Contemplating A Road Trip To Hampi

“What are you doing about the daycare on Monday? Keeping Varun at home?” Shubhada asked me while I went to grab some tea in the pantry.

Me panicking – ” Why? Is Monday holiday? Is the daycare closed?”

Shubhada – ” Of course – didn’t you see the calendar and the text sent? ”

Slapping my forehead, but of course. We don’t get Christmas Eve as an official holiday at Microsoft but the school and the day care is closed.

So, now instead of staying at home with kids, Shubhada and I came up with ideas to do something together. Our kids are in the same class so they know each other. Our ideas range from spending an afternoon together to driving to a beach. Then we forgot all about it.

Till last night.

And we decided to drive to Hampi. A UNESCO World heritage site, and on banks of Tungabhadra river, Hampi was the last capital of the former Vijanagara empire teeming with grand palaces, monuments and temples. The city was pillaged under Muslim rule and now all we have are striking ruins of the once-magnificent monuments. Here is a Bing images link of what we hope to see.

Hampi is about 380 Kms from Hyderabad. It  takes about 6 – 7 hours to cover this distance. We haven’t done that long a road trip in India. But with Shubhada and Shantanu with us we can make it. So the plan is simple:

Saturday: Drive to Hampi. Stay in Hospet about 12 kms from Hampi.

Sunday: Siteseeing during the day. Chill in the swimming pool in the evening.

Monday: Siteseeing during the day. Chill in the resort in the evening.

Tuesday: Drive back to Hyderabad

Logistics are still being sorted out but hopefully we will find a place to stay soon. And we have to figure out the road : Hyderabad – Kurnool- Guntakal – Bellary- Hospet or Hyderabad – Mahbubnagar- Raichur – Hospet. Also, if restaurants and restrooms are available along the way. Excited!!

Looking forward to a roooad trip with friends 🙂

About rutujak

A travel addict, self confessed foodie and a mom trying to make SFO my home after a decade in Seattle and a stint in Hyderabad, India.

Posted on December 20, 2012, in Hampi, India, Karnataka, Travel and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Looking fwd to how ur trip is going to be 🙂

  2. Great idea. Be Safe. Driving in India – always comes with a little more risk, especially when you cross State lines. Rotate drivers, no more than 2 hours each if you can, take frequent stops. Be wary of other vehicles around you. Late night driving isn’t worth the risk and the impact on wellness (sleep deprivation, dehydration).

    At Hampi, try to hire a qualified guide – don’t go it alone. Virupaksha temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Idol and other stone carvings – should be a photographers connoisseur and brilliant way to turn back the clock on Vijayanagar Dynasty.

    Look forward to the photographic journey. Via. Raichur appears to be shorter, but could be in for a bumpy ride, however, about 76 KM shorter

    Haven’t been there since 1987.

    Christmas joy & jingles all over – here in the US.

    • Thanks for the tips. We are driving during the day and as well all can drive we will switch every couple of hours. We plan to hire a guide. Unless you are a history buff its hard to know the details and remember them when you are in front of these monuments. I just hope I can do justice to these beautiful monuments via my amateur photography!

      I miss the Christmas decorations, carols and cheer around. Happy Holidays!!

  3. I’m going to South India myself in January. Not sure I’ll get to Hampi, but will be going through Hyderabad. Your photo reminds me of the temple at Konark in Orissa which I visited in 2010.

    • You should try and visit Hampi. There are 3 of these stone chariots in India. One is in Hampi, other is Konark in Puri, Orissa and the third one is in Madhya Pradesh. If you are in Hyderabad drop me a line. I can tell you a bit about places to visit/skip etc

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