Hampi is in Karnataka, near the city of Hospet. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hampi, as they say, is a magical place with ancient history, royal complexes, temples, ruins and lush rice paddies and perhaps is very much a place on the bucket list of backpackers and global travellers!
It’s the beautiful landscapes, paddy fields, historic ruins, magical stories that attract tourists from all over the world to Hampi!
This place is s delight for backpackers, history buffs, architecture lovers and geologists!
Planning to visit Hampi soon?! Well, here’s what you can do while in Hampi to make your trip a memorable one! 😊
1.Visit Temples: The main highlight of Hampi is the temples and the temples in Hampi display magnificent art and architecture.
Some of the temples to visit here are, Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple, Hanuman Temple, Hazara Ram Temple. The Temples here are the Virupaksha Temple, Vitthala Temple, Hanuman Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Hazara Ram Temple, Hemakuta Hill Temple, Ayuthaya Temple, Kadalekalu Ganesh Temple, Badavilinga, Sasivekalu Ganesh Temple and the Shri Krishna Temple.
2.Climb Boulders: What adds to the beauty of this place is that it is surrounded by boulders which form hills and valleys. For adventure enthusiasts, boulder climbing a must to do activity in Hampi!
3.Stay in a hut on Hippie Island: Backpackers generally choose to stay in these huts located on the river island. These cute little huts definitely make your stay a more memorable one! But, if you are a luxury lover this may not be the best option for you to stay. Away from luxurious resorts and hotels, staying in a hut will give you the local feel of staying in Hampi and will make your trip more adventurous!
4.Two-wheeler ride around Hampi: Sounds exciting! Isn’t it?! Roam around the narrow streets of Hampi on a scooter or a moped and soak in the natural beauty of this beautiful place. Exploring this place on a two-wheeler is an adventure in itself!
5.Try out local cafes: Hampi is divided into two sides as the temple side and the island side and there are great food options on both sides. This magnificent city also has some best cafes to go chill at! The food at the cafes here is a mix of both local Karnataka cuisine as well as International cuisine. There's nothing more relaxing than having a sumptuous local meal at a cosy little cafe!
6.Visit the Royal Enclosure: No trip to Hampi is complete without visiting the Royal Enclosure. It’s spread over 59,000 square meters and was once home to the King of Vijayanagara and his Queens. Though today, most of it lies in ruins it still tells stories of the life it once contained. The Royal Enclosure showcases the magnificent architecture of that era and is often compared to the open-air museum.
7.Shopping at Hampi Bazaar: Who doesn’t love to shop?! Shopping happens to be an integral part of most of the trips and vacations and it’s often a souvenir we take back home as a memory of that place! At the local bazaar in Hampi, you can look out for some exquisite stuff. From stone artefacts, lambani crafts to leather items to musical instruments there’s a lot of variety to choose from. The banana fibre crafts are especially famous in Hampi.
To add a more relaxing touch to your vacation at Hampi, splurge into some relaxing massages and spas at the amazing spa parlours in Hampi and Hippie Land! :)