Hippie Island Hampi – Demolished? – Worth to Visit Still? – A Ride to Know the Truth.
Hippie Island of Hampi is a spot often talked about by the backpackers, campers, adventure enthusiasts, climbers and the laid back travellers. This spot is visited by those who have come to Hampi for more than just the Monuments of Hampi, Temples and the history!
00:00 – Ride to know the Truth
00:29 – Old Hippie Island Hambi
01:18 – Hippie Island Demolished View
02:32 – Ferry From Hippie Island
03:20 – Boulders & Climbing in Hippie Island
04:59 – Sunset point Hippie Island
The hippie island in Hampi or the settlement of Virupapura Gaddi, is a river island tucked between boulders, hills and river streams flowing around it. It falls on the opposite riverbank of Hampi on the other side of the river Tungabhadra, near the village of Anegundi.
The region came to be known as ‘Hippie Island’ because of the atmosphere and vibe over here! There were multiple shacks offering views of the river, rice paddies, rooms at economic rates for backpackers, camping grounds by the riverbank, undisturbed hills with beautiful sunsets and huge boulders hiding the place from any outside disturbances!
However, Hippie Island of Hampi is no more!
The supreme court on Feb 11, 2020, released the official order for demolition of all establishments on the Hampi’s Hippie Island (Virupapura Gaddi), without an active license issued by State Government. A short notice period was given to the owners for relocating before the Bulldozers rollover.
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Here are things that are still worth your time and visit in and around Hippie Island of Hampi, even after the demolition!
1. SUNSET POINT HIPPIE ISLAND
The sunset point sits atop a hill of this area and is still very much possible to visit. The point offers panoramic views of the rice paddies, Virupaksha temple and the setting sun behind the far off hills!
2. BOULDERS AND CLIMBING
There was no notification stating if activities like bouldering and climbing which were famous at Hampi Island need to be stopped. The boulders and spots are intact, and can be visited.
3. SANAPUR LAKE
The Sanapur lake is a man made reservoir on the River Tungabhadra. The lake is full of water through all the seasons and has become a popular spot to visit which is near Hampi.
4. MONKEY TEMPLE
Popularly called the Monkey Temple after Lord Hanuman, the temple sits atop Anjaneyadri hill. This temple is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman as per Hindu Mythology.
5. ONAKE KINDI CAVE PAINTINGS
This not so famous spot has markings that date back to almost 1500+ years, to the iron age of mankind! Just a few kilometres from Hampi near the village of Anegundi tucked behind a few rice paddies in a hill lock lies the site of Onake Kindi.
6. FERRY FROM HAMPI TO HIPPIE ISLAND
The ferry from Hampi to Hippie Island mainly connected the area of Virupapura Gaddi to Hampi main bazaar and operated frequently during the peak season to ferry locals and tourists between the two points.
Mr. Ismail Lakdawala – A digital content creator, Ismail loves to explore new destinations and enjoys outdoor adventures! To know more https://xploretheearth.com/hippie-island-hampi/
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