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“OK place to stay (if you like very hard beds)”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Shanthi Guesthouse

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Shanthi Guesthouse
Ranked #11 of 43 Hampi B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Australia
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“OK place to stay (if you like very hard beds)”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014

Nice views over rice fields to river, and not too far from river crossing to Hampi. Rooms were clean but basic. Mosquito net had a few holes, so not highly effective, but there weren't too many mozzies when we were there. Mattresses were hard as a rock - not so comfortable.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

There is so much we loved about this place. The room we had was great, lots of space, mosi net, clean, hot water, cool little front porch with swinging bed over looking the rice fields. The staff were super friendly. The dining area was awesome, a great place to eat really nice, clean, cheap food or drink or just hang out and read and drink tea. I felt like we'd really got one of the best places in Hampi to stay at. It's on the other side of the river to the temples but this is a good thing as it's a little quieter and i'm not sure if we would have visited this side of the river had we stayed on the other side. The location of Shanthi also makes it really easy to walk through the rice fields which is totally worth exploring, a cool, quiet walk to the river offers a nice post-breakfast walk. This place is also really close to Monkey Temple which is a must visit place to see the sunset, there are rickshaw drivers that will take you to the bottom of the mountain and wait for you so they can bring you back, at a really good price. My one tip with anywhere in india is to bring ear plugs, this applies to everywhere we stayed!

Shanthi was really helpful with organising transport to our next location an awesome place to stay. We will definitely be going back again next year.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2014

A very quiet clean and value for money place. Our experience was really good at Shanthi Guest House, we had gone for the New years eve and what an experience it was !

The staff is extremely courteous, especially Mr.Gitanand and Mr. Krishna, the owner. The booking process was also extremely transparent and smooth. The restaurant and the attached verandah were really nice.

The property overlooks paddy fields and the view is addictive with the Tungabhadara river on one side and the famous boulders on the other, albeit at a slight distance.

Worth a repeat visit for sure :)

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pune, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Great view and ambiance. Rooms need some cleaning and brighter lights inside for families with kids to like it more. Being close to the farm gets a lot of mosquitoes in the evening and early morning. They do provide mosquito coils and screen, but, go with some repellant creams if you have small kids. Restaurant has a wide choice in menu but, food was bit overpriced. Some servers were bit curt, a little politeness in them would be great.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Our cottage at Shanthi was clean, cozy, and quiet (except for one night when a group of 20-somethings hung out on the neighboring porch laughing into the wee-hours). The view over the rice fields cannot be beat, so spring for one of those cottages if you can. The bug net on the bed worked well, and the free (actual factual free wi-fi) in the reception area was a real bonus. Be ready for bugs (this is on a rice field) and you'll be fine.

Room Tip: Cottage #38 is at the end of the row, so your odds for privacy are better.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

The guest house is as close as it gets to serene village experience. The swings outside the rooms overlooking the paddy fields are so inviting that you could spend hours on them i.e. if you are the lazy kind. The is enough and more to do at Hampi if you are active.

The guest house is clean and minimalistic. The rooms, the bed and the toilets are clean. The idyllic eating area where you sit on the ground and can spend hours at length on a slow breakfast or lunch while relaxing and engaging in conversations with your friends and family makes it totally outstanding.

The guesthouse is barely 5 minutes of walk from the river crossing location. Cross the river and you enter the realm of ruins and plus temples.

Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Armidale, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

We stayed at Shanthi for eight days, and it was a delight. This guest house has fantastic views from the higher priced huts, which if you can afford is a real treat. We stayed in hut 19, situated back in the garden area without the views, but was perfectly fine. The circular huts are large and comfortable, with mosquito nets and window gauze. Mosquitos are a problem in the whole area because they farm paddy fields and water is everywhere, so bring plenty of cream/spray/coils (coils are purchasable at the local shops) because Hampi is a known malaria and dengue risk. Shanthi is well laid out compared to some other guest houses I saw, and the atmosphere is quiet and restful. They have hammocks in front of all the huts which are extremely enjoyable - days can easily slip past sitting on the hut verandahs. Hot water is solar, and usually available in the afternoons and evenings, beds are very comfortable.

The restaurant at Shanthi serves very good Indian dishes and has a remarkably fast service. You also get the usual pizzas and pasta if you like that, but I can recommend the North Indian food there, which is surprisingly tasty - more than I would expect from a guest house restaurant. We found the staff very responsive and helpful, especially the waiters Sudersun and Devinder. We tried a few other restaurants in the area but couldn’t find any as good as Shanthi.

WiFi is free with a good connection in the restaurant - it doesn’t reach most of the huts, but will reach the closer ones. Airtel is hopeless in Shanthi itself (and I expect most of the guest houses across the river), but around Hampi area generally it is fine.

Hampi is such a peaceful place, it is hard to imagine how this location was the bustling centre of one of India’s greatest empires, where you couldn’t move through the streets for the crowds of people and elephants. The land must always have provided a romantic and calming backdrop to the hype of humans, as it is blessed with ample water and some of the most ancient rock outcrops in the world - the rocks were literally worn into shape by time and water. The big question for visitors is which side of the river to stay.

If you choose to stay across the river from the Sacred Centre, then there are a few things to know. You have to cross in a boat (Rs10/person) to walk the main ruins of Vijayanagara, and the boat runs between certain hours - stopping at 6pm I was told. But it is not likely you need to be out after this time unless your friends are on opposite sides, or you need to travel at dark or early morning (which is quite likely). The boats wait until they are full before departing, so sometimes you will have a little wait, but rarely too long. In all, the boat issue is not too inconvenient, except when arriving or leaving at odd hours.

The main problem with being on the other side of the river, is that the main train to Goa leaves Hospet at 6:30am. It is a half-hour rickshaw drive to Hospet from the Hampi village side of the river, but a 1hr to 1.5hr drive from the other side, on a rough road for much of the way, so it is more comfortable to get a taxi, and more costly. We paid Rs120 to reach Hampi from Hospet railway station on arrival, and Rs1300 to return to Hospet railway station on leaving. Plus you have to get up at 3:30am to be ready to leave at 4:30am for the drive. Just keep that in mind when choosing which side to stay.

Across the river is definitely more peaceful than staying in Hampi itself, so better for longer stays. Staying in Hampi is good for experiencing village life, albeit a tourist village. It is also laid-back, but not as much as across the river. It is also easier to just walk off into the ruins, but that is not too much of a problem from across the river, as one typically makes day excursions to the various sites. Across the river is easier access to the lake, Anjeyanadri Hill and Anegondi village.

If you do choose to stay across the river, what you find is many guest houses lining one side of a long dirt road with paddy fields on the other side. There are even dedicated places for Israelis for those who don’t like to mix. I’m sure most guest houses along here are quite reasonably comfortable. Shanthi is at the end of the road, so be prepared to walk a few hundred meters to get there, which isn’t too hard. There are more guest houses further along the road, and in fact there are guest houses all over the whole area if you want to stay completely away from the ‘scene’.

Around Hampi’s sites, the rickshaw drivers charge exorbitant rates, but you can usually bargain them down from the ridiculous fairly quickly - you still pay twice as much as you would in Delhi. As for the sites themselves, they are strewn over a very large area, so unless you are there for some time, you will never see them all. It is pleasant walking around these sites, but really, it is worth getting a rickshaw to do the Vittala temple and the Royal area together in one day, because not only do you only have to pay once the Rs250 (for foreigners - no wonder the Indians always try to rip off foreign tourists, because even the government does it), but many of the sites are accessible by rickshaw, so you get to see a lot more. Later, it’s a very pleasant walk from Hampi to Vittala, and you only have to pay to actually enter the temple, while there are many things to see outside that.

I would be happy to return to Hampi again, as it is such a magical place, and I would definitely return to Shanthi Guest House.

Room Tip: If you don't want to pay the extra for a paddy field view, which is very nice, then we found hut...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shanthi Guesthouse
Address: Cross the River from Hampi | Sanapur, Hampi 583234, India
Location: India > Karnataka > Bellary District > Hampi
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Ranked #11 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Hampi
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Number of rooms: 20
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