Hampi, Karnataka: Restored by Dharma Endeavours and just across the river from Vittala Temple in a historical village, this is ahomestay built in local, traditional architecture. Located in a sleepy, ancient village, this homestay in Hampi is perfect for people who love bike rides across paddy fields, observing village life and visiting local artisans.
It’s a traditional home found in one of the sleepy villages of the WHS, built in traditional architecture: solid granite stones and a roof supported by strong teak beams. The walls are painted with what is locally called ‘Sunna’ or limestone paint, with flooring of black ‘Kadapa’ stone slabs.
This is the home of Kamala*, an 80-year-old grandmother who raised her children and family in this home.
We helped her to renovate and refurbish her home and also manage the running of the homestay. She has experienced an 80% increase in her annual income from our work at our last assessment. The improved economic security enables her to live a comfortable life.
“I now have some money to spend for myself," she says.
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 some 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!