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10 ways to beat the heat in Hampi

Hampi has hot summers and temperatures in Hampi can reach up to 40 degree Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Irrespective of its hot and dry climate, Hampi is open to tourists all round the year. Here are a few tips to beat the fight and discover the architectural marvel of this place.

1. Skip white-

 Black loose-fitting clothes are the best as the heat from your body is absorbed by the clothes. UV penetrates white clothes more easily than black ones. A white T-shirt has an SPF of approximately of 7, when it gets wet due to one’s sweating, the SPF goes down to 3, according to the skin cancer foundation. So ditch white clothes for once and try wearing loose-fitting black clothes.

 2. Always carry a water bottle-

Most of us live on cold drinks and prefer them first. Due to its hot and dry climate, the heat gets to you while visiting the ruins. One should always carry a water bottle along. Keep yourself hydrated to be able to enjoy and marvel at Hampi’s architecture.

3. Carry Electoral or Glucon-D or Tang-

 It is advisable to mix Glucon D or Tang for some supplementary energy. After a point, the heat gets to you and all you would want to do chug some cold water. Instead of mixing Tang or Glucon – D helps to get essential electrolytes and keeps you sane in the summer heat.

4. Avoid wearing accessories-

 With all the excitement and one’s first time visiting Hampi, there are chances of one getting decked up for Hampi sightseeing. This is not specific to females. But quite a lot of tourists end up wearing accessories and later cringe as the heat gets to them. Ditch the accessories, stay simple, wear light jewellery and enjoy the ruins.

Coracle ride

5. Eat light- 

When travelling, one should avoid eating heavy meals. It not only makes one lazy, but also kills the mood to explore and wander to new places. There are plenty of options in Hampi from fruits such as watermelon, banana, pineapple to spicy raw mango slices. Gorge on these small snacks and get going.

6. Wear a bandana or cap-

 Getting tanned at Hampi is inevitable. One can wear a bandana or a cap to help protect their faces and prevent direct heat hitting at one’s face.

7. Coconut Water-

 Hampi, being located in Karnataka is blessed with plenty of coconut trees. One will find an ample amount of roadside places selling coconut. Coconut water is a delicious source of hydration and a good source of several nutrients. Plus it’s cheaper in Hampi compared to the metro cities like Mumbai. So grab a coconut and beat the heat.

8. Sugarcane juice-

 Apart from coconut trees, one can also find sugarcane fields in Hampi. Sugarcane juice is readily available at most stops, near the Hampi bus stand, outside major ruin attractions. It is rich in calcium, iron and other electrolytes and boosts body’s protein levels.

Monkey Hill

9. Apply sunscreen- 

Don’t consider this as touristy. It is vital to carry and apply sunscreen in Hampi to avoid harmful UV rays. One can always get rid of the tan, however, protection is better than cure.

10. Carry facial or wet wipes-

 While exploring the ruins and fighting the heat. Constantly sweating, one might feel the need to bathe. Since that isn’t an option, facial or wet wipes come to the rescue. It is beneficial for personal hygiene and convenience. They are the best thing to carry while on the move.

 So, skip the excuses, get out and explore Hampi!

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