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Sunday 22 August 2021

Anegundi Rock Paintings -II

Thank you for joining me from Part I 

For thousands of years, the Tungabhadra River Valley has been a repository of human endeavor and we see this manifestation in the Anegundi rock paintings. How the pre-historic colors of Anegundi cave paintings have managed to survive on open rock faces for thousands of years is a mystery. They seem to have used red laterite clay for the painting which is easily available in this part of the world.

The Cave shelters from the Iron Age in Anegundi

Anegundi Rock Paintings

Visiting the World Heritage Site of Hampi year after year has become a pilgrimage but this time after a let up in the pandemic, our Spotted Owlets team traversed to some offbeat places in this ancient landscape. There is something more to see around Hampi and in the neighboring land of Anegundi, we got to see some rare and prehistoric rock art that is off the tourist track and hardly visited by anybody.
Anything to do with stone age or new stone age and relics from any era is very fascinating as one gets to know how humans lived during those days. We have seen dolmens, menhirs, iron tools and many other things in Shivamogga, Bengaluru and Ballari districts but the Onake Kindi rock paintings of Anegundi in Koppal district is amazing as it has survived till date.

View of the hillocks with gate closed

Wednesday 4 August 2021

Pompayya Malemath's Ecofarm

The recurring lockdown had taken its toll on all of us. So the moment the air cleared and the cases reduced considerably, we felt safe enough to travel. But we also needed a place that could provide us with enough social distancing. That was easier said than done, with the entire city trying to escape from the humdrum of the lockdown. 
With much trepidation, I called Pompayya Sir, my most trusted contact in Hampi. I was not sure which accommodation will be available there and whether it would be as secluded as we wanted it to be. I can safely say, the one main reason I've visited Hampi as many times as I've done, was because of the absolute confidence I have in Pompayya sir, to make every single trip memorable in his own unique way.
Sure enough, this time too, he immediately replied, 'you can stay in my farmhouse'.  Over the better part of the last decade, I've seen this farm and the structure in it grow tree by tree and brick by brick. But I was in no way prepared for what awaited us as Adhikari, Meera, and myself arrived at Pompayya Sir's Ecofarm. 
 The structure had grown into a beautiful accommodation. Two rooms flanked a 'harate (chit chat) room', a place to just sit around and gossip. It was surrounded by tall trees and green vegetation. The entire setting took our breath away. 
Both rooms have three beds each, with a spacious attached bathroom and a separate dressing area. Both rooms are well ventilated to allow enough fresh air to come in.

In fact, with us visiting during the rains, the nights actually got a bit nippy - something we did not expect in a region where the weather is always 'hot, hotter or hottest' according to Pompayya Sir. This was the magic of the mini forest created by him. 
Home-cooked meals awaited us for lunch before we started our activities there. Most of the meals are prepared in typical North Karnataka style. So simple and so delicious that we had to consciously remind ourselves to eat light.
Right from waking up to the calls of the peacocks and the hot cups of coffee and tea or watching the farming activities right in front of the rooms, every single aspect of this place oozes with unlimited charm. 
I'll allow the images and videos to do the rest of the talking.  Spottedowlets recommends Pompayya Malemath's Ecofarm.

His personal attention to detail and his hospitality towards all his guests add leaps and bounds to the charm of the place. 

Front view of a room
the 'Harate' (chit chat) room

Front View of the 
other room

View from the room

Entrance from the back
(fishpond side)

A view of the fishpond

Sit-out near the room
Perfect for those warm evenings.

And the view from the sit-out

Clean, large bathrooms

Clean, large bathrooms
Even the pump-set and 
the utility room is beautifully 

Design outside the pantry 

Design outside the pantry

A view inside the room

View of the dressing area 
inside the room

The variety of dishes
during lunch hour

Another view just to make
your mouth water

Homemade pappads and fried chilli

Top it off with a glass of
hot tea

 Activities in and around the Ecofarm
 Visit to: Daroji- Sloth Bear Sanctuary
 Visit to: Hampi Monuments
Just Chilling
How to get there:
You can reach Hospet either by train or bus.

The farm is around 30 minutes drive from Hospet Bus Stand and around  35 minutes drive from the Hospet Railway Station.

The travel time from Vidyanagar airport is 50 minutes. 

For driving - The highways are well maintained and the drive from Bangalore is about 6 hours without breaks. 
Tariff and Booking:
The tariff is customized according to the guest requirements of birding, sightseeing, need for guides, visiting the Sloth Bear sanctuary, etc. 

Contact Mr. Pompayya Malemath on +91 9449136252 
or write to him on for booking details.

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