Rebuild Hampi: Architecture - Novoto

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Hampi’s architecture showcases marvelous applications of skill, tact, and workmanship. Be it The Ruins, The Virupaksha Temples, or The Musical Pillars of Vitthala; each structure adds something unique to the charm of the city in ruins. But there is more to that! Help transfer that rich heritage through designing traditional homestays and stalls and kiosks for bazaars,’ using your own approach, or get inspired by Hampi’s architecture to create something new! 

If you are an architecture fanatic, then you are in heaven amongst Hampi’s gorgeous ancient sites and authentic community. Moreover, weekends are free for you to explore various hotspots in South India with your new gang!

We believe architecture to be one of the most difficult disciplines, and such we recommend participants to have prior knowledge and experience. School leavers aspiring to be architects are welcome to join this role too! 

Fast Facts

Language – Kannada, Telugu, Hindi & English
Currency-Indian Rupee
(1 USD= 75 Indian Rupees)
Famous For -historical ruins, temples, tourism
Delicacies -Ragi mudde, idli & dosa


  • Creative freedom to provide out-of-the-box solutions for tourism development through designing homestays and other local premises 
  • Use your knowledge and experience to tackle issues in sanitation while assisting local entrepreneurs with designing their business premises 
  • Experience the authentic lifestyle with your host family while immersing in cultural exchange
  • Catch a break while exploring Goa, Bangalore, Gokarna, and other weekend getaways with fellow volunteers
  • Be part of a long term project centered around rural development based on sustainable tourism while developing professionals skills

Opportunities Available


Architects, here is a chance to test your skills in a completely different way! Study Hampi’s culture and heritage which goes way back to the 11th century and provide your creativity as means to realise Hampi’s potential.

Women of Hampi

This particular project offers you freedom of expression, by allowing you to renovate existing Hampi houses into homestays and cafes based on an in depth study of the local culture and heritage and recommendation by the owners.

Santhe Market

Architecture fanatics will love this project. You get to design stalls and kiosks that are going to be set in the Santhe Market. Using your own skills, you will make a difference in the lives of many.

Sustainable Development- The Continuity

The Vijayanagara Empire had a huge sense of affection for pristine architecture. It would be a great honour to please them, as we use architecture to develop the city they love.

Equip, not cater- Skills that last

Reconstructing a homestay from a traditional house is something very unique for these inhabitants to see. Hence, with such diverse initiatives, equip the locals with the skills necessary to build better lives.

Women’s empowerment- Urgent need

Initiatives like ‘Women of Hampi’ put women and architecture in a single space and leads to their empowerment. All that is required is for such initiatives to be completed as per targets.

Education- Foundation

Whether its ‘Women of Hampi’, or the ‘Santhe Market’; there is a lot to learn and to teach. Such initiatives provide a unique platform where the locals can learn the underlying architectural concepts and can use it later in their lives.

At every step, we are there to help. We provide enough support so that you can make an impact in this community.  From the host families to the project leaders, everyone is extremely experienced and would be glad to assist you in any problems you face


24x7 Emergency Support

For any problems, we are available via our helpline number. Social media and ever present on the ground team

Ground team and host family

Our ground team led by a project leader along with your host family will help you in settling in your home

Efficient Monitoring

Trained Personnel to assist you in your assignments, provide constant feedback, and monitor your progress


You will be provided with both pre and on arrival orientation to give you a detailed idea about the project and your individual roles

Efficient Safety and Health facilities

Fully equipped with emergency kits, and access to local hospitals nearby in case of any emergency


Special training and guidance to be provided so that you are equipped to change Hampi’s society for the better.


You will be provided with both pre and on arrival orirantion to give you a detailed idea about the project and your individual roles.

Efficient Safety and Health facilities.

Fully equipped with emergency kits, and access to local hospitals nearby in case of any emergency

Look forward to what the day has to offer. Wake up in the ancient habitat of Hampi as you are served breakfast at 8:30. Freshen up, and get ready. By 9:30, join your fellow voluntourists for an exciting day. Get greeted by Novoto executives, as they take you to the common site for the work.

Showcase your Architectural skills as you work towards constructing a historical market from scratch, along with putting a unique twist on traditional houses by converting them into homestays.

At noon, we make a stop for lunch and refreshments. After lunch, we continue with the project-specific work. Enjoy your day.

After 5 PM, the evening is kept free for a range of independent activities with fellow voluntourists. Occasionally, there shall be organised social events in the evening.

Finally, dinner is provided by the homestay. Rest and think about the fond memories created. 

At Novoto, we aim to transform the perspective of voluntourism from one of humanitarian relief to one of cultural exchange. We believe that the impact of cultural exchange is more powerful than simple humanitarian relief


Enriching homestays

Your accommodation takes the form of verified local homestays.. Explore Hampi, live like the locals.

Learning local customs

Have lunch with the hardworking farmers, relax with kids at the banks of The Tungabhadra river, and attend the evening Aarti at Virupaksha Temple

Authentic local food

Whether it is Ragi Mudde, or dosas, make sure that you try the local flavours. You’ve got travel experience, and so does your palate.

Explore Hampi

Tourism is Hampi’s chief value proposition. The city in ruins, Tungabhadra river, Virupaksha Temple, Matanga Hill; all of these and more await you.

Engage in discussions

Wondering why we believe so much in the power of cultural exchange? Participate in meaningful discussion with both locals and fellow volunteers from around the world to broaden your horizon.

Weekend getaways

There is no dearth of weekend getaway destinations from Hampi. Travel to Gokarna for surfing, Hyderabad for its biryanis, Panaji for its beaches, or Goa to party it up.

What’s Included?


Pickup from Bangalore airport

Airport Pick-up (Up to two days before your trip)

Qualified project leader and community orientation


24x7 support and backup


3 meals a day

On weekends, only Breakfast is served

Accommodation with local host families


Travel Allowance for volunteer-related work


Access to working space and necessary equipments


Achievement Letter



Personal expenses


Weekend getaways


Meals apart from those provided by your host family


Discretionary gratuities for local help


International flights




Travel insurance


Drop off to Bangalore airport

Can be arranged on request

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights booked for arrival/ departure have not been included in our travel fee. It must be purchased separately.
However, in case of any inquiries, you can contact us.

Which flight should I take?

There are multiple international flights landing in Bangalore. We will be picking you up from the Bangalore airport.
During departure, you can catch a train to Bangalore or transportation to the airport can be arranged on request.

What do I do about the visa?

You will be required to obtain either an Indian E-Visa (you can check your eligibility here – httpss:// or apply in person at your nearest Indian Embassy prior to your travels.

What are the extra costs that I should keep in mind?

The project has been curated with the most observant prior due diligence. Any additional expenses individuals incurred during the tour are at their own discretion, such as any shopping and souvenirs they might wish to purchase, additional meals and activities not not provided by your host family and weekend gateways

What do I carry?

For the volunteering project of two weeks, you would be better off with a light packing. Carry comfortable footwear and light clothes. Make sure you carry the essentials- your passport, VISA, flashlights and Indian currency.
Oh also, leave some room in your suitcases. You never know what you might like to buy here!

Is tipping included?

No, tipping has not been included in your travel plan. It’s up to you to decide the amount for the same. We totally respect your discretion.

Who are my fellow volunteers?

We very much believe in privacy. Hence, we are sorry that we cannot reveal their names. However, we have a wide range of travellers from all over the world who you will meet on your first day.

How do I contact, in case of an emergency?

No need to worry! We have our on-ground team for your assistance. Besides that, you can get in touch with us through our social media handles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also call us directly on our helpline.

Can I join a trip late, or extend my stay?

As much as we would LOVE you to join us, it will be difficult for us to accommodate you in an already on-going trip.
Good news? You are more than welcome to extend your stay, but the expenses for the same have to be taken by you.

Does Novoto provide me a travel insurance?

Unfortunately, no. We leave that to your discretion to book travel insurance of your choice.

Will there be any showcase?

Definitely! Your entire experience would be well-documented in the form of videos, and also in other means as approved by the group.

What’s the weather like?

April to September is summer in Hampi where temperatures are generally pleasant around 40 C. From October onwards the temperatures start going down averaging around 25 C during the day.

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