February 13, 2016

My TripAdvisor Review No.154: Monkey Temple, Hampi, Karnataka.

“Birthplace of Lord Hanuman.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW
This hill is clearly visible from most parts of Hampi as it has a white painted temple on the top. As you approach closer you can see the white and red painted steps leading up to the top of the heap of giant boulders piled upon each other.

The hill is actually known as the Anjaneya Hill since Lord Hanuman is supposed to have been born to Anjani Mata here. Only the foreign tourists call it the monkey hill because they get to see a lot of friendly monkeys as they make their pilgrimage to the top.

You get a 360 degree sweeping view of the ruins of Hampi, with the Tungabhadra River meandering through the boulder strewn landscape. In addition there is a pious temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman where you can pay your respects to the Monkey God, as well as to Lord Ram, Sita Mata and Brother Laxman.

There are over 550 steps to climb to get to the top, but it’s really worth the effort. It can take anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour depending on your level of fitness. It’s best to do this climb early morning or evening and get to witness a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Keep in mind that this hill is on the other side of the river from Hampi, so budget about half an hour for the crossing. Carry drinking water and some snacks with you. There are some stalls at the bottom of the hill where you can buy them.

In my opinion a climb to the top of Anjaneya Hill is like the icing on top of the cake of your Hampi visit. Keep aside one evening (or morning) just to do it.
Visited January 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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