It was a 30-minute travel in bus from Hospet to reach the ancient city of Hampi. The stone carved structures of Vijayanagara kingdom, dating back hundreds of years stand there with all the elegance. Since there was no plan about so far aboutwhat to do there, walked just through the busy streets of Hampi.
Upon turning a corner, there was the beautiful Virupaksha temple. “How the hell they made it!!!!”, that was my first thought upon seeing the mighty “gopuram” in front. The efforts put by the artists and craftsmen who worked behind this city is unbelievable.
Finally made the decision; going the other side of the river, all the way to the village Virupapura Gaddi, often known as the “hippie village”.
Boat services are available to cross the river. Walked past Virupaksha temple to reach the banks of river Tungabhadra. There were fewer people there compared to the crowd behind me, most of them were foreigners with dreadlocked hair and big worn-out backpacks.
A 5-minute boat ride will take you to the other side- the hippie village. Since the beginning of hippie culture in the 1960s and 70s, this village was the favourite destination in India for travellers around the world. The elements of hippie culture can be still seen here. Upon climbing the step from the bank, entered a village completely different from what I expected.
The Hippie Street
This road is the most active place in the village. Often crowded with travellers. We can see tourists on motorbikes and people carrying bed on their back walking towards the hills for bouldering. Beautiful bohemian ladies were walking the streets with charming smiles. Cafes filled with laughter and chat on both sides. I stopped in front of a music shop, one man was playing Didgeridoo. He asked me to come inside and handed me the instrument, taught me how to play it. He is Gali bhai, my first friend in Hampi.
Plenty of huts and shacks are available in the village. They are beautifully set up and maintained. If you are looking for a place to be lazy for some days, this is the place for you. The Happy thing is it won’t cost that much also. Most of the guesthouses also have amazing cafes along with it.
Most days in Hampi are hot and sunny. So it is better to be under the shade during the daytime. Morning and evening are the best time to explore the place
Sunsets in Hampi are the most beautiful. There is a viewpoint within a walkable distance from the main street. Many had already occupied their spots when reached the top. Sun was going down, horizon turned red. The ancient city of Hampi stood in the golden gleam of the sun. I could see Tungabhadra flowing between the jungles of boulders, the gopuram of Virupaksha was distinct in the view. The paddy fields on the plains looked golden.
On a fine morning on my second day in Hampi, I decided for a ride through the village. I picked a random direction. Few kilometres I went (towards Anegundi), saw a temple on the top of a hill. There were steps leading to the top and I started climbing. Soon the branches of the trees began to sway, and I was surrounded by monkeys shortly. Though I was frightened in the beginning, soon realised that they are not dangerous because I am not carrying anything that’s good for them. The steps went up twisted and twisted. Climbed around 575 steps and am on the top. The view from there was amazing in every direction. Few people in the temple looked at me curiously since I couldn’t stop rotating my head capturing the magnificent view from all around.
This village is unique in its geography, the friendly people and the vibe which we can feel here. There are no “tourists attractions” here.
So cross the river with an open mind, get involved in the village life. Take your time, climb the hills, watch the sunsets, enjoy the food, talk to people, listen to your favourite music, relax on the hammocks and definitely you are going to have a good time in “Hippie village”.
Few things to know before going to hippie village;
- The boat service stops by around 5.30 PM every day, so it is better to make sure the timing before going to the village. Ticket rate is Rs.10 for one side
- Motorbikes are available for rent, it will be very useful for your travel in the village. The rent depends on the type of bike you are taking
- Motorbikes rented from the Hampi side is difficult to take to the other side, so take it from the village itself
- No ATMs are functional here, always carry enough money
- The villagers can show you some good places there, so ask them
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