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Elephant Stables, Hampi

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Architectural Building Historic Site
Discover a piece of Indian history at Elephant Stables, part of the World Heritage-listed set of monuments at Hampi. The long, imposing structure dates from the 15th century, built to house the Vijayanagara Empire's royal elephants. Admire the Indo-Islamic architecture, its domed chambers where the elephants were held, and the elaborately detailed decorations that adorn the walls. Step into one of the arched doorways and imagine it in its past glory, when it used to contain the highly revered animals. Take a look at our Hampi family vacation planner to schedule your visit to Elephant Stables and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This place is one the very few places that has not been destroyed in Hampi. We had taken a guide with us and he had told us the story behind it. Give it 10 minutes.  more »
  • As I had only a day of exploration in the ancient city, this was the last monument I saw among others, and it was a sight to watch. Beautiful area and wonderfully kept.  more »
  • There are 20 huge rooms which housed the Royal elephants .Built with Hindu and Arabic architecture they are intact after 500 years!  more »
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  • Elephant stable is one of the highlight of Hampi, the place is very well maintained. Elephant stable is house to the elephants n each house is big enough n contains a dome which has excellent architecture. There is a entrance fee for this but it's totally worth.
  • Well maintained place. Green and peaceful. There is an entry fee but worth it.
  • This is no ordinary stable. The architecture is really good. Each compartment has a dome with a different shape and design. That is quite remarkable considering it houses elephants and not people. The lawn adjacent is well maintained too.
  • Nice world heritage place. Worth visiting
  • Once used to park the royal elephants, now seemingly under the World Heritage Signs is a wonderful place to see around in the whole world. The monument depicts the Grand the Indian Kings have used and still the Indians are used to.

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Where to stay in Hampi

You'll find a number of simple guesthouses and homestays located in Hampi itself, primarily in the Hampi Bazaar district. North and south of the river, they offer comfortable rooms in modest former residential buildings. Further afield, a selection of more upmarket resorts and hotels sit on the banks of the river and the nearby lake to the northwest. Many visitors choose to stay in Hosapete, to the southwest, or the small town of Kamalapur, located just south of Hampi. Both offer a greater range of accommodations than Hampi, including hotels, resorts, and hostels.
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