At Hampi's Boulders you do two things - Explore Heritage and Wilderness - in one go.
Hampi's Boulders, is a luxury resort themed around wilderness and eco tourism. This resort is set on the edges of the Tungabhadra River, amid sprawling boulder strewn property.
The cottages are spread around the property with a central dining hall, a natural pond and a rock pool.
The resort duals as a standalone wilderness-eco resort and a base to explore Hampi ruins.
The property has an organic farm attached to it. They source much of the fruits and vegetables from their own farm.
The buffet spread looks more like the homestay style cuisine, with a touch of local culinary flavour.
There is no 'restaurant' one may typically expects in a resort. If you are expecting lunch or snacks, check with the staff in advance for the availability.
Breakfast and Dinner are served in buffet style in the common dining area. There is a natural pool by the dining hall.
If you are lucky, you can see the baby crocodile basking on a boulder by the poolside. If you are not so lucky, a bunch of opportunists bonnet macaques would steal your breakfast!
The highlight of the resort is of course its wilderness ambient.
River Walk: Do not miss this. It's a one hour trek to the middle of the river, scrambling over the boulders. Though not tedious, not for the weak hearted!
You've to walk over many bamboo bridges precariously suspended over a torrential flowing river, till you reach the highest point over the boulder hill.
The guides will take you in the morning (7am), and evening for sunset view.
The plus and minus of Hampi's Boulders resort is its obscure location. If you are driving to the resort, you needs to use GPS to spot the exact location. Signposts and directions are limited in this area.
From Hospet Jn railway station you've two options to reach the Hampi's Boulders resort. The first is a 28 km taxi/auto rickshaw ride (about 45 minutes) directly to the resort.
The second option is to reach Hampi from Hospet Jn (by taxi/auto rickshaw/bus, 20 minutes). Cross the ferry (10-15min) to Virupapur Gadde and the resort's cab will pick you from the ferry point to the resort (7km).
You've to call the resort to pick you. The driver typically arrives in 20-30 minutes time.
Those driving from Hyderabad (via Kurnool or Raichur) needs to reach a small town called Anegondi. From Anegundi take the Huligi Road.
About 11 km from Anegundi towards Huligi, you'll reach a village called Basapur. (This is the second large village you'll see after leaving Anegondi) In Basapura village junction you'll see an ICICI Bank on your left. Take this left diversion, leaving the main road. After 2km, the road will cross a narrow bridge over a canal. Just after the bridge, turn left into the unpaved trail.
The trail snakes through paddy fields for about a km, till you reach the main gate of Hampi's Boulders.
If you are driving to Hampi's Boulders from Hubli/Hospet/Bangalore side, reach Huligi Town (Munirabad) first. Take the Anegundi/Gangavathi road. About 10km from Huligi, you'll reach the Basapur village. Turn right and follow the rest of the routes as described above.
By the way, if you're not having private transport, the resort will drop and pick you at Virupapur Gadde ferry point (7km from the resort). This is practically your gateway point to explore Hampi.
Overall Hampi's Boulders is a great place to base your Hampi exploration plus experience an exotic resort.
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