Hampi has so many excavated sites that it will take you months to explore all of Hampi ruins but out of all, Lotus Mahal and Elephant Stable are certainly the key attractions for tourists. Both are located in the same complex and are clean, green and very well maintained.
Lotus Mahal, Hampi
This is a symmetrical palace built in the shape of lotus and looks very beautiful. This small yellow palace looks super cute standing amid a big green ground.
Another view of Lotus Mahal. Considering the way this complex has been maintained, it would not be justified to call them as ruins.
Elephant Stable, Hampi
As you move ahead inside the complex, you will reach to Elephant’s Stable at the end, another jewel of Hampi Ruins. In earlier times, this place was a stay for elephants of other kings who used to visit Vijayanagara Kingdom for inter-state meetings. There is a stable for each kingdom’s elephants.
Being green, clean and well maintained, this place is also ideal for school picnics. It was pleasure to see school children enjoying out at this heritage site.
Complex also has ruins of a basement that once used to house queen’s palace. You can see these of Hampi ruins to your left immediately after entering the complex from main gate. These of Hampi ruins are superbly maintained and look clean and attractive.