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Visiting Hampi Again Feat. Mom & Dad

I just can’t seem to get enough of Hampi. I visited first over two years ago when I dragged Ben there after reading about it in Lonely Planet. Later, I went on a tour with goMowgli and saw even more that I’d missed.

This time, we took the easiest route by hiring a rickshaw driver to show us around from 1-530 and we saw most everything on the temple side. We were meant to see the chilled out reservoir side the following day, but decided not to for a variety of reasons (boat sickness, timing, being tired, not wanting to cliff jump).

Want more notes on ONE day in Hampi (because this is mostly photos of what you’ll see in one day) my post on the top things to do in Hampi!

We went here from Goa and had Babu drive. It took about 8 hours and we took the route through Hubli to Hospet. It’s anywhere from 9,000 rs to 15,000 rs for a driver there and back. At peak season, it’ll run closer to the higher end of that spectrum.

As it was Christmas time, all great rooms were booked in Hampi (Shanthi Guesthouse  andMowgli Guesthouse) so we had to stay at the Hyatt about 30 km away. I was a pain, but worth having a lovely (but expensive!) buffet and soft clean bed to sleep in.

My parents LOVED their one day in Hampi. Here’s what we got up to below; if you want to see it all make your life easy and hire a rickshaw. We got ripped off at 1200 rs per rickshaw (we took 2) but I didn’t feel like negotiating after a long car ride. You can get it down to 800 rs easily.

one day in hampicoconuts outside the Queen’s Stables are a must

one day in hampi

one day in hampi lotus mahalThe Lotus Mahal is my favorite bit of Hampi

one day in hampiwalking down the main strip

one day in hampi

one day in hampi

one day in hampithe main attraction: the chariot 

one day in hampi

one day in hampi

one day in hampibest views in Hampi

one day in hampi

one day in hampi

one day in hampiI stared at this cute dog and played with it about 2 minutes before I realized there were a bunch of baby goats in the bottom of the truck! OMG cuteness!

one day in hampiparents loved the monkeys!

one day in hampi

one day in hampi

one day in hampi

one day in hampi

one day in hampione of my favorite shots

one day in hampistandard tourist pic! Love it!

one day in hampi

One of the perks of staying at the Hyatt, other than an amazing bed, is that it is located in this little modern village set up entirely for the steel workers. There is a small mall, temple, lake, and amazing gardens around the Hyatt. It was a bit Surreal.

For some reason I didn’t take a photo of the main temple, but it was a very new Ganesh temple. Everything was covered in jewels that I’m pretty sure were real. It was all gold painted. My parents were in awe! If you stay at the Hyatt it’s just a 5 min drive here and very worth the stop on your way out in the AM.

one day in hampi

one day in hampi

one day in hampi

one day in hampi

one day in hampi

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Avi June 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Hampi is in my wishlist for a long time, but I always end up in Goa. I am not done with it yet! Phew

  2. Annie June 16, 2015 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    this place looks gorgeous! thanks for sharing. those baby goats have my heart!

  3. Megan June 21, 2015 at 3:26 am - Reply

    i love that your dad was representin OSU all the way across the world :) hope to get to hampi one day!

    • Rachel Jones June 21, 2015 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Hahha heck ya!! And first time I sent to bombay I wore an OSU shirt at gateway of India as well

  4. T.shankar June 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    You have partially covered Hampi…there is more to it and also you could have highlighted the nearby places from Hampi…which is a masterpiece of ancient heritage. You can see more of such pictures on Hampi & surroundings from my .


    • Rachel Jones June 21, 2015 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      As I said, this is just my parents trip, I haven’t written about Hampi in 3 additional articles..and have linked a couple in intro.

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  6. Akanksha Kapoor October 2, 2018 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Hey! We’re planning to visit Hampi later this month and have also booked ourselves a room at the Hyatt – how does one go about hiring the rickshaw for the day trip to Hampi? We have a car but would much rather get a local guide to take us to all the places

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