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.
it was easy to give up,
especially between 15-18kms,
but my brother, Karthik Natarajan ensured I did it,
one Mr Augustine, who was a pacer, he warmed us every time with a sincere smile,
the Pandian Thatha, who listened to devotional songs sung by TMS and cheered us,
the words of a kid who asked how much more distance she could run to her mom,
the specially challenged runners,
the professional athletes, the slow crawlers similar to me,
the volunteers who served water, glucon, lemon, fruits,
the security, NSS, police personal who asked us to push and give our best,
the tall, short, fat, thin, dark, fair, all human beings who ran this, just to challenge themselves and their ability,
the aptly placed bill boards having words of wisdom,
the beautiful Coimbatore climate,
most importantly, the amazing parents for always being encouraging and supportive.
Meera Sundar and Prasanna Kumar for getting me into running!
Thanks, all of you. 🙂
Coimbatore Marathon 2015 will stay close to my heart.
Someone asked about my experience – from today’s early morning run.
In simple words, I experienced so much goodness around me. And this is available in abundance for all of us.
I lived these moments through the spirit of a 7 months pregnant lady who ran today,
the challenging guy who wore an instrument to replace one of his legs and walked the entire stretch,
the chirpy kids who were living the moment, ran with their dads and moms and seemed more excited as their parents pushed forward,
through those endless cheers and motivation from people whom I would have never had the courage to greet on another occasion,
nature for unraveling its beauty as the day grew longer.
.. Chennai Runners, you were inspiring in more than many ways.
Thank you for taking me back to our roots of being good, expressing well being and respect for each other.
Well done Dream Runners for organizing a great show. There were flaws, but you need something to improve in your next event, right? 🙂
Next set of Marathon events:
- Terry fox Run
- August 23, 2015
- IIT Madras
- Coimbatore Marathon
- October 04, 2015
- Chennai Wipro Marathon
- December 13, 2015
- Route TBA
- All events for the rest of the year