Tired of being stuck in your routine life, right?
Goa to Hampi Trip offers you a lot like (Cliff Jumping) Amazing Festivals & Temples Visit, If you are, Sick of boredom around you or seeking something new? Adventurous? Thrilling? Hah, caught you. This time let me take you to Hampi. You can go on a trip to Hampi this summer. I am here to guide you from Goa to Hampi.
If you think you need therapy from this routine life’s stress, let me tell you nature is the best of all therapies. Don’t you believe so? Well, don’t. Just try it and then you will believe it. (“pahle istemaal karein phir vishwaas karein”). Well in nature’s list the best kind of therapy is beach therapy but Goa is a therapy center that heals you rather beautifully. Do you think life sucks? Job has become a headache now? And there is nothing to feel good about? Well, what are you waiting for?
Pack your bags- Goa is calling you. But let me tell you if you think Goa is all about beaches (which are charming anyways) and nightlife (correction exotic nightlife), you have never given yourself or Goa a chance to discover or be discovered here Portuguese era forts, churches, and temples (well yeah!). It is unlike any other place in India because here you don’t see the place affected by Mughal or British rule. After all, it was much ruled by the Portuguese and hence Goa is more liberal.
Goa to Hampi Trip
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The place where history and free spirits coexist. Hampi is the place where you rediscover yourself from bottom of your heart.
Hampi is said to be Angkor Wat of India (in a positive kind of way). It is an ancient village situated in the state of Karnataka. It has a number of temple ruins.
Wondering about its LOCATION?
It is located in the central part of the State of Karnataka (in the southern part of India) which is 353 km from Bangalore. It is 467m above sea level.
WHAT IS HAMPI FAMOUS FOR?
I answer this question in the previous section anyway, it is famous for its ruins which originally belong to the rich, ancient, and cultured (and forgotten) kingdom of the Vijaynagar Empire. The temples have been built in the Hindu architectural style which reflects the grandeur and splendor of the Vijayanagar Empire. And what adds more to it is the rugged landscapes. (I guess this would be a perfect escape plan)
Do Check out Goa to Gokarna Complete Trip Itinerary!
A QUICK INTERESTING FACT ABOUT HAMPI
Owing to its charismatic and mesmerizing ruins it has been declared as a WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
WHAT ATTRACTS TOURISTS HAMPI THE MOST?
Of course, the ancient temples, and their monuments and monolithic sculptures. I would like to warn you that you will fall in love with these rocks enchanted by the workmanship of people who were involved in its creation.
This sounds much like my experience in Jaipur’s Amer Fort and other places. Have a look at it too.
WHICH RIVER FLOWS THROUGH HAMPI?
Let me take you to the History of the place. It dates back to the 1st century A.D. It was the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire which was one of the largest Hindu empires of India.
Festivals Of Hampi
Want to get festive vibes while on a trip. I would advise you to visit it in January/ February in which the birth anniversary of the medieval poet (rather a musical composer) Purandar in Vittal Temple is celebrated annually.
Another such festival is Vijaya Utsav (which is also known as Hampi festival). This cultural Carnival is organized by the government itself in the first week of November for two days. It recreates the rich legacy of the royal heritage of the Vijayanagar empire with an ample number of programs such as dance, drama, etc.
WHAT IS THE DISTANCE BETWEEN GOA AND HAMPI by TRAIN?
The distance between Goa to Hampi would be 400 km (approx.)
HOW TO REACH HAMPI FROM GOA?
Well, usually we have three options but here there are only two if you are planning to travel from Goa to Hampi which are by train or by bus. If you want to go Hampi from Delhi or somewhere else then it might include by air too.
Well as in for now there are mainly two:
Goa to Hampi By Train
Hospet is the last stop if you are planning to go to Hampi by train. There is no direct connectivity between Hampi and Goa by Train. After you reach Hospet you can reach Hampi by taking an AUTO-RICKSHAW.
Well, if you are wondering how to get a train ticket you need to search for Madgaon station (Madgaon station code is MAO – one of the railway stations in Goa) to Hosapete Junction (for which the station code would be HPT).
Goa to Hampi By Bus
The bus journey is a much more convenient overnight journey to Hampi. As per my knowledge you need to book the tickets for the bus in much advance. The three major bus service providers are Paulo Travels, Surya Travels, and Atmaram Travels.
WHAT IS THE DISTANCE FROM GOA TO HAMPI BY BUS?
It is 316 km.
WHAT IS THE FARE FOR BUS FROM GOA TO HAMPI?
It may be varied between rupees 700 to 800.
WHICH IS THE FASTEST WAY TO REACH HAMPI FROM GOA?
Well, of course, train.
WHICH IS THE FASTEST TRAIN TO HOSPET?
It is VSG Howrah Express, (for which the train code would be 18048). It leaves Madgaon at 7:50 am and reaches Hampi at 2:50 pm.
Looking for ALTERNATE OPTIONS FOR TRAIN?
You can also try train no. 17420 (WSG Tirupati Express) and 17022 (WSG Hyderabad Express). Both of these trains leave Madgaon at 9:35 am and reach your destination (as in Hampi) at 5:50 pm. I would advise you to take the early train though it will save your time and day otherwise you will end up wasting your entire day.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FROM GOA TO HOSPET BY TRAIN?
It may be varied between rupees 575 to Rupees 700.
Coming back to Hospet: after you reach Hospet you need to take Auto-rickshaw to Hampi. The autorickshaw from Hospet to Hampi charge around rupees 150-200.
Hosapete is the major railway junction providing connectivity to Hampi from other major cities in Karnataka.
There is one more city named Ballari which also has excellent bus connectivity from the major cities of Karnataka.
(if you are from the same State) taxies can also be hired.
Also, Read Bagha Baech Goa Complete Travel Guide!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST FROM HOSPET TO HAMPI BY AN AUTO-RICKSHAW?
It can be settled for 200- 250 rupees after much of the bargaining on your side. If they come to know that you are new here, they can even charge up to Rupees 500.
WHICH IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT HAMPI?
The best time to visit it would be the summers in my opinion. Though you are free to try it on your own
THINGS TO DO IN HAMPI?
Hampi is full of temples that is why I addressed it as Angkor in the very beginning. It will take a full day to tour around all the major temples themselves. if you prefer big and busy cities to go to a tour then Hampi is not the place for you because this quaint location is for those who prefer smaller sites and be not surprised if within few hours the same faces can be seen and within a day people might know your name and next day you can plan to explore Hampi with them. Hampi is one of the best sites for solo travelers with a backpack.
Visit Sunset and Sunrise Points
With a lot of picturesque landscapes and the ample number of small mountains surrounding the place giving it a mesmerizing look, the place is a perfect fir to capture a spectacular sunrise and/ or sunset.
if you are fond of sunrises, these are the hills that have been calling you since forever. I mean come on you can’t really ignore it here.
This is the spot to capture one of the best sunsets in the region. Visit it!
if you are fond of cultural-historical sites and it interests you more than anything in the world then Hampi is the place for you. Dating back to the 1st century the place is full of surprises if you are visiting it for the very first time without any travel guide. Then it used to be the second-largest city in the world.
Ride across the river
I would love to advise you to take a tour around the river and/ or sit by it on the ghats enjoying the calm and serene water after 5:30 pm. To get on the other side of the river you need to take a boat ride which actually costs you rupees 10 per person but they might charge you rupees 30 at maximum due to the monopoly of the boat riders. Like Boat Rides in Nainital
The thing to note is that the boat leaves the shore if the boat has at least 20 passengers or if the people are ready to pay double the charge, they may get ready to leave early without getting full. One more thing to note here is that you are not really allowed to take a boat back to the other side after 5:30 pm due to safety issues as there is a rumor of a crocodile in the river. The boat riders charge sky prices if you are late as in rupees 100 directly. Yeah, I mean look at the audacity but all in all, this is Great.
well, owing to the rumor of crocodile into the river you take this at your own risk after consulting the locals there.
Places to Eat? Let me assure you the place is full of small cafes and restaurants you really need not worry about the food here except for one thing that Non-veg is not served here.
PARTY AT HAMPI
If you are a party animal enjoying smoking and drinks this is not the place for you because it is banned here. You can then plan your trip to Kasol Himachal Pradesh.
Accommodation at Hampi
It may be varied between rupees 400 to 500 from place to place (less luxurious)
Yeah, that is it for Hampi. You should surely visit it once in your lifetime to have a lifetime experience.