’t take long before we were flying down the road and our accommodation was found. The young driver asked if we wanted a guide for the next two days and the look of surprize on Zoe and my face must have said it all, we never have guides! Jo justified her instant response of yes to the driver by explaining that it was going to cost several paws and pistachios to get around the huge sight and at ... read more
Spectacular Pool at the Royal Enclosure

Asia » India » Karnataka » Hampi October 15th 2017

15th October Luke woke us with some Samosa.. Amazing, love a samosa for breakfast.. It hammered down with rain last night, we had a couple of leaks this morning, nothing major tho. Checked out a bit later, they're proper sound, let us pretty much use the room when we want through out the day. Rained all day, really rough sea. Spoke to Sam, Dan, Ry and Rudie :) So nice having them all together, they were off to Killerton with Mum apple picking. The taxi came about 4pm, we all went to drop Zoe to the airport, on the way there, there was about six buffalo in the busy traffic and one bumped into the side of our taxi.. But yeh no one took any notice obvs.. We're in India.. Haha. Was sad saying goodbye to ... read more

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