Hampi, Karnataka: Surrounded by paddy fields, on a main road just 2 km from the main Virupaksha Temple, this homestay is ideal for nature lovers, surrounded as it is by boulders. On the property is also an ancient temple that is visited by local villagers to this day. An 'ashwatha' or peepal tree, considered sacred in India, provides shade to the front 'yard' of the homestay.
This is the home of Mr. P.V, whose family has ties to Hampi and its surrounding areas since generations, allows us to use one of his other homes for our English Language Training program, where we teach local youth, interested in tourism as a livelihood, ways to improve their English.
Important to Note
Finding a place to stay in Hampi requires a small crash-course in its geography:
- There’s Hampi, the name given to a 48 sq. km protected zone with 9 villages, officially called the UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS), across which area can be found the monuments of the Vijayanagara Empire,
- And then there’s Hampi, the eponymous village that lends its name to the WHS.
People often get confused between the two. Our homestay accommodations in Hampi- The Dharma Stays, are found in 3 of the 9 villages of the UNESCO WHS, and not the village of Hampi itself.
Further, the 48 sq. km area is spread across two districts: Bellary and Koppal. It is also divided by the Tungabhadra River. Only 2 river crossing points are available, one at the main monument called Virupaksha Temple and another called Talwarghatta, near Vittala Temple.
Keep in mind that wherever you have a room or homestay booking in Hampi, you will have to travel at least 2 km to visit the monuments and you may have to cross the river too. This is because the monuments are spread out across the 48 sq. km. zone, with tar and mud roads interconnecting them.
We hope that our descriptions will help you to choose your stay!