Fly back to the Royal Era

Hotel Shivavilas Palace, Sandur

Sridhar Salian
28 Feb 2017
Sandur, located in Karnataka is one of the seasonal dazzling beauties of Southern India. After the rains bring the nature close to bliss in Sandur, the month of September is the best time to visit. This place was ruled by the Ghorpade dynasty. The Shivavilas Palace of the royal family of which was originally built in the 1900’s has now become a part of the WelcomHeritage group. Being spacious and splendid, it is now considered to be the best Palatial Hotel Accommodation in Sandur. The architecture reflects the regal times and splendor of the bygone royal era.
The native structure was thoughtfully reinstated in 1941 without causing any harm to the old architecture. It then started operating as a WelcomHeritage Hotel from March 2012. The palace stands as a testimony to the rise of the kingdom. It’s an ideal destination for leisure travels, family vacations or corporate meetups.
Hotel Shivavilas Palace, Sandur
The main gates open to the Palace front
We felt the royalty as we entered through the main gates opening to the Palace front. The aesthetically designed reception lobby gave us an imperial feel. It was exquisite with some antique pieces of art and its walls decorated with photographs of the royal family. As we entered the courtyard, we were carried away by the subtle music that was played in the corridors. The classic flawless ambiance, the photographs of the yesteryears all around, antique furniture, and the pleasant atmosphere intensified the feeling of being at a royal home.

Hotel Features:

The Palace centered in the 20acre area having 2 floors of about 20000 sq ft each houses two large suites – Maharaja Suite and Maharani Suite, a Regular Suite and 9 Deluxe rooms. The rooms are located around an endearing courtyard. The breath of fresh air in the balconies overlooking the gardens, the numerous books of all tastes in the common areas and in the library, and the most friendly staff greeting you with smiles make your time and stay lovely.
The indoor games like carrom, table tennis, billiards, chess, an offhand open area badminton and basketball, and refreshing treatments/massages at the in-house spa are also there to retreat oneself. We enjoyed our time taking the sights and sounds of the place with strolls in the garden and the poolside, early morning jogs, and bicycle rides. All these made our moments perfect and beautiful.

Other Amenities:

The Hotel services also include Board Room, Children Play Area in the indoor activity room, Party/banquet lawn, Billiards and Bar, barbeque area, Bird Watching, Two temples and Bhajan hall, Laundry Service, Doctor on Call, 24X7 Wi-fi, Covered car parking space, Hotel pick-up/drop and local transportation facility available on request. There are Vintage and Classic Car Museum and a Darbar Hall Museum.

The Poolfront
One side of the Palace overlooks the Pool and the Barbeque area

Food and Dining:

The in-room dining served both Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian food with relatively widespread continental cuisines. The delicious home-made food felt healthy, tasty, and balanced. Apart from the usual food counter, we enjoyed our dinners at the pool-side barbecue counter and the courtyard.

Nearby Attractions and Getting to the Hotel:

  • Hampi – The world famous UNESCO heritage site and part of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire
  • Ancient temples (More than 1000 years old) – Sri Kumaraswamy and Parvati
  • Handicraft Centre – The Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra (Mirror & Embroidery work, stone carving, cane works and khadi
  • Garments employing the women from local villages)
  • Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary – The largest population of bears in Asia
  • Manganese and Iron Ore Mines on the hills of Sandur
  • Ferro Alloy Plant and Power plant

Nearest Airport :
Hubballi Airport – 180km
Bengaluru International Airport – 300km
Belagavi Airport – 300km

Nearest Railway Station:
Toranagallu – 22km
Hosapete – 28km
Bellari – 60km

By Road:
Bellari-Toranagallu-Sandur – 60km
Bengaluru-Chitradurga-Kudligi-Sandur – 300km
Belagavi-Hubballi-Gadag-Hosapete-Sandur – 300km


  • Sandur’s valleys and hills are at their best during the rainy season in the months of August-September.
  • There are no good hotels and restaurants in Sandur. Shivavilas Palace of the Royal Gorpade family is one of its kind in the small town offering an exclusive royal stay without being over priced.
  • One of the world famous UNESCO Heritage Sites, Hampi is ~45km from Sandur. Exploring the beauty of Hampi takes you at least 2 full days. So plan your stay accordingly.
  • A visit to the Mines, Handicraft Centre, and the Ancient Temples takes 1 day.

The feeling of royalty and luxury offered at the Shivavilas Palace is incomparable. Retracing the steps of the royal family of Sandur and experiencing the grandiose, we made some noble moments. Special thanks to Mr.Sameer Ahmed Taj and Team for hosting and offering us a majestic experience.

To know more about the Hotel and Booking click on their website.

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