Staying in Hampi
Hampi is filled with guesthouses and small hotels offering cheap accommodation for backpackers and budget travelers. The most popular location for these establishments is around Hampi Bazaar itself, while other spots include Kamalapura, Hospet, and Virupapur Gadde on the northern bank of the Tungabhadra River.
A number of so-called resort hotels are also available in the area such as the Hampi Boulders Resort and the Hotel Mayura Bhuvaneshwari in Kamalapur..
Eating in Hampi
Hampi has a growing number of restaurants targeted at budget travelers. One of the most popular is the Mango Tree, where we stopped for lunch. Hidden away behind a banana plantation, the restaurant offers great views of the surrounding area from its terrace as well as great food.
The best time to visit Hampi is from September to February when the climate is pleasant and cool with day time temperatures of less than 30°C and night time temperatures as low as 12°C.
During the summer season (March to May), temperatures can reach up to 40°C while the monsoon season from June to August can bring a lot of rain. Visiting Hampi during this period is not advised.
Hampi holds a number of cultural and religious festivals that are attracting growing crowds of people, including Purandaradasa Aradhana (January/February), Shivaratri (February/March), Deepavali (October), and the Hampi Festival (November). If you plan to attend any of these, you are advised to make your travel and hotel arrangements early.