Start in Bangalore and end in Goa! With the in-depth cultural tour Highlights of Karnataka combined with Goa, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through Bangalore, India and 5 other destinations in India. Highlights of Karnataka combined with Goa includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
DAY 01: ARRIVE BANGALOREIn and around BangaloreUpon arrival at Bangalore airport, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel in Bangalore. Rest of the day at leisure.? BANGALORE: Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is a city that was ruled by Western Ganga, Cholas and Hoysalas until in 1537 CE, Kempe Gowda (a ruler of the Vijayanagar empire) established a mud fort here. Now, this city is the IT Capital of India and the 2nd fastest-growing metropolitan in India. Overnight stay at hotel in Bangalore.
DAY 02: BANGALORE SIGHTSEEINGAfter breakfast, your Bangalore sightseeing tour begins with visit to Tipu Sultans Summer Palace. It was the summer residence of Tipu Sultan - a powerful king who ruled Mysore from 1782 to 1799. This two-storied palace is ornated with beautiful floral-pattern pillars supported by wooden beams and the walls are adorned with floral motifs. Next, visit the Bangalore Palace built in 1887 featuring beautiful wooden interiors and Tudor and Scottish Gothic style of architecture. It is said that this palace is inspired from the Windsor Castle of England. Drive past Vidhan Soudha - seat of the State Legislature of Bangalore. This imposing edifice built in 1956 showcases Neo-Dravadian style of architecture and is one of the largest legislative buildings in India. Spend some time clicking photographs here. Later, visit the Government Museum that is divided into 18 galleries - each displaying a wide collection of inscriptions, paintings, ornaments, beautiful stones, coins and much more. Overnight stay at hotel in Bangalore.
DAY 03: BANGALORE-MYSORE (135 Kms/Approx. 3-4 Hrs)In and around MysoreAfter breakfast, drive to Mysore. On reaching, check-in at the hotel. MYSORE:Mysore is a city noted for its royal heritage, especially the Mysore Palace. It is known as the cultural capital of Karnataka. This city is noted for its spectacular palaces and mansions representing the opulence of Wadiyar Dynasty (that ruled Mysore for more than 500 years).Proceed with Mysore sightseeing tour with first visit to Mysore Palace - former ?residence of the royal Mysore family. The palace displays Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and comprises of Durbar (meeting) halls, beautiful courtyards, perfecly-manicured gardens and magnificent buildings. Visit the Jaganmohan Palace, close to the Mysore Palace. It was an alternate retreat for the royal family built during 1861 when the whole Mysore Palace caught fire. The Art Gallery is another feature of this Palace that displays weaponry, musical instruments, a French music calendar and is said to have more than 2,000 paintings. Drive to St. Philomenas Church - the tallest Church in Mysore. Built in 1843, this church dedicated to Saint Philomena stands tall at a height of 175 ft and can accommodate upto 800 people at one time. In the evening, visit the Brindavan Gardens located across the river Cauvery for a Musical Light show.Overnight stay at hotel in Mysore.
DAY 04: MYSORE - HASSAN [115 Kms/Approx. 3 Hrs]In and around HassanAfter breakfast, drive to Hassan. HASSAN:Hassan is a district in Karnataka that derived its name from the presiding deity of the town - Goddess "Haasanamba" meaning Smiling mother. This city was founded by Channa Krishnappa Naik (a chieftain) in the 11th century. It boasts a veritable treasure-house of Hoysala architecture and a wide array of specimens. The traditional Kannada culture, literature and unique style of this town will keep you amazed.Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and later, proceed with Hassan sightseeing tour with first visit to the Channekeshava Temple. The Chennakeshava Temple is a complex of 12th century temples, which are UNESCO-listed sites. These temples display the spectacular artistry of the Dravadians (possible residents of the lost Indus Valley civilization). In 2017, this temple constructed by Vishnuvardhana (Hoysala dynasty) turned 900 year old. The pillars of the temple features the intricate carvings and finishing of sculptures and art works. Next, visit the Hoysaleswara Temple built in the 12th century during the rule of Vishnuvardhana. This temple built on a star-shaped pedestal, is made of soapstone. It has the idols of Hoysaleswara (named after Vishnuvardhana) and Shantaleswara (named after Shantala Devi, queen of King Vishnuvardhana). Hassan sightseeing tour ends with visit to Shravanbelgola. It is a popular Jain pilgrimage site that features a magnificent statue of Lord Bahubali. Overnight stay at hotel in Hassan.
DAY 05: HASSAN - HOSPET [315 Kms/Approx. 7 Hrs]In and around HospetAfter breakfast, drive to Hospet. HOSPET: Hospet is a city established in 1520 AD located on the Tungabhadra River. It is home to the glorious Hampi temples that display ruins of the Vijayanagra city.On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Hospet.
DAY 06: HOSPET SIGHTSEEING After breakfast, proceed with Hospet sightseeing tour with first visit to the Tungabhadra Dam. TungaBhadra Dam is a multipurpose dam built for the purpose of irrigation, producing electricity and controlling floods etc. This dam was designed by an architect from Madras - Dr Thirumala Iyengar. It is said to be the biggest water reservoir on the Tungabhadra River. Next, visit Hampi - a historic town renowned for its impressive set of temples built during the reign of Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th-century. Here you will see temples with brilliant architecture and a magnificent history, making it a must-visit spot for history lovers and architecture buffs. This city is an open-air museum of temples. The major attraction here is the Vitthala Temple wherein the pillars of the temple produce sounds resembling to that of musical instruments when tapped. Also, the Lotus Mahal - a lotus-shaped palace - is another attraction here. Walk through the Hampi Bazaar that was a thriving marketplace of high-class merchants during the Vijaynagara empire rule. Here, you will find traditional shops selling ornaments, antiques and handcrafts. Next, visit the Queens Bath - built as a private bathing chamber of the King and his queens during the Vijayanagra rule. It is a monument designed with elaborate Indo-Islamic architecture. Later, visit the Kings Balance. It is a lofty frame that was used in the 15th century to balance the Kings weight with precious stones, gems and gold that were later offered to the temple priests. Overnight stay at hotel in Hospet.
DAY 07: HOSPET - BADAMI [140 Kms/Approx. 3-4 Hrs]In and around BadamiAfter breakfast, drive to Badami. BADAMI: Badami is a city nestled in the Bagalkot district of Rajasthan. It is renowned for its rock-cut cave temples carved out of red sandstone surrounded by the Agastya Lake. The Cave temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Jain Tirthankars are the prime attractions here. The architecture of Badami displays the artistic brilliance of Dravidian and Indo-Aryan Nagara architectural styles.On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Head for Badami sightseeing tour with first visit to the man-made Badami Cave Temples dating back to 6th century. There are 4 Badami capital temples here displaying sculptures and prominent carvings of Hindu divinities. The largest Cave temple is the one dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Next, visit the Badami Fort said to be built in 543 AD by Pulakeshi (a King of the Chalukyan dynasty). A series of steep steps leads you the structure of the fort as it perched on a clifftop. The architecture of this fort signifies the opulence of the Chalukyan rulers. Visit the Badami Museum- an open-air museum established in 1979. It comprises of four individual galleries displaying exhibits belonging to the 6th century. Later, visit the Banashankari Temple dating back to 7th century. Devotees visit this temple to offer worship to Banashankari Devi (a form of Goddess Parvati). Overnight stay at hotel in Badami.
DAY 08: BADAMI - HUBLI (110 Kms/Approx. 3 Hrs)After breakfast, drive to Hubli. HUBLI:Hubli is the 2nd largest city of Karnataka. Also called Hubbali, it is a massive producer of cotton and peanuts. This city is ingrained with various heritage sites that are a must-visit for every art and history lover.On arrival, check-in at the hotel and head for Hubli sightseeing tour. Visit the ISKCON Temple located in Rayapur, Hubli, formed by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). It is a revered tourist spot that offers a spiritually-uplifting experience. Next, visit the Siddharoodha Math. A holy shrine dedicated to Swami Siddharoodha who visited Hubli in 1877. It is also a centre for the propagation of Advaita philosophy (that teaches thatsoul is not different from God). Later, visit the Chandramouleshwar Temple - a beautifully-carved temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed to be 900-years old and is adorned with artistic sculptures and carvings that attract huge number of art lovers every year. End your Hubli sighseeing tour enjoying the mesmerizing sunset view at the Unakal Lake. Overnight stay at hotel in Hubli.
DAY 09: HUBLI - GOA (170 KMS/APPROX. 4 HRS)After breakfast, drive to Goa. GOA:Goa is a much-loved tourist destination located on the banks of Arabian Sea. It is a tropical beauty that attracts a huge number of tourists from around the world. The vibrant beaches, rocking nightlife, beautiful churches, authentic seafood, beach-side forts and the bustling bazaars in Goa is something that is definitely worth exploring!On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Goa.
DAY 10: GOA SIGHTSEEING After breakfast, your Goa sightseeing tour begins with visit to the ?Basilica of Bom Jesus dedicated to "Bom Jesus" meaning infant Jesus. This is about 400-years old UNESCO site that stands unique from other churches with its un-plastered exterior. Built in the year 1594, it is one of the magnificent examples of Baroque architecture. Next, visit the Se Cathedral Church dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. It is a beautiful edifice graced with superb Iberian faades, intricate mosaic work and carvings. It is renowned for its biggest Church Bell in Goa. Close to Se Cathedral is the Museum of Christian Art that carries a good collection of priest robes, archaics, wine cups (chalices), gorgeous paintings and statues. Later, head to the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conceptionthat has the 2nd largest church bell in Goa after Se Cathedral. This church, built in 1541, is dedicated to Mary Immaculate. Visit the Aguada Fort.Here you can witness the confluence of the Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea. This 17th century Portuguese-styled fort is named after a fresh water spring that supplied water to the Aguada Fort - wherein Agua is a Portuguese word that means water and Aguada means where the water gets collected. Over the years, it lures its visitors with scenic landscapes, spectacular sea views and awe-inspiring historic tales. Spend time clicking photographs here. Drive past Sinquerim Beach, Candolim Beach and Calangute Beach. Visit the Church of Mae de Deus in Saligao, Goa. This pristine white-painted Church built in 1873 is one of the finest examples of Neo-Gothic style of architecture. It is a stunningly distinctive church dedicated to Nossa Senhora Mai de deus (Mother of God). Drive past Baga beach and Anjuna beach. Visit the Vagator Beach and close to the Vagator Beach is the 17th century Chapora Fort overlooking the Chapora River. It is known for its mesmerizing sunset views in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Goa.
DAY 11: GOADay free at leisure or you can visit the bazaars of Goa like the Anjuna Flea Market, Mapusa Market that offer eclectic goods. Overnight stay at hotel in Goa.
DAY 12: GOA - DEPARTURETransfer to Goa Airport to board flight for your onward destination.