Happy in Hampi

Welcome to pre-historic Hampi!

Hampi! This ramshackle village, divided by a river is surrounded with heaps of precariously sitting giant boulders, ancient ruins & is a backpackers haven. Our daughter likened it to the Flintstone era & very Jurassic Park, she is spot on!


The area is really divided into two sites, the Hampi Bazaar, closer to the ruins & has many hostels, restaurants & shops. Virupapur Gaddi, is across the river & accessible by short boat ride from the bazaar area.

Hampi Bazaar River edge
Hampi Bazaar River edge

In full Laura Croft & Indian Jones mode we scampered across & through the various Hindu temples & ruins, marvelling at the intricate carvings & arcitecture, given that most date back to the 13th century.

imageThe ruins are spread over 36 sq kilometres & divided into two areas, the Sacred Center & the Royal Center. Our rickshaw drivers ‘Michael Jackson’ & ‘King’ (go figure) were not only knowledgeable but also very entertaining. We came to meet this pair as we stepped off the train on arrival in Hospate, about 15K from Hampi. Hospate is nothing to write home about & is dirty, dusty town with little to offer, except being a transportation transit point. They zeroed onto us & were unrelenting until we finally agreed to let them take us to our hotel for 20 rupees (~40 cents). After chatting with them for bit we figured they were reasonable guys so agreed to hire them for the next day to do the grand tour.


We started off at the Vittal Temple in the Sacred Center, the undisputed highlight of the Hampi ruins. We were surprised at the lack of crowds & thus had great photo opportunities without hoards obstructing our views. There were however many school field trips visiting the area & the kids always wanted to shake our hands, take pictures, ask our names & enquire where we were from. We really enjoyed chatting with these polite, eager young folks.

Another temple photo op
Another temple photo op


We won’t bore you with too many temple details, but suffice to say they are truly amazing & in really good condition, despite exposure to the elements.

Ugra Narasimha (aka scary bug eyed guy)
Ugra Narasimha (aka scary bug eyed guy)
Some interesting temple carvings
Some interesting temple carvings
No this isn’t Bob! 😅 A Sadhu (holy man)

The area is also a farming community. Lush green paddy fields, Palm, banana & sugarcane plantations dot the landscape. Our rickshaw dodged the many oxen-drawn carts of freshly harvested sugarcane, while shepherds herded their goats & cows lazily wandered the same roads.

Ladies in red
Ladies in red

Hampi is a definitely a recommended stop for those visiting southern India. Some come for a few days but end up staying much longer. We however are on the move again heading to Mysore. Our only option for transportation is by sleeper bus. We first experienced this means of transportation in Vietnam & swore we would never travel this way again. However, with a national holiday (who knew) & tardiness in booking (again) we will discover if Indian sleeper buses are any improvement over our previous experience.  Hey, who needs sleep anyway! 😴

Author: Theresa & Bob

We love to wander, aimlessly at times it seems, and will keep moving as far and as long as we can. Serendipity has provided many wonders along the way, when least expected, and we love the anticipation of the 'next great find' just around the corner.

15 thoughts on “Happy in Hampi”

  1. WOW!!!! Looks like you both and having an awesome. Great pictures you are getting. Looks like great weather too with all the pictures too.
    How long are you gone for.

    What an awesome adventure you both are having.

    Take care and ttys
    Faith and Paul. 😘😘

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Thanks Faith & Paul! Yes, it is nice & toasty here, especially in the afternoon. The mornings & evenings however are very pleasant & we are not missing the weather back home at all!😅

  2. Hi! What great photos Theresa. Very interesting posts….will be anxious to hear how the bus ride goes. Be safe!

  3. You are now in places we didn’t have time to visit, so thanks for new pictures! Good luck on the sleeper bus! My guess is that the one in Vietnam may have been better!

  4. Great pictures, Theresa! I love the colourful attire on the ladies! Good luck on the sleeper bus & safe travels! I will stay tuned!

  5. very colourful pictures, so clear & bright , unlike our cloudy day. Can’t wait to hear more about your experiences.

  6. I think we should add Theresa and Bob adventures to the most interesting travelers list.
    You two are amazing!
    Stay safe and enjoy your adventures.

  7. Thanks Ruth, everyday is an adventure over here, regardless if your taking a train, bus, walking, or rickshaw. Interesting country & people.

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