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The Hampi Explorer
With The Blueberry Trails
Spend the cosy cool weekend of 14th February in love with the outdoors. Hampi beckons! And if you haven’t been to this magical land of ruins, temples, jumping off rock faces, then this time is your time. Pack your bags, book your seat, book your bus ride and go!
We have designed a trip spanning over 4days 3nights to explore the ancient city of Hampi . Staying on the other side of the Tungabhadra river, dining on the banks of the river, waking up the greens with hillocks of boulders in the background, learn Bouldering on these rocks and exploring the ruins! So its going to be YOU, your moped, your map and all in a group riding together to explore the Magical kingdom of Hampi. History, Mythology, architecture, natural landscapes all merge together to form this heady concoction, which will leave any traveler hung-over for days to come.
Trip essence: Exploration of the ruins on your wheels | Cafes | Heritage sites | Coracle Rides | Bouldering | Movie nights | New friends
-Bikes/Moped are available to explore the city. For those who don’t know/want to ride-you can always sit pillion or take a tuk-tuk(autorickshaw) and head out for the exploration. The group travels together.
-Slow Travel, which we believe is the only way to travel. Experience the myriad colours of Hampi-at your own pace. Catch the sunset behind the rocks. It’s a magical space to be in.
-Bouldering session with an expert. Hampi is one of the top 3 bouldering spots in the world, and it is only fair that you experience it first hand, jumping off cliffs, and learning to leverage on the friction that your hands and feet naturally have.
-UNESCO world heritage site-It’s a sprawling expanse of ruins. So we have mapped most of them and we will be exploring them through the 4 days.
-Café hopping. Whether its breakfast in Shanthi’s in house café, or the quaint river facing cafes in Virupapur Gadde, or the rooftop movie-screening eateries that have an old world charm to them. There is something for everyone
-Exploration on mopeds. Go up the hill, come down a mountain. Let the mopeds be your own best friend on this trip.
-Go Local: Bicyle rides, a lunch at a local’s home.
-Tungabhadra snakes through the ancient city, we will be staying on the other side of the river-a backpacker’s paradise-ecclectic cafes are a regular feature and world cuisine to experiment with. Ferries to the other side close at 6pm
Here is how our trip looks like:
Day 1: Discovery: City by the river
Reach Hampi in the morning. Cross over to the other side. Settle into our rooms, head to the café for breakfast. And after that –head out!
We will be covering the main temples-so Vithala temple,Kodandarama, Courtesan’s street, Virupaksh temple and the ruins on the Hemkunth Hills are on our map. Lunch will be at our favourite south Indian place overlooking the river and post lunch we resume our explorations. And did we mention the coracle ride on the Tungabhadra?? Well, that’s definitely a MUST-DO on our list.
Places covered today:
Mode of transport: Auto or tempos and coracle (boats)
Experiences: Exploration of the iconic Virupaksh temple, Kodandarama temple & Vithala temple, a coracle boat adventure
Day 2: Exploration: Ruins of Vijaynagar
After a breakfast at our cafe, we set off for Day 2 of our adventure. Our mopeds await us on the other side. If you cannot ride, you can go pillion or take an auto and set-off to the other side of the Hampi bazaar to get a glimpse of the monolithic bull (made of one stone) and a short climb up the natural steps carved out of boulders will take you to the beautiful and protected Achyutarya temple- the view of the temple from the height is something that makes the climb worth it. Standing tall and lonesome! It makes for a perfect setting for a horror movie too.
Places to be covered today:
-Royal Centre-It’s was a seat of political activities and the cynosure of Political power. It houses the Royal Enclosure, Danaik’s Enclosure and the Zenena Enclosure
-Matanga Hill : a climb up
Lunch will be at Mango Tree cafe and post lunch we take our bikes again and set off.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Mode of transport: Moped/autos (for those who don’t want to ride or sit pillion)
Experiences: Exploration of Hampi on bikes. Short Hikes
Day 3: The other side, Anegundi: Bouldering Ahoy
An early morning start at 6:30am prepares us for an adventurous day ahead. Bouldering is the sport most rampant in Hampi. The natural smooth surface of the rocks around this ancient town, make it the ideal destination for rockclimbing lovers. Our instructor will start the day at 6:30am with a training schedule and appropriate gear. The day promises to be an exciting one.
Bouldering ends by 930am and post breakfast one can explore the earstwhile Kishkinda kingdom, Anegundi on the other side of the river (where we will be staying) on motor bikes. The landscape is dramatic and the drive mesmerizing! Go through the tiny villages, stop over for a photowalk or a quick cold drink at a stall.
Ancient rock paintings are also a draw-a short hike will lead us there.
We come back to do lunch at the Laughing Buddha café overlooking the river and resume our adventure.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Mode of transport: Moped/autos (for those who don’t want to drive or sit pillion)
Ruins rediscovered: Anegundi
Experiences: Learn Bouldering, Village walk
Day 4: Leisure
This day is kept at leisure. You can either spend the day on this side of the river or go over to the other side to indulge in retail therapy (the collection of curios and silver on offer is very attractive) or sit at a café and soak in the Hampi way of life. You can shop, drive, relax or share way too many conversations. Your call. Its your day
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Stay: Basic cottages on twinsharing (with attached bathrooms) overlooking paddy fields
Meals: Café culture prevalent
Travel: to get there: AC Volvo buses tickets approx Rs 1500 (12 hour drive) From Mumbai to Hospet. From Hospet an autorickshaw will take you there.
WHAT: Exploring Hampi
WHERE: Hampi, Karnataka
WHEN: 12th February – 15th February
HOW much: Rs 13500 + 3.09% = 13917 per person for 4D3N
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 9820560943
In pictures: Stay | Experiences | Essence of Hampi
1] Stay on twin sharing basis in the cottages
2] Meals that are mentioned
3] Bouldering session with appropriate gear
4] Moped hire and fuel for all the days as mentioned: Day2 and Day3
5] Coracle ride
6] Trip design and a trip coordinator from The Blueberry Trails
1] Travel to Hospet and back- we can help you out with your travel plans but we don’t make any bookings.
2] Meals not mentioned: The reasons these meals are not included is because there are a variety of cafes in Hampi and we encourage you to go and try different cuisines and different places to eat.
3] Entry fee to the sites and temples
4] Tips, beverages
5] Boat ride to/fro the hotel
How do we reach from Mumbai to Hampi?
-To reach Hampi one needs to reach Hospet first and from there you can take a tum-tum/Taxi to Hampi
How to reach Hospet
How do we travel in and around Hampi?
-The best way to explore hampi is by mopeds. If a traveller cannot ride, they can surely hop on as a pillion. If they do not prefer two wheelers Tum-Tum is the second best option.
Can you suggest us some great cafes that you have spoken about?
- Yes we would love to share our personal favourites with you.