Maa had come to stay with us for about 1 month. So, we planned that we should take her somewhere close-by during this visit. After choosing through the options, we decided on Hampi. Deepshree and I had been to Hampi in 2009 when we bought our new Maruti Swift. So, it was nearly 8 years since that time that we would be going back to Hampi.
We started from Bangalore at around 7 AM. We drove down to Yeswantpur and took the Tumkur Road. We drove past Neelamangala and continued on the Tumkur Road. After the Toll Gate, we found one Cafe Coffee Day. We stopped here to have breakfast. We had carried with us Bread, Butter and Bananas. After having that, we had coffee at Cafe Coffee Day. Then we continued our journey.
There are a few Toll Gates on this road. However, this time, we found that the Government has made very good toilets near every Toll Gate inder the Swachch Bharat Mission.
The Tumkur Road is a 6 lane road and is very well maintained. This continues till Chitradurga. After Chitradurga, the road till Hoskote was under construction when we were driving. This was a very dangerous road as the road was narrow and full of pot holes and there were numerous heavy trucks plying on the road. Nevertheless, we drove carefully and reached the Tungabhadra Riven banks.
Tungabhadra River was full of water when we were there and it looked beautiful. Driving down a few kilo meters, we reached the town of Hospete. Now, we had to reach Hotel Hyatt, Hampi. While Hampi is very close to Hospete, we soon discovered that the Hyatt Hotel in Hampi is about 25 KM away from Hospete. After a little bit of searching and help from the Hotel, we reached our hotel at around 4 PM.
We ordered Tea and Pakodas at around 5:30 PM. At 9 PM we went for dinner and we choose to go with the buffet. The staff in the dining hall of Hyatt were extremely friendly and courteous. We were given a royal treatment.
The next day, we booked a hotel cab to go around Hampi. After breakfast, at around 9 AM, we started on our way to Hampi. It takes around 40 minutes from Hyatt Hotel to reach Hampi. We first went to the Vittala Temple in Hampi. It was slightly away from the Hampi main town. We parked our car in the parking area and had to take the Government Bus to go from the Parking Area to the Temple. The ticket costs Rs. 25 per person for a round trip.
Vittala Temple is a very old temple an it is beautiful. The main attraction here are the musical pillars. We took a guide to take us around the temple.
Seen below is the place where the foreigners came to this Kingdom to trade their horses in exchange for Gold and Silver.
The pictures are where we find the musical pillars. An expert can make very good music by play on these pillars.
From this temple, we can see a hill which has a temple on top. We were told that the temple on that hill is where Lord Hanuman was born.
An interesting thing is that for all the temples, the artisans made a miniature of the temple on the body of the temple. The miniature is exactly the same as the actual temple..
Some more pictures from the Vittala Temple.
From Vittala Temple, we went to the main Hampi ruins. Here are pictures from the Hampi ruins.
At the very end is the Virupaksha Temple. It is a Shiva Temple.
It was 3 PM by the time we came out of Virupaksha Temple. We went to a hotel in Hampi Town for Lunch. At around 4 PM, we started on our way to the Dam built on Tungabhadra River. By the time we reached there, Sun was setting and the sights were beautiful.
Pictures of the Dam on Tumgabhadra River.
We started back from the Dam at around 6:30 PM. By the time we reached our Hotel, it was around 8:30 PM. We had buffet dinner once again in the hotel and went to bed.
Next morning, we had breakfast. We paid our bills and started back for Bangalore at around 10:30 AM. On the way back, we stopped at Chitradurga for lunch. There is decent hotel in Chitradurga where they serve South Indian meals.
By the time, we reached Bangalore, it was 7 PM.