3 days of Historical Affair
|| Day 3: ||
Our Day 2 in Hampi was about a lot of roaming and a lot of places worth visiting. So on this day, we decided for only 2 places. But believe me, these 2 places of Hampi involved a lot of climbing of stairs and rock climbing.
Starting after the sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, we headed towards the Tungabhadra river. We got one guy at the ferry ghat, who accepted to cross us the river on the coracle ferry and take us to the foot of the Anjanadri Hills. [Don’t forget to do some bargains as they overcharge the tourists]. The travel on a coracle ferry was beyond an experience – it was fun and the view was astounding. The river line, which was once the life line of the Vijayanagar Empire, was surrounded by caves and many abandoned stone structures. Somehow I was afraid to think that the coracle might topple anytime, but it did not. Ha ha!!
Once we got off the ferry ghat, we found an untouched nature conserving the left-over history alone. These areas are very less traveled by the tourists. Most of the tourists, if want to visit Anjanadri Hills, take the cabs or local auto-rickshaws. But I would suggest this ferry option as it is cheaper and more enjoyable.
After walking for around 15 mins at a slow pace, we reached to the foothill. I would suggest packing some water bottles from here as you would need them while climbing approximately 600 rocky steps. Be aware of the monkeys (which is believed to be the avatar of Lord Hanuman) over here who generally roam around and come near to collect food items from the climbing devotees.
History of Anjanadri/Anjaneya Hills:
According to the Hindu mythology, Hanuman Ji (the warrior and disciple of Shri Ram) was born on this hill. Thus, Hanuman is also known as Anjaneya and his birthplace is also known as Anjaneyadri (Anjaneya’s hill). This hill can easily be spotted from the distance.
Everyone is allowed inside the temple, just remember the general etiquettes followed in a Hindu temple. Photography is not allowed inside the temple. You might also collect a special Prasad (devotional offering made to a God – typically food) during the lunch time.
The view from the top of the hill will catch all the excitement. You can have a bird’s eye-view of the whole Hampi area.
As we returned to the same ghat, we got another ferry to cross the river.
Then we visited the Nandi temple and the nearby Mathanga hill. Climbing this hill was a bit tougher, though short. Be aware of the monkeys if you are in small numbers. The breathtaking sunset from the top of this mountain was worth the climb though.
Keep connected. We will soon post our 4th-day trip away from Hampi – to Pattadkal and much more.
For our Day 1 and Day 2 travelogue of Hampi [Part 1], click here.
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