Hampi – run, travel, food and all of that!

 

 

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.

from the city of gold.

My 2014 couldn’t have begun in a better way. 2 weeks into the year and I am in Johannesburg (South Africa) for work and the everyday learning is something I am completely addicted to. Its a nice feeling to look out for new things, be inspired by a new culture, people, food, routine, etc. 

Quick observations from the past 1 week – 

  • Nelson Mandela is like god to every native person here
  • The weather is very pleasant here. (atleast around January, its very good. Maybe its due to the summers)
  • There is ample day light throughout the day (between 5am – 730pm)
  • Roads are very neat and all of them follow lanes here. The directions are pretty similar to Indian driving 
  • The currency of South Africa is Rand. And, the cost of living here is pretty decent and manageable. 
  • The place is so vast with a variety of options, that one can’t get bored here. 
  • There are all kinds of food cuisines available. But, if one is a pure vegetarian (read : no eggs included), then the options are pretty limited. Again, you could choose to cook. 
  • Work timings for most corporate companies are anywhere between 730am and 6pm. 

As of now, I can’t wait to explore more of Joburg, especially the art and music scene here. And, I would be more than happy if any reader of this post could suggest me with some places / links I could visit / refer to.