Somewhere around the 14th Century AD, a major city arose on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in Karnataka. Pampa Kshetra, Kinshkinda Kshetra or Bhaskara Kshetra, this city is also known as Hampi. Spread over some 16 square miles, Hampi has some excellent ancient monuments, as we experienced.
However, apart from the monuments, Hampi has a beautiful, not often seen landscape of mighty boulders and arid vegetation along the Tungabhadra River. It lends itself to many treks, campings, wildlife viewing, night skies and just generally hanging around.
Not far from Hampi is the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary. Visit this awesome pocket of wilderness to catch some Sloth Bears in action. It’s a small sanctuary and open from 2pm to 6pm everyday.
We had read the Tungabhadra Right Canal road deserves a drive for spotting wildlife. We took the drive, but unfortunately saw nothing much construction work.
Rent a scooter or moped or a bicycle and explore the small villages and paddy fields around Hampi. If you have your own car, the entire landscape is awesome for driving around.
There are plenty of places to stay in Hampiu but we recommend a village called Anegundi.