How to get Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River to get to Anegundi side. Backpacking Hampi, South India travel blog

 

I took a boat across the Tungabhadra River from Hampi town to the Anegundi side.

This is my experience!

 

So there’s a river that basically runs through Hampi.

 

Tungabhadra River in Hampi. How to take Hampi ferry boat. Backpacking South India

 

And when you’re looking into things to do in Hampi, there’s a good chance that you’ll come across references to the “other side of the river.”

 

Tungabhadra River in Hampi. How to take Hampi ferry boat. Backpacking South India

 

That’s referring to the Tungabhadra River. 

 

Tungabhadra River in Hampi. How to take Hampi ferry boat. Backpacking South India

 

 

Well, when you’re on the Hampi town side (aka the main Hampi tourist side)…

What’s on the other side of the Tungabhadra River?!

I did 2 main things:

  • Visit to Anjanadri Hill (for amazing views of Hampi!)
  • ATM in Anegundi “town” (yes really. 😉 There’s no ATM in Hampi town, and Anegundi seemed like it would make a better destination than the other place I was told there’s an ATM!)

 

There are also a few places to stay across the river. This is considered to be the slightly quieter part of Hampi. 

 

 

So, when you’re on the Hampi town side of the area…

How do you get across the river?!

It’s pretty simple really!

 

  • Walk towards the river from Hampi town
  • Head down to the boat launch point (Hampi-Kishkinda ferry on google maps)
  • Get on the ferry!
  • Enjoy the short ride across the Tungabhadra River
  • Arrive on the other side of the river!
  • Enjoy Hampi on the other side of the Tungabhadra River!!

 

 

Walk towards the river from Hampi town

How to get Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River to get to Anegundi side. Backpacking Hampi, South India

 

Head down to the boat launch point 

How to get Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River to get to Anegundi side. Backpacking Hampi, South India

 

Get on the ferry!

How to get Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River to get to Anegundi side. Backpacking Hampi, South India

 

Enjoy the short ride across the Tungabhadra River

How to get Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River to get to Anegundi side. Backpacking Hampi, South India

 

Arrive on the other side of the river!

How to get Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River to get to Anegundi side. Backpacking Hampi, South India

 

Enjoy Hampi on the other side of the Tungabhadra River!!

How to get Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River to get to Anegundi side. Backpacking Hampi, South India

 

 

What about a coracle boat ride in Hampi?

So another thing to do in Hampi is to take a ride across the river on a “coracle boat.”

When I was in Hampi, there were no coracle boats available for a trip across the river.

There was only one that was visible, and they said that boat was currently in the process of being fixed. 

 

Hampi coracle boat to cross Tungabhadra River. Backpacking South India

 

 

Now…

A few more details about this Hampi ferry!

 

 

Walk towards the river from Hampi town

Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River. How to get to river ferry from Hampi temple town. Backpacking South India

 

If you’re not set on staying on the “other side” of the river, the main tourist area of Hampi can be a good area to stay too. 

So there might be some cows you can follow along for a bit to get to the river.

Or maybe they are going in the opposite direction. 

 

Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River. How to get to river ferry from Hampi town. Backpacking South India

 

 

Head down to the boat launch point

On Google Maps, you can look for the “Hampi-Kishkinda ferry” and this can be your reference point.

Once you get near, you’ll see the first set of stairs.

 

Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River. Stairs to river. Backpacking South India

 

You can take these stairs, down to the river, or you can choose to take the next set of stairs.

Walking further down the street will have you passing by some shops.

When I went, there was also some simple local breakfast food if you’re getting a start in the morning without eating anything!

 

Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River. How to get to river ferry from Hampi town - shops and food near river. Backpacking South India

 

And then the stairs.

 

Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River. Stairs to river boat jetty launch. Backpacking South India

 

This set of stairs also has a ramp that you can more easily take a bicycle down in case you are renting a bicycle for some cycling in Hampi!

 

Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River. Stairs to river boat jetty launch with bicycle ramp. Backpacking South India

 

And then once you’ve reach the river, it’ll be relatively simple to figure out how to get on the boat.

 

Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River. how to get to river boat jetty launch. Backpacking South India

 

If not, you can ask someone.

 

 

Get on the ferry!

Hampi ferry boat to cross Tungabhadra River. river boat jetty launch. Backpacking South India

 

 

Enjoy the short ride across the Tungabhadra River

Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River. ferry timings. Backpacking South India

Hampi ferry boat to cross Tungabhadra River. boat ride. Backpacking South India

Hampi ferry boat to cross Tungabhadra River. boat ride. Backpacking South India

 

This ride is very short. 

Maybe even less than 5 minutes.

 

 

Arrive on the other side of the river!

Hampi ferry boat to cross Tungabhadra River. ferry timings. Backpacking South India

 

And see the views of the famous Hampi temple from the other side!

 

Hampi ferry boat to cross Tungabhadra River. hampi temple from anegundi side. Backpacking South India

 

 

Enjoy Hampi on the other side of the river!!

Hampi ferry boat to cross Tungabhadra River. hampi ferry to anjanadri hill, anegundi side. Backpacking South India

 

 

Now…

 

 

How much does this boat ride cost?

It costs 20 rupees per person. (Like US$0.30.)

Once you get on the boat, there will be someone who will come around and collect the boat fare.

 

 

Can you take bicycles on the boat?

Hampi ferry boat to cross Tungabhadra River. Bicycle on Hampi ferry to Anegundi. Backpacking South India

 

If you have a bicycle, the cost of your fare will be 50 rupees (less than US$1). That includes the price for both you and your bicycle.

 

Hampi ferry boat to cross Tungabhadra River. Bicycle on Hampi ferry to Anegundi. Backpacking South India

 

 

What are the ferry timings?

Officially, the first ferry is at 7:30am, and the last ferry is at 5:30pm.

Throughout the day, there really is no set departure timing.

The ferry boat will leave basically when it’s full…

 

Hampi ferry boat to cross Tungabhadra River. ferry timings full boat. Backpacking South India

 

Or “officially” when they have at least 300 rupees worth of customers on board. 

This 300 rupees might not have to be on your boat, but if they see a group of people across the river waiting for the boat, then they might depart too. 

This can mean that there’s potential for you to be waiting for the ferry for awhile.

 

Hampi ferry boat to cross Tungabhadra River. ferry timings. Backpacking South India

 

On my way back to the Hampi town side, one guy said he had been waiting there for 40 minutes.

I didn’t want to wait any longer, so I said I would pay more so I could leave immediately. 

Initially they basically just ignored me and said to wait 5 minutes. But the guy had been waiting for 40 minutes, so I did not believe 5 minutes would make a difference.

Based on the boat I had taken in the morning, which had 150 rupees worth of customers, so that’s what I asked if I could pay to leave immediately. 

It took a bit of persistence but they finally said yes.

If you don’t want to pay the extra though, you can just wait for a full boat!

 

 

Taking the ferry in the evening

While the last official boat timing is at 5:30pm, I was told told by the boat man that you can still get a ferry across if you arrive later.

It will just cost you a little more. Maybe 150 rupees or so.

I’m not sure just how late the real last boat will go, but this is something you can ask once you’re at the river if you think you’ll be out later than 6pm.

 

 

What to do once you’re on the other side of the Tungabhadra river?!

A nice half day trip can be a visit to the Anjanadri Hill!

 

You can go by bicycle…

 

Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River to get to Anegundi side. bicycle rental for cycling in Hampi. Backpacking South India

 

And you can also go by scooter.

 

Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River to get to Anegundi side. scooter rental. Backpacking South India

 

For the bicycle, it will be better to rent it in Hampi town, and there are many places to rent bicycles.

I paid 100 rupees (US$1.50) for the day. 

 

You can rent scooters on either side of the river. But if you want to take the boat across the river, you’ll find scooter rentals on the other side of the river too. I was walking with a bicycle and I was still getting offers for a scooter rental.

I think I was told 100 rupees for the day for that as well. 

 

I was in Hampi in the off-season (June), so you might pay a bit more during season.

 

If you are into rock climbing, Hampi is known as a rock climbing destination, too!

 

How to get Hampi ferry to cross Tungabhadra River to get to Anegundi side. Backpacking Hampi, South India travel blog

 

HAPPY HAMPI FERRY RIDE ACROSS THE TUNGABHADRA RIVER!

 



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