Hampi Trip with Hippie Island | Bangalore


Hampi Trip with Hippy Island | Bangalore

The grand old “lost city” of Hampi (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is both flamboyant as well as laid back in its demeanor. A weekend trip to Hampi is every traveler’s delight.

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    All about the Hampi Trip with Hippie Island | Bangalore.

    Hello Backpackers!

    Have you been Hampi-fied at least once in your life?

    Hampi, situated on the banks of the river Tungabadra, is a backpackers paradise as well as Hippie haven. There are many interesting things here like hillocks filled with boulders, monuments, ruins, temples, laid back cafes, arts, shopping, trekking, etc. Located at a distance of 340 Km from Bangalore, it makes a great offbeat weekend getaway. 

    Hampi is a different world altogether that takes you back in time, amazes you with its mystical ruins, and makes you wonder how magnificent this city would have been centuries ago. It was the capital of the grand Vijayanagara kingdom which was ruled by Sri Krishnadevaraya. At its peak, Hampi was one of the richest cities in the world. Traders from different parts of the world would visit Hampi for business. 

    If you think this is fascinating enough, it’s not over yet. Hampi also has mythological significance attached to Ramayana. It is said to be the Kishkinda kingdom of Vali, Sugreeva, and our very own Hanuman. A temple on top of a hillock named Anjanadri is said to be his birthplace.

    While we marvel at the colored-retro setting of the Hampi, we are gonna stay towards the Hippie Island side, hike a couple of boulder-filled hillocks and enjoy pretty views from the top, including a lovely sunset that Hampi is famous for.

    Can we ever be satisfied without getting wet? We will also take a soothing dip in the pristine waters of Sanapur lake under hot Hampi weather. For those who wouldn’t like to get wet, local villagers usually operate Coracle rides here. Even if one doesn’t indulge in both, Sanapur lake surrounded by stunning boulder hills is such a serene locale to just sit and relax.

    Hippie Island is combination of 4 places –

    1. Anjanadri Hill (Hanuman’s birth place)
    2. Sanapur Lake (Coracle)
    3. Anegundi (Durga temple)
    4. Virupapura Gaddi (Destroyed shacks)

    We will visit first two places above and optionally the 3rd place depending on time. Local authorities restrict tourists to visit 4th place.

    What more?
    Lazy dinners on the cozy beds of cafes, lots of socializing, good food, music…all of them to quench your thirst for an offbeat and laid back weekend!

    Highlights of the Hampi Trip:

    • Anjanadri Hill
    • Sanapur Lake visit
    • Anegundi Hill (optional)
    • Vijaya Vittala Temple (monuments)
    • The Stone Chariot on 50 Rupees note
    • Pushkarini (Stepped tank)
    • Queen’s Bath, Lotus Mahal
    • Elephant’s Stable
    • Ugra Narasimha statue & giant Shiv ling
    • Virupaksha Temple (the only temple in Hampi)
    • Hemukuta hill sunset
    • Social gathering under the open sky

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    1. Day 0 Onward journey to Hampi!
      • Start from Bangalore, an overnight journey
    2. Day 1 Hippy Island side - Anjanadri Hill Hike, Sanapur Lake, Sunset hill
      • Reach Hampi cafe, freshen up & have breakfast.
      • Note: Hippie Island is combination of 4 places  -Anjanadri Hill (Hanuman’s birth place),  Sanapur Lake (Coracle ride), Anegundi (Durga temple), Virupapura Gaddi (Destroyed shacks). We will cover first 2 places today. 3rd place is optional and 4th place has restrictions on tourists.
      • Head to the base of the Anjanadri hill and hike up the hill on the northern banks of the Tungabhadra river. There are about 575 steps to climb. The view of boulder filled hills of Hampi from the top is amazing.
      • Important notes: People have to leave their footwear at the base of the Anjanadri hill itself. There is usually huge crowd every weekend because of the popularity of the place, so we cannot avoid it. In the recent times, the local authorities have banned shorts/skirts. It’s recommended to wear full length clothes.
      • After getting down, we will have a leisurely lunch at a charming Hippie café that serves a wide range of delicacies.
      • Post lunch, we will enjoy the cool breeze of the pristine Sanapur Lake – take a dip if you wish to, go on a coracle ride on the lake (optional & self-sponsored), relax and rejuvenate.
      • After spending quality time, enjoy a peaceful sunset from a sunset spot close to Sanapur Lake. This is a small hike to reach this point.
      • Get back to the guest house, freshen up and laze around as you order your dinner.
      • Music, social gathering in the night with long conversations.
      • Rest in your assigned rooms.
    3. Day 2 Hampi side - Monuments, History and Temples
      • Start the day with a nice breakfast.
      • Freshen up and check out of the stay.
      • Head to Hampi town, visit the most famous Vijaya Vittala monument & explore the Stone Chariot on 50 rupees currency note. We usually have a guide here explaining interesting facts and history about this wonderful place.
      • Visit a unique structure called Pushkarini, a perfectly symmetrical stepped water tank that becomes smaller as it goes down, that looks very attractive.
      • Have Lunch at a local restaurant.
      • Visit many more interesting monuments and historical places post lunch like Queen’s Bath, Lotus Mahal, Elephant’s Stable, Ugra Narasimha statue and giant Shiv ling.
      • End the exploration with a visit to Virupaksha temple in the evening, the only working temple in Hampi (the rest of the places are all ruins and monuments).
      • Hike up a hill adjacent to Virupaksha and enjoy another pretty sunset.
      • Walk down to the flea market and shop for Hampi souvenirs.
      • Finish dinner at a famous café in Hampi and start back to Bangalore before 10 PM.
    4. Day 3 Back to Bengaluru!
      • Reach home in the morning.
      • Share your memorable Hampi weekend trip story with your friends and family.

    Generic Details

    About Trip

    • This trip involves basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay without any luxury, whatsoever.
    • This is a group trip with shared model. It may not suit everyone – especially for those expecting privacy and comfort. It best suits for people who wish to socialize.
    • Please do not book this trip if you are not okay with above points.


    • Tempo Traveler or Mini Bus (with push back seats).
    • Note: This trip involves overnight journey on a push back Seater (Not sleeper or semi-sleeper).
    • We request you to book this trip only if you can handle slight discomfort (especially last row of the vehicle).


    • Tents or Dormitories on sharing basis.
    • Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise. The real vibe of Hampi can be felt by staying at Hippy cafe that also double up as restaurants serving delicious food from Indian to Israeli to Continental food.
    • Our cafe has both Camping tents & Dormitories with beds and well-maintained wash rooms.


    • We will serve you fulfilling Breakfasts on two days of the trip. This will help you get started on the day’s schedule.
    • For Lunch and Dinner, you can try ordering your favorite dishes from the menu.

    Things to carry:

    • Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste
    • A lightweight large Backpack for the trip (no suitcase, no trolley)
    • A small backpack for outdoors (to carry a water bottle, snacks, towel, etc)
    • Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID)
    • Poncho or rainproof jacket with a hood (from June to September)
    • Full sleeve cotton t-shirt, track pant is advised for Hampi as it’s a hot place (Oct to Feb)
    • Cap/Hat/Sunscreen (to avoid getting tanned bigtime)
    • Sunglasses (to keep your eyes fresh)
    • Power bank, charger, camera (if you wish to)
    • Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our guesthouse
    • Disposable garbage covers (To separate used/unused, dry/wet clothes)
    • Any kind of sandals or shoes are fine
    • Your personal medications, if any
    • Water wear if you wish to take a dip in the Lake
    • Carrying a handwash/sanitizer/tissues will help during the trip
    • Carry a lil bit of cash for Sunday lunch, dinner, and misc. expenses
    • Don’t carry expensive items. You are responsible for your own belongings.

    Pickup points:

    Central Silk Board Bus Stop: 9:30 PM

    Marathahalli: 9:55 PM

    Tin Factory: 10:15 PM

    Goraguntepalya: 10:50 to 11:15 PM (based on traffic)

    Note on start time: Depending on the type of weekend and weather/traffic conditions, the Organizers may decide to start 1 hour early sometimes or 1 hour late sometimes. Trip Leader will update exact start timing in the Whatsapp group.

    What’s next after booking your trip:

    • A Whatsapp group shall be created on the trip day and Vehicle & Trip Leader details will be shared.
    • This trip involves traveling with strangers and night stays (if any). Please be mindful that:
      • It is mandatory to share your personal information with the team along with a copy of your government approved ID card.
      • You will need to share your co-traveler(s) details if you have booked more than one seat.
    • Live location of the vehicle will be sent in the group once it starts at the first point.

    Seasonal variations:

    • June to mid-Sept (monsoons): Hampi gets its fair share of rains in this season. As one can guess, spotting sunsets are rare. However, the boulder-filled hills look very pretty in the rain. Release of water from the Tungabhadra reservoir uphill may impact our plans of taking a dip (or coracle ride) at Sanapur lake or exploring Hippie Island on Day 1. A visit to the Anjanadri hill offers a panoramic views of rocky valleys and green paddy fields and banana plantations typical to Hampi.
    • Mid Sept to Feb (winter): The weather opens up for the beautiful sunsets that Hampi is famous for. Lots of Hippies, especially from Israel visit Hampi this season. Hampi turns colorful and vibrant. Anjanadri is the best place to enjoy a peaceful sunset.
    • Mar to May (summer): Gets really hot from mid-March. We usually don’t organize Hampi in these months.

    Which is the best time to visit Hampi?

    There are two best seasons to visit Hampi – monsoons, and winter. 

    • Monsoons (Jun to Sept) offer a pleasant climate to explore Hampi which is a naturally hot place because of its bouldery terrain. Overcast weather and drenched landscapes offer a gorgeous picture of the lost city. One would miss sunsets, but that can be compensated by abundant water in lakes and rivers.
    • Winter (Oct to Feb) presents hot days and pleasant nights. This season brings lots of Hippies to Hampi from different countries. Taking shower in the lake waters gives much-needed respite. Lovely sunsets become new normal.
    • Summer (Mar to May): Hampi gets very hot. Better to avoid.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Hampi Package InclusionsItems that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel (Tempo or Minibus pushback)
    • Stay (Tents or Dorms)
    • Food: 2 Breakfasts (All veg)
    • Entry tickets wherever required
    • Experience all places in the Highlights section
    • Trip Leader
    • Guide for Stone Chariot
    • A hell lot of entertainment!
    Hampi Package ExclusionsItems that are excluded in the cost of tour price.
    • Lunches and Dinners both the days
    • Coracle or any special activities
    • Any misc. expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above.

    Terms & Conditions

    • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule shall be entertained. Do not give advice(s) to the Trip Leader(s) to change the itinerary.
    • Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
    • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
    • Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for treks. There may be snakes, scorpions, and dangerous animals.
    • Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
    • Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
    • No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
    • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
    • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
    • The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek which will be informed 24 hours before the trip start time.
    • Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.

    Cancellation Policy

    Cancellation by Traveler

    • 80% refund/100% postponement if you inform about your cancellation before 48 hours of the event start time. An email has to be sent to muddietrails@gmail.com to raise a cancellation request.
    • No refund/postponing is allowed within 48 hours of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, Accident, Covid, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
    • No refund/postponing is allowed for partial payment – booking fee – which is done to book your slot.
    • No refund during/after the event.

    Cancellation by Muddie Trails

    Muddie Trails may decide to cancel the event if there are less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.

    What if we don’t get the minimum number of people for the trip?
    We have 2 options in this case:
    Option 1: Complete refund.
    Option 2: Switch to any other trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.

    Cancellation due to external factors

    Muddie Trails may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc.

    In these scenarios:

    • No Refund is allowed.
    • 100% trip amount can be used for any other new trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.
    • Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.

    Overall Rating
    Aishwarya Ganesan
    Reviewed On 08/12/2023

    It was my first trip with Muddy Trails and we went to Hampi & Hippie Island. The trip had equal amounts of thrill and ancient charm. The itinerary was well-planned and well-timed, and our group had a blast! We got along quickly and enjoyed every moment together. I want to specially thank the trip leader Abhishek. He's a great travel companion who ensured all our needs were met. He also had deep knowledge on the history and architecture of the places we visited. He contributed to the fun and frolic, just as easily as he ensured our complete safety.

    Swapnil Pingal
    Reviewed On 07/12/2023

    I went to Hampi with muddies for the first time. It was weekend trip, Friday departure from Bangalore, Monday morning back to office. As I have been to backpacking trips with thrilophillia and couple of other small trip planners, one thing I would like to point out about muddies is, they have not over committed anything in itinerary. Itinerary is short, crisp and doable keeping planned days in mind. Trip lead was Abhishek and he was considerate to everyone's needs and friendly. Group trip is no fun without people, and everyone was awesome. Just keep one thing in mind, as it's just 2 days trip and you will be spending 2 nights in vehicle, so you will get less sleep for sure. If you are comfortable with it, you are good to go.

    Akansha Maheshwari
    Reviewed On 07/12/2023

    I recently went to Hampi with muddie trails! Had a great experience - comfortable stay and good food! Met some amazing people. Special shout out to Reshma and Satyam - our tour leads!

    Ravindu Shankar
    Reviewed On 07/12/2023

    I went on the hampi weekend trip with mudde on 28th. Had fun with like-minded people and enjoyed a lot while exploring and getting to know about history of hampi.Especially the Group leads Reshma and Satyam did a great job managing the group and trip according to itinerary ,had a very awesome experience.keeping check on everything and trip happens smoothly.Not just leads ,they are good friends too. Thanks Muddie trails and Rehsma along with Satyam.

    kuljot singh
    Reviewed On 07/12/2023

    Trip to humpi was great. Team lead, Reshma is also very good, she is like new friend to me. I didn't realised even a single time that i am coming with new people, all are like family to me Thanks Resham for arranging all the things.