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“Hampi and its guides”
Review of Virupaksha Temple

Virupaksha Temple
Ranked #4 of 61 things to do in Hampi
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

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.

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Reviewed 8 November 2013

It's a great feeling when you reach Hampi - it's the feeling you get when you know you are in a place that used to be the one of the richest in the world at it's time. The place is beautiful with endless beige boulders lying scattered all over the place. You will need at least 2 days to visit all the places and many more if you want to explore and understand the history behind each place.

There are not many good food options and it gets quite hot so make sure to carry emergency food and water with you. Other than the small restaurants near Hampi Bazaar, there is this KSTDC Mayura hotel near Kamalapur junction (near the Royal Enclosure area) that serves decent south-Indian food.

Must-vist places (you can make a route in Google Maps with these places in order):
Virupaksha Temple
Hampi Bazaar
Hemakuta Hill (Sasivekalu Ganesha, Kadalekalu Ganesha, Krishna Temple)
Lakshmi Narasimha Temple and Badavilinga Temple
Chandikesvara Temple
Underground Siva Temple
Zenana Enclosure (Lotus mahal, Elephant Stables)
Hazara Rama Temple
Royal Enclosure (Mahanavami Dibba, King’s Audience Hall, Stepped Tank, underground chamber)
Queen’s Bath
Vittala Temple (Stone Chariot, Kings Balance)

3  Thank ShobAhamed
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

I spent one and a half days visiting the site, spending in total 10-11 hours.
The exceptional quality is due to the combination of a beautiful rough site with huge rock parties and a river, 4-5 exceptional and well preserved monuments, and an enormous number of stuctures some excavations, some in ruins but that together give an idea how vast this capital has been.
Part of the excellence of the visit was because of the guide Hussain, although a muslim he spoke with knowledge and enthusiasm about the monuments and detailed the many scenes in the temple decorations. Worth to take the plane to Hubli.

1  Thank bartolomeus45
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

We spent an outstanding day with Raimu aka "Raymond" visiting the major temples and archaeological sites surrounding Hampi. Raimu made clear to us he is not a tour guide, but hopes to be one someday. We explained to him that we planned to visit some of the closer sites by bicycle the following day, so we wanted him to take us to those farther afield. No problem.

The itinerary was ours. He made suggestions, and at each site let us know he would be happy to walk along and explain what he could, or simply let us wander. We mixed things up for a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing day.

Raimu was careful to admit when he didn't have an answer to our questions but would give us his best understanding. And where he was aware of competing information for a site or building, he would tell us so.

If you are in Hampi I strongly recommend you consider hiring Raymond as a driver. Our whole day cost well under $20 US. He speaks excellent English and is also learning French and Russian. His cell # is 08762949620.

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Reviewed 19 October 2013

This was my 2nd visit to Hampi. The fist being almost 7 years back. A lot has changed since. Being both a nature lover and a history addict, Hampi proved to be a heady cocktail for me.

With its ruins resembling a city frozen in the past with every stone having a story to tell And abundant natural surroundings which include the Daroji Sloth Bear sanctuary provided to me the best of both worlds.

A lot has been written about the ruins of Hampi. I'll mention a few words about Daroji. Its probably the only Slot bear sanctuary in India. The sanctuary opens at 1 pm and closes by 6 pm. You can drive or walk up to the watch tower (a distance of 4 kms from the entrance). The path passes through some scrub forest surrounded by boulders. As evening dawns (around 4 pm), the bears start to come out from their caves. From the vantage point of the watch towers, one can with a pair of binoculars get fantastic sightings of this wonderful animal.

In addition to the bears, there are some beautiful birds and butterflies which make one want to visit this place again and again.

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