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.
- Photography is allowed here free of cost.
- Rs 10 per person for Indians.
- Rs 220 per person for foreigners.
- The nearest airport is the Bellary Airport.
- The nearest railway station is Hospet.
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63.27% 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
One of the important things you should have in your list if you are on a tour for Hampi. It's amazing when it comes to Architecture. A lotus among the other attractions of the lost City. The outside area is also amazing to explore and chill for a while.
An architectural design to ensure the place was air-conditioned in hot Summers for the queen and her maids to rest and enjoy a peaceful time after dip in the pool. The walls of the Lotus Mahal are ducted to carry water inside and keep the walls moist, the jharokhas made sure a tunnel effect and kept the place cool irrespective of the direction of the wind.
Good. Needs preservation. Require battery operated local transport. Single ticket for guide,transport & light snacks. Sufficient dust bins required at various places.
Very beautiful architecture. The hidden cooling pipes in the cieling and made of mud were used to keep the palace cool. Just awesome technique which we can't think of today in the middle of all innovative tech!!!
amazing place. Hampi. Either go for a week or divide up and se over three or four visits. There is a lot to see and learn. a few square km wide museum.