Lotus Palace, Hampi

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  • Address: Hampi, Bellary, Karnataka, India
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Garden, Landmark, Historical Site, Monument, Palace, Leisure, Family And Kids, Architecture
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About Lotus Palace, Hampi

This is one of the most special parts of the royal enclosure or the zenana. The Lotus Palace or the Lotus Mahal is built inside the royal complex. The actual purpose of this palace is not known but it can be assumed that this was the place where the womenfolk of the royal family used to spend their leisure time. The architecture of this building is what makes it stand apart from the other monuments of Hampi.

This palace is also known as the Chitragani Mahal or the Kamal Mahal and is evidently not a religious monument of any kind. This building was surprisingly left undamaged during the invasions that led to the downfall of the Vijayanagar Empire. Unlike most of the rock structures of Hampi, this was made out of limestone and brick mortar.

The name of the monument is derived from the structure of the building that is in the form of a half opened lotus bud and a structure of a lotus is also made on the dome of the palace. This is a two storey palace with an open base that has tall and large windows. The floor has balconies and similar large windows. You can still find the hook like structures made on the walls that were used to hang curtains. The decorations and carving style is a combination of Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture.

The night illumination here is a spectacular sight. A catnap under the shadow of the trees in the garden area is also allowed. No doubt this is one of the most picture perfect places of Hampi.

Lotus Palace Information

  • Photography is allowed here free of cost.

Lotus Palace Ticket Prices

  • Rs 10 per person for Indians.
  • Rs 220 per person for foreigners.

How To reach Lotus Palace by Public Transport

  • The nearest airport is the Bellary Airport.
  • The nearest railway station is Hospet.

Restaurants Near Lotus Palace

  • Mango Tree Restaurant
  • Laughing Buddha
  • Shesh Besh Restaurant
  • Golden paradise
  • Gouthami Restaurant
  • All Tribes Cafe
  • Gopi Rooftop Restaurant
  • The Goan Corner
  • Geetha Riverview Restaurant
  • Shiv Moon Restaurant
  • Mayura Bhuvaneshwari
  • Prinsey Restaurant
  • Sri Krishna Hotel
  • Savaji Restaurant
  • Karavari Cafe Restaurant

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Things to Know Before Visiting Lotus Palace

  • 95% of people who visit Hampi include Lotus Palace in their plan

  • 31.86% of people start their Lotus Palace visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Lotus Palace

Monday, Saturday and Sunday

66.27% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Lotus Palace

People normally club together Elephant Stables and Hazara Rama Temple while planning their visit to Lotus Palace.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Lotus Palace, Hampi Reviews

  • Used to be the room for the Queen's rest/recreation. There are rooms in the upper floor for the dancers/artists for queen's delight. Beautifully constructed, with symmetry all over. I reckon the hall in the ground floor was were the dancers used to dance, and the queen would watch them from her palace (now defunct).

  • LOTUS PALACE .. The decorations and architecture is a curious mix of Hindu and Islamic styles. - The shape of the structure is what brought it the name of LOTUS PALACE. This is a two storied structure with an open base floor the sidewalls are having arched windows. The upper floors have balconies with arched windows... Beautifully constructed and you can see hollow pipes inside the walls used to pass the water inside the pipes and that makes entire Palace is cool. Its worth visiting given its beautiful architecture..

  • Awesome is the only word to describe this place... As an Indian Hampi is one of the must see places to all those out there... Peace, serenity & mental happiness is what you get in return !! I was blessed with all of them.. if you get an opportunity to visit this beautiful place, don't miss your turn !!

  • Naturally cold place amid the hot climate of HAMPI. As the historians depict the concept of keeping the entire structure cool is intriguing. Water used to be poured through small channels both on top and bottom which were embedded into walls, ceiling and sides, converting the hot air flowing from outside to soothing cool breeze.

  • Good place if you like visit historic ruins. Good for photography. Weather is hot, so winter is best time to visit. People are generally friendly and helpful. Multiple facilities are available to go around the area. Rental bike, bicycle, govt tour bus and private auto rickshaws etc. Lot to see...

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