Elephants have been used in the olden days both as war machines as well as steeds for royalty. Our mythical legends have romanticized these gentle giants as carriers of royalty as they rode into battle against the enemy. The Elephant Stables at Hampi does its bit in creating a similar aura. Consisting of eleven chambers, each one a domed structure, the elephant stables take you back to the times when the majestic beasts were kept here. The central chamber with its tower, styled in the same way as a temple tower is decorated with intricate carvings on the walls and frescos on the ceilings. Possibly used as a hall for gatherings and celebrations, it is also possible that the king’s favorite elephant was housed there.
Although the passage of time has taken its toll on the structure, it still is in good shape, evoking visions of the elephants swaying gently inside the chambers. Metal hooks embedded in the ceiling were probably used as pulleys by the mahout for setting the howdah on the elephants back. Each chamber also has a smaller opening towards the rear which was probably used by the mahouts to enter and exit the chamber.
|Indian fees||Rs 10/-|
|Foreign Tourists Fee||Rs 220/-|
|Timings||All days of the week 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM|
|Visit Duration||45 minutes to 1 hour|