Bangalore > Hospet by Bus
Rajahamsa (State operated bus); Local bus (state operated)
Bangalore > Hospet by Train : Rs 150 to Rs 1300
For Hampi Express (Train No.6591 for Hospet to Bangalore; Train No. 6592 for Bangalore to Hospet) : First AC (1A) : Rs 1286; Second AC (2A) : Rs 751 ; Third AC (3A): Rs 540 ; Sleeper Class (SL) : Rs 203
For Bangalore-Hospet Passenger (Train No.584 for Hospet to Bangalore; Train No. 583 for Bangalore to Hospet) : Sleeper Class (SL) : Rs 146
Goa > Hospet by Bus : Rs 150 to Rs 700
State operated local bus : Rs 150 Private luxury bus (up to Hampi) Sleeper type : Rs 600 ; Seating type : Rs 500, Sleeper type (AC) : Rs 700 ; Seating type (AC) : Rs 600
Goa > Hospet by Train Rs 200 to Rs 700
Train No.2848 Second AC (2A) : Rs 684 ; Third AC (3A) : Rs 501 ; Sleeper (SL) : Rs 198
Hyderabad > Hospet Rs 250 to Rs 900
Rayalaseema Express (Train No: 7416 for Hyderabad to Hospet ; Train No:7429 for Hospet to Hyderabad ) : Second AC (2A) : Rs 871 ; Sleeper : Rs 232
Hospet > Hampi Local by Bus : Rs10
Hospet > Hampi by Auto-rickshaw : Rs100
The auto-rickshaws wait patiently in a row just outside the railway station. And that changes when the train finally arrives. Catch one from the scramble or any where from the town for that matter. Ask for and settle (negotiate) the price before you start. These take you from Hospet (bus/railway station) and drop you in the middle of Hampi.
Hospet > Hampi by Auto-rickshaw (shared) : Rs 15 per head.
These shared taxies ply between Hampi & Hospet bus station via the Kadirampura village. It takes longer than the regular Autorickhaw ride as the driver stops very now and then to pick and drop passengers. But it is comparable with the time the local bus takes and cheaper than the regular Autoricskhaw hire (Rs 100 for Hampi>Hospet). Most of your co passengers would be the local villagers, sometimes with their livestock too. Not a bad way to hit Hampi with a bang.
Hampi> Kamalapura/Royal Centre by Autorickhaw : Rs 25
May be half of it, if you are willing to share it with a co passenger to the same destination.
Hampi> Vittala Temple by Auto-rickshaw : Rs 25 to Rs 100
Depends if you are going straight to your destination or take any short side trips/ stopovers/want a return trip. This route goes though the other popular sites in Hampi. Negotiate & finalize things with the driver before you hire.
Coracle ferry : Rs 5
...and that doesn’t include the insurance cover! This is for a regular ferry across the river (near Virupaksha Temple & off Vittala Temple). The operator charges Rs10 to Rs15 for ferrying you along with your bike. A specially commissioned coracle ferry for the local sightseeing or fun ride can cost about Rs50 to Rs100 (negotiable) for about 30 minutes. Riverside near Kodandarama Temple is a popular place for this.
Bicycle & Moped rental : Bicycle : Rs 30 per day; Moped : Rs 150 per day ( petrol Rs 50 per liter)
The mopeds are 50cc two-wheelers without shift gears, just adequate to carry two average sized riders (max. speed 35 kilometers/Hr). Higher powered scooters & bikes (100cc) too are available for a higher rental rate (Rs 200 to Rs 300).
The Fuel station in Hampi is located at Kamalapura, a few kilometers away from Hampi Bazaar. The rental shop can ‘arrange’ petrol locally at a slightly worst rate. No fuel stations near any of the ruins site away from Kamalapura. In the Anegondi area (the other side of the river) a mechanic shop near the Gagan Mahal at the village square is of help to organize fuel. Don’t expect fuel efficiency more than 25 kilometers per liter. So fill it up adequate and stop worrying (about 3 liters is okay for a days roaming)
Many rental shops are located at Hampi Bazaar area. Some are located in Kamalapura. And a few are in Hospet too. The rental is basically based on the ‘honor system’. You need to give them some assurances to rent you the bike. For example if you can convince them that you are staying in a specific guesthouses nearby, that would be suffice. Or pledge an ID card or something like that (as a matter of prudence never leave anything like credit card or passport). If you are not patient for all these, request your guesthouse caretaker to get you one with the required fuel filled. They get a commission & you pay a slightly worse rate!
Car Hire : About Rs 600 to Rs 800 per day (includes driver allowance).
Generally people hire car from Hospet and travel onward to the Hampi ruins. Remember car cannot take you to all the ruins site in Hampi. Be prepared for some considerable legwork, that is, if you are serious about ‘exploring’ Hampi.
Tonga (horse carriage) : About Rs 50 to Rs 100
That is for a typical short to medium exclusive trip from one monument to another (say from the Sacred Center to the Royal Centre or to the Vittala Temple). Tongas are slow but funny and environmentally friendly alternative to explore the ruins site.
Budget (backpacker) type : Rs 50 to Rs 200 .
Bring your own toilet paper -BYOTP! ( Rs , available at Hampi Bazaar area ). Many dozens of these ‘guesthouses’ are located near the Hampi Bazaar area and Virupapur Gadde, across the river. Some are located in Kamalapura also. It can be anything from a hut to a rooftop to a home with a family living there.
Midrange : Rs 300 to Rs 800 .
These are typical no nonsense type accommodations. A couple of them are near the Virupaksha Temple, a few at Virupapur Gadde. Many at Hospet.
Luxury : Rs 1200 to Rs .
(Lodging costs faithfully follows the tourist traffic, typically goes up by 25 to 50% during the peak seasons)
South Indian breakfast – Rs15
Breakfast (western type) – Rs60
South Indian meals – Rs25
Dinner with special dishes – Rs100 to Rs 200
Packaged drinking water – Rs15 per liter.
<b>Ticket cost & fees</b>
Entry Ticket fee : Rs 10 / USD5 .
For Indian citizens - Rs10
For foreigners USD5
Children under age of 12 are admitted free.The ticket is valid for a day for the three monuments – Vittala Temple, Zenena Enclosure & the Elephant stables.For all the other sites (more than 50) admission is free!
Archeological Museum (entry fee) : Rs 5
Open from 10AM to 5 PM. Closed on Fridays.
And that smooch by Lakshmi, the temple elephant, cost you a rupee!
No camera fee is charged for most of the monuments in Hampi. Virupaksha Temple charges Rs 50 for use of still cameras & Rs 500 for movie camera to use inside the campus.
Vittala Temple charges Rs 25 for use of video camera inside the campus.
Guide fee : Rs 50 to Rs 600 .
For a single major monument – Rs 50 (for about 30-45 minutes tour) For full day a private guide charges about Rs 600 . For a half day tour of multiple monuments – Rs 200 to Rs300 . The rates fall by about 40% during off season (April-September). Contact the tourist info center near the Virupaksha Temple on Hampi Bazaar to help you with arranging a guide.
Though not legitimate professional guides, the local auto-rickshaw drivers can ‘guide’ you to various sites in Hampi. You can rent an auto-rickshaw for a half-day ride for about Rs 300.
<b>Internet: Rs 60 per hour</b>
Connections are slow (I mean really slow) & generally the queue is long during the evening hours. So don’t fancy uploading heaps of photos you’ve just taken at Hampi. Contact the net café operator to get the photos downloaded from your camera & to get it burned on CD (get 2 CD copies each, if you consider them to be too precious to lose!). About Rs 50 per CD.
Hackers sell tiny guidebooks near Hampi Bazaar area for Rs20 to Rs30. You may download and print a copy of the Hampi map for you here. The bookstore near Virupaksha stocks a few popular books on Hampi. There is one bookstall inside the Virupaksha temple courtyard too.
The French edition Hampi Vijayanagar : Histoire Et Legendes (ISBN 9782911166174) by Vasundhara Filliozat (Rs 500 ); Reprint of the oldest travel guide (1917 first edition) on Hampi, "Hampi Ruins Described and Illustrated" ( ISBN 81-206-0159-9 ) A.N. Longhurst . (Rs 80); The large coffee table book published by the state archeology department "Hampi: The fabled capital of the Vijayanagara Empire", Rs 540 ; A guide on Hampi with some good historic perspective "Hampi A Meadieval Metropolis" by S. Settar , Rs 120 ; The detailed and colourful guide "HAMPI" (ISBN 9788175083363) by John Fritz & George Michell, Rs 400 ; The compact tourist guide promoted by the Department of Tourism "Hampi Travel Guide" (ISBN 9788187780175), Rs 160; Monumental Legacy series "Hampi" (ISBN 9780195660586) by Anila Verghese. Rs 225 ; "Hampi" writtern by D.Devakunjari is the official publication by the Archeological Survey of India (buy this from the ASI museum store at Kamalapur ) . Rs 45.
Let's understand this first. Your tour to Hampi is combination of 'sightseeing' as well as soaking yourself in its mysterious environs.