Hampi

 

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Many of our guests visit Hampi and I have visited a few times. It’s where Manjula and I had our second holiday together. More details can be found on our blog, journal thing: http://www.meandmycycle.com

Here’s a few suggestions from our trip and we’ll add more as we receive them from guests.

I was nicely surprised, this is the first time I’d visited since they (who are they?) had demolished a fair amount of Hampi. They have shifted many people from the place, adversely affecting their livelihoods and in places it looks like a bomb has hit it but Hampi is still a very special place.

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Travel

We travelled on the Mysore-Hubli Hampi Express (train No 16592), in first class. It leaves Mysore every day at 18.40 and arrives 07.10 in Hospet. Auto Rickshaw from Hospet to Hampi is 150 Rs less or more depending upon your haggling skills.

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The ferry across the river to the other side, known as Israel and is, in fact, an island. I’ve stayed in both places. In Hampi you can get to the hills to see the sunrise and sunset, across the river you can get a beer! The hassle is the ferry stops around six and it does involve some waiting around but then again it is laid-back Hampi.

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Getting Around

We hired a scooter when we’d crossed on the ferry. So we scooted around and visited a lovely village (more below). It’s also easy to get to a lake, places for climbing and the monkey temple on top of the hill.

It’s not possible to rent a scooter on the Hampi side. So choose between an Auto rickshaw tour and cycles (the same white ones we use on our Srirangapatnam tour can be hired at a shop, half-way between the Mango Tree restaurant and the gate to the car park.) Some of the sites are accessible by walking but others do require transport.

Places to Eat in Hampi

Mango  Tree, established over many years, has now had to shift from its river side venue to the centre of Hampi. It’s just down a back street from the Temple. IMG_4352

A lively, happening family placed frequented by both foreign and Indian tourists. Whatever you choose to eat, you can’t go wrong. They also prepared a parcel (take out) for us for the return train journey.

Sagar  is really a street food stall with a couple of tables and benches set up by a group of ladies. Check the delicious Paddu or Dosa balls.

Places to eat across the river.

Top Secret, provide the usual mix of travellers fare: Indian, Mexican, Israeli, juices and much more.

Places to Stay

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dining at Top Secret

We stayed across the water and whilst we didn’t stay at   Top Secret  we would  recommend it. Frankly most of the places seemed to be pretty much like each other. We did eat at Top Secret, most evenings and the view is superb. Just don’t ask about how they created the view!

 

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the view from shhh, don’t tell anybody

 

Ros and Paul, previous guests at Mysore bed and breakfast, recommend Rocky’s  in Hampi itself.

Something Extra

Bouldering and Climbing

Anegondi, a lovely village to wander around, buy crafts and stay in renovated village houses.

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making new friends in the village
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Driver, booking clerk, tour guide (doesn’t know much), coolie…

 

 

maps

at Mysore Bed and Breakfast we have commercial maps of the city and further afield in India for guests to use for reference and planning. We’ve also created our own maps of our two fave places Mysore City

Mysore City Map
Mysore City Map

and Srirangapatnam. image

If you come and stay with us, at the Mysore bed and Breakfast we’ll provide a simple map, personalised with details of the attractions that interest you.

A guest of Mysore Bed and Breakfast, Paul Johanson has kindly provided a map drawn after visiting Bylakuppe with Vets Beyond Borders.

Bylakuppe map

Flowers and Gardens
Mysore is known, in Indian terms, as a tier two city, with around a million residents It feels, however, more like a town than a busy metropolis. One of the reasons it has this human-scale is its gardens, tree lined avenues and lakes. Where we’re based in Siddartha Nagar (or layout), a residential area just ten minutes in auto rickshaw from the Palace, at the centre of the city, we’re fortunate to have a series of gardens with one just opposite our house.

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We’ve also put some effort in to creating our own garden on the roof and ensured you’re welcomed by greenery at the front gate.

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Our potted plant roof garden, at its best over the winter, is a great asset for the guests. For a drink in the evening, place to meet our other guests, watching the fruit bats fly over in the evening, and generally chilling out, its one of our communal sit-out areas

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part of our team is our gardener: Narainappa here assisted by his nephew Venkatesh

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Mysore is also easily accessible to gorgeous rural areas with fields and rivers close by and national parks a little further away. Our most popular cycle tour is on Srirangaptnam where you can get a good feel for rural life.

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STOP PRESS Just last night, at midnight, we were so pleased to have caught our … appears-only-once-and-at-night flower

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its a Brahmakamal and coincidentally is used as part of my logo for the UK business: flourish training and consultancy

http://www.indianbotanists.com/2013/04/epiphyllum-oxypetallum-brahmakamal.html

So who does stay at Mysore BnB?

The numbers are in for the last year. We’ve counted how many guests have visited the BnB from the various countries. Fact is….. What matters, above all, of course it’s been a rich mix of wonderful people who have helped create great conversations and happy times. We are so lucky! Thank you for making it happen. image The countries that the largest numbers of our guests come from are the UK, India, Australia, France and Germany. In that order. This year both the numbers of people from India and France and how long they’ve stayed has significantly increased. These are closely followed by the numbers of guests from US and Italy. The mix is absolutely amazing with guests also from Belgium, Taiwan, China, (and Hong Kong), Ireland, Holland, Spain, Canada, S Africa, Switzerland, Israel, Russia, Sweden, New Zealand and Austria. And we have a special mention ….. (You know who you are) ….. for our trailblazing guests from …. Moldova, Estonia, Russia, Greece (my fave island of Crete), Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Finland, Argentina, Nigeria and Nepal. The ages of our guests are from young babies through to elders that are even older than Stephen.

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What an amazing spread. The total number of guests is 400 and we like that. Not too busy and not too quiet. It’s good to get balance in life. As many of you will know I often describe it as sitting on the beach with waves varying from gentle tickling of the toes to sudden surges. As at the BnB it goes from gently quiet to hectic. But thankfully we’re never quite overcome. Just as I like it. Manj on the other hand prefers constant busy busy busy 😉 forget it 🙂 for me the concept of ‘slow business’ is where it’s at. For me that means we can provide a better quality experience and service. Our busiest period is late December, January and February, our quietest is April, May, June and for some reason September.
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Most guests now come through recommendations from friends and people they meet whilst travelling or Trip Advisor. A fair number return more than once. Our record is held by two people (separately) who have been here for over four return trips! We’re thinking of a loyalty scheme….;-) P1010716People are staying longer generally 3 or more nights. It’s now relatively rare for people to stay one night and they are usually Indian guests enroute to somewhere else. Others will use the BnB as a base and maybe stay 7-10 days. We now have some cyclists basing themselves here for half of their holiday and doing daily circular tours.

So, to those of our previous guests reading this…

we thank you for visiting and spending your precious holiday time with us. We know from your feedback you have a great time and want to come back and that’s all that we ask.

for those who have yet to visit and become friends we hope to see you soon and look forward to our future adventures together.

with a wonderful range of guests visiting from India and around the world staying at the BnB, celebrating Christmas, New Year and Stephen’s Birthday and often joining our cycle tours in Srirangaptnam and Mysore. Please check the link below for your photos if you’re one of our guests who joined us in December or one of the months before.. (other photos will be posted later) https://www.flickr.com/photos/manjulasmysore/sets/
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we cater for groups too

Giacomo from Centro Yoga Belluno brought a lovely group of Italian guests to stay with us.

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They all practice yoga at the centre in Italy and visited the BnB at the end of their tour of India.

They couldn’t fit in one of our MYcycle tours but Vasanth arranged a Fare’s Fair Rickshaw Ride covering Mysore City, Palace and parts of the amazing Srirangaptnam. Another example of the team working together to meet the needs of our wonderfully diverse guests.

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So we’re happy to cater for groups even at the BnB. As we’re so small it has to be arranged in advance and usually out of our main season (that’s the winter months).

Photos of our guests

We’ve just completed yet another busy winter period with a rich variety of guests from around the world coming to experience the wonderful Mysore. Joining stimulating conversations at the relaxing BnB, meandering on our cycles through lush countryside, visiting interesting communities and learning about the magic of Mysore and the sensational Srirangaptnam. Photos of the guests and some of their experiences are now posted on https://www.flickr.com/photos/manjulasmysore/sets If you are looking for the photos taken while you visited, they are organised in sets according to the months youth stayed. Happy hunting, there’s lots 🙂 Stephen, Manjula and Lucy.

 

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