It is easy to understand why the places to visit in Hampi are so famous among tourists and travellers. Herein lies the legacy of the great Vijayanagara Empire, sprinkled across the place as ruins, all boasting the consummate skills of their architects. Complementing this is the breathtaking landscape built by the lush greenery and the countless boulders, all seasoned by the reddish hue of a beautiful sunset. Experiencing these would be the best way to get with the beat in Hampi, but things get better when you go off-beat.
So here is our pick of the best offbeat things to do in Hampi.
Rent a Scooter
The things to do in Hampi are not very far from each other but travelling on foot may be difficult. So the first thing you need to do is head over to Hippie Island, (Virupapuragaddi) and rent out a scooter or a moped. Getting to places is a piece of cake when you are on one of these, and the beautiful landscape of Hampi is sure to charm you in a special way when accompanied by the freedom-vibe of a two-wheeler. The base price is Rs. 150 per day for a moped and can go up to 200 or 250 for other bikes.
If you feel the need for a more adventurous way to explore places, cycling is your solution. It offers an exhilarating way of experiencing the things to do in Hampi, and makes it easier to access places that a scooter cannot. Our recommendation would be a Cycling Tour of Hampi that takes you through all the highlights of this magical town.
Visit Sanapur lake
Being cut off from the main town and nestled amidst the boulders, hanging out at the Sanapur Lake is one of the best things to do in Hampi and offers a tranquil and ‘chill’ experience for all its visitors. Unlike the other water bodies, this lake is devoid of crocodiles, making it a good spot to go for a dip or try a hand at cliff diving. The Lake is located a little more than 5 Km away from Hippie Island and as long as you are here and you are looking for the offbeat, this lake comes as a must visit.
This corner of Hampi is not very well known to the outside world, but it encompasses many iconic locations from the Hindu epic, Ramayana: The Pampa Sarovar, where Sabari awaited the arrival of Rama who was on a quest to rescue his beloved Sita, Sugriva’s Cave, where Sugriva took refuge while hiding from the fatal clutches of his brother Vali, and many more. So one of the best offbeat things to do in Hampi is to take a tour to explore Anegundi, and relive the Ramayana.
The landscape of Hampi, as mentioned, has a unique charm that can enchant almost anyone. While most people are content by just scratching the surface, we know you are not, since you are reading this. Hence we recommend a camping experience at heart of the Hampi boulders. This would be the best possible way to soak up on the beautiful sunrise that gives Hampi its unique aesthetic.
In 2003, Chris Sharma, a veteran in the art of bouldering, was featured in a documentary that was taken in Hampi. Since then, bouldering flourished exponentially and Hampi eventually became the ‘Bouldering Capital of India’. The surfaces of these rocks were subject to a lot of natural occurrences that deformed them over time to offer an opportunity to try this sport, which is known to be one of the best things to do in Hampi. If you are new to it, you can take a class and head out for a bouldering experience.
Rappelling is a sport where you descend down the vertical face of a cliff or a hill with the help of a rope that is fixed at the top. Hampi being covered with boulders, there are quite a few opportunities to try rappelling as well. Hanging on a rope with the vista of the unique landscape of Hampi does have a charm of its own. If you are new to it, fear not, just try out our rappelling class.
Adjacent to Hampi is the Daroji Bear Sanctuary, which exists for the sole purpose of the preservation of a species of bears known as sloth bears (like ol’ Baloo from Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’). Exploring this sanctuary is a must for all looking for offbeat activities in Hampi.