Hampi is a fantasy world of ruins and rocks. Once the capital of mighty Vijaynagar empire, Hampi boasts of many temples and palaces which were once the glory of the empire. Like all ancient civilizations set along a river, Hampi was also established along the banks of Tungabhadra river. It is a huge draw for foreigners who come in flocks to witness the tranquility and a flavor of the era gone by.
However not many know that Hampi also boasts of an enviable bird life with some of the endemic species that are almost visible nowhere else. Opposite the mighty Virupaksha temple, one can see the rare and endangered yellow throated bulbul and white eared bulbul roaming around in the hillocks. Then the flat scrublands around Hampi host species like the Painted Sandgrouse, Chestnut Bellied Sandgrouse, Ashy Crowned Sparrow Larks, Indian Rock Eagle Owls, Shrikes, Bulbuls, Red Munias amongst others. Nearby there is Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary where one can invariable get a dekko of the elusive Sloth Bear from one of the observatories.
When to go
October to January is the best time to visit Hampi for Birding. The weather is pleasant and there is greenery all around.
There are two canals near the Jungle lodges property. Birding across the canals reveals some of the finest species in this area.