The Zenana enclosure meaning Ladies quarters consists of the Queen's Palace, the
Lotus Mahal, the Quarters for maids and a water pavilion. The whole area is enclosed
with a high curtain wall and provided with three watchtowers.
Of the Quarters palace, only the basement remains. Looking at the size of this
tier basement, one can imagine that the palace was of considerable size. The palace
was built of wood, the pillars gilded and the whole palace beautifully painted.
Lotus Mahal is one of the most well known buildings among the Hampi monuments.
It is a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture, noted for a pleasing blend
of two distinct types of architecture. The pillars, the arches and the windows
are Islamic in character, while the Sikharas or spires are of the Hindu order.