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Prehistoric Tour of Hampi – Led by a local shepherd


We have known that prehistoric humans thrived in this region long. The earliest residents here were nomadic cattle herders, who would seek shelter in the natural caves of the area during monsoons. Many of these megalithic and neolithic sites (1500 BC to 800 BC) have disappeared in the last 100 years due to lack of conservation efforts and plundering of natural resources. Some of the sites survive because they out of reach and are hidden deep or high in the boulder hills.  On this tour, we set out on an adventure to visit some of the accessible prehistoric sites around Hampi, along the way we will build a narrative of how the life of early humans was in those times.

Why you will love it

  • Get a glimpse into the prehistoric lives of human settlers in their region.
  • The magic of   discovering rock art from the Bronze Age
  • Venture on a hike led by a local shepherd to discover a variety of prehistoric rock art that tells the story of early humans of Hampi
  • What you will experience

    The one thing that just cannot miss your attention at Hampi is the humungous boulders scattered all over this heritage site. Scattered too, over the rocky expanses by the Tungabhadra River, are caves and dolmens by the hundreds.  And then there are the rock paintings. All of these are clearly voices from the area’s prehistoric past.  The caves around the area serve as shelters for wild animals, snakes, bats, birds and the like. But Onake Kindi in Anagundi is known for its stunning pre-historic rock arts, accessible through the fields and climbing the rocks. Said to date back to the Bronze Age, about 15000 yrs old! We will visit the Neolithic site of Vani Bhadreshwara to see a prehistoric rock gong.

    Local shepherds will guide us through our hike in remote areas through the stony hills. They have a photographic memory of the landscape because they traverse through all areas looking for best grazing land for the sheep. It is also our effort at making them important stakeholders in the conservation of such sites. Through our activities, they understand the importance of preserving such sites for education and gainfully benefit from such activity.  We will ride mopeds to get around on this tour. Mopeds are the easiest way to navigate country roads in this area. In case you are not comfortable riding mopeds please indicate so on the enquiry form, we will arrange alternative transportation. 

    INR 3000 per person | 3.5 hours | Cultural Tours

    Hampi,India | +91 956 093 0445

    Images Credit - Explore Hampi

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