Anegondi was the capital of the region, before it was moved to Hampi. In fact this was the core of a tiny kingdom that eventually expanded into the Vijayanagar Empire covering the whole of south India. Currently Anegondi is sleepy village with a principally farming community inhibiting it.
Anegondi is at the opposite bank of the river where the Hampi village is located. The easiest way to reach Anegondi from Hampi is by crossing the river by the coracles.
There are many attractions here though not as mind-blowing place like Hampi. Anegondi has a big fort encircling it. Many parts of it is in ruins, nevertheless the remains are interesting, for example, the fort gates.
The ambient of Anegondi is refreshing for the ones who like a peaceful place to soak themselves in a rural ambient and tour at their own pace. Other attractions include Anjeneyadri (the hill top Hanuman temple), Pampa Sarovar (a tiny shrine and a sacred tank), Gagan Mahal (a small old palace), Rishimukh Hill, a ruined ancient stone bridge crossing the river, Chandramouliswara Temple near the ruined bridge, The Ranganatha Temple, further up caves with prehistoric cave paintings and a number of other small and big temples.
Navabrindavan , the sacred place of Sri Raghavedhra sect is located in Anegondi.
The second thing is about the lazy walk in the paddy fields. A fantastic place to spend an evening (be a bit alert that you are a bit far from your base in Hampi.
Staying back too late may make it difficult for you to navigate through the dark places, especially if you are on a stroll).
The connectivity within Anegondi is a bit tricky. There are some occasional local bus services connecting various places. The best way is to bring your bicycle/moped along when you cross the ferry to Anegondi.
There are no fuel stations in Anegondi as of now. So fill tank to the brim when you start from Hampi. If you are hard pressed, go to the tiny mechanics shop just close to the Gagan Mahal at the Anegondi Square. He can offer a bottle or two of petrol, of course at a slightly high price.
Hoova Café (flower café!) next to the Gagan Mahal serves homely Indian food.
Route 5 of the Hampi Itinerary explains strategy for Anegondi area excursion.
Areas of Hampi
Hampi's attractions are clustered across many zones and villages. Typically a few miles apart, all of them are connected by road and at places by the local ferries.
This hill in Hampi believed to be the birthplace of Hanuman , is located in the center of Anegondi area. You can see this hill from the Hampi side of the river as you trek along the Kampa Bhups’s Path.
This reconstructed pavilion would be your first major stop once you have crossed to Anegondi area from the Talarigata ferry point near Vittala Temple. From the main road, this pavilion sits hidden in thick banana plantation with a palm lined trail leading it.
Navabrindavan, near Hampi, is of importance to the followers of the saint Sri Raghavendra. The Brindavan (sacred tomb) of the saint is located in a small island formed by Tungabadra , a bit east of the Anegondi village. This place is highly sought after by the pilgrims and is treated with reverence.