No matter how many times one visits a place, each time it has something new to offer. My first visit to Hampi was short and rushed. I visited Hampi again recently to soak in the grandeur and of its heritage. Hampi is 350 odd kilometers from Bangalore. The drive through NH 48 is smooth and enjoyable. Lying at the banks of Tungabhadra river, Hampi offers scenic views. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Most of the structures are carved out of the granite boulders. The architecture is splendid.
The temple town sports ruins of the two-tier marketplace, forts, shrines, hillocks, the infamous Stone Chariot and much more. It is recommended to take a guided tour of Hampi. We started off at the ruins of temples and market complexes. It’s interesting to note separate temples existed for the royal families and commoners. Hampi was one of the richest centers in India to attract traders from within India and outside as well.
Virupaksha temple is the oldest, active site of worship. Sunset at Matanga is recommended. The view from the top is mesmerizing. The place to enjoy a meal around this area is the Mango Tree Restaurant. Only vegetarian food is served on this side of the town. There is a happening side of Hampi, across the Tungabhadra river. Boat rides are available from the banks of the river near Virupaksha temple to Virupapur. It’s 25 kilometers by road from one side of the river to the other.
Basic accommodation is available in the temple town. We opted for Clark’s Inn which is 6 odd kilometers from Virupaksha temple, nearly the center if the town. It is situated opposite A.S.I Museum, Kamalapur. The late check-in was hassle-free. It offers a comfortable stay. The staff is polite and courteous. The rooms are neat and tidy. The room service is spot on. All the dishes ordered by us were delicious. I would definitely recommend a stay at Clark’s inn. Two days at Hampi seemed less considering there was so much to explore. I would want to visit Hampi again and delve more into the richness it offers.