If you’re travelling to India then we bet our last Rupee that Hampi will pop up in conversation at some point. So we’ve put together a guide to the tiny hippie town and places to visit in Hampi. We touch on everything from hotels in Hampi to the temples of Hampi and of course the top things to do in Hampi.
Places To Visit In Hampi In 24 Hours
With most people heading out East from Goa to check out the ancient village of Hampi, we decided to see what all the fuss was about. From the moment we arrived we knew it would be one of our favourite spots in the country.
The Temples Of Hampi
Hampi is a very religious old temple town, overlooked by the famous Virupaksha Temple. As well as Virupaksha, there are many temples of Hampi including Vittala Temple, well recognised around India for it’s iconic stone chariot!
Our favourite though was the Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple. Less of a temple and more of a statue, if you’re as big a fan as we are of the Hindu God then it’s an awesome sculpture to visit.
The Flintstones aka Bedrock
You’ll see it on your way in and if you ever watched The Flintstones, it’ll be the first thing that springs to mind. The crazy array of rocks that flow through are a definite one of your places to visit in Hampi. You’ll definitely want to take some photos from the top or catch sunset overlooking town!
The Cliff Jumping Lake
One thing we’d been dying to do in India was find a decent reservoir to dive into!
After biking around 5km from town we finally reached Sanapur Lake, known as one of the things to do in Hampi for cliff jumping. There are a few signs around that say watch out for the crocs but the locals insisted it was safe enough to take a dip.
If you’re looking for something a little bit different then Hampi is known for being the laid back land of hippies. The market that runs through the town centre is only small but can be walked 10 times over. We spent ages searching for that ‘standout’ item that nobody else would have on their travels.
Take a Taxi Boat Across The River
Hampi is separated by a small 30 second river ride that takes you to the quieter area of town. With rice fields on either side and beautiful dirt roads to cruise through, you can sit back and take in the views for hours. There’s not a lot to do on the northern side. Although it’s definitely worth adding to your places to visit in Hampi list.
The Mango Tree Hampi
Mango Tree Hampi – We were immediately on the search for food and everyone we spoke to pointed us to Mango Tree Hampi. It’s cheap, centrally located and tasted damn good! Rated #1 on TripAdvisor for a reason.
Rent Bicycles And Explore
Everything in Hampi is within perfect distance of exploring yourself and it saves a heap of money on tuk tuks. So if you’re keen for a bit of exercise, then we definitely recommend exploring on pushbikes. Plus, they’re easier to get across the river than mopeds!
We managed to squeeze all of these things to do in Hampi into one full packed day because we had arrangements to get down to Kerela. Although take your time and stay a few nights if you can, there are plenty of things to do in Hampi and it’s the perfect place to chill for a while.
You’ll struggle to any hotels in Hampi online but it’s a different story when you arrive. Hampi is full of local, family run guesthouses that are eager for your business!
Family Guesthouses – If you’re happy to stay in the middle of town then we suggest jumping in anywhere near the market, but don’t pay more than 400-600 Rupees per night.
They’re all very basic and similar in size. Providing a bed, shower and a TV if you’re lucky. Also, the owners are more than happy to pull out a mattress to squeeze 3 of you in a room.
You can have a look at the few available online hotels in Hampi here.
For things to do in India or which route to take, make sure to check out our break down – The Best Of India – A Route & Trip Guide
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