WHERE TO STAY
There are many guesthouses to choose from in and around Hampi. Here are a couple:
Gopi Guest House
Contact Kiran, the owner’s son, at (011-91)-948-0353260.
Rooms with or without air-conditioning. Roof deck lounge and restaurant. Internet cafe, laundry, tours and bike/motorcycle rental. Rooms in the off-season from around $6 to $10.
Kishkinda Heritage Resort
Near Stone Bridge Cross, Sanapur, Anegundi
A more luxurious resort atmosphere a few miles across the river from Hampi proper. Suites and cottages, with swimming pool, boating and restaurant as well as other amenities. Rooms from around $40.
WHERE TO EAT
Gopi Guest House Restaurant
Like most of the restaurants in Hampi, serves a variety of teas, shakes, north and south Indian dishes and other multi-ethnic cuisine. And as in virtually all other guesthouses in and around Hampi, alcohol is not served (though it can be found in a few other places). Entrees start at $1.50.
Serves delicious juices and multi-ethnic cuisine. While the food is simple but tasty, the atmosphere is the reason to go; there are dozens of futons to recline on while waiting to eat. Entrees start at around $2.
WHAT TO DO
A basic museum with two models of the city detailing its topography. Some interesting sculptures along with tools and weapons. Daily except Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission 10 cents.
Walking tour of Hampi
Call Kumar (my guide) at (011-91)-67968354
The best way to see Hampi is to pick up a map at the still used Virupaksha temple and walk around. The temple (admission about 4 cents) has a camera fee of $1. Two sites in Hampi have separate entrance fees — the Zenana enclosure and the Vittala temple ($5 for a ticket good for both sites).
Guides can be hired for around $12 per day or negotiated for group tours.
Chariot Street, Anegundi
Offers tours in nearby Anegundi and in Hampi, as well as arts and dance classes, and traditional dance and music performances. Call for details and pricing, which vary.
Most guesthouses in Hampi rent or facilitate renting mopeds. Costs run about $4 a day plus gas. Inquire at local hotels. International driver’s license (theoretically) required.