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Embodying the grandeur of the 14th Century Vijayanagara Empire, Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace is a charming boutique hotel and tranquil retreat on the outskirts of Hampi, in Southern India.
With historic architecture and luxurious interior furnishings, Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace combines traditional elegance with modern comfort. There are just 46 rooms and suites at the hotel, each uniquely designed to offer a different and equally indulgent experience for guests. The Jal Mahal suites are inspired by a traditional Water Palace and feature a large private pool; the Zenna suites use rich reds to reflect their royal influences; the Nilaya suites boast beautiful in-room Jacuzzis; and the Nivasa suites enjoy spectacular views from their private balconies.
With two restaurants to choose from guests can also indulge their culinary cravings, with a varied selection of local and internationally inspired cuisine. The main restaurant, Tuluva, overlooks the pool and courtyards and serves a selection of dishes from around the world, creatively fusing flavours to do so. The more traditional Bahmani is influenced by India's Hyderabadi cuisine, and serves fresh and flavourful local dishes. Both restaurants are housed in beautiful buildings which feature ornate architecture and stunning views across the surrounding landscape.
The UNESCO World Heritage protected ancient ruins of Hampi are just over two miles away and are the prime attraction in this region. Over the course of a visit or two, explore the many temples and earthy ruins which contrast with the jade green landscape and nearby waters of Tungabhadra River. As you explore and learn about the heritage of the area from an expert guide, the Vijayanagara Empire will really come alive - so rendering the architecture and elegant atmosphere at Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace even more impressive on your return. Take a dip in the pool, have a massage in the spa or curl up in the reading lounge as you let the history sink in.
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This is without doubt the best place in which to stay while visiting Hampi, but it can get very busy, so make sure to book early!