Hampi, Karnataka: Restored by Dharma Endeavours and around 8 km from the main Virupaksha Temple, this is the traditional home of a farming family. With well-connected road and bus connections, this homestay in Hampi is located in an ancient village. It is perfect for people who want to see what village life looks like. You will be surrounded by neighbours going about their daily tasks in a proper rural lifestyle.
It’s a traditional homestay 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 a flooring of black ‘kadapa’ stone slabs.
This is a Hampi homestay of Savitha* and her family of 3 children. We helped her to renovate and refurbish her home and also manage the running of the homestay. Her family experienced a 50% increase in her annual income from our work, at our last assessment.
“As farmers, we have hardly anything left after our expenses. This helps us to earn an extra income when we need it the most.”
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 they 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!