Our introduction to Hampi begins on the first day watching a stunning sunset over the landscape of Hampi. In the evening we will be hosted by a local family for dinner at their simple village home. This home cooked vegetarian meal with locally sourced ingredients will be the best food you will have in Hampi.
On day two we will engage in a full-day heritage tour that will take us through all the important sights within the UNESCO world heritage site of Hampi. We will learn about the History & Architecture of the medieval city of Vijayanagara, we will hear stories of origin, victory, celebrations and defeat.
On our third and last day we embark on an adventure exploring the stunning landscape of Hampi in fun & engaging ways. We start with early morning hike to catch the sunrise from the tallest hill in the area. We discover hidden relief sculptures amongst the boulders on the riverside. We take a coracle boat ride on the river or lake. We explore the rural countryside on scooters or mopeds. We make pit stops along the way for for some local breakfast & coconut water.
For more details please refer to the detailed itinerary section. Transportation & Accommodation are included in the itinerary by default but you can opt-out of these if you wish to.
01:00 PM - Arrival & Check-in
On arrival check-in to your hotel/resort room. Have lunch at the restaurant at your property. Take it easy in the afternoon.
05:00 PM - Sunset followed by dinner with local family
This is a great way to begin your exploration at Hampi. We will head to the Malyavantha Hill to witness a beautiful sunset and see our first of many ancient temples at Hampi. We will then head to a charming village to the house of our hosts, here you will be served a delicious traditional meal on banana leaves. The food is cooked fresh using locally sourced ingredients. The menu will have local specialities and will be a full vegetarian meal with rice, sambhar, papad, chitranna (flavoured rice), chapati (Wheat breads), stir fried veggies, salad, yoghurt, sweet dish, pickles, vegetable curry. So come hungry! This meal will likely be the best meal of your trip. While your dinner is being prepared you can explore the surrounding village on foot. Post dinner you'll be dropped back to the hotel.
09:00 PM: Return to Hotel/Resort in Hampi
Overnight stay at Hotel/Resort
07:30 AM to 08:30 AM: Breakfast
09:00 AM to 04:30 PM: Heritage Hampi Tour
On this engaging Hampi tour we will explore the rich history of Vijayanagara empire, learn about unique architecture of various monuments, hear stories of victories and defeat. Hampi today is a protected UNESCO world heritage site, whose core zone is spread over an area of 42 square kilometers encompassing ancient temples, basements of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings and more. Within the core zone of the site there are several clusters of monuments, the most important amongst them are the Sacred Center, Urban Core, Islamic quarters, Kamlapura and Anegundi. On this Hampi Tour we will attempt to cover all the important monuments in the Sacred and Urban core areas. In the morning we will first cover the Sacred Center. Sacred Center as the name suggests is the religion center of Hampi, a number of ancient temples and structures are in this area. After lunch break we continue our exploration with the Urban Core area. This area was the Citadel of the Vijayanagara kings, it encompasses courtly and military structures of the core zone.
05:00 PM: Return to Hotel/Resort in Hampi
Overnight stay at Hotel/Resort
5:30 AM to 9:30 AM: Mythical Landscape Tour
Come away on a magical journey that will unfold the beauty of Hampi to you from the best vantage points, even as the rising sun spreads its warmth on the blessed lands. This tour is all about enjoying and exploring the awe-inspiring landscape of Hampi in fun and engaging ways! This is a tour for all adventure lovers.
First thing one notices when arriving to Hampi is its awe-inspiring landscape with stunning boulder strewn hills, lush green valleys, network of rivers, lakes and canals. This is a birders paradise with over 300 species of birds and a variety of other animals. We will explore this landscape in interesting ways and witness most stunning scenery Hampi has to offer.
Sunrise Hike to Matunga Hill - We start early while it is still dark at the bottom of the Matunga Hill, so that we can make it to the top before the sunrises. Once at the top we will spend some time enjoying the sunrise peacefully. Understand the geology of this landscape and hear stories from local folklore.
Riverside Walk & Coracle Boat Ride - We will descend from Matunga Hill from a different side and make our way through Achyutaraya Temple complex to the river side of Tungabhadra. This is a birders paradise, if you have a keen eye you'll be able to spot yellow throated bulbuls, plum headed parakeet, rose ringed parakeet and other rare species from the avian world.
At the riverside we will explore hidden sculptures and carvings. Most visitors to Hampi miss this completely. We then will take a coracle boat to cross over to the northern bank of tungabhadra river. Floating on a coracle boat down the tungabhadra river in itself is an experience. It gives you an unmatched visual perspective of Hampi.
Moped Ride & Local Breakfast - Once on the other side we will walk on few islands before crossing over to the northern bank at Hanumanahalli village. Here we will mount our mopeds for a joyride through the countryside. More details about mopeds in the "INFORMATION" tab. Mopeds are the most fun ways of exploring the stunning countryside near Hampi. We will pass by and make several stops where your tour leader will narrate stories and familiarize you with flora, fauna & geology of the region. We will make a important pitstop for south indian breakfast at a village shack. On menu will be simple vegetarian items like idly, dosa, paddu, chutney, bhajji, coffee/tea. The food will be delicious, that's a promise!
10:30 AM: Drop back to Hotel
11:00 AM: Checkout & Transfer for onward journey