Lotus PalaceCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: Hampi, Bellary, Karnataka, India
- Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Garden, Landmark, Historical Site, Monument, Palace, Leisure, Family And Kids, Architecture
Lotus Palace - Review
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
11 AM - 12 PM
29.84% of people start their Lotus Palace visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Lotus Palace
69.13% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Lotus Palace
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Lotus Palace, Hampi Reviews
As we move further inside the Royal Enclosure after having the glance of Basement of Queen's Palace and the watch tower, few steps ahead on your right hand side you will see the Lotus Mahal. It is said to be the main attraction of the enclosure and one of the very few structures which have been left undamaged by the attackers. It is designed having a dome and in the shape of lotus bud. On seeing it carefully it looks as if the structure is a half open lotus bud.
Situated inside the royal enclosure. Lotus Mahal, named after the shape of structures. This palace had used by Queen during Summer season. Opened from all the sides, paved the way for the wind to blow swiftly. Two storeys structure with mixed architecture of India and central asia.
You need to buy tickets to get inside. It's a very pretty place! I loved the symmetry of the infrastructure. I've posted the pictures of that as well. I clicked them with Iphone 6. The place is really beautiful! You should not miss it! 😊
Cool place specially in summer season. Open surroundings, covered by few trees. Cool air gives the relief from hot n humid climate.
This place was constructed for the queens , as a place to stay in summers. The place has an internal water pipe line to keep cool. On top it has water tanks to feed the water to pipes. Top part is constructed of lime stone. It was considered as the safest place for queens. It has guard towers at its corners. And guarded by 2 mountain ranges on the side. The mahal is in shape of a lotus.