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Hampi, our favorite place in India

India. Just saying the word India makes me think of people, million of people. And million of cars, motorcycles and bicycles. Loud honking . Pollution. Street vendors. Cows. Dirt and garbage. Makes my head spin. That’s what India is making to you. She makes your head spin. But there are some places in India that make inside of your head calm. Places that are so peaceful. Making your heartbeats beating slow. One of those places is Hampi.

Hampi

Just by saying the word Hampi makes me think of beautiful boulders, millions of boulders. Stacked on top of each other. Looking like someone very strong and bored has stacked them artistically for us to wonder how they got up there. So many of them as far as the eye can reach. So much energy oozing out of them, if you belive in that kind of thing. If not, you will feel it! These boulders what make Hampi so special.

Hampi India

Hampi

The people. Not millions but only hundreds. Smiling and waving people. And very kind people. And people who loves to have a photo taken. Kids that run towards you when they see you and making you feel like home.

Hampi India

Hampi

The colors. The color of the sunrise and sunset hitting the boulders. The multicolored sari. Hampi makes me think of green. Green from the rice paddies and palm trees that blend in so well with the blue sky and the reddish boulders. Making a perfect match for the eyes to see.

Hampi India

What to do in Hampi 

If you are getting bored with laying on the hammock on your hostel and do nothing then Hampi has a lot of things to offer.

 1.Sanapur Lakes

There are two clean and peaceful reservoir where you can swim with beautiful surrounding. You can rent a scooter or a bicycle to get there. You will see a sign where it’s written ” No swimming, crocodile!” just ignore it. There’s no crocodile.

Hampi India

Hampi India

Hampi India

2.Bouldering

The best way to really take benefit of the boulders are doing some bouldering. There are several places where you can rent the shoes and the mattress. If you are a beginner you can hire someone to show you where and how to climb and get around the boulders. Most of the time you won’t get higher up more than 4-5 meters but it can be more tricky than it looks like. David wears 47-48 size in shoes and the biggest they had was 42. He was in very much pain!

Hampi India

Hampi India

Hampi India

4.Visiting the temples and the ruins

You can ride a bike or scooter and visit the sites or negotiate with a tuk-tuk driver to drive you around. Best time to visit the beautiful ruins and the temples are the early morning or late afternoon. Our favorite is the Monkey temple.

Hampi India

5.Explore the area

We really loved our days on scooter exploring the nearby area. It was never-ending boulders as far as the eye can see.

Hampi India

Hampi India

Hampi India

Hampi India

Hampi India

 6.Sunset

Don’t ever miss the sunset in Hampi. There are many places in Hampi from where you can see a sunset; Matanga HillHematuka Hill and Malyavanta Hill. Or just climb on one of the many boulders and enjoy!

Hampi India

Hampi India

Hampi India


7. Movie nights

Just walk along the “hippie road” where there are most of the hostels and you will see some of the restaurants and hostels organise movie nights. We saw ” Life of Pi” in one of the restaurant.

 8. Bathing Lakshmi the Elephant

Lakshmi the elephant of Virupaksha temple is quite famous and you can find the elephant taking bath in the Tungabhadra riverfront early morning around 7 o’clock. Apart the Elephant you get to see the locals getting themself ready for the day. Some are bathing in the river and some are washing the clothes.

Hampi India

Hampi India

  8. Meet the locals

What make Hampi so lovely are the locals. India has great people everywhere but we feel that people in Hampi are genuinely friendly. Really friendly. Talk with them. Especially the kids. They love hanging out with you.

Hampi India

Hampi India

Hampi India

Hampi India

Hampi India

9. Dress like the locals

Sari is my favorite traditional wear because of the colors and it is kind of sexy in a discrete way. When the owner of the hostel where we were stayed at told us about his daughter coming over to visit I asked him if it was ok if she could help me to get dress in one of her sari so I could walk around and feel  beautiful. No problem he said!

Hampi India

Hampi India

10. Taking a boat ride

The exact name of this bowl or a floating basket is Coracle. One of these can transfer between 15-20 person!

Hampi India

Hampi India

Where to stay in Hampi?

We stayed at the  “hippie” side of Hampi, Anegundi. It’s other side of the river from the main village Hampi where all the ruins are. Along the main street of the “hippie road” you can find many hostel and restaurant. I can’t remember the name of our hostel but the restaurant itself gave me nausea with all the psychedelic images.

Hampi India

Hampi India

So where is your favorite place in India? 

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81 Comments

  1. Ypu look lovely in the sari.I have Hampi on my to visit list.But my favourite place in India is Pahalgam in Kashmir.It’s magical.

  2. Archana Singh Reply

    Hampi is one place that I have not yet managed to visit. And, I keep seeing so many posts about it here and there. It’s great to know that the best way to this place is by doing some bouldering. And shoes and the mattress available for rent is a fantastic idea.

  3. Annika Ziehen Reply

    I wish I had heard about Hampi before as I just returned from India a little overwhelmed and exhausted. Or rather I did hear about it but never considered Hampi as it was always praised as backpacker’s mecca and I am not really a backpacker. But you have really shown a different side – it looks beautiful and these bolder formations are so unique. I used to be a rockclimber and this looks like the perfect place to get back into it. I also really like the elephant temple, I love elephants so seeing so many elephants in India used for work, tourism or parades made me really sad – however, this one looked rather happy.

  4. I’ve never been to India, but I can see why you love this place Hampi! The monkey temple is absolutely stunning, I think I would spend a few hours just photographing it all! Such wonderful photos as always that captures well the beauty and vibrancy of the area. I will remember this if I ever go to India!

  5. Abigail Sinsona Reply

    India is truly a beautiful country with many destinations to explore. Hampi is something that I am not too familiar with; but I guess this is the best thing about travel blogging. You get to learn more about destinations you didn’t even know existed. You’ve pointed out some really interesting attractions especially those boulders and the lakes.

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