Hampi Heritage Run was announced and it was around mid December, that I decided to register for a Half Marathon. Little I knew about Hampi, but after experiencing this beautiful place in the last 3 days, I assure, it’s a place worth visiting multiple times.
The breathtaking Hampi, the huge boulders, temples that were constructed atleast 1000 years ago, the scenic views, it’s people, the fellow visitors, food, everyone affected me.
How to get there:
Hampi is closest to Hospet.
I took two trains to reach Hospet [Chennai -> Bengaluru -> Hospet]
How to reach Hampi from Hospet:
Hampi is about 14kms from Hospet. You could either take an auto that would cost anywhere between Rs 200 – Rs 300 for one way.
Alternatively, take a bus (301, 302) from Hospet bus station. Costs you about Rs 14.
Accommodation at Hampi:
There are plenty of options in Hospet and anything on Station Road is your best bet since its close to railway station and bus station.
I stayed at Amrutha Residency, that costed me about Rs 750 per day. Contact details: +91 8394225225, +919880544559
Places to see in Hampi:
- Enthrodwaraka Temple
- Virupaksha Temple
- Monolithic Bull
- Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple
- Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple
- Chandrasekara Temple
- Saraswati Temple
- Narasimha Temple
- Purandaradasa Mantapa
- Vamana Temple
- Vittala Temple
- Tungabadra river
- Hanuman Temple (Kishkinta, across Tungabadra River)
- Laughing Buddha (Kamalapura)
- Tungabadra Dam (Hosepet)
Food options to explore:
- Moonlight Restaurant (near Virupaksha Temple)
- Mangotree Restaurant (near Virupaksha Temple)
- Andhra Mess (Station Road, Hospet)
- Udupi Hotel (Station Road, Hospet)
- Bikaner Sweet Stall (Station Road, Hospet)
P.S. This trip was made possible by some dear friends (Sriram, Bharath, Karthik) and I am extremely grateful for the experience.