Coracles are local fishing crafts that are circular and ideal for navigating these waters. The coracle ride on the river not only helps you to gauge the myriad moods of the river, but also gives you a fish-eye view of the surrounding forest and the habitation, and allows you to be a small part of the ebb and flow of riverine life.
The antiquity of Hampi can be traced to the Treta Yuga, the second of the four yugas or eons of Indian chronology. In the Ramayana, an Indian epic narrating the deeds and adventures of Rama, Hampi and its surrounding areas are identified with the kingdom of Kishkindha.
There many Trek tell the story of Hampi.
The Raya Trail – This trail takes you back five hundred years and gives you a privileged peek at the life and times of the Rayas (Maharajas) of Vijayanagara.
Learn about their lifestyle, culture, the unique social and political dynamics of the period and the magnificent structures of the royal city.
VITTHALAPURA WALK– Hampi had many suburbs or puras. They were self-sufficient settlements centered around a temple and an attached market denoting two of its core activities – worship and commerce. Explore the Vitthalapura Bazaar that leads to the famous Vijaya Vitthala temple considered by many to represent the pinnacle of temple architecture in India. This temple is renowned for its musical stone pillars and a chariot carved in stone.
VIRUPAKSHA TRAIL– This trail begins with a leisurely walk up the Hemakuta hill, which opens up a treasure trove of pre-Vijayanagara temples, statues and the wondrous stories surrounding them. It will also serve you delightful views of the rock strewn landscape of Hampi with its glorious sunsets. Stroll down to the centuries old Virupaksha Temple at the base of the hill. the holy temple of the early Kings of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century. The end of the trail is marked by the exquisite Krishna temple and the huge monolith of Narasimha.
TUNGABHADRA TREK– Enjoy an offbeat evening trek that takes you through giant boulders, the ruins of the Achyutaraya Temple and the famed ‘Courtesan Bazaar’. Catch a splendid view of the setting sun behind the boulder hills as you walk along the banks of the scenic Tungabhadra River.