When you’re exploring Hampi, don’t forget to keep a day aside to explore a little offbeat yet enticing place called Anegundi, also known as Anegondi. ‘Ane’ in Kannada means an Elephant. ‘Gundi’ means a ‘pit’. Since, the place was used to bath elephant’s during the Vijayanagara Empire in 1336.
The place is surrounded by hills on three sides and by river Tungabhadra on the remaining side.
How to reach:
By Air, You can either land at Toranagallu about 65 km away, or Bellary about 74 km away
By rail: Hospet railway station is about 13 Kms away
By Bus: Private buses stop at Hospet or Hampi which is at about 43.2 Kms away.
We started our exploration with Sanapur Lake: The natural lake has a stunning boulder hill all around. It is serene and despicable, yet not a famous tourist spot. The lake is known for its Coracle ride, which is a must here. The ride is offered by the locals who are humble and friendly. The travel to the lake is equally beautiful with wide roads filled with banana plantations.
Pampa Sarovar: The Lake lies in the charming valley at the south of the Tungabhadra River. It is considered to be one of the five holy lakes in India. It wouldn’t take more than an hour of your visit time. Best time to visit is from November to December, when you can see the lake filled with blossom Lotus.
Next is Anjanadri Hill Betta: This is supposed to be the birth place of Lord Hanuman. Anjanadra is named after the Anjana Devi, Mother of Hanuman. The temple is situated on the top of the hill, which are 575 steps high. It would take about 2 hours to climb up and reach the temple. The view from the top is astounding, also known for the sunset. It’s advisable to visit there during the evening, so after you climb up the stairs, you can pause and enjoy the sunset.
A trip to Hampi- Where ruins come alive is incomplete without exploring Anegundi. So don’t forget to explore this offbeat yet enticing location. This can serve as a great change before or after exploring the Ruins. You can hire a taxi, rickshaw or a car to explore the place without much trouble. So what are you exploring next?
Keep travelling, keep exploring!