You need to get on a coracle/local boat to reach Virupapur Gaddi. That's a good introduction to this backpacker hideout in Hampi.
The locality called Virupapur Gaddi is just north of the Hampi village, across the river.
Why Virupapur Gaddi?
Two reasons. First, even by the otherwise rural standards of Hampi, Virupapur Gaddi is the most laidback locality in Hampi. The backpacker huts and guesthouses scattered in this rural backdrop has special character to it.
Second reason, this is the party central of Hampi. Backpackers of all genre congregate at Virupapur, than at Hampi side of the river. Bachelor's may like this area, families (with kids) may not. So depending on what's your idea of vacation, you may want to head to Virupapur or keep away from all those funky stuffs.
If these are not good enough reasons, chilled Beer and meat dishes are available on this side of the river! That's in contrast with the relatively conservative Hampi village side guesthouses.
A list of popular lodges ( more aptly, guesthouses) are listed below. Before that you may also want to know how to reach Virupapur Gadde. There are certain peculiarities to this location. Though Virupapur Gadde is just across the river from Hampi, there is no road connection.
Virupapur Gaddi is accessible by crossing the river near the Virupaksha Temple (see coracle ferries).
The road route is Hospet- Munirabad - Sanapur for accessing from Bangalore side, by road. Those from Hyderabad side, the route is via Gangavathi and Anegondi . Some of the guesthouses are reachable only by walk & two wheeler, as car would not reach. Park at Hampi and use coracle to cross to Virupapur.
You can walk in, check facilities , compare the price quoted and negotiate a bit before finally selecting one and check in. That's the style in town. Having said that, it's possible to book online (booking.com , makemytrip.com etc) as well. For many of the popular guest houses at Virupapur Gaddi. Some of them even have own websites.
Here is a sample list of guesthouses in Virupapur Gadde. Book them through portals like tripadvisor.in makemytrip.com etc. Gatecrash on arrival is also an accepted checkin style, tough you may find your luck running thin during the peak season! Places do get overbooked, especially around the new year period.
|Mowgli GH||Located in Virupapur Gadde area across the river|| Budget type accommodation; rooms and cottage options; cottages overlooking paddy fields (mowglihampi.com).|
|Shanthi GH||Virupapur Gadde near Mowgli GH||A popular place among the backpackers. Rooms and cottage options; cottages overlook the paddy fields and boulder hills (shanthihampi.com)|
|The Goan Corner|
See also Hampi Hotels & Lodges to explore other accommodation options in and around Hampi.
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