Hampi is a UNESCO world heritage site of ruins of the medieval Indian kingdom Vijayanagar.
It is a very huge area along the banks of the beautiful Tungabhadra river.
In fact, there are even much older archeological places of interest in the area.
In this review we will not list the major attractions (which are indeed must-not-be-missed). Instead, we want to point out to the lesser known area along the river, both sides of which are full of small hidden beautiful temples, engravings and sculptures. Many of them date back long before the Vijayanagar period. We had only 1 day in Hampi, and after several hours of exploring the major attractions had only little time to explore the archeological treasures along the river.
We were very lucky with our very knowledgeable guide P. Hussen who took us for a trip on a coracle, a traditional round boat. We wish we could spend the whole day in this beautiful area. We are very sorry that in preparation to this trip we didn't come across any advice to do that, so we are writing this review to alert the future visitors to this great place. Try to plan more than 1 full day for Hampi explorations, plan to spend a significant time to wonder on river banks, and prepare well in advance. Our guide P. Hussein together with 6 other guides run a website http://www.hampi7guides.com with a lot of useful information about the area.