Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, Hampi

Location: Kerala & Karnataka | India

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, Hampi is a luxury hotel with an unrivalled location next to the famous ruins of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed in a style reminiscent of the regal palaces once lived in by Hampi’s kings, the hotel features extensive use of stone and marble and distinctive Indo-Islamic architectural features.
Perfect forExploring the ancient ruins of Hampi.
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  • Distinctive Indo-Islamic architecture
  • Beautiful infinity pool
  • Numerous walking trails through Hampi

Recommended for...

  • History & Heritage
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, Hampi has an unrivalled location around 20 minutes’ drive from the medieval ruins of Hampi. The hotel reflects the Indo-Islamic architecture and luxury once enjoyed by the kings of the Vijayanagara kingdom.

Rooms at Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, Hampi

The rooms and suites draw on the imposing medieval architecture of the Vijayanagara Empire, with lots of grey stone, rough-hewn walls, Indo-Islamic arches, and heavy, red velvet curtains. The Zenana Palace Suite, inspired by the Queen’s quarters, features separate living, dining and sleeping areas, private balconies, an en suite bathroom and a Jacuzzi – the perfect sanctuary for a romantic getaway. The Nilaya Suite features a large private terrace, and the Nivasa Deluxe Suite has beautiful arched windows and spacious living and sleeping areas separated by sliding screens.

Food and drink

The restaurant, Tuluva, offers an ever-changing menu of regional, Indian and international cuisine, with a particular emphasis on dishes inspired by the Vijayanagara Empire. Food is served in a sumptuous setting with striking marble floors and Islamic arches, with an outdoor area overlooking the infinity pool. The hotel also prides itself on its signature blend of Sidapur coffee, which is a must-try and a great livener at any time of day. The chef will also be happy to make you a packed lunch to take with you on your explorations around Hampi and the surrounding area.

Facilities

The beautiful outdoor infinity pool is surrounded by rocks and carved structures which recall the boulder-strewn environment of Hampi, which the pool overlooks. The hotel also has a beautiful lounge, Deep Mahal, with a patterened marble floor and church-like lighting – the perfect place to curl up with a book and enjoy a cup of the hotel’s signature Sidapur coffee.

There is also an opulent spa, Vaidyasala, where ancient wellness wisdom is drawn upon to offer a range of treatments, just like those enjoyed by Hampi’s medieval kings and queens.

Activities at Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, Hampi

The hotel enjoys an unrivalled location surrounded by the stunning ruins of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of the medieval Vijayanagara Empire. Dating back thousands of years, Hampi remains an important religious site for Hindus today, who make pilgrimages to places such as the ornate and beautifully preserved Virupaksha Temple. There are numerous scenic walking trails through and around Hampi. The Raya Trail takes you back 500 years to buildings built by the Maharajas of Vijayanagara, while the Virupaksha Trail stops off at the temple of the same name, and along the way, you can take in beautiful views from the top of Hermakuta Hill.

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Hotel location

The hotel is quite remote and not particularly easy to reach directly by plane – the nearest airport is the provincial Hubli, around 3.5 hours’ drive to the west, which flies daily to and from Bangalore (2hrs). A popular method of transport is the Hampi Express, an overnight train direct from Bangalore. Alternatively Bangalore Airport is around 6 hours’ drive away.

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