Royal Centre

sights / Historic

Lonely Planet review

While it can be accessed by a 2km foot trail from the Achyutaraya Temple, the Royal Centre is best reached via the Hampi-Kamalapuram road. It’s a flatter area compared to the rest of Hampi, where the boulders have been shaved off to create stone walls. A number of Hampi’s major sites stand here, within the walled ladies’ quarters called the Zenana Enclosure . There’s the Lotus Mahal , a delicately designed pavilion which was supposedly the queen’s recreational mansion. The Lotus Mahal overlooks the Elephant Stables , a grand building with domed chambers where state elephants once resided. Your ticket is valid for same-day admission to the Vittala Temple.

Further south, you’ll find various temples and elaborate waterworks, including the Underground Shiva Temple and the Queen’s Bath , deceptively plain on the outside but amazing within.