The other side of Tungabhadra
There are two sides to a river, and Tungabhadra is no exception to the rule. If one side of the river is the holy city of Hampi, dotted with temples, the other side of the river can be called the “heathen” side, dotted with shacks, homestays and cafes.
Influenced more by the hippie culture, this side is filled with foreigners, safe to assume, mostly Israelite. Initially that place reminded me of Goa, but lack of beaches and the class (Goa has!) makes this an unfair comparison. In Goa, there is large Russian and Brit population so much that some of the shop names and menus are Russian and in this “heathen side” there are shops/hotels with boards written in Hebrew.
It is easy to cross over to the other side – just pay the boatman. 🙂 The cost is Rs.15 per head. Apparently the motor boats do not cross over after 6 pm. So if you are stuck in one side of the river after 6 PM, you are stuck in that side of the river. But our guide told us that coracles do run after 6 and it will get costly to cross after 6 PM.
Like I said, there are a lot of foreigners on the other side, and one can even call that place “little Goa”. We got off the boat and walked. There is no better mode of transportation than walking. Which is what I prefer doing whenever I really want to explore destinations.
Remember my Walk in Goa post? And I did one other walk in Kolli hills, one of my best! 🙂 So here too we three walked. We had no clue where we were headed. It was already 5 PM and we had to get to the other side to go out hotel for the night. Without a clue, we just walked…
Took a short break for tea!
Then walked some more
Spotted this graffiti during this walk:
THIS HUGE SURPRISE, “The Broken Bridge”, like I said we were just taking a walk with no expectation and saw this beauty:
Took a lot of pics around this place. and it was 5:55 PM!
We headed back, coolly. Worst case scenario, we would have to stay on this side of the river for a night and there were so many affordable (eg. Rs.300 per night)shacks and home-stays in this side, that we were not very worried.
We headed back and caught a last boat (I suppose) at 6:15 and went to the other side.
We had our dinner at the very recommended Mango Tree Hotel, which is another wonderful place that is not to be missed if you go to Hampi! Another post on that!
If you have missed reading the story on Hampi – here it is!
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