Hampi is sheer beauty and after your Hampi Trip, you will have ample reasons to fall in love with this place. Hampi has to offer almost everything, be it the chill out atmosphere of the restaurants at Hippie side or its temples who welcome all and make feel at home or Hampi ruins and sites which take you back by centuries into ancient era.
1. Carry hat, sunglasses and water (Hot and Dry Climate)
Hampi is hot and dry for most part of the year and even during November to January when weather is relatively pleasant here, temperature rises during afternoon. So carry your caps and sunglasses and keep a bottle of water ready with you all the time to beat the heat.
2. Hire a moped, cycle, auto or car (Tourist sites are spread all over)
Hampi has a plenty of options to visit spread out on both the sides of Tungabhadra river and you can certainly not cover them on foot. So, it is highly suggested that you hire a mode of conveyance. Moped and cycles are easily available on rent but on a hot day, it may be tiring to ride them. Autos (3 – Seater & 8 – Seater) are easily available everywhere in Hampi.
3. Keep a map handy and plan your day in advance (Poor Mobile Signals)
If you are thinking to rely on GPS to explore Hampi, forget it :). Mobile signals in Hampi are extremely poor, actually completely absent at most of the sites. So keep your day planned in advance. Keep a map handy and finish all urgent calls before stepping out. Actually it is also blessing in disguise -at least some relief from regular tring tring.
4. Boat is the best option to cross river (No bridge. Yes, No bridge)
If you have your own vehicle and you are looking to go to other side of the river, think twice or I will say, ten times because there is no bridge. There was one bridge which got damaged some years ago during monsoon floods and boat is the only option. Also, mopeds are not allowed in the southern side of the river (Ruins side), so there is no use of driving 45 KM to reach the opposite bank of river which you can cross by boat within 5 minutes (Check Directions here).
5. Choose correct Railway Station to get down on your Hampi Trip
There are two railway stations that you can get down to reach Hampi – Hospete and Munirabad. Both of them are located to opposite side of the river. So, in case you are looking to visit Hampi ruins and Vittala Temple and staying that side only, choose Hospet but if you are staying on Hippie side (most guest houses are on this side only), get down at Munirabad. Most trains has a halt at both railway stations.
So, have a great time at your Hampi Trip. This city has a spirit of its own and you will carry a part of it with you for sure. Let us know in case you require any assistance in planning your trip.