Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a paradise for backpackers, and one of my favorite places in India to go and chill out. You will find beautiful temples, ancient ruins, royal pavilions, local markets, and much more. The far side of the river is known as “Hippie Island” and full of drum circles, rock climbing, and bhang lassis. Whether you are a history buff or just looking to get away from the craziness of India for a few days, Hampi is the place for you.
LANGUAGE: Kannada, English
CURRENCY: Indian Rupee
CLIMATE: Dry and hot; Hottest season: May – June (best to avoid this time)
DRESS CODE: Town: Casual, Temples: Conservative, cover shoulders and legs
GETTING AROUND: Tuk-Tuks, Motorbikes, Walking, Water Taxis (Note: Water taxis crossing the river stop around 5:30pm so make sure you are on the side of the river you need to be at that time)
TIPPING: 7-10% is appreciated for amounts 300 to 1,000 rupees; 5-7% for more than 1,000 rupees
SAFETY: Hampi is generally a safe place, pretty laid back and not much of a night life
Bus is the best way to get to Hampi. You can either take one directly to Hampi or find one that goes to Hospet (about 20-30 minutes away) and then take a tuk-tuk or local bus from there to Hampi. Buses run from Bangalore and Goa to Hampi on a daily basis. Check redBus for ticket info.
If you take a bus to Hospet, it should cost you about 200 rupees for a tuk-tuk to Hospet. (Although I did pay 500 to go from Hampi to Hospet but haggled down from the 800 he asked me for)
NOTE: If you are staying on the “Hippie Island” side of the river, keep in mind that the water taxis stop running around 5:30pm. You can get to the other side by tuk-tuk as well but it will likely cost you quite a bit.
WHAT TO EAT
WHERE TO EAT
One day I literally sat here all day working on my laptop and ordered breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food is good and the bakery is great. I was also able to get a constant fix of my new addiction, ginger lemon honey tea.
A chill restaurant that has an excellent view of Hampi. Come here to lounge around and enjoy some delicious food and even better vibes.
WHAT TO DO
I was recommended to go here for the view. Many backpackers gather here to watch the sunset. Good vibes all around.
Hampi is the perfect place to chill. When I was there, that is exactly all I did. I decided to skip all of the site seeing and just hang out. Play cards, listen to some music, play some drums. Smoke some weed if that is your thing. Just take in the view and vibes and recharge before heading back out into India.
TRY A “SPECIAL” LASSI
I read about Bhang Lassis, also known as “Special” Lassis while reading blogs about things to do in Hampi and I must say they sound quite intense. If you do decide to try one out, please use your best judgement and also remember that marijuana is illegal in India. I did not have the opportunity to try one for myself, but heard you can find them on the rooftop of a restaurant called Ravi’s Rose.
RENT A MOTORBIKE
Rent a motorbike and explore all of the ancient ruins and tea plantations in the area. Never ridden a bike before? Perfect, Hampi is a great place to learn! Just watch out for the goats.