Hampi: Beyond The Poetry in Stone

There is more to Hampi than the temples, carvings, monuments and boulders.

Boulders

Ganesha

Beyond the timeless frozen architecture, Hampi is alive with farms, plantations, Tungabhadra river, animals and flowers.

Banana plantations

You will find cows, ox and buffalos roaming the street, besides goats and sheep!

Cows

And where there are cattle, there will be cowdung! Made into cakes and drying on walls ready to be used as fuel.

Dung cakes

There were horses, camels ( at Vijashree Folk village for rides) and even monkeys.

Horses

Camels

Luckily there were no real life crocodiles!

Crocodile

There were usual tropical fruits, bananas, pineapples and even watermelons.

Green bananas

Little birds on trees and power lines

Little birds on wire

Gypsy folks tending to the animals and sitting in the sun outside their houses, watching the tourists cars and auto rickshaws go by and catching up on the village gossip.

A gypsy woman outside her home wit hfamily

Busloads of school kids add to the constant bustle in Hampi.

School kids

Last but not least, there is even a little Arts and Crafts shop with copper and brass figures, idols, décor items ( hanging bells, lamps etc)  , old coins and puja items which make perfect souvenirs of this wonderful place. A awesome note to end the trip on!

Art shop

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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 January 8, 2013, in Hampi, India, Karnataka, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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