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    • Day 35

      Indien Tag 8

      February 4, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Und immer noch im Bus...🚌
      Die Nacht im Bus haben wir mehr oder weniger durchgeschlafen. Nicht mal alle Pipipausen haben wir bemerkt. Um ca 5:30 Uhr wurden wir dann geweckt, wir waren wieder in Bangalore. Sobald wir ausgestiegen waren, hat uns natürlich wieder ein Tuk Tuk Fahrer abgefangen. Für 200 inr (ca 3€) fuhr dieser uns zum gleichen Hotel in dem wir vor 2 Tagen genächtigt hatten, da der Besitzer des Hotels uns angeboten hatte unser Gepäck dort unterzustellen. Da es noch sehr früh war tranken wir noch einen Tee zum Frühstück. Wir suchten uns im Internet ein (günstiges! ) Café in unserer Nähe heraus und machten uns zu Fuß auf den Weg dorthin. Es stellte sich heraus, dass dieses Café in einem 5 Sterne Hotel untergebracht und nicht gerade günstig ist. Wir entschieden uns wieder zu dem Coffee Day zu gehen, in dem wir schon vor 2 Tagen waren. Auf dem Weg dorthin fiel uns ein, dass ein Shoppingcenter auf dem Weg lag, welches einige Cafés auf einer Art Dachterrasse hat. Wir gingen hinein und bestellten zwei "Pizzazungen" , einen Tee, eine warme Schokolade und zum Nachtisch einen Brownie und einen Cookie. Gesättigt machten wir uns mit dem Tuk Tuk welches nur 38 inr kostete, auf den Weg zurück zum Hotel. Dort angekommen wartete schon der Tuk Tuk Fahrer, welcher uns bei unserem letzten Besuch angeboten hatte eine Stadtrundfahrt für 500 inr (ca. 6€) zu machen, auf uns. Wir nahmen das Angebot an und so ging es mit dem Tuk Tuk durch Bangalore. Wir sahen ein paar Tempel, besuchten den botanischen Garten, er zeigte uns fast jedes Staatsgebäude und zum Abschluss ging es in einen Souvenirladen, zu dem uns schon fast jeder Tuk Tuk Fahrer fahren wollte. Dieser gehört anscheinend zu dem Tuk Tuk Unternehmen, also werden dort auch alle Touris abgeladen. Wir schlenderten also durch den Laden, in der Absicht nichts zu kaufen lehnten wir jedes Angebot dankend ab. Anschließend wurden wir wieder zu unserem Hotel gefahren. Dort angekommen entschieden wir uns, noch einmal zu dem Restaurant Mittagessen zu gehen in dem wir schon mal zu Mittag gegessen hatten. Das Servicepersonal erinnerte sich noch an uns uns wir bestellten zwei Cola und Masala Dosa (ist mit Kartoffelfüllung). Gesättigt ging es zurück zum Hotel, wo wir unsere Rucksäcke abholen. Glücklicherweise trafen wir unseren Tuk Tuk Fahrer wieder, welcher uns schon einmal für 80 inr (ca. 1€) zu dem Coffee Day gefahren hat, also ging es erneut dort hin. Endlich gratis Wifi 😁. So konnten wir problemlos mit dem Geburtstagskind zuhause telefonieren, bis es dann um 8 Uhr zu unserem Nachtbus ging. Als wir ankamen stand er schon da und wir konnten direkt unsere Betten beziehen. Die Besatzung des Busses war sehr laut und die Gerüche extrem, also war unser Schlaf, bis um 12 Uhr, dementsprechend kaum vorhanden. Tag Ende.Read more

    • Day 37

      Indien Tag 10

      February 6, 2020 in India ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Heute haben wir uns für 7 Uhr den Wecker gestellt, da wir für heute eine Tour durch Hampis Sehenswürdigkeiten für 2000 inr (~26€ von ca. 8-20:30) gebucht haben. Wir wurden um 8 Uhr an unserer Unterkunft abgeholt, dann ging es auf die andere Seite des Flusses, zu den ersten Tempeln. Nach kurzer Zeit bekamen wir jedoch Hunger, also ging es für uns zum gleichen Café, in dem wir gestern morgen waren. Dort angekommen bestellten wir uns zwei Michzuckertee und zum Essen gab es wieder jeweils einen leckeren Dosa mit Kokosnuss, Bananen und Honig. Außer uns war noch ein älterer, deutscher Elektro Ingenieur aus Köln anwesend, (welcher seit Jahren für einige Monate im Jahr in Hampi wohnt) dieser erzählte uns etwas über die allgemeine Situation der Menschen in Hampi. Nach dem Frühstück ging unsere Expedition weiter, wir bestaunten noch eine Menge andere Tempel und Ruinen, bis wir mal wieder Hunger bekamen. Es ging wieder nach Hampi, in ein Restaurant namens Mango tree. Dort gab es jeweils eine Cola (für den Zuckerhaushalt und unsere Linie), Thali und (mal wieder) Paneer Butter Masala mit Chapati. Nach dem Mittagessen schlenderten wir noch etwas durch Hampi und erkundeten noch etwas die Tempel, welche zu Fuß gut erreichbar waren. Zwischenzeitlich wurden wir von einem bewaffneten Officer ermahnt, wir sollen doch bitte unser Stativ wegpacken. Gesagt - getan, also ging es für uns in ein Café. Da dort gratis Wifi zur Verfügung stand, blieben wir dort etwas länger sitzen und arbeiteten etwas an unserer Weiterreise. Als es etwa 16:30 Uhr war, machten wir uns auf den Weg zu unserem Tuk Tuk, unser Guide brachte uns zu einem nahegelegenen Felshaufen, welchen wir zum Sonnenuntergang schauen erklimmen sollten. Der Aufstieg brachte uns ins schwitzen (obwohl wir ja so durchtrainiert sind😁), es ging wieder gefühlt 1000 Stufen hoch. Oben angekommen, sahen wir einen Tempel auf dessen Dach man den Sonnenuntergang bestaunen konnte. Ziemlich direkt nach dem Sonnenuntergang, noch in der Abenddämmerung, machten wir uns auf den Rückweg. Unten angekommen wurden wir wieder in unsere Unterkunft gebracht. Dort angekommen gab's ne schöne kalte Dusche und Abendessen. Danach schauten wir uns die Schnappschüsse des Tages an und machten einen Plan für den morgigen Tag. Tag Ende.Read more

    • Day 38

      Indien Tag 11

      February 7, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Heute hat uns der Wecker mal in Ruhe gelassen. Um kurz vor 8 sind wir mehr oder weniger gut ausgeschlafen aufgewacht. Langsam machten wir uns fertig fürs Frühstück. Wir bestellten uns jeweils einen Tee und Rührei mit Gemüse und Toast. Nach dem Frühstück bekamen wir unseren Roller, den wir gestern Abend in letzter Minute mieteten. Nach einer kurzen Proberunde konnte es los gehen. Wir machten uns fertig für unsere Rollerexpedition und fuhren los. Es ging erst mal zur Tankstelle, da der Tank Ebbe anzeigte. Nach dem tanken konnte es dann wirklich los gehen 😄. Wir fuhren ein Stück über die Landstraße und bogen dann irgendwann auf einen Betonweg ab. Da wir unsere Drohne dabei hatten und das Fliegen üben wollten, machten wir am Wegesrand Pause, packten die Drohne aus und übten das abheben 😄(es ist noch kein Meister vom Himmel gefallen- und auch die Drohne nicht). Da aber doch recht viel Menschen auf diesem Weg vorbei kamen (4😁), entschieden wir uns, die Drohne weg zu packen und weiter die Landschaft zu erkunden. Da Matthias lebensmüde zu sein schien, durfte ich ans steuer🤗😍, und ab ging die Fahrt. Wir klapperten ein paar Sehenswürdigkeiten ab und entschieden uns danach zu dem See zu fahren, von dem uns der Ausreißer aus Deutschland in unserer Unterkunft erzählt hat. Als wir an dem See angekommen waren, war uns jedoch nicht mehr nach schwimmen, da uns wieder der Hunger plagte. Nach einer weiteren kurzen Pause fuhren wir wieder in Richtung unserer Unterkunft. Auf dem Weg hielten wir bei einem Restaurant und bestellten uns einen Mango juice, eine Cola und einen Dosa mit Zwiebeln, Tomaten und Käse. Danach fuhren wir zu unserer Unterkunft, setzten uns in den Chill - und Essbereich und bestellten uns einen Orangensaft, einen Tee und zwei Pancake mit Bananen. Nun bastelten wir noch etwas an unserem Tagebuch herum und ruhten uns vom anstrengenden Tag aus. Um 16 Uhr entschieden wir uns, auf den nahegelegenen Berg zu klettern. Es ging, zusammen mit den 3 Hunden der Unterkunft😁 (Upps..) durch die Reisfelder, entlang an einem Fluss, den wir durchquert haben. Oben angekommen, hatten wir wieder einen atemberaubenden Ausblick auf Hampi und Umgebung. Mit der Drohne sind uns noch ein paar schöne Schnappschüsse gelungen. Als alle Akkus leergeflogen waren, bestaunten wir noch den Sonnenuntergang und machten uns auf den Heimweg. Zum Abendessen gab es eine Cola und ein Soda, außerdem teilten wir uns ein Curry mit Knoblauchbrot, Reis und Chapati. Nach dem Essen verbrachten wir noch etwas Zeit in der Chillecke und machten uns bald ins Bett. Tag Ende.

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    • Day 39

      Indien Tag 12

      February 8, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Da uns die bisherige Art des Tagebuchschreibens zu viel kostbare Zeit zum Reisen und genießen kostet, haben wir für die kommenden Tagebucheinträge ein neues Schema ausgearbeitet. Wir hoffen es macht euch in Zukunft trotzdem noch Spaß uns auf unserer Reise zu begleiten, für Wünsche oder Anregungen sind wir natürlich offen. 😁🤗

      Start in den Tag:
      7️⃣:3️⃣0️⃣

      Tag in 6 Worten:
      ▪️chillen
      ▪️essen
      ▪️planen
      ▪️passivkiffen
      ▪️Abreisetag
      ▪️Kriesensitzung

      Was hat uns heute ein Lächeln auf die Lippen gezaubert:
      Orso (Hund), der mit meinem Höschen ins Restaurant rennen wollte..

      Mealplan:
      🕗French Toast
      🕐Naan sandwich with Tomato and Paneer
      🕕Butter Paneer Masala with Rice
      🕕Garlic Naan

      Besondere Begegnungen:
      Eine Maus? Hat über Nacht ein Stück vom Rucksack (und vom Höschen🙈) abgeknabbert.

      Nur erstes Bild von heute, der Rest ist ein Nachtrag von Indien Tag 10.
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    • Day 40

      Indien Tag 13

      February 9, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Start in den Tag:
      4️⃣:3️⃣0️⃣/8️⃣:3️⃣0️⃣

      Tag in 6 Worten:
      ▪️Bus
      ▪️Nachtwanderung
      ▪️Plantag
      ▪️Nachhausetelefoniert (MaPa/MaKa/EvTi)
      ▪️Do not feed the dogs (they feed themselves 😁)
      ▪️No weed zone

      Was hat uns heute ein Lächeln auf die Lippen gezaubert:
      Ein pummeliger Golden Retriever aufm Scooter.

      Mealplan:
      🕗Tomaten-Käse- Omelette mit Toast
      🕐Pasta Crema
      🕐Burger
      🕕Pizza
      🕕Vegetarisches Thali

      Besondere Begegnungen:
      Oldtimer Bus mit Turban tragendem Oltimer Busfahrer.

      Informatives:
      Lemon Juice salty nicht empfehlenswert! 😁🍋
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    • Day 41

      Indien Tag 14

      February 10, 2020 in India ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

      Start in den Tag:
      8⃣:3⃣0⃣

      Tag in 6 Worten:
      ▪Beachhopping
      ▪Delfin
      ▪Fußkettchen
      ▪Wanderflippflopps am Start
      ▪Fotosession
      ▪Good Dinnermusik

      Was hat uns heute ein Lächeln auf die Lippen gezaubert:
      Ein kleiner Junge der seinem Hund eine Beauty Behandlung (gekrault, gestreichelt und entlaust) gegeben hat. Der Hund war dabei im Tiefschlaf.

      Mealplan:
      🕗Banana Porridge
      🕗Käse Tomaten Toast, Obstsalat, Rührei
      🕐Masala Rice
      🕕Burger mit Hähnchen Pommes und Salat
      🕕Burger mit Panner Pommes und Salat

      Besondere Begegnungen:
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      Informatives:
      Kiffen ist hier überall verboten, ist aber allen egal😄
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    • Day 42

      Indien Tag 15

      February 11, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Start in den Tag:
      7️⃣:3️⃣0️⃣

      Tag in 6 Worten:
      ▪️Morgensport
      ▪️Plantag
      ▪️Lucy (Hund) gestorben
      ▪️Rote Füße
      ▪️Wasserschnorrer
      ▪️Sleeper Bus Harry Potter style

      Was hat uns heute ein Lächeln auf die Lippen gezaubert:
      Ne Kuh mit ner Kokosnuss gefüttert. 😍🐂

      Mealplan:
      🕗Omelette mit Toast
      🕗Fried Egg both sides mit Toast
      🕐Pasta mit Tomatensauce
      🕐Burger und Pizza
      🕞Bananas und Kokosnuss
      🕕Fried Rice

      Besondere Begegnungen:
      Gartenlandschaftsbauer aus Stuttgart, der 4 Monate pro Jahr reisen geht.

      Informatives:
      Züge können in Indien vor Ort am Schalter gebucht werden, selbst wenn sie online ausverkauft sind.
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    • Day 34

      Kochi —> Hampi

      February 8, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      We were up and out of our hotel room, despite not wanting to get out of the comfy bed, by 440 and arrived at the check-in desk at Kochi international airport just after 5. It was interesting being at the airport with the worry of Coronovirus pretty much global now. People were walking round with masks on and there was definitely a lot of measures being taken to ensure it didn’t spread. We checked into our flight and compared food prices in the airport. To both of our discomfort we ended up sharing a meal from KFC with additional loaded chicken fries, our first western food of the trip and of course it was our most expensive yet (still only like £3.50 total). We boarded our flight to Hubli, it was a propella plane and was probably the smallest plane I have ever been on! The flight took off into the smoggy air that hovered above Kochi and we could see the final stages of the sun rising over the horizon.

      I managed to get some sleep on the plane, my head swinging around in the aisle like a pendulum. After I woke up, we listened to some music and before we knew it the seatbelt lights come back on as we begun our descent into Hubli. It was such a short flight, but had cut out a lot of hassle with trains and buses, all for just £20 too. We got off the plane, walked towards the airport terminal - just a single building - and we were pleasantly surprised that the air was cool...a welcome change from the stifling air in Alleppey. Our bags were first off, so we grabbed them and headed out to grab a Tuktuk to Hubli train station with the intention of going to another town called Hospet where we could then get to Hampi. Unfortunately when we got there at 9am we discovered the only train that day to Hospet was at 13:30! As it was still early and cool enough, we walked to the bus staying a few kilometres away to see if a bus was a better option. We’d been warned about not taking this journey by bus as the road was shocking and it takes over 5 hours. We also found the bus was 120 rupees each compared to the train at 65. We thought we better get the train as it would save money and be pretty similar in time overall. On the way back we grabbed some street food which was amazing - a mix of rice and dhal and raita! This killed plenty of time, along with looking for an ATM (which we didn’t find) so the wait for the train was ok.

      We got our general class tickets and attempted to get on. As it was our first train experience we had no idea, but we got onto general class which was jam packed full of locals and went on the hunt for some seats. We eventually found some, and got sat down, but not even a minute later a man came back and started shouting at us that these were his seats (even though there are no reservations). We were so British about it all and just got up with only a small resistance. We then got on a different carriage which had loads of space, but was a sleeper so our tickets weren’t valid. Oh well, we’d risk it...we got sat down and could have a little relax. We were quickly joined by a bunch of Indian guys who took great interest in us asking loads of questions etc etc. It was basically a three hour train ride/ interview. One of the group was a bit odd and decided to FaceTime his friends and showing he was sat with two white guys clearly saying in Hindi that we were from London over and over again. Anyway, we made it nearly to Hospet when the ticket conductor came round and busted us for being in the wrong carriage - the fine was just the difference between the two tickets, but we just said we’d stand by the door and not pay the extra £0.80 each.

      We got off in Hospet and were met with a barrage of Tuktuk offers, at the same time a tiny woman in a face mask pounced on me demanding information, I asked what fit and she just repeated “INFORMATION!!” I told her I wasn’t giving out information without a reason and we started to haggle for a Tuktuk. She then started video recording us and was on the phone to someone. We assumed it was all to do with Coronavirus, but it was all a bit unofficial. We managed to get a Tuktuk for 175 rupees, down from an initial 1200 and went in search of an ATM. It was a nightmare, none were open or they didn’t have cash, and our Monzo cards didn’t work. I was trying all cards in one ATM and eventually managed to use my trusty NatWest card to get money...as Hampi didn’t have any ATMs it was panic stations for about half an hour. After a short drive we arrived in Hampi, a town famous for its vast expanses of boulder mountains and temples. We got dropped at the south side of the river and we’d heard about the ferry across - but this was not a ferry, it was a tiny rowing boat with a motor on the back and it wasn’t more than 30 meters across the river. To take this, a 40 rupee charge was in place, 20 for the person and 20 for the backpack. After a long day this felt like a bit of a kick in the teeth, but oh well. We got to the other side and actually had a free pickup from the hostel...happy to get our stuff of our backs, we immediately went to a sunset spot near the hostel and chilled for a bit before deciding where we’d go for dinner.
      We didn’t venture far, maybe 50 meters to Nayana hotel, A tiny kitchen shack, but it was well reviewed. We shared a veg thali, masala dosa and poori to try a few things. They were all amazing and we decided there and then that this family would feed us for the next three days as it was also very cheap!

      Exhausted, we chilled in the hostel and met a few cool people including Tobias, a German guy who had been travelling for the last two years. He had already been to Central America and some other places we were interested in, so we just chilled and picked his brains for a bit. Eventually it was time to head to bed as we were going to have a few long days ahead seeing Hampi and the surrounding areas.
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    • Day 35

      Hampi Temple Exploring

      February 9, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      We woke up after having a pretty good sleep in our double dorm bed, got a breakfast masala dosa at the restaurant we went to last night and then made our way over to Hippie island, where we would get the ferry to cross the river. However, as we were walking a peculiar man approached us, showing us a scatty piece of paper reading “Ear Doctor”, with some references from his previous happy customers and then started to shove a metal instrument into Tom’s ear and started to pull out wax and show me how dirty his ear was....as Tom had blocked ears anyway from the beaches, he thought he’d ask him to do the other ear whilst he was there. We knew the inevitable demand for money was coming, but as soon as he tried it on we walked off...it was his decision to go into Tom’s war in the first place. We began to walk towards the ferry point and noticed 2 guys walking a different way... we had heard of a way you can just walk across the river without paying so thought that’s what they were doing...indeed it was. They showed us how to cross, walking through waist level water to get to the other side we came out triumphant having saved ourselves 20 rupees each.

      As soon as we got to the other side we were hounded by TukTuk drivers trying to sell us a tour of the temples to which we politely said no to as we were going to get a moped and drive round ourselves...(we were originally going to rent a moped from our hostel and drive round to the other side but we were informed that it’s was forbidden to take a moped from this side of the river over to the other side and we would have to get a moped there). We looked around the street for a little while trying to find somewhere to rent a moped from (with a hundred TukTuk drivers pestering us at each second) and we soon realised there was nowhere to rent mopeds from. We decided to have a few minutes to collect our thoughts and decided what we were going to do, but one TukTuk driver just wouldn’t leave us alone and was insisting on showing us this map of the temples for the 50th time...I was getting really impatient so just said to him “will you just please stop talking!!”...he left with his tail between his legs and we decided to just get a TukTuk tour to show us round the free temples. Eventually, after a lot of negotiation and fake walkaways (our bartering technique) we came to an agreement with a driver to take us round all the free temples for 400 rupees.

      We were told the Tuktuk tour would take us around 3 hours, and we’d visit all the free sites in Hampi including hidden tunnels, underground temples, ancient bazaars, ruins, step wells, queens baths, the list went on and on. In the Krishna temple we were both walking around taking in the really well preserved temple when a middle age lady approached us with her daughter lingering behind. The (we assumed) mother started to ask us lots of questions about us; how old are you? What do you do for work? Which country we were from? Do we have wives at home? What qualifications we have? Etc. We soon realised that she was trying to set us up with her daughter, we had heard about this- Indian parents trying to set their children up with Western boys but we just said for them to enjoy their day and carried on.

      After about 3 hours of seeing the temples and ruins of the ancient city of Hampi our TukTuk driver told us that we were finished..and I think Tom and I were secretly happy as we were a little templed out. On the drive back the TukTuk driver stopped outside a temple that were having some form of party. It was a colourful, vibrant and noisy affair with free food! We were given a large metal place and presented with a portion of rice and various curries, we sat on a wall adjacent to the temple and ate this tasty food before going up for seconds! Satisfied with the tour and the free lunch our guy managed to get us, was paid him with an extra 100 on top. However, he still requested more and also requested any foreign currency we had as he was collecting... a little cheeky, but nice try!

      We then walked to the Hampi Bazaar where I got into negotiations with a woman about buying some vests.m as it was so hot for even T-shirt’s. She practically emptied her entire collection onto her shop floor and I found various different polite ways to tell her each vest she was showing me was awful...I eventually found 2 which would do and managed to get them both for 400, a bargain that I was pretty happy with after she firstly asked me for 1,200! We aimed to walk to the top of a boulder mountain for a cool viewpoint. On the way Tom grabbed a cucumber - the woman initially wanted 20rupees but he got the smallest one for 10. Thinking it would be a nice non spicy meal, the woman then decided she’d sprinkle it with salt and masala powder! We walked on a bit following the river and we sat at a temple for a while to get out of the heat. Soon after an Indian guy came up to us and started talking about wresting and asked for our water (definitely not) and then he asked how we get so white. We both responded saying that we were white people, but he didn’t get it and then asked if we used some sort of special cream...all a bit weird.

      We walked through Achyutaraya Temple which was really impressive and dead quiet, so we stayed here a while before climbing the boulder mountain - Matanga Hill. The boulders were massive when you got up close to them and the views were amazing on the climb up. As usual, I entered mountain goat mode and started clambering all over the rocks, jumping from one to another. Tom however has a much stronger sense of self preservation so took a more sensible route up to the top.

      After this long day of being in the Tuktuk and doing plenty of waking, we decided to call it a day and head back before sunset, crossing the river on foot to avoid the charge and we walked back to the hostel as the sun went down. There were a few more people at the hostel tonight so we grabbed as many people as we could and went back to our little place for a feast and to get to know people.
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    • Day 36

      Hampi by bicycle

      February 10, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      I woke Tom up at 845, after we both had an amazing night sleep, probably getting 10 hours! We got ready and made our way to our favourite food place (I.e. the only food place we had tried in the area) and got a Masala Dosa for breakfast before returning to the hostel to take out some bicycles out. After our unnecessarily thorough induction by our host on how to ride a bike and how to lock one up, we were on the road. These bikes were much better than the last bikes we took out in Kalpitiya, so we were going much faster this time. We were passing through beautiful scenery, rivers and rice paddies to the left, and enormous boulder mountains to the right. We had pinned a few things on our map the day before to go visit.

      Our first stop was Kishkanda Temple. It was right on top of one of the boulder mountains so inevitably there were steps to climb - only 570 this time unlike Adams Peak. However, the heat was extreme so it felt like miles and miles to the top. Eventually we got there and were treated to a 360° view of the whole of Hampi. With it still being quite early in the day, the dust and heat hadn’t hazed up the air, so the view was clear and we could see miles. At the top there was a little ceremony happening with people gathering round a very old man with face paints on seemingly getting religious advice. Inside the temple, people were offering food to a man who then gave them oil and salt. They would then smear the oil on their face and hair and then sprinkle the salt over their heads. It was obviously quite a sacred place for a lot of people, so we just observed. After a while we headed down, with all these Indian people coming up calling out “Jai Sriyam” over and over again, obviously some prayer. When we were asked what country we were from they started chanting “Jai England”. No idea what it meant, but it was quite a nice chant. We hopped back on our bikes and headed to a couple of other temples, one of which was abandoned which looked cool but was a bit creepy. We messed around here for a bit, and drank the last of our water...it was now getting boiling hot outside, at least 35° so we sought refuge at a little shop and bought some more water and some snacks.

      To get further out of the heat, we cycled to a little cafe which was overlooking the rice paddies and chilled out here for a bit. I wasn’t feeling too well as I think I’d caught a cold the previous day, so I just lay down as Tom read his book and we ordered a couple of cups of tea, one Mint and one Ginger Lemon. They took ages to arrive and then one did and looked all milky so Tom went to sort out the order and eventually we got them. We chilled here for a bit waiting for the heat to subside, and then hopped back on the bikes and took a back road towards the reservoir. We’d heard that there was a swimming spot and even a big boulder you could jump off into the lake. We took this back road and surprisingly there was nobody on it, busy rice paddies and little villages to the left and right. It was the best thing we’d seen so far in Hampi, and maybe even India. Eventually we got to where the two Hampi reservoirs were. We were so happy to see some water after being so hot all day and tried to find the swimming spot. We couldn’t find it!! So we thought it might be on the other side of the lake, we cycled down over a bridge and then I saw people round the corner to where we were swimming. We went straight back, locked the bikes up and went to the place.

      There were a group of Indians, a few British and a group of guys and girls from Sudan. There was some debate as to where was safe to jump in and if there were rocks. Tom went to be spotted in the water and dove down to see if there were rocks...there was one but it shouldn’t be in the jumping zone. We went to the top of the rock where there was a bunch of Indians and one of the group from he Sudan. Still nobody was sure really where to jump. I always try and jump high and far out in this situation, so I geared myself up and became a flying guinea pig with a running start of course. I hit the water and thankfully there were no rocks, good job Tom! This set the ball rolling for others and I was followed by the Sudanese guy, Tom and an Indian guy fully dressed. After a long day on the bikes, the water was amazing even though we’d read online and on signposts that the waters were infested with crocodiles, there wasn’t even a lizard in sight. We played around here for a bit and jumped a few more times.

      The brits who were at the lake were all the things I hate about travelling. They were at this beautiful lake, in the gorgeous sunshine and all they were doing was getting high...periodically checking if we wanted any. Of course we said no, but when offered chocolate biscuits we took the chance! After chilling here for a bit we went over to the Hippie Island where we’d seen a sunset spot on the maps. Eventually we got there down the bumpy roads and then had yet another boulder hill to climb. It wasn’t too difficult this time and we managed to get an amazing spot right on the edge. Both Tom and I FaceTimed home to catch up as this was the best signal we’d had in a couple of days. We enjoyed the sunset and cycled back to our place on the bikes and promptly went for dinner back to the same place where we both got our own thali as it was amazing and we were starving. As I wasn’t feeling too well, we went back to the hostel and I just rested up as Tom wrote some diary and read his book. It had been a long day out on the bikes and in the sun, but we’d seen loads of Hampi, time for a good sleep.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    State of Karnātaka, State of Karnataka, Karnataka, كارناتاكا, Карнатака, कर्नाटक, কর্ণাটক, ཁར་ན་ཀྲ་ཁཱ།, Estat de Karnataka, Karnátaka, ކަރްނާޓަކާ, Καρνάτακα, Karnatako, کارناتاکا, કર્ણાટક, קרנאטקה, カルナータカ州, კარნატაკა, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ, 카르나타카 주, Carnatica, കർണാടക, କର୍ଣ୍ଣାଟକ, ਕਰਨਾਟਕ, کرناٹک, कर्णाटकराज्यम्, கருநாடகம், కర్ణాటక, Карнотако, รัฐกรณาฏกะ, 卡纳塔克邦, קארנאטאקא

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