Rich Heritage of Karnataka with Goa Beach Tour
Duration16 Nights / 17 Days
Destination CoveredBangalore – Puttaparthi – Srirangapattinam – Mysore –Halebid –Belur – Hassan – Udupi – Chitradurga – Hospet – Aihole – Pattadakal – Badami – Gorkana – Goa
Day 1: Arrive Bangalore
The tour commences at Bangalore, where you will be welcomed, at the International Airport, by our representative, who will escort you to your Hotel. Once you have made been comfortable, our rep will guide you with the necessary documents pertaining to the tour along with a detailed info on the tour plan. He will be more than happy to answer your queries. Get a good night’s sleep.
Day 2: Bangalore
Get ready for some sightseeing at Bangalore. Post breakfast our first stop would be Lal Bagh followed by Cubbon Park and Vidhan Soudha and Bull Temple. Lal Bagh is a Royal Garden with Mughal Style architecture constructed by the great ruler Hyder Ali; Cubbon is a historical park, symbolizing sylvan setting, which is considered the lungs of Bangalore; Vidhan Soudha is the State Legislative Building; The Bull temple comprises of a gigantic Nandi statue carved out of a single granite rock and is 4.5 m high and 6.10 m long. Lunch is followed by visit to Bangalore Palace, a reminiscent of Bangalore’s royal culture bordered with splendid gardens; Tipu’s Palace of the daunting monarch Tipu Sultan and Sri Gangadhareshwara Temple, a cave temple dedicated to the Lord Shivawhich is a true depiction of Indian architecture. Our first day ends at Ulsoor Lake.
Day 3: Puttaparthi, Bangalore
It is a 2 and ½ hour ride from Bangalore (approx. 120 km). Puttaparthi is famous for religious ashram, Prasanthi Nilayam which is the dwelling of the superior Sri Sathya Sai. Prasanthi Nilayam refers to the abode of highest peace. Thousands of devotees live in the ashram preaching the values imparted by Sai. We return back to the hotel as dusk takes over the city.
Day 4: Bangalore – Srirangapattinam – Mysore
Day 4 begins from Bangalore to Mysore, en route Srirangapattinam that’s 20 km from Mysore. The beautiful Srirangapattinam nourishes the culture and heritage of Sri Ranganathaswamy. Visit the fort and temple and get ready for the palace city of Karnataka, Mysore, which by heart is still as quaint as the Mughal era. Mysore is known as the capital city for sandal wood and incense export and one of the prime producers of printed silk, ivory carving, and intricate handmade crafts and architecture. Post lunch, towards the evening, wewill be visiting one of the world’s renowned gardens, Brindavan. It is the best illuminated terrace garden, known for its enchanting Musical Fountain show.
Day 5: Mysore
Day 5 is dedicated to admire the quaint city of Mysore starting from the Maharaja Palace. Also known as Amba Vilas Palace, it is one of the largest in the country depicting architectures from Hindu, Muslim, Gothic and Rajputana panaches. The design of the palace boasts an Indo- Saracenic style with domes, turrets, archways ad sculptures illuminating the gardens below. We would be visiting the St. Philomenes Cathedral and later in the day, to Chamundi hill to witness the panoramic view of the city from the temple premises. On the way back, we will visit the handicraft museum and bazaars for shopping.
Day 6: Mysore – Halebid – Belur – Hassan
6th day of the trip commences a 4 hours journey,covering 170 km,to Hassan via the picturesque Halebid, the ancient capital of the Hoysala Dynasty. Halebid is famous for its Hoysaleswara Temple dating back to the 12th century; intricate carved statues of Hindu deities encompassing the premises. Next stop is Belur, where the cluster of Chennakesava Temples is laid down which representsthe Hoysala Kingdom’s structural designs. We spend the night at Hassan upon arrival.
Day 7: Hassan to Udupi
We reach our next destination, Udupi. This day is dedicated for soul searching in the district where you will be allowed to roam at your own leisure and comfort. Udupi is famous for its cuisine especially the dosa variants which are accompanied by delicious sambar and chutneys. There are many local souvenir markets and temples you can stopover at. Spend the evening at Malpe, 6 kms from Udipi. It sports a little island named St. Mary’s Island, perfect getaway for the night.
Day 8: Udupi to Chitradurga
Udupi expedition begins at Ananteshwara temple followed by Balakrishna temple. If time is benevolent we may visit Manipal, recognized for its rich education system. MGM College at Manipal educates on Yakshagana, a dance drama art form derived from the origins of both districts. Ananteshwara temple has mystical significance where Kanakana Kindi (a window) is sited, from which Lord Krishna is believed to appear to his devotee, Kanakdasa. Balakrishna Temple is famous for its Krishna image believed to be architected by Viswakarma. Thereafter, continuing our journey to Chitradurga, we shall also get to see the Sringeri Temple on the way.
Day 9: Chitradurga to Hospet
After resting the night at Chitradurga, the morning will commence with a visit to Chitradurga fort, a fortification set on top of several hills overlooking the picturesque landscapes of the flat valley. Following this, our next spot will be Ashoka Siddapura, an excavated archaeological site, which led to the discovery of Emperor Asoka’s edicts. Chitradurga is also known for Ramagiri, a hillock that is associated with the mythical stories of Ramayana; Ramagiri Temple of Rameshwara rewind 800 years is set here. One more archaeological site, Chandravalli where coins and potteries from the Shatavahan Empire were excavated and preserved, is located in Ramagiri. As dusk befalls, drive to Hospet and rest for the night at the hotel.
Day 10: Hampi and back to Hospet
Early morning ride to Hampi’s Sunrise point at Matanga Hill; a view worth to be witnessed if you are here for a trip! Return for sumptuous breakfast and get ready for gauging an experience in Hampi. Hampi was the Vijaynagar Empire’s capital city and as folkloric as Rome was. The ruins of Hampi are bordered by the Thungabadra River in the north and Rocky granite ridges on other 3 sides. Hampi’s epic ruins include elephant stables, Lotus Mahal, Hazara Rama temple, Queen’s Bath etc. You need elaborated time to observe the historic past of Vijaynagara Empire which shares wisdom, century old folklore and glory of the kingdom. Hampi Bazaar sells sovereigns and artefacts related to the ancients of the Hampi. Return back to Hospet and stay overnight at the Hotel.
Day 11: Hospet – Aihole – Pattadakal – Badami
We drive to Badami via Aihole and Pattadakal, places known for their ingenious temples and architecture. Aihole is a cradle of 70 temples each boasting stunning Dravidian stone architecture. Temples like Lad Khan’s roots goes back to the 5thcentury. The notable Metugi Temple is constructed with 630 tiny rocks and the Durga Temple shines with legendary sculptures.Pattadakal, also referred as Petrigal,was glorified during the Chalukya dynasty between the 7 – 9th centuries. The oldest temple is the Sangameshwar built by the Chalukya King. We continue our journey towards Badami and upon reaching lodge at the hotel for the night.
Day 12: Badami
Badami can be embraced only when in person. It is the combination of gigantic forts, illuminating caves, gateways, inscriptions and sculptures that speak the language of the ancient kingdom. There are 4 caves made of fine sand stones; 3 of which depicts the Vedic beliefs and the 4thone is actually a Jain temple. One of the cave temples portrays the enigmatic avatar of Lord Shiva, Nataraj with 81 dance poses drawn on the walls. There’s a Temple of Lord Vishnu as well, which also illustrates Vishnu’s many avatars like Narasimha, Hari Hara etc. That’s the end of day 12.
Day 13: Badami – Gorkana
It is a 7 hrs drive to Gorkana covering 300 km. upon arrival, at dusk, the rest of the evening will be free of sight visiting. Enjoy your leisure time with good food and sound sleep.
Day 14: Gorkana
Gorkana day commences with a visit to its centuries old stately Mahabaleshwar Temple trailed by Mursheswar and Shejjeshwar temples. Otherwise, Gorkana is the beginning of some fun as you will get to appreciate many beautiful white sand beaches like the Kudle, Om, Paradise and Half Moon. Among these, Kudle is the most famous, with its occasional palm trees strewn on the beach, which stretches for a km, makes it an ideal place to unwind. Gorkana beaches are good for snorkelling, sun bathing and swimming.
Day 15: Gorkana – Goa
The final drive to Goa will embark the other side of the trip setting in a typical holiday mood. You will be escorted to a beautiful beach resort facing the sea. Rest of the day is at your disposal. You can either go shopping at the local market, or just stroll down the beaches. Goa is known for its beaches and adventure water sports like parasailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, water skiing etc.
Day 16: Goa
Goa’s first destination would be old Goa, 10 Kms from Panjim where we will get to see one of the famous churches, Basilica of Bom Jesus, which now is a World Heritage. The 16th century Church is also a shrine of St. Francis Xavier. Other Churches we would be visiting are St. Cathedral and Fort Aguada, Church Lady Rosary and Nunnery of St. Monica. The evening,again, is a free time for personal exploration and entertainment.
Day 17: Goa – back to destination
Day 17 will be devoted to beach activities that Goa is known for; water games, sumptuous Goan cuisine, sun bathing and lot of other energetic activities. Goa itself is a separate world bordering the western coastline and facing the Arabian Sea and it is definitely a hard time to bid adieu to this place. However, later in the day, we drive to the airport and conclude the beautiful journey we had set together.