Hampi, India

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What to See

Hampi Ruins

Entrance Fee 250 rs
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Entrance Fee 250 rs

If you plan to see the Royal Citadel or the Vitthala Temple, you'll need to pay the 250 rs fee for foreigners (plus an additional 25 rs for video photography). All other ruins are free. The ticket is good for one day.

What to Do

Renting Bikes

40 Rupee A Day Bike Rental
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40 Rupee A Day Bike Rental

See the ruins on bike instead of a tuk tuk. It's a beautiful ride, somewhat strenuous but totally worth it. A quick tip on the bike rental. Make sure your brakes and bell work properly and the seat is at the right level for you. The ride can be bumpy and long, and you'll want to be safe and comfortable.

Renting Scooters

1000 rs Fine for Riding Without a License
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The daily rental rate for a motorbike is 150 rs but keep in mind that the police do occasionally stop tourists to check for licenses. The fine, if you get caught without an international driver's license, is a pocket-pinching 1000 rs.

Watching Sunset

Sunset from Matthanga Hill
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Sunset from Matthanga Hill

The hands down best sunset is from Matthanga Hill opposite Virupaksha Temple. Head toward the police station and look for signs. The hike takes about 20-25 minutes. From the top, you'll have a view of Hampi, including the bazaar and main temple, as well as the river and banana plantations below. It's amazing up there. You'll want to head down before dark or you may find yourself face to face with leopards, bears, snakes, and other Hampi creatures.

What to Eat

Local Specialties

Nepalese Dumplings
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Nepalese Dumplings

A simple question to ask to ensure you have a good meal is whether the cooks are from Nepal. In Hampi, there seemed to be an abundance of Nepalese workers so we found ourselves ordering momos (dumplings) daily. We're from Texas and like our dumplings fried but you can also get them steamed with a different flavored chutney every day. The momos at Gopi's Guesthouse were exceptionally good.

Getting Around

Boat

High Water means No Boats
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High Water means No Boats

Hampi is divided into two parts by a river that is controlled by a huge dam upstream. The main part of the town with all the ruins has more infrastructure. The other side of the river is known for partying and drugs. During the rainy season, the water will rise pretty quickly, especially when they let out water from the dam. When this happens, the boats that take you across will stop and the only way to get to the other side is by taking a very very long and expensive tuk-tuk ride. So, keep an eye on the river and don't get stuck!

What to Avoid

Local Wildlife

Leopards Roaming at Night
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Over the past year or so, the main bazaars in Hampi have been torn down leaving nothing but a bunch of deserted ruins. At night, you might hear the local stray dogs howling and going crazy. This might be because of the leopards. Leopards live in the surrounding hills and at night have been known to come into the ruins and prey upon the dogs. We didn't see any when we were there, but we did hear the dogs going crazy. Think twice before wandering out at night!

General Advice

Stuff To Know

India - Hampi
by Giulio90 about 7 years ago

Hampi is a small city in the middle India (Karnataka) a little bit difficult to find, you have to take 2 local buses, but don't skip it!! It was the best part of my 2 months India trip.
1) Small village with 2 roads, in an amazing landscape, in between river, hills, huge rocks and endless green fields.
2) Freat way to see some small village life and try some local food (however is getting more and more touristic, as the all country so go there as soon as possible, India and Hampi will blow your mind)
3) Few guest houses but clean and nice.