Another big highlight of the Hampi stay was the visit to the Hanuman Temple in nearby Anegundi, located at the alleged spot of the god’s birth.
This involved an inspiring walk through ruins and rocks along the river, a coracle journey there and back on the picturesque Tungabhadra river, threshing through undergrowth and crossing rice paddies with our guide Naga, and walking the 570 steeps steps uphill amongst the resident cheeky monkeys to reach the temple at the summit of Anjanadri Hill.
Here are some photos from our journey and destination.
Temple ruins on the dramatic river-side landscape
A word of warning. We didn’t see any crocs while on the river however.
Women at the riverside
Coracles awaiting tourists at the riverside
Our boatman’s hard-used feet
Sadhu at an ancient river-side temple
Yes, we have bananas
Stalking a snack
Nearly to the top!
Hanuman’s power lies in Sky
View of the valley and the winding path from the temple
Through rice paddies back to the river
Naga paddling towards the setting sun
Fisherman, rising moon
At the riverside
A few other miscellaneous Hampi photos
According to local legend, once upon a time two girls were walking to Hampi to visit the temples. They became discouraged by the long journey and sat down for a break. Leaning against each other, they started to make fun of Hampi to vent their frustration. Suddenly, the two turned into massive stones! They can be found leaning against each other to this day.
Water buffalo grazing inside one of the ruins (unfortunately the blog format means the fellow leaning against the wall while minding the herd gets cut off)
Cow side eye
A visitor to our hotel window
Exploring the world across from our hotel