Rishimukh is a sacred place for Hindus as it finds some mentions in the epic Ramayana (see Ramayana in Hampi). It’s believed that it’s here that Hanuman first met Rama and Laxmana who where on the search for the wife of Rama abducted by Ravana.

You need to cross the river at some point to reach this locality. Rishimukh Hill and it’s environs fall within the traditionally laidback scene of Hampi. A few lodges and some seasonal restaurants are located nearby.

Otherwise the main attraction of Rishimukh is the Chandramouliswara Temple that’s undergoing a vigorous restoration work. Also this is a vantage point to see the ruins of the ancient bridge built across the river.

Close to this temple is an Ashram (hermitage) from where you can hear practically nonstop chanting of the sacred texts.

The boulder strewn hill is a visual treat, especially when viewed from across the river (Riverside Ruins) .

If the river is not flooded, you can crossover to this area by a coracle from near the Kodandarama Temple (pay Rs 5 to 10 per head).

Otherwise the same kind of ferry option is available at the river crossing point some distance east of Vittala Temple. In the later case you’ll need to trace a few kilometers before reaching this locality. If you are planning for a long exploration, taking along your bicycle or moped is a good idea as public transport is a bit scarce at this side of the river.

Otherwise you can cover this as a detour part of the Route 5 of Hampi Itinerary.

Rishimukh Boulders

Rishimukh Boulders

Rishimukh Boulders

Anegondi

Anegondi

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.

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Virupapur Gadde

Virupapur Gadde is the area just across the river from near the Virupaksha Temple.The place is known for its laidback ambient, lodges and tourist huts.

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Anjaneya Hill

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.

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Hampi Landscape

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.

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Hachappa Mantapa

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.

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Queue for ferry to Anegondi

Navabrindavan

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.

Pampa Sarovar

Pampa Sarovar is a sacred pond for the Hindus. This is believed as one among a few Sarovars (sacred ponds) mentioned in Hindu epics and  scriptures.

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