Travelogue by Rogen
Hampi - Travelogue by Rogen Joseph
Hampi is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire.
From Hubli Bus Station i did not find any direct bus to Hampi. Bus conductors told me to catch a bus to Koppal from where i can get a direct bus to Hampi's nearby town Hospet. I enter inside bus and paying 113 Rs reach Koppal, which is also a district head quaters in Karnataka. Journey takes nearly two hours in which bus halts a few minutes at Gadag bus station. From Koppal i get a direct bus to Hospet. Bus journey costs 43 rs for less than thirty km journey. This journey was great as bus passes a distant corner of Tungbhadra Dam. With in half an hour i reach Hospet.
Frequent buses are available to Hampi from Hospet. Hospet is a major town in Bellary district of Karnataka. Buses running in this route are above model red buses (as seen in pics) and charged 13 rs for 12 km journey.
Finally bus halts at Hampi Bus Station. Major attractions in Hampi are located in a walkable distance from Hampi stand itself.
First i proceed to Virupaksha Temple. Foot wears should keep outside. Entry Fees are just 2 Rs while camera charges 50 Rs. But no one ask me while i shoot and take snaps with my mobile. Virupaksha Temple predates the founding of the Vijayanagara empire. The temple has a 160-foot (49 m) high tower at its entrance. Apart from Shiva, the temple complex also contains shrines of the erotica statues Bhuvaneshwari and Pampa.
I then move to Hemakupta Group of Temples located closer. The Jain temples on Hemakuta hills are dated 14th century.Eventhough few monkeys gang comes in my path climbing above presents panoramic view of Hampi. I take some snaps as well.
I climb down and walk for few meters on the opposite side of Virupaksha Temple and reach Vittala Temple Complex. It is one of the famous well known ruins in Hampi.
The iconic stone chariot in the vicinity of this temple complex is a symbol of Karnataka Tourism. Karnataka Tourism organize free Photo Exhibition. Hampi Police Station is also housed in the same building. The temple houses the famous musical pillars. The British wanted to check the reason behind this wonder and so they had cut two pillars to check if anything was there inside the pillars that was producing the sound. They had found nothing but hollow pillars. Even today we can see those pillars cut by the British.
Monolothic Bull is a major attraction in Vittala Temple complex. I also climb Mathanga Hills. Standing in the top presents me a wonderful view of entire Hampi. Sunset view from here is amazing.
I also walks to Achyutaraya Temple. Huge stones in entire Hampi region was a variety expierence for me. Due to the presence of several mineral deposits including iron-ore, manganese mining has been done in many places in Bellary district closer to Hampi.
As i say earlier nearest major town Hospet is better option for accomodation. I don't find any ATM counters in Hampi. But Hospet (12 km away from Hampi) have enough. If you wish to stay near Hampi best option is to cross Tungbhadra River. The guest houses are on other side of the river in an area called Virupapur Gadde. Boating is available here in Hampi that includes Motor Boats and Coracles.
Affter completing my visit i proceed to my room in Hospet. Distance from Railway Station to Bus Stand in Hospet is just One and Half KM. All buses comming from Hampi runs up to Railway Station. Next day affter visiting Tungbadra Dam i backs to Hospet Railway Station and catch a train to Hubli..