Day 01 Arrive Bangalore
Arrive Bangalore, popularly known as the Garden City with well laid out
parks and gardens, long avenues of brightly blossomed trees and
salubrious climate through out the year. After check-in at hotel
proceed for the sightseeing of Bangalore. Visit Tipus Sultan’s Palace –
a fine specimen of military
architecture of the 18th century with a two storeyed ornate
structure built entirely in wood, Bull temple at Basavangudi, Vidhana
Soudha, Cubbon Park and Lalbagh Botanical Gardens.
Day 02 Mysore
Drive to Mysore, the Sandalwood City. It is preserved to this day with
its magnificent palaces, beautiful laid out gardens, imposing buildings
and many ancient temples. Visit Maharaja’s Palace - built in
indosarcenic style of architecture with domes, turrets, arches and
colonnades, the palace is decorated with Hoysala style carvings.
Chamundi Hills – a monolith in granite of 5 metre high Nandi
beautifully carved with garlands and bells.
– the fabulous garden that stretch out in terraces below dam and change
into an exotic fairyland with twinkling lights, swirling fountains and
artificial water falls. A musical fountain dances to the tunes and
Day 03 Mysore
Day excursion to Somnathpur and Srirangapatna.
SOMNATHPUR - Dedicated to the Lord Siva, the exquisitely
carved, star-shaped temple with triple towers is a perfect example of
Hoysala architecture. Beautifully sculptured images of gods, goddesses,
and scenes from the epics, as well as the remarkably ornate ceilings in
the pillared hall will take your breath away.
SRIRANGAPATNA - The Little Island Fortress Of Tipu Sultan,
Who Was Once Known As The "Tiger Of Mysore". Visit the Summer Palace,
The Daria Daulat, and the Beautiful Wall Paintings.
Day 04 Chickmagalur
Chickmagalur enjoys salubrious climate
and has venerated monuments and temples all round the region. Situated
in a fertile valley surrounded by lush coffee growing hills, the town
with its bracing climate and scenic splendour is worth visiting. This
town is a perfect base for visiting belur and Halebid temples. Places
of interest are the Fort, Ishwara temple, St.Joseph’s Cathedral and
Day 05 Chickmagalur
Day excursion to Belur and Halebid.
km from Hassan, a temple town famous for its exquisite temples. It is
also known as Dakshina Varanasi. King Vishnuvardhana built the
Channakeshwara temple in 1117 AD to commemorate his conversion from
Jainism to Vaishnavism. The star shaped homogenous architectural beauty
raised on a platform carved in black stone with 650 charging elephants
that are different from each other and in the temple dome inside four
famous figures of Shantala Devi’s voluptuous beauty, queen of King
Vishnuvardhana are marvelous.
30 km from Hassan. It is also known as Dwara Samudra, the wealthy
capital of Hoysalas. The Hoysaleshwara temple stands on a platform like
a casket in shining black stone carved with variety of gods and
goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. There is a museum on the
lawns with 12th century sculptures and gold coins in use at
that time. One km from Halebid is Jain Basti hill built in the 8th
century surrounded by gleaming carved black stone pillars.
Day 06 Hospet
Chitradurga means umbrella shaped lofty hill. Visit the Fort which has
4 secret entrances, 19 gateways and ingenious water tanks. Many ancient
temples are also located within its precincts, the Hidimbeshwara temple
is the oldest among them. Hospet is the perfect base for visiting Hampi
Day 07 Hampi
Early morning breakfast, checkout and proceed to Hampi, the World
Heritage Center, is the most beautiful and evocative of all the ruins of
Karnataka. Capital of Vijayanagar kingdom is full of delightful
surprises, viz., Kings Balance where kings were weighed against grain,
gold or money which was then distributed to the poor, other attractions
are Queen's Bath with its arched corridors, projecting balconies, Lotus
Mahal Vittala Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Ugra Narasimha are not to be
missed. Lunch enroute and on arrival check in to a hotel Malligi or
similar evening free.
Day 08 Hampi
The best way to experience this World Heritage Site is to take a
leisurely stroll through the eloquent ruins. Most of the important
structure and ruins are located in tow areas, which are generally
referred to as the Royal Centre and the Sacred Centre. The Royal Centre
contains structures that seem to have been palaces, baths, pavilions,
royal stables, and temples for ceremonial use. The sacred centre is
situated on the banks of the holy Tungabhadra river. Visit Vittthala
temple and Virupaksha temple.
Day 09 Badami
After breakfast drive to Badami. It has exquisite cave temples
belonging to the golden period of Chalukyan rule. There are 4 cave
temples – all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. The
first cave temple has an exquisite carving of Nataraja embodying 81
poses. The third cave is dedicated to Vishnu and is the largest and
most ornamental. The fresco paintings in the cave resemble those of
Ajanta. Overlooking the cave temples is a large tank around which are
temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva.
Day 10 Badami
Morning breakfast and proceed to visit Aihole and Pattadakal. Aihole -
is famous as the Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture has over 125
temples all intricately carved and rich in detail famous ones are Lad
Khan Temple, Drug (fort) Temple, Ravalphadi Cave Temple, Konti Temple
Complex, Jain Meguthi Temple are few not to be Missed. Pattadaka l-a
World Heritage center has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan
architecture. Temples to visit are Virupaksha, Mallikarjuna and Panatha.
Return to Badami in the evening.
Day 11 Badami
Full day excursion to Bijapur, known as the City of Victory. It has
about 50 mosques, more than 20 tombs and numerous palaces. Visit
Gol Gumbaz: The tomb of Mohammed Adil
Shah is an astounding engineering feat, being the second largest dome in
the world, which is mysteriously unsupported by any pillar. The
monument has become memorable for the whispering gallery under the dome,
whose acoustics are superb. It carries the faintest whisper around the
dome and returns it to the listener nine times. Ibrahim Rouza, Jumma
Masjid, Archaeological Museum are the other interests of this town.
Day 12 Goa
After breakfast, check out and drive to Goa to relax. OR Board your
flight / train to onward destination from Panjim, Goa's Capital.
Tours can be tailor-made to your needs"