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.
Tungabhadra is a major river in the south Indian peninsula. Hampi is located on the south bank somewhere in the middle of this river’s path. In this area the river takes a number of twists and turns owing to the rocky terrain. The river has immense significance in forming the political & religious history of Hampi. The river along with along with the boulder-strewn hills formed the northern barrier of the capital. It was not easy for an invading army cross the river without the fate of a sure defeat.
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!