Located in the middle of Sandur, just 40Kms from Hampi, this is a Ideal place for Hampi visit and stay.
What a hospitality, the staff took care of us very well, we were treated like a King I would say. Starting from calling us on the day of arrival and give us directions to reach, asking us the food preference (veg/non-veg) and giving away juice and chips to my kids while leaving to have during travel. I was completely flattered. Hallmark of Hospitality.
About the Palace and facilities
Built in 1942 by Shrimant Sarkar Maharaj Yeshwantrao Hindurao Ghorpade over 20 acres of land. Very beautiful Palace in the middle of Sandur surrounded by hills on all sides. Mahatma Gandhi visited this place once and he suggested to visit this place
in September. Yes, right after the rains during september, Sandur will look awesome. But you can visit anytime of the year.
Inside the Palace, there is a big Swimming pool, Steam and Spa, Vintage Car Museum, Antique collection in Darbar hall museum, Indoor activity Room (my kids never wanted to come out from here), Cycles, Free WiFi, Board room...etc. The list goes on. You never need to go out for anything. Just checkin and relax like a King.
There is also Bar cum Billiards room where you can see animal trophies. You can play. Inside activity room which is air conditioned, they have chess, carrom, table tennis, playstation, TV, blah blah....so many things to play. Not only Kids, even we can play
for the whole day and relax.
There is also a Library with very rare collection of Old books. You can spend lots of time reading these books sitting under the trees. Awesome right? All very rare collection of books.
They have a power backup generator, so dont worry about power cuts.
If you plan to visit Hampi, take help from the staff here and they arrange vehicle and the guide as well. You should be able to cover all the places in Hampi in a day. Come back and take the Spa for your tired body after a day-long walk in Hampi.
If you like Bird photography, then please visit this place between November to March. Within the Palace complex itself there are many trees and many variety of birds can be seen in early mornings and evenings.
Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra
If you like to see the embroidery work by local people. you can enquire with staff and visit. You can also buy the items.
Kumaraswamy Temple, Tungabadra Dam, Narihall Dam, Hampi (only 40 kms),
About the suite and rooms
We got to stay in Maharaja suite which was pretty awesome. We have got complimentary fruit bowl in room on arrival, snacks, juice and water bottles were compliementary as well. Mini-fridge was there. Multiple varieties of Tea sachets, Coffee, sugar sachets were available with a kettle. Outside the room, there was a diwaan with cushion, two traditional easy-chairs for relaxing. Wov, what else you need. Both the hall and bedroom had AC with lots of chairs, Sofa, centre table and cupboard etc. The suite is pretty huge. In suite there is a dressing table and very big bathroom. Check photos.
Excellent food. We are vegetarians. All the time we really eat to full stomach. Be it breakfast, lunch, coffee/tea or dinner, all the time the food and varieties are so delicious we just loved it.
Overall a Wonderful stay option for tourists visiting Hampi. You also get to see the Kumaraswamy Temple. I strongly suggest readers to choose this as an option to stay for Hampi visits.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxurious WH Shivavilas Palace (An ITC Hotel) is just * 15 Minutes drive from Nearest VIDYANAGAR AIRPORT (VDY), Toranagal, Jindal * 35 Minutes Drive from Heritage Hampi Ruins * 5 HRS Drive from Bangalore/Bangalore Airport The luxurious WelcomHeritage Shivavilas Palace, more commonly known as “The Palace” was rebuilt in the year 1941 and stands as a testimony to the rise of the kingdom. The city of Sandur is a peaceful valley surrounded by hills all around, which Mahatma Gandhi described as an “Oasis” when he visited it in the early 1930’s. ... more less
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