My trip to India: Karnataka Pt.4
April 17, 2011
April 17, 2011
Day 4, Hampi, Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal. It’s almost 2 hours drive from Hampi to the rest, where they only 10km far from each others. Started early morning as usual. Actualy what made me punctual with waking up early morning is that my partner can’t sleep when the sun light is out. So when he wakes up, he starts nagging wake up ! wake up ! wake up ! wake up ! I admit, it’s a good habbit, am not lazy but i need someone to push me. Maybe a bit lazy !!
Hampi, the fascinating ruins of Vijayanagar, was founded by Telugu princes in 1336 and hit the peak of its power in the 16th century with a population of 500,000. It was controlling the regional spice trade and cotton industry. The empire came to a sudden end in 1565 when the city was ransacked by a confederacy of Deccan sultanates. It took us half a day to discover and go around Hampi, it is 43 sq km. It was sunny and hot. I was amazed by what i was seeing and i didn’t feel the heat but my friend was frustrated all the way, drinking bottles and bottles of water. Maybe we missed some spots because of him hehe. No, actually we couldn’t do it in a better way.
After Lunch, we headed to Aihole, hoping to see the rest of the sites before the end of the day. Aihole and Pattadakal were small sites. There you can see the Hindu architect in its early stages (3rd to 8th centuries). We reached Badami an hour before sunset. It was barely enough to enjoy the serenity, the view and the nature beauty. Badami once was the capital of the Chalukyan empire. It has alot of temples which some are located on the top of the hills and others been carved in red limestone. I wished we had more time to see more and walk around but We had to leave before its dark and reach Bijapur. Check the pictures.
A group of monuments at hampi is a World Site Heritage.
The group of temples in Pattadakal is a World Heritage Site.
End of Pt.4