Hampi is breath-taking. No wonder this place is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. We were expecting something nice, but this place is far beyond imagination. An absolute must-see if you are in India.
The city resembles a cosy little holiday village, with remarkable views wherever you turn. Except for the extreme heat, you can walk around for hours indulging in the beautiful nature through hidden paths among rocky viewpoints and shady banana plantations.
We first heard about this gem during a drink with two guys who had just scammed us into buying overpriced Indian traditional clothes in Mumbai. Something we, except for some useful advice, deeply regretted afterwards. Nevertheless, the same clothes proved desperately necessary as we were welcomed as VIP guests on a college show in the outskirts of Mumbai.
By the scammers, locals and tourists alike we were advised that two days in Hampi is enough. The place is small and nothing is happening there. However, already the first day we wished that we had more than four days there.
This place is peaceful bliss, only broken by the countless monkeys showing off their parkour skills. On weekdays it seems to be more cows in the streets than people, and there’s even a flock of small horses roaming around in the shadows of the rocks.
Apparently, a good number of hundred thousand years ago Hampi used to be under water. A volcano ruptured under the surface and the result is now a city surrounded by humongous round water-washed stones forming beautiful mountains, viewpoints and incredible structures. Walking around the formations leaves you in awe, and with a tiny prayer than the stones won’t fall down from the places they have inhabited for thousands of years and crush you to a naan bread.
However, the bigger risk is probably slipping down the steep sides of the stones that creates the beautiful viewpoints above the city. Especially on the final climb near the top of Matanga Hill. We are not sure if any deaths have occurred because of this, and we do not intend to find out. Just don’t let the astonishing views completely distract you from where you are stepping.
We love the beauty, the peace and the atmosphere. If you are even considering going to India, put Hampi on your itinerary! And if you need more tips, check out our post 9 Travel Tips for Hampi!