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Last updated: 02/19/2009
Fall under the spell of ancient and magical Hampi set in a dramatic and very atmospheric landscape strewn with huge boulders on the river bank. Only a day away from Goa and definitely worth a visit!
Goa - HampiToday you'll travel inland from Goa to the magical village of Hampi, on the shores of the Tungabhadra River. The journey takes about 8Â½ hours and it is definitely worth the trip. Hampi is a small farming town in the state of Karnataka, nestled amongst mind-boggling ancient ruins and sculptures. The ruins are the remains of the old city of Vijayanagara, the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the early mornings and late afternoons, the combination of gentle light and striking landscape gives Hampi a special ambience that defies description. In the afternoon, you'll visit the Tungabhadra Dam and the Japanese Gardens. You'll stay in a simple guesthouse located in the centre of Hampi, or, if you would like to upgrade, we can provide more luxurious accommodation a little further from town.
Hampi TourAfter breakfast, you'll spend the whole day exploring Hampi with your English-speaking guide. The ruins are spread across a large distance between massive rocks, banana plantations and bright green shrubs. The remains of the palaces and gates to the city tell a magical story and showcase the creativity of the emperor of Vijayanagara. You'll visit many extraordinary sites - the Temple of Malyavanta, Hampi Bazaar (a beautiful street in the days of the Vijayanagaran Empire), the Virupaksha Temple, the Ugra Narasimha Burial Mound and the Vithala Temple complex with its 56 musical columns.
At the end of the day, you'll be dropped off at your guesthouse. There's nothing planned for the evening, so you'll have plenty of time to explore. You'll get a real taste of Indian rural living, with buffalo carts, cows and goats, roaming everywhere. There are several small restaurants serving local dishes and, as the sun slowly sets, you can climb the nearby hill to enjoy the magical sunset.
HampiToday is completely free and there's plenty to discover in this little town before you head back to Goa. Hampi was once a huge capital city in the Vijaynagaran Empire, larger at that time than Paris or London. Like Fatehpur Sikri in the north, it has been deserted for centuries. One of the most famous ruins is the massive stone carriage that is parked in front of an impressive gallery of decorated pillars, each sculpted from a single block of stone. Alternatively, hire a bicycle or scooter and head for the dam, jumping into the clear blue waters from the overhanging boulders.
Hampi - GoaAfter breakfast this morning, you'll say farewell to unforgettable Hampi, and set off on the 6Â½-hour drive back to Goa. If you would prefer to continue south to Kerala or Tamil Nadu, we will happily organize your transport for you. Feel free to ask one of our travel specialists.
Back in Goa, you'll either head to the airport or spend a couple of days on the beach. Take a look at our modules in Goa for more ideas.
- Inclusions -
- Accommodation with breakfast, transport, Hampi tour
- Exclusions -
- All other meals and entry fees
- Extras -
- A private tour based on two people sharing. Not a group tour. Departing any day of the week.
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