This page is dedicated to a collection of useful information on Hampi for you as a tourist. For example the climate of the region, the festivals of Hampi, where would you stay once you’ve reached Hampi, a detailed list of cautions & prudence a novice tourist should keep in mind, apart from Hampi various other tourist locations one can visit in South India, the food, Etiquettes, Train & bus connectivity….the list of info to facilitate would get added to this section on an ongoing basis. Browse the following briefs and click on the links for the details.
Access to Hampi : How get in & out of Hampi ? This page is provided with a map of India, Karnataka State ( where Hampi is located), location of Hampi with respect to various cities & towns in Karnataka, the major rail routes connecting to Hampi ( Hospet ) and also a broad outline map of the Hampi ruins...... more on how to travel to Hampi
Bicycle & Moped rentals : One of the best ways to explore Hampi is to use a two wheeler. Rent one from the many rental shops in Hampi. Please keep in mind Hampi ruins are spread over a large area. You may not be able to take your two wheeler to some of the locations ( for example a hilltop shrine). But you can park it at suitable points and go for short expeditions on foot.... more on two wheeler rentals in Hampi.....
Hampi's Weather : Hampi’s climate is generally dry & hot. March to early June is the summer. Monsoon brings some wet weather that typically lasts from late June to early August. The colder period of the year is from November to February. Irrespective of the climate, Hampi is open for visitors all round the year. Tourist crowd (and prices too!) drops during the summer & rainy seasons. Day temperature in summer can reach close to 40 deg C (104 deg F).... : more on Hampi's Climate
Cost & Budget :This page gives you a detailed list of cost for things and services in Hampi. For example, the cost of various kinds of accommodations available in Hampi. Though this is a rough list with approximate cost, this can help you to do your basic budgeting for Hampi. Also you can be a better negotiator with the taxi drivers and lodge owners. At least you will not look as a goofy tourist for them!! …. more on cost of Hampi tour
Distance to Hampi : Here is a chart of distances to Hampi from various towns and cities in India. In a large number of long distance cases you may not get a direct connection to Hampi (Hospet). That is your travel may include a combination of multiple modes of transport (that is a combination of buses, trains etc). Also there are multiple routes to reach Hampi, especially from long distances. The road and rail routes are generally follows the same direction. But the distances usually differ. This chart is given to aid to you estimate & plan your traveling time. ...distances to Hampi from cities
Etiquette : Well, this section is meant for those of you who are new to the Indian mannerism and culture. Please skip this portion if you are okay with this aspect. Hampi is no stranger to a cosmopolitan makeup. Let it be the Arabian traders or the Portuguese horse merchants of the 16th century or the current day backpackers, Hampi dealt with all of them in a fair way. It’s no alien to different cultures, especially when they all melt in a single pot. But make no mistakes about it; Hampi is rural and conservative in its core. Respecting its values is an essential, if not mandatory, responsibility of the visitors. …. etiquette in Hampi
Cautions : The spooky and abandoned look one sense at Hampi can be mistaken for an unsafe place. In reality this forlorn appearance together with its bizarre looking landscape is one of the highlights of Hampi. It goes without saying that you need to apply the general cautions applicable to any such touristy places. Your general alertness and prudence seems adequate to make your tour of Hampi safe and comfortable ..... Cautions
Facilities : Though Hampi is an important tourist destination the facilities available at the site are basic. But you can practically find the services one would require normally in a 3-4 days stay. Details of facilites like Tourist Information Centre , Clock Room, Travel Agents, Internet & Email, Medical Stores, Book Stall, Post Office, Money Change, Telephone …. more on facilities in Hampi
Festivals : Hampi has a set of annual festivals. Some are religious festivals associated with the temples. The others are cultural festivals. Many of them usually attract huge crowds. Generally the dates not fixed. Every year the exact dates and schedules of the programs are made public. The most popular are listed... more on festivals of Hampi
Food: Most of the Hampi’s eateries are concentrated around the Hampi Bazaar. Typical south Indian vegetarian food is the order of the town. That includes Idli & Dosa for the breakfast and the Tali meals for lunch. It’s not very difficult to spot eating joints sell western themes like pancake & likes. A large number of guesthouses in Hampi is attached with some type of restaurants. …. food in Hampi
Hotels & Lodges: After getting down from the local bus that brought have you to Hampi bus stand, take a walk about half a kilometer to the riverside near the Virupaksha temple. Well, you’ve just walked through the middle of the main lodging scene in Hampi. Regarding the lodging locations in Hampi a visitor has three options, in fact four, if you are prepared to cross the river by a coracle...hotels & lodges in Hampi
Itinerary : The ruins in Hampi are spread across a wide area. That makes it a bit difficult to make a perfect itinerary that covers all the sites in Hampi. There are multiple options to reach the same spot. The one opted for walk may choose a different path than the one exploring the sites on a bicycle. However there are many typical and well-trodden tourist circuits........ Itinerary planning for Hampi
Language : What language do they speak in Hampi? Kannada is the state language. The majority of the population in this region speaks Kannada. Urdu & Telugu too make its appearances infrequently. So is the national language Hindi. However the tourist driven local enterprises are somewhat multilingual. Even though everyone may not be fluent in usage, English is a sort of official language of interaction... Languages of Hampi
Other tourist locations: Karnataka State, of which Hampi belongs to, is on of the richest of the south Indian states in terms of its heritage Thanks to its many hundreds of years of history & heritage the state's tourist map includes old capitals, forts, palaces, monuments and more. Also Karnataka is home to many wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls and mountains. You can access these places directly or via transit towns from Hampi by road, rail or air...
Photography : Hampi is photogenic. Bring your camera along and you won’t regret the trouble. The green wet planes, the small steep boulder hills, the extravaganza of stone architecture, the life around it all are rich in content for photography. Non-commercial photography is allowed at almost everyplace you can visit at Hampi without any formalities. The exceptions are probably a couple functioning shrines and the interiors of the museum galleries.... Photography tips for Hampi
Bouldering : Hampi is a bouldering paradise. The practically endless trails of boulder hills give a range of options based on your level. Thought it is not primarily known for climbing, Hampi has a number of places where the bouldering folks camp. There are even some guesthouses who rent out the basic gadgets.... bouldering in Hampi
Souvenirs : Hampi has some unusual suspects in its list of Souvenirs for the visitors. The jewelry and embroidered textiles of the nomadic Lambani people steal the show. Overwhelmingly decorated they themselves are the Lambani people and their merchandise would never fail to attract ones attention. The rows of shops near the Virupaksha Temple displays and sell these items. Saturated colored fabric pieces are collaged to make shawls, wallets, shoulder bags, skirts and even bedspreads. As if the flashy colors are not loud enough to attract attention, mirror pieces and smooth cowry seashells are skillfully hand-woven on to it. The designs are mainly feminine in theme.
Areas of Hampi : Hampi is in fact a cluster of many zones and villages. Typically a few miles apart, all of them are connected by road and at places by the local ferries. The Sacred Centre: As the name suggested this is the religious area of Hampi. A number of temples and other religious structures are located here. : Areas of Hampi