Visit to the desi “Hamunaputra”

We visited Hampi a couple of weeks ago, (and I’ve been writing this post for the last few weeks with no hopes of ever finishing it). Anyway,this is not the season to visit Hampi at all, the  heat being so high that it induces madness (at least in me). But we got a chance to stay at the amazing Orange County resort in Hampi, and when you do (get a chance) you wont really care about the weather.

Orange county, resort, Hampi, Luxury resort

Orange county resort, Hampi

We started from Bangalore at sunrise (at least we wanted to, but things like last minute loo trip, going back to switch off fans, kids trying to shove a large doll into a tiny suitcase unsuccessfully, ensuing meltdown etc, we managed to leave at about 7.30 am). It took about 6 hours to reach the resort, with good roads most of the way.

The resort stands majestically in the middle of the dry landscape of Hampi, looking like a magnificent palace. It is a sight to behold  at night, with the grounds lit up by little lights. The resort is designed keeping the environment in mind, and you see signs of it everywhere from consumption of solar energy to urging guests to reduce water wastage and pollution.

It was gloriously cool inside the resort and after gulping down some delicious coconut milk drink, served by the friendliest staff I’ve seen, we went in for lunch.

eco resort, orange county, hampi resort

Orange county resort, Hampi

 

Since we snacked almost non-stop in the car on route, we decided to have a simple north Karnataka meal for lunch. Which looked something like this.

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North Karnataka delicacies. Source : The internet 

Tummies filled for the moment, we checked in to the villa where we were staying. It was called Jal Mahal and it was breathtakingly beautiful. It has its own private pool with a “Mantapa” to lounge in.

Orange county resort

Private pool and mantapa at Jal Mahal

Orange county resort, Jal Mahal, bedroom

Bedroom

Everything was so still and silent, and you could hear the million cicadas beating their wings and birds playing peekaboo from behind the rocks.

There were some errant ducks taking a dip in the pool as we went in. The kids were thrilled to see a pool that was all theirs and the afternoon nap was completely forgotten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day, we set out to see some of the ruins of Hampi. There is an eerie feel to the place, with the abandoned structures and gigantic boulders that are purportedly a million years old or more.

Hampi bazaar

Precious gems were sold in these bazaars during the reign of King Krishnadevaraya

Vitthala temple

Boulders on the banks of river Tungabhadra. It is said that, this river ran red with blood during the war between the kingdom and the Deccan Sultans

             Groovy Persian dance

                Pillars at Vitthala temple

                 This is the spot where royal weddings took place

There was so much more to see but so little time. It is a trip worth taking one more time and may be visit Orange County again. Might try climbing a few of those rocks the next time.

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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