Explore the Royal palaces of Hampi
10:00 AM – 03:00 PM
On your third day in Hampi, you explore the royal architecture of the Vijayanagara Empire.
Mode of Transport: Rent a bike/motorcycle/rickshaw to reach Royal Enclosure. The attractions spread within the temple premises and can be explored on foot. All the attractions are 400 m to 600 m apart from each other and can be covered in 4-5 hours
Royal Enclosure: This was the administrative center during the prime of the Vijayanagara Empire. The enclosure was fortified and housed multiple darbars, pavilions, and temples. The area is spread around 59000 sq. m. The enclosure is now in a ruined state but still speaks a lot about the architectural style and way of life.
Queen’s Bath: Although the named Queen’s Bath, it was a private bath for the kings and queens. The rectangular structure with no ceiling and a 6 ft. deep pool is surrounded by balconies. The arched doors and windows have relevance to Indo-Islamic architecture.
Also read: Hampi Itineraries
Hazara Raama Temple: As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. The carvings on the walls of the temples convey the episodes of the epic Ramayana. The temple is located centrally in the royal enclosure.
Lotus Mahal: Another architectural gem of Hampi. The dome of the Lotus Mahal is carved into a lotus-like bud. Lotus Mahal is also referred to as Chitranagi Mahal. It has 3 stories that are supported by 24 pillars and no walls.
Elephant Stables: The Indo-Islamic structure was built in the 15th century to provide shelter for elephants. The stable has 11 domed chambers and can accommodate 22 elephants at a time. This is one of the few structures that are still intact in its complete form.
Time Duration: 4 – 5 hours.