Ruins of Hampi

Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Flag of India  , Karnataka,
Friday, May 4, 2012

Hampi, India - After leaving Kochi, we took a long train ride to Bangalore. The highlights were when a man walked by selling ice creams!! It was a very hot day on the train! We had a few hours to kill in Bangalore, finding some dinner and a place to relax while waiting for our next train. Luckily, our next train was a sleeper train taking us all the way Hospet, from where it is only a short bus ride to the ancient ruins of Hampi.

I was completely exhausted arriving into Hospet. Upon exiting the train, one Tuk Tuk driver must have asked me 20 times whether we needed a ride. The answer was no, but progressed to an aggressive no! I think the tiredness was kicking in. A long walk down the road, we found Hospet bus station and a cheap ride to Hampi. I talked to a young family on the bus enjoying the school holidays and taking their children to see the historic sites of Hampi.

Hampi is a World Heritage site and a place where you can lose yourself in the history of the city or wonder as to how the landscape was formed. It is a dry, very hot and dusty place, but a place you must add to your 'must sees' on a visit to India.

There are good places to stay over the river from the Hampi Bazaar and the guesthouses are extremely cheap and all serve food.

I did not spend too long in Hampi, and unfortunately, when I left, after making a river crossing, I exited the boat and lost my footing while carrying two bags. The result was my right leg scrapping between two rocks. A large gash was evident on my right leg and lots of cuts. The blood was dripping down my leg, but with embarrassment, I walked away and found my bus.

This caused great excitement on my next bus and two train journeys. Everyone wanted to tell me my leg was bleeding and how did it happen. At Hospet station, two young lads felt sorry for me and managed to find me a seat on a packed train.

Via an overnight connection, I was on my way to the beaches of Goa.

Next stop, Panaji.

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