Mango Tree Restaurant at Hampi is amongst Hampi’s most famous eateries. This family run small eatery has attained somewhat of a cult status in Hampi. Its original location on the riverside under a Mango groove gave it the name “Mango Tree Restaurant”. While the location of the restaurant was the main draw, the quality of food made patrons keep coming back. Hampi then was put under “Threatened” status of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, indicating that the heritage site was under threat of commercial overrun. Reacting to this the district administration went on a demolishing spree, one of the place that was affected was the original Mango Tree Restaurant.
Today Mango Tree Restaurant runs on a parallel lane to the Virupaksha Temple bazaar street at the Janata Plot. All these years later they have still maintained quality of their food. The food offered has evolved to include Pizzas, Pastas, noodles, fired rice, fresh fruit juices, sandwiches and a variety of Indian dishes. Their most popular item on the menu is their vegetarian thali, it is what draws people to the restaurant. While many other restaurants have cropped up in Hampi to compete with Mango Tree Restaurant, they continue to maintain their lead as the most the most popular one in Hampi. As far as we can tell the reason is consistency in quality of food. So on your next visit to Hampi do go indulge yourself.
For those of you that are looking for an authentic local food experience instead of a restaurant meal then we have something special for you. Through our community outreach program we can arrange a local family to host you at their home, for a home cooked meal. This way you get to try authentic local food cooked with care and love. And members of local community have an additional source of income. We choose families we work with very carefully, bottled drinking water, hygiene and freshly sourced organic ingredients are used. Meals are pure vegetarian, a variety of legumes, fresh vegetables, rice, curries, pickles, indian bread, papad, holige (sweet), curd is served on a banana leaf.
Two of our popular tours listed below have a home cooked meal included in the tour, another tour has it as an optional add-on.
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! We hike up a hill to catch the mesmerising view, ride mopeds through the countryside and enjoy sumptous home cooked meal served at a picnic location outdoors.
On this tour, we will embark on a journey of exploring & experiencing the local way of life in rural communities around the UNESCO world heritage site. The traditions, festivals, social life of people here is deeply intertwined with their shared heritage and the landscape. This is why Hampi is often referred to as a living heritage site. On this tour we will immerse ourselves in lives of people from these communities, understand how they contribute to the richness of the cultural heritage of this site. As part of this tour we will be hosted by a local family for a home cooked organic meal.
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. This is a tour for all history lovers. If you are looking for a well researched tour of Hampi that covers all the important monuments then this one is highly recommended. An optional add-on available to this tour is “Sunset & Dinner with a local family”