Photo story, Travel diary, Hampi, by Kaamna Patel
Photo story, Travel diary, Hampi, by Kaamna Patel
Bedrock. 
The surreal landscape of yellow-brown hues, interspersed with palm and paddy fields. These boulders are a timeline of Hampi’s ancestry, and a canvas for its mythology.
Situated on the banks of the 'Tungabhadra' in Karnataka, Hampi’s archeological relics dates it back to the time of 'Ashoka'. Even before that, the Ramayana mentions Hampi as the birthplace of 'Hanumana', and the recruiting ground for the monkey god’s army in his fight against 'Ravana' of 'Lanka'.
Once you’ve had enough of history under the scorching sun, what I love most about Hampi is 'Anegundi'. If you can side-step the usual hippy nonsense, then the long bike rides, untampered ruins, easy cafes, silent sunset treks and warm people complete the Hampi experience.