World Heritage Site Hampi Review

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Review of Hampi, Karnataka

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  • Lav
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews
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"World Heritage Site"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2011
This is a place everybody has to visit.So much of history here.The temples speak a lot about our history.the rise and fall of several kingdoms.Yet this place has managed to stand.A must visit.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Lot of places to shop.Variety of food options across the river.

Activities & things to do: Cycling,Trekking.Swimming.Sightseeing.Lot of places to visit.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Bangalore drove through Bellary
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Savio Thomas

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  • Savio Thomas
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 220 photos
  • 23 Reviews
  •  36 helpful votes
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2011
Why did I postpone my Hampi trip for so long? I feel ashamed to say that I have spent all my life in Bangalore but till last weekend, I hadn't visited Hampi. To all those people out there who say that Hampi is all about temples and rocks, itís about time you visit Hampi once again. While I was planning my trip, a lot of my friends were giving me negative feedback about Hampi. Pretty much saying itís a boring place with nothing much to do. I stayed there for 3 whole days and I realized I did not have enough time to explore the entire place. There is just too much to do in Hampi. Too many places to visit. The temples are simply enchanting. When you look into the detailed art work in the temples, you will realize that what we see there is something really amazing. The amount of hard work and dedication put into the construction of these temples are simply laudable. I was dumbstruck!! You can just sit in the temples for hours together and try and visualize people working and constructing it. Very captivating. It deserves to be a World Heritage Site which it is.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Now, food completely depends on which side of Hampi you are staying in. Hampi has two parts. One is the main city and the other side is across the Tungabhadra River. We stayed across the river. You get all kinds of food here. There are many restaurants here serving German, Israeli, Indian, and Chinese. Prices vary from place to place. In some places, breakfast can go up to Rs.300 for 2 people and some places, you can finish a hearty breakfast with in Rs.100 (and the food in these places is not bad at all). In the main Hampi town, from what I saw, I think the food is slightly less expensive. The restaurants donít seem as well maintained as the restaurants we saw across the river. This is probably because the population of foreigners here is more than the locals. Yes. Once you cross the river and visit the other part of Hampi, you will see more foreigners than Indians. Which is why this place is better maintained than the main city.
Sightseeing Ė Like I said earlier, there are just too many places in Hampi to visit. I stayed there 3 whole days and could not explore the whole place. So if you want to explore the entire place, I would suggest you stay there for 5-6 days and I can guarantee you will not regret it.

Activities & things to do: There are a few activities in Hampi. One is you can go to the lake and dive from the cliff. I saw a lot of foreigners and a few Indians doing this. If I was a good swimmer, I definitely would have done it. Apart from diving off the cliff, you can also leisurely swim in the lake. You can go trekking, rock climbing and there is a small waterfall you can visit here. If you have to go to the waterfalls, make sure you donít take any children, elderly people or anybody with physical disabilities there. You have to climb up and down a lot of rocks to get there and you trek for nearly an hour. I would also suggest you leave as early as possible. The place is deserted and you donít want to be the last one to leave. We were the last ones to leave though. But I strongly advice youíll against it. Apart from this, you can also hire cycles and visit sightseeing attractions. I would say itís really good exercise. And last but not the least, you need to witness the sunset or the sunrise here. It is simply captivating. You can do this by going to higher ground, find yourself a nice rock, and sit there and admire one of Godís given gifts.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: If you are travelling from Bangalore, please be warned that the road till Chitradurga is brilliant. But after that, be prepared for what I would call, the worst experience of my life. Unfortunately for me, when I booked my bus tickets, only the last sleeper was available. In the middle of the night, it felt like I was suffering from an everlasting seizure. This carried on till I got to Hospet. Got down from the bus feeling all mixed up. On my way back, the bus driver told me that the government will be repairing this road soon. Considering itís on the way to a World Heritage Site, it should have been done a long time back. But I wouldnít want to comment on that aspect. So please try and avoid this road.

In Hampi, if you want to get to the other side of the Tungabhadra, please be informed that this place is accessible by a small boat which runs every 5-10 minutes and the last trip is at 6 P.M. Each trip costs you Rs.15. The only other way is you need to go to Hospet and from there itís around 30kms which means youíll be travelling close to 45kms. Take the boat. It just takes 2 minutes.

Apart from this, there is nothing else you need to be worried about. People here are friendly and you can get around pretty easily.
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Kg Pai

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Visit to Hampi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2011
A must visit place. Reaching is a nightmare because of roads. Best to go by train.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Visit to Hampi is the best

Activities & things to do: Not much other than site visit

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Roads are very bad. Best use train services. Even road from Hampi to Aihole is bad. There after it is okay.
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Atul Kanetkar

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  • Atul Kanetkar
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 1 Review
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 11, 2010
Hampi is an amazing place. The extensive and exquisite ruins make us wonder about the fine quality of life those people lived 500 years ago! Being an Architect and Photographer, it was delight to be here on 3rd time this Diwali!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Great for sight seeing, one should have minimum 3 days to explore the place!

Activities & things to do: The sight seeing itself will keep you occupied!

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We travelled from Pune to Belgaum, Dharwad, Koppal and Hospet. Almost 600 kms drive! The whole drive was comfortable except last 25 kms along NH13 which is in very bad condition and has heavy traffic of trucks, dumpers and containers! We got stuck in this patch for almost 6 hours!
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Shagun Segan

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  • Lives in Nagpur
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  •  5 helpful votes
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"Hampi - On the Rocks...!!!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 25, 2010
Hampi could very well be the Manali of South. A back packers delight, the numerous foreign nationals would vote for that. It appeals to both the adventurous and asthetic senses.

Be it the near Home-stay experience, rock climbing, cycling, walks, river cruise.. Hampi has it all.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The Mango tree is the best place to eat and lay back in the hot Hampi afternoons.

The whole main temple street is a shopping place, but for your basic needs. Nothing too fancy here. But you enter the little lanes and you would have people selling antiques, fancy clothes, artifacts,etc.

Activities & things to do: Just walk around the whole temple region and the other various ruins. The sunset from the Matanga hills is not to be missed.

The food isn't too fancy but its fresh and well prepared.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: It is well connected to major cities like Bangaluru, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Goa. You will have to reach Hospet and then take a bus or a rick to Hampi.
In Hampi, you can hire a 2-wheeler or cycle for going around.
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