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- 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
64.04% of people who visit Hampi include Lotus Palace in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
30.67% of people start their Lotus Palace visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Lotus Palace
62.32% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Lotus Palace
Lotus Palace Trips
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Lotus Palace, Hampi Reviews
Good place if you like to 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...
Well designed.. You will get yo know many details if you have guide.. Ac vents are there if you observe it's roof.. Design like muslim sculpture.. Best to visit in August..
Lotus mahal is perfect example of historical architecture that gives the proof of the skills and technology was in use in that particular period. The place is beautiful, clean surrounded by high walls and open grounds. A little further to Lotus Mahal is Elephant Stable which is another historical site to visit in Hampi. The Hampi Ruins gives you the tour of life and culture of that era.
Beautiful Architecture! It’s believed to be built for women from royal family to mingle and have recreational activities. There is an entry fee of Rs.40 to get inside the compound which includes Lotus Mahal, Elephant enclosure and a museum
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.