Hampi has two main cultures: the holy and the hippie culture. Hampi is listed in the UNESCO World heritage sites record because of the royal history it had which has been translating throughout the villages of Karnataka. Believed to be the origin of an episode in Ramayana where Lord Rama came to visit Hanuman to seek help in finding Sita. This is one of the many such folk tales interesting enough to attract tourists from all corners of the world to this place. The temples, ruins, the landscape covered with huge boulders will take you back in time.
The temples in Hampi especially Vittala temple which houses the famous Stone chariot is a must visit for everyone visiting Hampi. The Matanga Hill, Monkey Hill and Sanapur lake are one of the many attractions including the Elephant Stable, Queens bath, steeped tanks, lotus mahal, Mahalinga, Hampi bazaar and many such statues are intriguing to the people sole because they are made from one huge rock and the question to which they are left mind boggled as to how were these huge rocks turned into a piece of history overtime.
Where these cultures brought people closer to the feeling of divine, there is another culture that brought people a sense of belonging regardless of where they came from and this is how the Hippie culture influenced and segregated Hampi into The temple side and the Hippie island. And if you are a part of Hippie culture these are the hippie cafes where the culture blooms.
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The Mango Tree
Located behind the Virupaksha, this cafe has its fans all around Hampi and any one who visits Hampi is always suggested to visit this cafe. The Mango Tree cafe provides its visitors a vast range of food and situated in the temple side this cafe serves only vegetarian food which add tingle to your taste buds. Whatever dish you order most of them are served on banana leaf which is a traditional way of serving in the south. Don’t miss having the Mango lassi and Mango tree special is a must try.
If you are planning for a breakfast with pancakes and coffee this is the place to be. With no chairs and only tables the cafe offers a floor sitting arrangement which is really comfy. You can get a few varieties of pancake which are delicious when served with a milkshake or fresh juice.
● German Bakery
Another food joint very frequently visited during the morning because of its breakfast combos which include tea/coffee of choice, hash brown potatoes, omelet and toast served with sausages sauted with veggies. This is enough to fill your stomach and if you still have space try out their carrot cake which is out of the world.
This cafe is one of the best places to spend time with your group during the evening hours. Hookah and vibe in the cafe is just relaxing and very much fascinating because of the light arrangements and a budget friendly meal that this cafe provides is all the more reason to visit this cafe.
● Bamboo cafe
Almost all cafes have the floor sitting arrangements but situated on the hippie island this cafe has one of the most scenic views. The cafe has been built close to the paddy fields and the landscape is quite photogenic with the huge boulders in the background. If not for a proper meal you can surely spend time with your trip mates while you are having mushroom pizza with hot chocolate.
This cafe is one of the happening places on the Hippie island which serves amazing spaghetti and other Italian dishes. The evening vibe in this cafe is really off the charts. Veg Manchurian and pizzas are a delicacy when sided with chilled beer.