Favorite thing: In the mainstreet of Hampi [it is more like a big main square] there are several stands where you can buy dye in every bright color. It looks beautiful, they arange it into a cone shape. These are the powders the indians dye there beautifully colored clothes with.
Favorite thing: Hampi is generally packed with temples (great and small), rocky terrain, dry, at time very dusty. If you can stand those rough terrains, you may start to enjoy those beautiful temples, cactuses grow abundantly between massive boulders, and the mighty Tungabhadra River really makes it an ideal place to unwind yourself.
Gulal is a perfumed powder that is offered to godess.These colored powder is part of Sringar and symbol of joy we put on our forehead too and throw in air in relegious processions as a gesture of Joy.
In South India, there is a tradition of making beautiful Rangoli (floor decorations) by South Indian women using gulal. Rangloi of Gujrat is also famous for thier traditional patterns.
You must be wondering why I say those sh!t cakes are precious to the villagers. As you know not all nutrients are digested, and there are still lots of grass fibers remain in those cow dung. It can be used as fertilizer, fuel, seal down dusty streets and symbolic for green pasture in front of their houses.
More usage for cow dung (Etracted From Wikipedia)
Cow dung is also used to line the floor and walls owing to its insect repellent properties. In cold places, cow dung is used to line the walls of rustic houses as is a cheap thermal insulator. Cow dung has an excellent mosquito repellent property and is used by many companies to produce repellents. It was also used extensively on Indian Railways to seal smokeboxes on steam locomotives.
Favorite thing: Hampi’s climate is generally dry & hot. March to early June is the summer. Monsoon brings some wet weather that typically lasts from late June to early August. The colder period of the year is from November to February, which is considered the best time to visit. I visited at the end of January and temperatures were between 30-35 deg C but it didn't feel all that humid. It's best to bring plenty of sun cream and also a hat as there's virtually no shade when travelling between the attractions.
Favorite thing: When I first arrived in Hampi, the owner of the guesthouse that I was staying in, took me to the main temple, the Virupaksha Temple, where there is a small police building on the right after you walk through the main entrance. All foreigners have to register with the local police upon arrival which is a simple process of logging your details in a book. This is for security reasons as there has been theft from foreigners in the past - in fact there's a rouges gallery of crooks for you to peruse over just outside.
The sites at Hampi are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and therefore attract many visitors - both Indian and foreign. The sites cover a very large area and there are many signs pointing out the directions to them so you shouldn't get lost. However, take a guidebook with you which should have a map of the area plus you can do some research by looking at the maps that I found on this very useful Hampi dedicated website:
1. Best time to visit is winters, say, November to January. Rest of the time, it is hot. Summer will be unbearable owing to the intense heat given off by the ever-present boulders, stones and rocks. Check up from their official website regarding the religious festival before you make your holiday plans. The websites are:
2. Tickets were required to be purchased only at the Vitthala Temple and for the Lotus Mahal. For Indians, the fee was INR 10/- per person (Dec. 2012). At the entrance to the Lotus Mahal, you have to buy an authorisation receipt for videography. The cost was INR 25/- (Dec. 2012). Also, at the Sri Virupaksheswaraswamy (Pampapati) Temple, you pay INR 50/- (Dec. 2012) per still camera besides an INR 1/- Entrance Fee.
3. If you are visiting by car from Bangaluru (Bangalore), take the road mentioned in my Review ‘03-The Road To Hampi and Back’. If by train, then it has to be via Hospet.
4. The Government of Karnataka has started a noble scheme in Government-aided schools whereby school children from different parts of the state must visit historical and cultural sites located within Karnataka as part of their school curriculum. While this is entirely educative, be prepared for hordes of school children who descend upon the ruins of Hampi and make merry. Fortunately, they land up after 11.00 am in their school buses. If you don’t want to feel disconcerted by their presence in your carefully-composed photos, visit the ruins early or late afternoon.
5. For photography, sacrifice your sleep. Leave your accommodation by about 5 am and catch the early morning rays as they hit the ruins. Or late evening, when the sun rays are equally dull red or crimson. The reddish colour of the boulders of the ruins will comes out brilliantly in your photos.
6. If you have the time, walk along the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Quite a few unseen sites are there for your viewing. Also, take a reliable boat and go across the river to Anegondi village.
7. Do have a working knowledge of the Hindu epics, the ‘Ramayana’ and the ‘Mahabharat’. Only then will the marvelous sculptures, the brilliant bas-reliefs, the ruins and the fabulous temples come alive.
First Written: Mar. 6, 2013
Favorite thing: If you walk towards the Vitthala Temple, along the riverside, you'll see a lot of work being carried out by members of the Archaeological Survey of India who are restoring many of the temples.