A Tale of Two Hampi’s
Rollins School of Public Health
The pictured Tungabadhra River splits two the city of Hampi into two – the side of architectural wonder and ancient history, and the more recent additions in the self-named “Hippie Island.” In between these two sides, which each attract their own brand of tourists, lies this river, and source of life for the local population. From fishing to washing clothes to religious rites, the river sees it all. However, while at this site, we were told of declining quality of water and increasing rates of fish kill. While business booms from tourism of the World Heritage Site and alternative lifestyle haven, these profits are not seen by local residents, and as they described, have not been used to revitalize the river that sources their livelihood and health.