Hampi Travel Info
Friday, November 14 2008 @ 12:17 AM GMT
Hampi By Road: There are very few direct buses to Hampi. However, it is easy to get buses from Hospet to Hampi as the frequency is good. Hospet is only about 12km from Hampi and has good connectivity from many places all over Karnataka. The National Highway number 13 passes through Hospet and provides good connectivity from Bengaluru (via NH4) and Goa (via NH4A through state highway). With the increase in tourist interest, there are several overnight buses that ply directly from Goa to Hampi. Please contact your local tour operator to find out more details and reserve a seat/berth.
Distance from Important Cities to Hospet:
Hampi By Rail: Hospet is the nearest railhead again with overnight trains from Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Goa including several day-time trains from different parts of India. These would be either the passenger or express trains.
Special mention should be made of The Golden Chariot – a special train operated by collaboration between Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and the Indian Railways. The train gets its name from the Stone Chariot situated in the Vitthala Temple complex at Hampi. For those who are familiar with, it is on the lines of “Palace on Wheels”. With tourists as the primary target passengers, this train takes the heritage tourist circuit route in a 7 day / 8 nights journey from Bengaluru to Goa. The stops en-route include Kabini/Bandipur, Mysuru, Hassan, Hampi (Hospet), Gadag and Goa. The air-conditioned train has its coaches named after the ruling dynasties of Karnataka and is equipped with beds, WiFi, LCD televisions and wardrobes to mention the least. The train also has two restaurants, a lounge bar, conference coach and a gym.
Hampi By Air: The nearest air-strip is at Bellary (Airport Code: BEP) with a few commercial flights. However, the best option would be to fly either to Goa (Airport Code: GOI), Bengaluru (Airport Code: BLR) or Hyderabad (Airport Code: HYD) that have national and international connectivity.
Hampi Local Transportation: Mass public transportation to roam around the ruins of Hampi is absent except for the tours organized by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and some private tour operators. However, there are plenty of options for individual travellers and small groups. Autorickshaws and taxies are available at a reasonable price. Since the meter concept is missing, it is strongly advised to negotiate a rate and agree on a price before boarding the vehicle. For more adventurous ones, bicycles, motorbikes and scooters are available on rent for a day basis. These could be hired from one of the several agencies at Hampi Bazaar. Please check driving license requirements, especially for foreign tourists before renting one.