Hampi is so mystical with its boulder-strewn landscapes that you might feel like you’ve landed on the moon! This ancient village is split into two by Tungabhadra River, which has become a natural epicenter. Hampi has a soothing quality to it, as its gentle agricultural community tend to lush green paddy fields and global travelers gather. As the former capital of the mighty Vijayanara Kingdom and home to ruins of a once sacred and regal city, the village is home to several major UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Tour the ‘king’s balance,’ the stunning ‘queen’s bath’ with its arched corridors, and lotus shaped fountains; visit the two storied Lotus Mahal, the huge Elephant Stables, the mesmerizing musical pillars at the Vitthal Temple, the awe inspiring Stone Chariot, the Virupaksha Temple and the monolith of Ugra Narasimha.
2h-Visit to Kishkinda Trust
Visit the Kishkinda Trust, an NGO in Annegundi village, near Hampi. Watch as local rural women prepare different articles using materials like bamboo, banana coir, etc. Take a ‘coracle’ (small lightweight boat) ride across to the other side of the Tingabhadra River; then drive about 20min to reach here. For more info visit www.thekishkindatrust.org