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Hampi, the soul amidst the ruins

by on August 14, 2007

hampi.jpgHampi is a historical site scattered with ruins and excavations in Karnataka. As the capital of the Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagara and was a beautiful city in its prime. Entering the vicinity of Hampi, I saw massive boulders in the largely rocky landscape, balanced on or against seemingly precarious positions. Hampi is a weekend getaway from Bangalore. Its silence can settle into our soul and we can begin to feel its vibrations. I found places of great natural beauty in mountains, seaside’s, plains and deserts. The village of Hampi has one main street Hampi Bazaar, which is closed to all vehicular traffic. The bus stand is just off it on the eastern side. At the western extreme is the Virupaksha Temple and the eastern extreme of the street is the museum at the base of Matangi Hill, run by the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums. And a few meters from this are the steps that lead to the Achutaraya Temple, which bypasses the Matangi Hill. We hired cycles to ride as it was the best way to see the place. We carried sun creams, for protection from the sun, and carried a picnic lunch and water along. On our first day here and we boarded a car to get the overview of the ruins, however if you are not into affection for history then Hampi is not for you. As there are no pubs, no non veg restaurants, none of the ease of conversationhampi1.jpg one can strike up. The sites were plenty and absolutely not to miss where the Virupaksha Temple, Vittala Temple, Queen’s bath, Loyus Mahal, Elephant Stable, Underground well, Mint and the Watch Tower, Hampi Bazaar, Sule Bazaar, Tungabhadra Dam, Hanuman Temple across the river at Anegundi. Then there was a photo exhibition at the museum situated at the bottom of Matangi Hill. It consists of 60 enlarged pictures of Hampi taken by a British photographer around 200 years ago.While other places boast boat rides across placid lakes and rubber dignity rides on fiery rapids, Hampi allows you to cross the nicely moving Tungabhadra River in what’s look like a coconut shell. This coracle not only depends entirely on the skills of boatman to move it along and prevent it from capsizing, it also requires you to squat on the sloped edges before it can move. There are many Hampi hotels that are starting from Rs. 100 – Rs. 600 per day all over the Hampi Bazaar.

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7 Comments
  1. dilip .g.d permalink

    hampi is a place of historical revolution and a great place of open historical library for thoes aspirants who are conseues about the earlier kingdoms , hampi is a place of prosperity and a place of victory and freedom, is an example of celebration and power to lead a city , people , state
    It is well proud to me that i’am a citizen of this country and as well as to the karnataka and i’am proud to be a part of this city of victory who will always wish to be the one and only well wisher of the city of victory and iam well enthusiastic and eager to be present at the city of victory , but unluckily the is not permitting me to be there to visit HAMPI ,

    I AM WAITING FOR MY COLLEGES VOCATION TO VISIT HAMPI

  2. Hi Arun,

    I am a person whose passion is travel photography, Around Jan – Feb I am planning to visit Hampi.

    I would like to know if u r interested in travelling together, I am sure that there no one else on the net who know this place better.

    Regards,
    Adam Backer

    Mob : 0097150-3835780

  3. It’s a different world; admist of the world so rough, unforgiving, loud.. This place is divine and enriches the soul.
    I have travelled the place once and have fell in love with it. Sitting on Rocks clad with images of GODs and watching the sunset .. Feels like heaven and makes you belive in the supreme power.

  4. Swarna Sriram permalink

    Hampi is beautiful. I do not see any other way of expressing it. Do keep in mind that it is the very place where Rama met Vanaras (Monkeys). Yes, the old name of Hampi is Kishkinta mentioned in Ramayana.

    You may not believe my words, but when you visit this place, your mind can easily see monkeys moving stone to stone – hill to hill.

    Breathtaking. There is a nice restaurent in the river side – which any locan folk can direct you to. The experience of sittin g in the river side and tasting native cuisine is amazing. Dont miss this place

  5. I have been to Hampi 3 years back and I yearn to go back there again and again. There is definitely a magic there.
    You can read my Hampi travelouge @ “Hampi – Glimpse of a bygone splendid era” @ http://rskommu.wordpress.com/2008/12/29/hampi-glimpse-of-a-bygone-splendid-era/

  6. Arun M N permalink

    HAMPI, the name spells MAGIC, trying to engulf you in it’s charismatic aura even in it’s ruins. Truly it’s a different world in itself trying to soothe your soul, mind. People try to compare HAMPI with Rome, Greece and ancient Historical sites, but on the contrary HAMPI just can’t be compared, it always was, is and will remain at par with all the ancient sites.

    It’s my sincere advise to all the travellers visiting Hampi that DON”T visit HAMPI just to see the ruins, please pour in your heart whilst your visit, coz you will surely realise that each stone, each street, every pillar that’s witnessed all the glory is trying desperately to narrate the past and you could feel the blood oozing out after they have seen the disaster HAMPI witnessed after the kingdom’s defeat in the battle of Talikota in the year 1565.

    Even in it’s ruins HAMPI remains an architectural marvel that remains unconquired till today and stands testimony to the fact that none of the engineering skills match the architectural heights that our ancestors during the Vijayanagara Kingdom had achieved.

    Anyone returning back from HAMPI will have tears in his eyes and never wishes to leave HAMPI. The fact that the daugter of a very famous politician of the country has adopted HAMPI has her home leaving all the riches of her father stands testimony to the fact.

    PLEASE VISIT HAMPI AND SPREAD THE GLORY OF THE SITE TO ALL IN THE WORLD.

    I have been in HOSPET for 22 years of my life and everytime i visited HAMPI, it was as though for the first time and the touch / feel and the warmth the monuments gave me, can be still felt , it’s been 15 years now i have been in Bangalore but i still have tears in my eyes when i think of HAMPI, just can’t wait to go there again and again and forever.

    I only wish after my death my soul merges with eternity at HAMPI –

    BEST REGARDS,

    ARUN M N
    +91 9916662751

  7. Divya Sharma permalink

    Hampi is a historical site scattered with ruins and excavations in Karnataka.I found places of great natural beauty in mountains, seaside’s, plains and deserts. The village of Hampi has one main street Hampi Bazaar, which is closed to all vehicular traffic. One of the main beautiful thing is that the western extreme is the Virupaksha Temple and the eastern extreme of the street is the museum at the base of Matangi Hill, run by the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums.
    Here one more important thigg which I have not found any where was, there is no pubs and no non veg restorent throughout the city.
    The sites were plenty and absolutely not to miss where the Virupaksha Temple, Vittala Temple, Queen’s bath, Loyus Mahal, Elephant Stable, Underground well, Mint and the Watch Tower, Hampi Bazaar, Sule Bazaar, Tungabhadra Dam, Hanuman Temple across the river at Anegundi.

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