Arrival in Hampi
Today you’ll travel inland from Goa to Hampi, an enchanting village on the shores of the Tungabhadra River, nestled amongst ancient ruins and crumbling sculptures.
In the early mornings and late afternoons, the combination of gentle light and striking landscape gives Hampi a magical ambience that defies description.
After breakfast, you’ll set off to explore with our local guide. The ruins are dotted across a large distance between massive rocks, banana plantations and tropical scrub. You’ll visit many extraordinary sites – the Temple of Malyavanta, Hampi Bazaar (a beautiful street in the days of the Vijayanagaran Empire), the Virupaksha Temple, the Ugra Narasimha Burial Mound and the Vithala Temple complex. At the end of the day, you’ll be dropped off at your guesthouse. There’s nothing planned for the evening, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore. You’ll get a real taste of Indian rural living, with buffalo carts, cows and goats roaming free. There are several small restaurants serving local dishes and, as the sun slowly sets, you can climb the nearby hill to enjoy the magical sunset.
Free Time & Departure
Today, your time is completely your own. Hampi was once the huge capital of the Vijaynagaran Empire, larger than Paris or London. One of the most famous ruins is the massive stone carriage that is parked in front of an impressive gallery of decorated pillars, each sculpted from a single block of stone. Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle to explore more of the ruins, or the colourful rural village scenes around your hotel.
The next day you’ll wave goodbye to Hampi and get ready for your next adventure.
A peek at your accommodation
A Peek at Our In Style Option
Upgrade to our In Style accommodation
Our In Style option is a lovely resort just outside Hampi for a little respite. You’ll actually drive over large boulders to reach it and once you arrive you’ll immediately notice the beauty of your surroundings. The resort is situated on the bank of a river, amid bamboo trees, coconut groves, mango trees, and the huge boulders that Hampi is famous for. This is a great place for a bit of peace and quiet!
Guide price: £ 468 - per person - In Style