When I arrived in Hampi off the bus from Goa, touts were everywhere, which is just what I needed after spending a night on a bus. Rooms were hard to come by as it was 8.30am and checkout time in most places was at 10am. Everyone was flying around the small streets in auto rickshaws trying to find somewhere that had a room. Guesthouses here are small with not many rooms which makes the job even harder. After looking around myself, for a while, a guy came over to me and said that he had a room so I went off with him to take a look. His place, the Kirin Guesthouse, only had 5 rooms, all small and very basic but everywhere else is the same.
Oh well, most cyber cafes do not have current antivirus & some cyber cafes even have more character where they don't have antivirus software at all.
If you're traveling with your portable USB drive for your long trip, do expect some viruses planting multiple .EXE files into every picture folders of yours. Even connecting your camera to computer via USB port or inserting your memory cards into card readers on those computers will potentially infecting your memory cards with software.exe files with multiple trojan horse type of viruses.
My personal photo media infected with no less than 500 viruses and some sticky irremovable .EXE files.
If you're transferring and burning all your pictures into CD-ROM at these cafes, make sure your personal PC/notebook back home is protected with the latest antivirus patterns before you popping in those photo CDs or your computer will have good collection of malicious viruses smuggled from India.
As you all know that hindi movies always featuring women with perfect t!ts and kids growing up with those fantasies since young age sometime causing them trying to touch you. If you're female travelers, do watch out for hands coming in outside the bus trying to molest you whenever the bus is stopping. If you're walking at overcrowded street, please remember to shield you front with your day sack.
You won't be surprise that some of those female sculptures will have really smooth surface around the breasts area. They are not specially crafted smooth on those areas, but they are handy jobs of some naughty boys.
- All bottled water is not the same.
- Make sure you buy only from a reliable (or at least a large) shop.
- Good brands that are easy to find: Bisleri, Kingfisher, Kemp's
- Good brands that are hard to find: Kinley, Aquafina, McDowell's,
- Brands to avoid: Bindu, Manju
- Don't overpay. Check the MRP printed on the bottle because the vendors will routinely mark it up (which is against the law)
- Most important: Double-check the seal on the bottle.
- Lassi is popular in Hampi. Be advised that it is made with water. Remeber you're taking on a risk since you can't be sure where that water came from.
As with most preserved or religious sites in India an entrance fee of 250 rupees is levied against foreign tourists for entry into the Kamal Mahal (Lotus Temple) and if my memory serves me correctly, also entrance into the Hajara Rama Temple, so keep hold of your ticket as proof of payment. Try not to be to irked when the Indian national only pays 10 rupees. The picture shows where you pay 2 rupees to leave your shoes for the privelidge of spending the next hour (if you last that long) walking on scorching hot stone :- see my Virupaksha Courtyard tip.
The coracle river crossings start at sunrise and ends at sundown and the price is usually 5 rupees, but if your're staying on the north side of the river and need to cross over to Hampi bazaar after dark you stand on the riverbank and whistle and shout till someone hears and comes over for you. Of course being "after hours" the price is then negotiable, often costing up to 50 rupees per person and remember to sort out a time to cross back over, not that it did me any good, i could'nt find the "ferryman" so had to grab a couple of local guys out of the restaurant, hijack a coracle and make the crossing. Good as the guys were for helping me out, they didn't really know the river, so i had to wade the last ten metres. Moral of the tale "Don't pay the ferryman till he gets you to the other side"