Hampi, Karnataka: A few metres from the river shore and just across from Vittala Temple, this homestay is nestled in a tranquil historical village, down the road from the Tungabhadra river, in a quiet street.
This homestay has 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 Navrat* and his brother. Navrat gave up work at a company and a steady income to pursue his passion for hospitality, setting up the homestay in Hampi. He comes from a farming family and looks to hospitality as something that strengthens their annual income.
After taking the bold step of following his own passion, he connected with us for our shared values of giving good, safe and reliable accommodations in Hampi. In fact, our groups were some of the first customers he got!
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!