Elephant Stables, Hampi

One of the most impressive sites in Hampi, The Elephant Stables is a wonderful structure that provided shelter to the royal elephants of the grand Vijayanagara Empire. The intricate design and emphasis on little details indicate the importance that was attached to the royal elephants of the empire.

The elephant stables were built in the 15th century and are constructed in the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The structure is an elongated building with domed chambers, which are large enough to accommodate two elephants at a time. There are eleven such domed chambers and these are interconnected with large arched openings.  

This elegantly symmetric structure is a magnet for large number of tourists who travel to Hampi. It is also one of the few structures, of the many other exquisite buildings of the area, which has suffered least destruction due to the ravages of the time.

The central dome is the largest and most closely designed with exquisite architecture. All the chambers have high ceilings and have a small opening at the rear from where the mahouts could enter and exit. Another interest is a central hook embedded in the ceiling of the central dome which was most probably used to hook the elephants and a hidden staircase, used to reach to roof of the building.

The building of Elephant Stables is located in the area that is situated just outside the Zenana Enclosure. It is nevertheless, a major attraction and wonderfully displays the level of craftsmanship that was reached during the contemporary times.

Important Information

Timings : 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM, all days of the week

Entry Fees : Applicable for locals and foreigners and children above 15 years of age

Photography : Allowed with no extra charge

Best Time to Visit : From November to February

How to Reach

By Air : Hampi does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is located in Ballari (Bellary) which is located at a distance of 64 kilometers. Local transportation is available from the airport to take visitors to Hampi.

By Rail : Hampi also does not has its own Railway Station. The nearest station is located in the city of Hosapete (Hospet) which stands at a distance of 10 kilometers.

By Road : Hampi is connected to many important cities and towns through a network of good roads. Several KSRTC buses operate between locations in Karnataka and Hampi. Besides visitors can also reach Hampi by cars, cabs and taxis from a number of diverse locations.

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