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Picturesque Hampi – Top 5 Photo Spots

Hampi is one of my favorite places in the world. This real-life history book takes you a time-travel to not just the glorious Vijayanagara Empire, but also to the mythical Kiskinda – the monkey kingdom of Ramayana, and even earlier to Pampa Kshetra – the land of Goddess Parvati. Hampi for me is a Wonderland for history-buffs, an inspiration for writers and a paradise for photographers. In this post I take you through some of the best photography spots of Hampi. These are not the obvious heritage monuments that we will talk about here. But spots where you can enjoy and capture the drama and essence of Hampi.

Danaik Enclosure

Danaik’s enclosure or Dannanayaka enclosure is adjacent to the Royal enclosure, and an area which historians are divided on. Some believe it to be the mint area of Hampi, some the seat of administration (Danaik meaning chief administrator), while some say it is the military training area. Most of the monuments here were completely destroyed, hence the ambiguity.

Besides the ruins and the rugged landscape, the farm animals and indigenous birds form an interesting subject of photography in this area

Hampi Itinerary and Travel Guide - Royal Enclosure

From the Mohammedan Watchtower at Danaik’s Enclosure

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Looking at the temple on Hemkunta Hills

Birdwatching at Royal Enclosure in Hampi

Tungabhadra River

The coracle ride is one of the least advertised, yet most amazing attractions in Hampi. At a walking distance of around 500 meters from the Virupaksha Temple with no signboards around, lie the cave that descends into the Tungabhadra basin. This is where the round-shaped boats were waiting to take us on a memorable tour. 

Interesting subjects here are the boats, the boatmen, the dangerously balanced boulders – one on top of the other, the cave temples that can be seen on a coracle ride, the worshippers and the large Indian monkeys.

Hampi Itinerary for 3 days

Behind the Vijaya Vittala Temple

The stone chariot at the Vijaya Vittala Temple is an icon of not just Hampi but also India. It’s certainly the most photographed monument in Hampi. At any given day you’ll struggle to take a neat picture of it because of the crowd around it. However, a secret photo spot for some unusual photography and an excellent time is behind the Vittala Temple Complex.

The notable themes here are the ruins, the boulders and the river.

View from the old temple behind the Vittala complex


King’s Balance Behind Vijaya Vittala Temple

Photogenic reptile behind the Vittala Temple Complex

Daroji Wildlife Sanctuary

While Hampi is famous for the rocky landscape and heritage monuments, it has a surprise hidden for wildlife lovers too. The Daroji wildlife sanctuary is home to the endangered sloth bear among other species like peafowls, mongoose, etc.

We spent more than an hour at the watchtower trying to spot a sloth bear, but they were nowhere to be seen. Anyone into wildlife photography would know that one-hour is nothing when it comes to spotting predators in the wild. But we managed to take some beautiful photographs of the forest and birds there.

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The theme here of course is the wildlife of Hampi.

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Hippie Islands

Personally, this is my least favorite area in Hampi. Long ago this place was obscure, tucked away from the heritage ruins. But now it is the hub of Goan-style shacks infamous for smoking weeds and other intoxicating substances. It’s a great place for delicious food and nightlife, but not the kind of ambience I came here for.

However, it is an interesting place for photography. The primary subjects here are not ruins, but the green paddy fields, coconut trees, and colorful artefacts of Hampi.

large paddy fields

Vast paddy fields with coconut trees, adding a dash of green to the rugged landscape

Beautiful Artefacts of Hampi

Hippie Island - Hampi Itinerary

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This is the 16th post in the series “My Fabulous Five” for Blogchatter A2Z 2022. I hope you liked it. If you did, please share the post. See you tomorrow with another fabulous list.

Sinjana Ghosh

Sinjana Ghosh is a full-time business professional with a penchant for writing and travel planning. Backpack & Explore is a journal of her travel stories and tips she collected from her experience. She is the author of the travel book “Postcards from India” which is available on Amazon, Flipkart and Notionpress.com

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  1. arifmaghribi April 21, 2022

    Just FANTASTIC. Information and superb pictures

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 21, 2022

      Thank you very much

  2. Swarnali Nath April 21, 2022

    Hampi has been in my wish list since I read a story in my childhood. It was a story from the famous Kakababu Collection, and I kept visiting the story very often as I was a fan of reading about Hampi. Your post and these photographs remind me about Hampi once again.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 21, 2022

      Thanks for your coment Swarnali. I got to read that book.

  3. Pandian Ramaiah April 21, 2022

    This is an important place. But I haven’t visited yet. Your post reminds me to go.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 21, 2022

      Thanks Pandian for your comment. It’s an amazing place

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