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Blast From The Past- Exploring Anjanadri Hill (Hampi)-Part 2

 

If you ever hop on to Hampi, one of the places for a morning jaunt should be Anjanadri Hill. It’s a 570 steps from the base to the top of the hill and was about 3.5 kilometres from Anegundi. I had a local who gave me a lift at about 5:15 in the morning. The weather was good, with Cyclone Neelam just having visited earlier in the week, so it was largely overcast even an hour after sunrise.

[This post continues from Part-1]

Here’s a little photo blog on my experience climbing the hill, that overlooks plantain and paddy fields, with a top view of the boulders and the river that cuts across all of these fields. There is also the view of the Vithala and Virupaksha temple if you strain your eye or your zoom lens.

This place is best visited during the golden hours. I visited it for Sunrise. Since Hampi has a lot of hills, each of these places are great to travel and see them from the top during the golden hour.

The base of Anjanadri hill. A small shop display their 'Kolam' to start the day
The base of Anjanadri hill. A small shop display their ‘Kolam’ to start the day
View of Hampi from the crevices of Anjanadri Hill (Karnataka-India)
View of Hampi from the crevices of Anjanadri Hill (Karnataka-India)
The long winding 570 step stairway to Anjanadri Hill
The long winding 570 step stairway to Anjanadri Hill
Monkeys guarding Hanuman's hometown-Anjanadri Hill (Hampi-Karnataka-India)
Monkeys guarding Hanuman’s hometown-Anjanadri Hill (Hampi-Karnataka-India)
Beautiful view of the hill against the backdrop of dawn at Anjanadri Hill (Karnataka-India)
Beautiful view of the hill against the backdrop of dawn at Anjanadri Hill (Karnataka-India)
Beautiful Views of Hampi from Anjanadri Hill
Beautiful Views of Hampi from Anjanadri Hill
View of the Bhadravati River from the top of Anjanadri Hill (Karnataka-India)
View of the Bhadravati River from the top of Anjanadri Hill (Karnataka-India)

Other Blogs Talking about Anjanadri Hill

Sagar Sakre talks about how the Bhadravati river  cuts across 2 districts- Koppal and Bellary, and also about some attractions at the top of the hill like a floating rock.

Vasant.P talks about how Anjanadri Hill is one of the seven hillocks in this area and the significance of each of the hillocks.The seven hillocks are Kishkinda, Anjanadri, Matanga, Malyavanta, Rushyamukha, Hemakuta, Rathnakuta. He also mentions that Hanuman is revered by Barack Obama and Prime Minister Modi’s wife had come here in 2014.

If you have written about the place, please do mention your link in the comments. I will be happy to feature it.

Getting Here

It’s a straight road from Anegundi. If you are coming from Bangalore, you need to drive towards the Chitradurga-Hospete direction and come to Anegundi.

 

Blast From The Past- Anegondi’s(Hampi) Rural Charms-Part 1

This post explores Anegondi, a small rural town on the banks of the Tunghabadra river in Hampi. This was from a trip in 2012, hence the series ‘Blast from the Past’ I thought it makes for showing the beautiful rural charms of India.

How did I decide to go? -I happened to read about Anegondi in an Outlook Traveller article [October 2012 edition] and immediately decided that this place would be a great weekend destination to go from Bangalore.  The train (Train # 16592) starts at 10 pm on Fridays from the city railway station and reaches Hospet/Munirabad the next morning by about 8 in the morning.

Robbery Central– The train passes through Hindupur/Dharmavaram, which is apparently a spot for frequent train robberies. I experienced a robbery in front of me, and could not catch the robber. My only advice is to pull down your train window (I travel Non AC Sleeper most of the times) and don’t encourage any stranger-without a reservation to sit in your vicinity (Those 6+2 seats). If you can travel in the AC compartments, it does create one extra layer against these train thefts.

Things of Interest- If you have time, try going to the following places during your stay at Anegundi

a) Anjanadri Hill– Birthplace of Hanuman (Coming up in Part-2)

b) Gangavathi- Another village 12 km from Anegondi. A circus operates there. Should be fun seeing these art forms from the yester years, given that we don’t see them enough in cities.

c) Long walk to the river. Just a beautiful walk through the country side.

d) Coracle Ride to the Temple side– To get to the beautiful Vithala and Virupaksha Temple

e) Chai-Chillum-Chappathi Trail– If you head to Virpappur Gaddi, say hello to the hippies. If they don’t wave back, they are probably on hash/Marijuana and on their own trip!

f) Odomos Trail– Mosquitoes have the best nightlife post sunset, so don’t plan too many activities in the evening that involves you being outside. Check with your host on the situation/season for mosquito menace.

Here’s a brief glimpse into my journey to Anegondi from Munirabad railway station in photos.

 

On an auto through the hills. From Munirabad to Anegundi
On an auto through the hills. From Munirabad to Anegundi

 

Home is not far away! Anegundi approaching!
Home is not far away! Anegundi approaching!
We slayed the hills on an auto! Cant imagine any other place where autos operate on a hill
We slayed the hills on an auto! Cant imagine any other place where autos operate on a hill
The beautiful fields and boulders enroute Anegundi
The beautiful fields and boulders enroute Anegundi

 

The scenic countryside enroute Anegundi
The scenic countryside enroute Anegundi
Hanuman's home town! There's only one boss here!
Hanuman’s home town! There’s only one boss here!
The beautiful portico of the Uramma Heritage Home in Anegondi (Hampi-Karnataka-India)
The beautiful portico of the Uramma Heritage Home in Anegondi (Hampi-Karnataka-India)

If you are on a budget and want to stay in a similar artistic property, you could try out Peshagar House, which is part of the same group.

The comfortable beds of Uramma Heritage Homes-Anegondi-Hampi
The comfortable beds of Uramma Heritage Homes-Anegondi-Hampi 
Beautiful and spacious rooms at Uramma Heritage Cottages
Beautiful and spacious rooms at Uramma Heritage Cottages

To book into the spacious cottages of Uramma, head here

If you want a guide and a detailed trip to some of the points, you could use my friend Basava (Call him at 9482328777), who is a tour guide roaming around in a Himalayan Enfield.

Read the next post which talks about the morning trip to Anjanadri Hill here