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Hampi: Many Wonders and The Mango tree

Hampi, one of the most visited towns in Southern India is home to a number of heritage wonders.  On the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, the ruins of Hampi include temples, palaces and market places all of which are spread across an area of 25 square kms.  Located a little over 350 km from Bangalore, Hampi is a world famous tourist destination situated on the banks of the river Thungabhadra.  If you are a lover of history and architecture, Hampi is the place to visit and it is ideal to stay for at least a few days to explore the town in detail.  While much has been said and written about the Hampi ruins, here are some of my favourites:

Virupaksha temple
Virupaksha temple

 

Hampi Bazaar
Hampi Bazaar

 

Vittala temple
Vittala temple

 

Stone chariot
Stone chariot

 

Elephants stables
Elephants stables

 

Queens' bath
Queens’ bath

 

Sasivekalu Ganesha
Sasivekalu Ganesha

 

Ugra Narasimha statue
Ugra Narasimha statue

You can get more details on the above monuments in my article published for Happy Trips.

Almost as famous as the monuments in Hampi is The Mango Tree restaurant.  Extremely popular with tourists, you can get directions for this place from just about any of the guides or locals.  Located near the Virupaksha temple it not only serves great food but also boasts of a wonderful ambience. Set amidst a dense banana plantation, the narrow path in between leads you to the restaurant whose decor is rustic yet simple and aesthetic.  There is a small outlet at the entrance selling local handicrafts and jewellery.

While there is ample seating both indoor as well as outdoor, the latter is my favourite.  Overlooking the scenic waters of the river Thungabhadra dancing its way through the rocky boulders, the short, narrow benches form the perfect dining tables while you sit cross legged and savour your meal. The colorful floor cushions and dhurries add to the ethnic look.

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View from the restaurant
View from the outdoor seating

The fare includes sumptuous North Indian, South Indian, Italian and Mediterranean delicacies all of which are vegetarian.  The staff is friendly, cheerful and prompt making your experience all the more enjoyable.

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