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Orange County Resort, Hampi

The antiquity of Hampi can be traced back to the Treta Yuga, the second of the four eons of Indian chronology. In the epic Ramayana, Hampi and its surrounding vicinity are synonymous with the kingdom of Kishkindha. This region was the realm of the Vanara (mythological half-man, half-monkey) brothers Vali and Sugriva and the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, all of whom played a prominent role in the timeless epic.

Figuratively, Hampi is alive still and breathes history. Taking back its visitors in time to the glorious days of the 14th century Vijayanagara Empire, the monuments of Hampi recite stories of what was once described as "the best provided city in the world" owing to the stunning rugged forests and asymmetrical boulders forming its backdrop. Being crowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi enjoys a much vied after pedestal on the tourist map.

Orange County, Hampi is just 4 km away from the historical monuments. The Hotel with its fort like entrances, stone-paved boulevards, arched hallways and regal chambers mirror the famed palaces of a bygone but glorious era.

The architects of today and interior designers have clearly drawn inspiration from this meticulously designed architectural marvel to recreate a memorable resort that blends historical elegance with modern day luxury to set a new benchmark. While the four types of suites on offer differ from each other, they are united by a common and shared theme of luxury and tastefulness that permeates the resort's Indo – Islamic style reflecting the secular architecture of Hampi. These four categories are Nivasa (Deluxe Suite x 23), Nilaya (Terrace Suite x 08), Zenana (Palace Suite x06), and Jal Mahal (private pool Villa x09). Each of these luxurious abodes is destined to leave a lasting impression on the patron.

The two restaurants at the resort are dedicated to the gourmet in you. While they offer a fine selection of continental and Indian cuisine, they are primarily inspired by the tastes prevalent during the reign of Vijayanagara Empire. Together, they ascertain a complete ecstatic feel for every culinary aspiration to satisfy the most demanding palate. The impressive culinary spread at the resort is outdone only by the breathtaking setting and architecture of its restaurants.

Orange County offers a large and welcoming Infinity Pool, along with a world class spa with traditional Ayurvedic wellness therapies; a Reading Room and a tranquil Lounge. All designed to transport you to an era of gracious, pampered and unhurried living.

The Heritage walks and visits have been thoughtfully articulated to engage you in various aspects of history, mythology, architecture, commerce and political life, which come alive in its striking monuments, magnificent temples and soul-stirring landscapes. These trails namely are The Raya Trail, Virupaksha Trail, Vitthalapura Walk, and Tungabhadra Trek. A Sloth bear sanctuary right next to the resort is home to the famous Indian Sloth bear and should not be missed.

A visit to this place will surely energize you to a different planet.

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