Long Weekend Special: Holi At Hampi | Hyderabadfrom
Hampi Trip with Hippy Island, Holi Celebrations | Hyderabad
The grand old “lost city” of Hampi, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site is both flamboyant as well as laid back in its demeanor. A weekend trip to Hampi is every traveler’s delight.
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Have you been Hampi-fied at least once in your life?
Hampi, situated on the banks of the river Tungabadra, is a backpackers paradise as well as Hippie haven. There are many interesting things here like hillocks filled with boulders, monuments, ruins, temples, laid back cafes, arts, shopping, trekking, etc. Located at a distance of 340 Km from Bangalore, it makes a great offbeat weekend getaway.
Hampi is a different world altogether that takes you back in time, amazes you with its mystical ruins, and makes you wonder how magnificent this city would have been centuries ago. It was the capital of the grand Vijayanagara kingdom which was ruled by Sri Krishnadevaraya. At its peak, Hampi was one of the richest cities in the world. Traders from different parts of the world would visit Hampi for business.
If you think this is fascinating enough, it’s not over yet. Hampi also has mythological significance attached to Ramayana. It is said to be the Kishkinda kingdom of Vali, Sugreeva, and our very own Hanuman. A temple on top of a hillock named Anjanadri is said to be his birthplace. The same hill also doubles up as a place for a beautiful sunset.
While we marvel at the colored-retro setting of the Hampi, we are gonna stay towards the Hippie Island side, hike a couple of boulder-filled hillocks and enjoy pretty views from the top, including a lovely sunset that Hampi is famous for.
Can we ever be satisfied without getting wet? We will also take a soothing dip in the pristine waters of Sanapur lake under hot Hampi weather. For those who wouldn’t like to get wet, local villagers usually operate Coracle rides here. Even if one doesn’t indulge in both, Sanapur lake surrounded by stunning boulder hills is such a serene locale to just sit and relax.
Lazy dinners on the cozy beds of cafes, lots of socializing, good food, music…all of them to quench your thirst for an offbeat and laid back weekend!
What’s special for Holi?
The Festival of Colours is celebrated with passion in Hampi. Streets are filled with colors and colorful people. This time Holi falls on Monday. We have arranged Holi celebrations in Yeh Jawani He Diwani style with dry colors, Music & Dance at our lovely guest house towards Sanapur Lakeside. Post celebrations we shall have Lunch and depart towards our city.
Let’s just #getmuddie in Hampi this weekend!
Highlights of the Hampi Trip:
- Holi Celebrations with Music and Colors
- Hampi Waterfalls
- Stargazing night
- Hippie Island walk
- Anjanadri Hill
- Vijaya Vittala Temple (monuments)
- The Stone Chariot on 50 Rupees note
- Pushkarini (ruins)
- Sanapur Lake visit
- Virupaksha Temple
- Hemukuta Hill sunset
- Hippie Cafes
- Social gathering under the open sky
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- Day 0 Schedule
- Start from Hyderabad, an overnight journey
- Day 1 Schedule
- Reach Hampi Guest House, freshen up & breakfast.
- Hike up the magnificent Anjanadri Hill (575 steps) and explore the amazing boulder-strewn hilly views from the top. Anjana Parvat is located on the northern banks of the Tungabhadra river. One can enjoy a panoramic view of Hampi and Hippy island from the top. According to legend, Anjana Parvat is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. There is a temple dedicated to him at the top.
- Get back to the guesthouse. Have your leisurely lunch at our charming Hippie cafe that serves a wide range of delicacies.
- Post lunch, enjoy the cool breeze of the pristine Sanapur Lake – take a dip if you wish to, go on a coracle ride on the lake (optional & self-sponsored), relax and rejuvenate.
- After a well-deserved dip, drive to Hippie Island, explore the streets.
- Head to the offbeat Hampi waterfalls formed by the Tungabhadra river cutting across boulder-filled hills/ There is an optional coracle ride here also. We will reach there by a small trek. Hampi waterfall is a well-kept secret that is not visited by tourists. The ambiance of the place can surprise travelers. Enjoy a peaceful sunset at the waterfalls.
- Get back to the guest house, freshen up and laze around as you order your dinner.
- Music, social gathering in the night with long conversations
- Rest in your assigned rooms.
- Day 2 Schedule
- Start the day with a nice breakfast.
- Drive to Hampi town, visit the most famous Vijaya Vittala temple, explore its monuments, one of them being – The Stone Chariot on 50 rupees currency note. We usually have a guide here explaining interesting facts and history about this wonderful place
- Visit a unique structure called Pushkarini, a perfectly symmetrical stepped water tank that becomes smaller as it goes down, that looks very attractive
- Break for lunch at the most famous Mango Tree cafe of Hampi. It is famous for different cuisines like Israeli, Italian, Indian, etc. One should definitely try desserts and smoothies.
- Time permits, visit more monuments of Hampi.
- Visit Virupaksha temple in the evening, the only working temple in Hampi (rest of the places are either ruins or monuments)
- Walk down to the flea market and shop your bags full
- Hike up Hemukuta hill adjacent to Virupaksha (Just take 10 mins) and enjoy another amazing sunset.
- Head back to our guest house.
- Dinner with a social gathering.
- Day 3 Schedule
- Happy Holi!
- We have planned Holi celebrations along with Music and Colors. We can dance, we can sing, we can play to celebrate the Festival of Colors.
- The celebrations will start around 8 AM after breakfast and can go till 11 AM.
- You can freshen up and order your lunch.
- The trip officially ends now. However, the return sleeper bus to Hyderabad is at 8:30 PM. You can put your luggage at our guest house and roam around Hippy Island/Hampi on your own.
- We will drop you at Hospet bus stand around 7 PM.
- Day 4 Schedule
- Reach back home early in the morning.
- Share your memorable Hampi weekend trip story with your friends and family.
Stay and Food
- Stay: Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise. The real vibe of Hampi can be felt by staying at Hippy cafes that also double up as restaurants serving delicious food from Indian to Israeli to Continental food. Our cafe is located at a pretty location close to Sanapur Lake. It has comfortable beds and well-maintained toilets/shower rooms. (Look at the album for pictures). It gives ample opportunity to interact with other backpackers, especially from Israel.
- Food: We will serve you fulfilling Breakfasts on three days of the trip. This will help you get started on the day’s schedule. For Lunch and Dinner, you can try ordering your favorite dishes from the menu.
Things to carry:
- Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste
- A lightweight large Backpack for the trip (no suitcase, no trolley)
- A small backpack for outdoors (to carry a water bottle, snacks, towel, etc)
- Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID)
- Poncho or rainproof jacket with a hood (from June to September)
- Full sleeve cotton t-shirt, track pant is advised for Hampi as it’s a hot place (Oct to Feb)
- Cap/Hat/Sunscreen (to avoid getting tanned bigtime)
- Sunglasses (to keep your eyes fresh)
- Power bank, charger, camera (if you wish to)
- Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our guesthouse
- Disposable garbage covers (To separate used/unused, dry/wet clothes)
- Any kind of sandals or shoes are fine
- Your personal medications, if any
- Waterwear if you wish to take a dip in the Lake
- Carrying a handwash/sanitizer/tissues will help during the trip
- Carry a lil bit of cash for Sunday lunch, dinner, and misc. expenses
- Don’t carry expensive items. You are responsible for your own belongings.
MGBS: 9:30 PM
What’s next after booking your trip:
- A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks a few hours before the trip.
- You may say hi to other trekkers and get prepared for the trip.
- We will set expectations about the trip, remind you of important Terms & Conditions.
- June to mid-Sept (monsoons): Hampi gets its fair share of rains in this season. As one can guess, spotting sunsets are rare. However, the boulder-filled hills look very pretty in the rain. Release of water from the Tungabhadra reservoir uphill may impact our plans of taking a dip (or coracle ride) at Sanapur lake or exploring Hippie Island on Day 1. Few weekends, usually in July/Aug, Hippie Island may be inundated with floodwater with no way to commute. However, we can still visit the Anjanadri hill that offers panoramic views of rocky valleys.
- Mid Sept to Feb (winter): The weather opens up for the beautiful sunsets that Hampi is famous for. Lots of Hippies, especially from Israel visit Hampi this season. The cafes in Hippie Island are filled with backpackers and travelers. We pick Hippie Hill sunset to Anjanadri Sunset in these months. If you are interested in visiting Anjanadri hill, you may do so on Day 2 morning before your breakfast (takes 2 hours approx).
- Mar to May (summer): Gets really hot from mid March. We usually don’t organize Hampi in these months.
Which is the best time to visit Hampi?
There are two best seasons to visit Hampi – monsoons, and winter.
- Monsoons (Jun to Sept) offer a pleasant climate to explore Hampi which is a naturally hot place because of its bouldery terrain. Overcast weather and drenched landscapes offer a gorgeous picture of the lost city. One would miss sunsets, but that can be compensated by abundant water in lakes and rivers.
- Winter (Oct to Feb) presents hot days and pleasant nights. This season brings lots of Hippies to Hampi from different countries. Taking shower in the lake waters gives much-needed respite. Lovely sunsets become new normal.
- Holi: The festival of colors – Holi is very famous in Hampi. Though it falls in summer, we still organize it around Holi time.
- In case there is less number of people booked for this trip, we shall book point to point sleeper buses between Hyderabad and Hampi.
- Local travel will be provided by auto/taxi.
- Travel (NON AC SLEEPER between Hyderabad and Hospet. Auto between Hospet and Hampi)
- 2D/2N Stay at our guesthouse (separate rooms for each gender)
- Food: 3 Breakfasts (all veg)
- Holi Celebrations with Colors & Music
- Entry tickets wherever required
- Experience all places in the Highlights section
- Social gathering under the open sky
- Trip Leader
- A hell lot of entertainment!
- Lunches, Dinners
- Coracle or any special activities
- Any misc. expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above.
- No Luxury. We assure awesome memories every trip, but not awesome facilities.
- We provide basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay.
- The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule are permitted. Do not give advice(s) to the Organizer.
- Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
- No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
- Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
- Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
- Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for trekkers. There may be snakes, scorpions, and other dangerous animals.
- Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
- The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek which will be informed 24 hours before the trip start time.
- Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
- Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
- Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.
Cancellation by Traveler
- 80% refund if you inform about your cancellation before 48 hours of the event start time. (For places like Gandikota, Hampi, etc)
- For events that involve point-to-point bus/train booking, only a 50% refund shall be done if you inform about your cancellation before 48 hours of the event start time. (For places like Gokarna, Dandeli, etc)
- No refund within 48 hours of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
- No refund during/after the event.
- Registration fee or partial payment which is done to book your slot is non-refundable.
- No refund if you drop out because of COVID.
- No refund if you are not allowed to join the trip while boarding due to COVID symptoms. Refer to this COVID blog for details.
- No refund if the event is cancelled because of COVID-induced lockdown/restrictions imposed by the government. In this case, your trip amount shall be used as credit for future trips.