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.
The highlight is a two storied pavilion made with sculptured pillars. Tall circular pillars made using some kind of lathe is of pre Vijayanagara origin.
The bases of these pillars are decorated with tiny but delicate carvings of gods and goddesses. This is the typical architectural style of the Hoysalas, the empire that preceded the Vijayanagara kingdom. Though in ruined state, the carvings are finer and minute than you've seen in the typical Vijayanagara architecture.
The pavilion is peculiar for is its atrium like opening in the middle. The parapet around the atrium is decorated with an array of carved panels, mostly depicting court scenes and life of the time. The ceiling spots some traces of paintings. The pavilion is without any wall and array of stone artifacts recovered from the river are also on display.
The short but panting climb from the ferry point brings you to a fork. The right branch heads straight into the Anegondi village square located about a kilometer northeast. The rather straight looking left road bypasses the Anegondi village and intersects a main road at about a kilometer away. Take this bypass path if you are straight heading to places like the hilltop Hanuman Temple or Pampa Sarovar.
The road first mentioned (the right branch) passes along the Hachappa Mantapa. Take this path and about 100 meters forward, you can see this on your right tucked in a banana and coconut plantation.
There is no entrance fee. You may stop by for a few minutes quick tour before proceeding north into the village centre of Anegondi. Do this as part of the Route 5 Hampi Itinerary.
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.
Domingos Paesa a Portuguese traveler visited Hampi 500 years back wrote "...People cross to this place by boats which are round like baskets.Inside they are made of cane, and outside are covered with leather; they are able to carry fifteen or twenty persons, and even horses and oxen can cross in them if necessary, but for the most part these animals swim across. Men row them with a sort of paddle, and the boats are always turning round, as they cannot go straight like others; in all the kingdom where there are streams there are no other boats but these..."They are exactly as it is today as it was five centuries back, except probably the PVC sheets has replaced leather, and motorbikes too are added to its cargo list!