Travel back in time to the glorious era of the Vijayanagara Empire

Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace

Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace

, Karnataka
, India

The Deccan finally has a fabulous new hotel in Hampi, making this an area that should now be high on everyone’s ‘India hit list’. Evolve Back Kamlapura Palace is a lovely, newly built hotel inclassic Vijyanagar style, with oodles of space both inside and out.

Our Rating: Luxury
Property Type: Boutique


Hampi, located in the heart of the Deccan Plateau in Karnataka, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site well known for the surviving remains of the last great Hindu kingdom in South India.


46 huge rooms and suites are in the main building which is home to beautiful courtyards, a dining room and poolside terrace. Additionally, superb villas with private pools and gardens are more like houses than hotel rooms! The décor is simple, classic and similar throughout, with rich colours and wood offset against whitewashed walls.


The cuisine here is wonderfully varied and the staff aim to cater to your every need.


There’s plenty to do here for long stay guests, not to mention exploring the wonders of Hampi or pottering around the incredibly pretty countryside and villages by bicycle.

Why we love this place

The Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, with its stone-paved boulevards, arched hallways and regal chambers, takes you back in time to the glorious days of the 14th-century Vijayanagara Empire. The Palace Suites and Private Pool Villas are a reflection of Vijayanagara architecture at its luxurious best. Inspired by the palaces within the Zenana enclosure, they are the last word in luxury.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)