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Old 26th July 2010, 22:09   #1
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Smile The Spirit of Hampi

Before even I start writing this travelogue, I thank ExtremeTorque and RoamingRao for their invaluable inputs which made this journey absolutely smooth and without any hiccups in between.

My in-laws from Mumbai had come to visit us here in Hyderabad for a fortnight or so and since they had toured Hyderabad multiple times before and been to most of the places in and around the city, father-in-law tossed up the idea of driving to Hampi during the weekend and everyone jumped on it since Hampi doesn't fall en-route to any of the significant cities or metros as such, and there are rare natural opportunities to visit this beautiful place unless one specifically plans for it. As usual we decided to travel by our own car since as per the information we had received, roads are nice to drive and abundant scenic beauty on the way.

The Overall plan was to start at the break of the dawn on Friday, reach Hospet by afternoon (Hampi is 10 kms from Hospet and Hospet is the recommended place for accomodation for those who visit Hampi), get an accomodation for 2 days there, full day visit to Hampi on Saturday and start return journey to Hyderabad on Sunday morning. Although planned for an early morning start, we actually started our journey at 5.55 AM towards Hospet. I was at the steering wheel as usual when we took the outer ring road from Gachibowli at 6 AM and got off to NH7 towards Bangalore at Shamshabad junction. The drive till Jadcherla (around 60 km from Hyderabad) was a breeze with a completely 4 lane divided highway and as per our route, we were supposed to take a diversion at Jadcherla for MahbubNagar which we missed and when realized, it was too late to backtrack. We continued our journey towards Kurnool since I knew there are 2 to 3 alternatives to reach to Raichur and even if I miss one, there's another with minimal distance shift. Eventually we opted for Hyderabad - Jadcherla - Gadval -Raichur route (it costed us around 20 km extra in all) and although the road condition was above average, more fascinating factor for all of us was the surrounding, absolutely lush green with ample plantations and huge trees, branches of some even falling on the road both sides giving a curvy gate appearance to the way ahead. On the way to Raichur, at one place after Gadval, 3 dogs started chasing our vehicle furiously and we purposely slowed down to capture dog chase in our camera! It was wonderful and it seemed like they wanted to play and had no harmful intentions even though they seemed pretty aggressive. We reached Raichur at around 10.30 AM, asked the locals for Hospet road and drove further towards Hospet via Gangawati - Anegundi route. This route is extremely beautiful with plenty of coconut and banana trees around and surrounded by rock formations which are an eye candy. Roads got a bit bad there and we reached Hospet (via Hampi) at 2 PM. Checked in Hotel Priyadarshini which is a decent one for a short stay for family and the fares are genuine. We got refreshed ourselves, had a brunch (south indian) at the hotel restaurant and proceeded for a visit to Tungabhadra dam and reservoir. This place is very nice and all our fatigue vanished when we came back to our Hotel at night. The well maintained garden, huge dam and wide stream of Tungabhadra did the trick.

On the second day (saturday), we embarked on our main destination Hampi. Hired a guide from the hotel itself (eventually found him too good) who charged 700 bucks for a whole day tour. Started from the main Virupakshi temple on the banks of Tungabhadra, Krishna temple, Lakshmi Narsimha temple, Mustard Ganesha and Bengal Gram Ganesha temple (Lord Ganesha is named after a mustard merchant and in second temple, the stomach of god is gram shaped), Hazaar Rama temple, and the Vitthal temple (with a stone charriott which is a trademark sight of Hampi) all these cover the 'sacred places of Hampi'. Later moved on with the Royal enclosures including Lotus Mahal, Veera Mahal, Haathi Shala, Raani ka Mahaal, Underground Palace and other excavation sites. Truly amazing. Instead of me describing the beauty of all these places, I would let the pictures do the talking. Had a lunch break in between at Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneshwari (good meals) and lastly visited a museum on the way to Hospet. Nice coins collection and other excavation findings you would find there. We got back to our hotel at around 5 PM, had snacks and tea, and went straight to bed. In Hampi you have to walk a lot and fortunately the weather supported us throughout the journey. In fact at some places it was drizzling and we truly enjoyed the blessings of Varun (although we had umbrellas we didnt feel like opening them for most of the part) !

Next day had breakfast and started our return journey towards Hyderabad at 10.30 AM since we had no hurry. This time we decided to take the other route via MahbubNagar and not Gadval. Reached Raichur at around 2 PM and had our meals at Santoshi Utsav family dhaba (recommended by ExtremeTorque) and found the meals really good. Post lunch, took the MahbubNagar road and reached Jadcherla (NH7) at 4.30 PM when it started raining. Finally reached home at 6.30 PM with rejuvenated souls and tired bodies...

Here are some of the 'selected' pics from my journey. All pictures are captured amazingly by my better half Niyati without whom this travelogue would not be complete.

The beginning. not exactly the way we wanted as we diverted from our planned route and had to take gadval which was blessing in disguise since this road is also pretty nice
The Spirit of Hampi-beginning.jpg

The road till Jadcherla is a nice 4 lane divided one
The Spirit of Hampi-roadtilljadcherla1.jpg

with lush green surrounding (might be because of rains) and rock formations
The Spirit of Hampi-roadtilljadcherla2.jpg

Not to forget the teakwood trees
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and an abandoned fort surrounded with greenery
The Spirit of Hampi-roadtilljadcherla4.jpg

This is what I call a driver's delight (Gadval to Raichur road)
The Spirit of Hampi-roadgadval1.jpg

Did Shahjahan come here before creating Taj? And you guys think only Pritam plagiarises !
The Spirit of Hampi-roadgadval2.jpg

Oh come on buddy you just can't scare me like that. Now tell me how do I manoevre my vehicle here?
The Spirit of Hampi-roadgadval3.jpg

Simply wowwwwww.......
The Spirit of Hampi-roadgadval4.jpg

Is this a carpet or what?
The Spirit of Hampi-roadgadvalcarpet.jpg

It is actually a dog and a case of forgotten identity. This one pretending as if it is a leopard !!!
The Spirit of Hampi-roadgadvaldog.jpg

Raichur-Gangawati-Anegundi route you will find loads of banana plantations around
The Spirit of Hampi-roadanegunditree.jpg

and then there is Pampa Sarovar
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Few Hampi pictures here

You will find many of these in Hampi...lots of canals
The Spirit of Hampi-canalshampi.jpg

Tungabhadra Dam
The Spirit of Hampi-tungabhadradamhampi.jpg

Let's go home mates (Nature's own air formation show !)
The Spirit of Hampi-airformationhampi.jpg

Virupakshi temple
The Spirit of Hampi-virupakshihampi.jpg

and the 'commercialised elephant' who blesses only for a coin! Lovely one
The Spirit of Hampi-virupakshielephant.jpg

Inverted image from a pinhole (note that this scientific principle has been used 500 yrs ago)
The Spirit of Hampi-invertedpinholevirupakshi.jpg

Strange animal structure found commonly
The Spirit of Hampi-strangeanimalkrishnatemple.jpg

Chana Ganesha (Gram Ganesha)
The Spirit of Hampi-chanaganesha.jpg

Rai Ganesha (Mustard Ganesha)
The Spirit of Hampi-mustardganesha.jpg

Lakshmi Narsimha
The Spirit of Hampi-lakshminarsimha.jpg

Lotus Mahal
The Spirit of Hampi-lotusmahal.jpg

Haathi Shala
The Spirit of Hampi-haathishala.jpg

Dense Trees- I especially liked the trees in and around Hampi..they are quite dense and huge
The Spirit of Hampi-densetrees.jpg

Stepped Tank (found during excavation)
The Spirit of Hampi-steppedtank.jpg

Tree trunk (Nature's miracle)
The Spirit of Hampi-treetrunk.jpg

Tungabhadra and the boats used by locals
The Spirit of Hampi-hampiboats.jpg

And finally...Trademark Hampi pic. Without this the Hampi travelogue never gets completed
The Spirit of Hampi-trademarkhampi.jpg

Note: For statistical data and do's and dont's, please refer to my next comment on this post.

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Old 26th July 2010, 22:23   #2
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Hi

Your log reminded me of my own trip to Hampi last year november.
I forgot to write a travelogue of our two days, but on seeing your pictures, i do not feel the need for it any longer.

good pictures and naration, thanks for sharing.
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Continuing the Travelogue....
Some statistical data

* Travellers - 4
* Vehicle - WagonR
* Kilometers covered - 850 exact
* Route while going - Hyderabad-Jadcherla-Gadval-Raichur-Sindhanoor-Gangawati-Anegundi-Hospet (410 km)
* Route while coming - Hospet-Anegundi-Gangawati-Sindhanoor-Raichur-Mahbubnagar-Jadcherla-Hyderabad ( 390 km)
* Fuel efficiency - around 19 kmpl approx.
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Old 26th July 2010, 22:41   #4
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Very nice picture and caption.

I am yet to visit this place. For some reason, the plan never gets through to visit here. Hope this thread will be helping me when I plan for one. Sorry when I make one
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Old 26th July 2010, 23:29   #5
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Finally someone captured the pin hole camera stuff. I'd taken photos of that almost 15 years back. Lost most of them. Nice photos dude.
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Very beautiful pics indeed. The pic of the "leopard dog" is too good. Was it from a moving vehicle?

Thats a very good kpl or is it common for all Wagon R? I am not really sure.
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Old 27th July 2010, 07:40   #7
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I had been to this place 7 years back, when I did not own a camera!
Re-living those moments through these snaps!
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Very beautiful pics indeed. The pic of the "leopard dog" is too good. Was it from a moving vehicle?

Thats a very good kpl or is it common for all Wagon R? I am not really sure.
Yeah When the dogs started chasing us crazy, we purposely slowed down a bit and my wife took out her camera, waited for accurate pose, and took the snap.

WagonRs generally have a very good mileage. It is common for all WagonRs and in fact for all Marutis in small car segment
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Yeah When the dogs started chasing us crazy, we purposely slowed down a bit and my wife took out her camera, waited for accurate pose, and took the snap.

WagonRs generally have a very good mileage. It is common for all WagonRs and in fact for all Marutis in small car segment
Nice crisp narration with good photos thrown in. I also have a plan to do Hampi / Hospet in the near future and i would like you to share some details regarding the food and accomodation at both these places.

Good mileage there. I also own a Wagon-R and yes, i also get very good mileage around 19-21 kmpl during my long trips.
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Hi Sarang,

The pics are really looking awesome. Hampi looks even more beautiful in these pics. Haven't been here yet. Wish to do it in the near future.
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Finally someone captured the pin hole camera stuff. I'd taken photos of that almost 15 years back. Lost most of them. Nice photos dude.
I just went back to my travelogue (http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ml#post1153667 (Travelling in history)), and indeed I missed to capture it though I have seen it.

@sforsarang: crisp travelogue, liked the snap of the dog frozen in motion.
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Thanks everyone. I am glad that you all enjoyed the pictures of this great place and could relate with my experiences.

Few do's and dont's for the prospective travellers (those who would take their car)

1) Carry as much water and dry snacks as your vehicle allows
2) If you have elderly persons with you or someone with lower leg, knee or back problem, better carry and/or wear all the recommended caps, bands, belts etc.
3) You would be required to walk a lot so be prepared mentally and physically too.
4) If you don't enjoy being at crowdy places, best season to visit Hampi would be from July second half to September second half since this is presumably the off-season tending towards the start of the peak season which is October to January and you will most likely enjoy the pleasant climate with relatively lesser people around
5) If you plan to take your own car, do not schedule any night drive approaching Hampi since the last 50 to 60 km on the Raichur-Hampi road no matter which route you take, are not so good in terms of driving and the diversions, narrow bridges and brakers coming from nowhere may surprise you, worse if it rains that time
6) It is very easy to accidentally miss the Jadcherla diversion towards Mahbubnagar on Hyderabad-Bangalore NH7 as you have to leave the highway, not to take the overbridge which seems to be the natural way ahead and take right underneath the bridge towards Mahbubnagar. And the signboards do not help either.
7) If you take your car, hire a guide. It is worth spending 600 to 800 bucks on a good guide to tour Hampi
8) Hampi can be covered completely in a day and enjoyed fully in 2 days
9) There are many places around Hampi which are relatively unknown and unexplored such as Badami, Anegundi, some dam too which I do not remember and 4 mountains. You can get more info from the hired guide there and plan a buffered day to travel to those places
10) Hotel Malligi is the first preference for accomodation for a family (rates starting from 1500 INR + taxes) and there are others such as Hotel Priyadarshini (900 including taxes) and Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneshwari (1200 + taxes) (inclusions are AC, TV, hot water etc.)
11) Do not fall into the shopping trap since everything which is being sold in Hampi as localmade is actually imported from Tamilnadu and Mysore / Shimoga etc. and found them pretty expensive too.
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There's another brilliant place near Badami. It's called Pattadakkal. Pattadakkal is a terrific place which is again flagship architecture. Sadly, that's one belt I've missed and am twiddling my thumbs about it.
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There's another brilliant place near Badami. It's called Pattadakkal. Pattadakkal is a terrific place which is again flagship architecture. Sadly, that's one belt I've missed and am twiddling my thumbs about it.
If you want to have a virtual tour, you can refer the travelogue I mentioned 3 posts earlier. Before Hampi, we had also visited Badami-Aihole-Pattadkal

@sforsarang: if you don't want to walk from Virupaksha temple to Vitthala temple (which involves a little trek over a a hillock), you may take your vehicle till Vitthala temple via Kamalapura. for hotel I would recommend Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneshwari at Kamalapura - you are so close to Hampi.

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Hi sforsarang Nice Pictures of Hampi. For those who want to go to Mahbubnagar do not miss this turn attaching the photograph.This is before you cross Jadcherla town a road going on the left.This is from my friends camera.
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