Start in Bangalore and end in Goa! With the in-depth cultural tour Karnataka Tour with Goa, you have a 10 day tour package taking you through Bangalore, India and 4 other destinations in India. Karnataka Tour with Goa includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
In and around BangaloreArrive in Bangalore. Met upon arrival and transferred to hotel close to the airport. (Rooms will be available from 1400 Hrs).
In and around MysoreAfter breakfast visit Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, drive past Vidhan Sabha and if time permits also visit ISKON Temple. Later drive to Mysore, en-route visiting Srirangapatnam. Visit Srirangapatanam. The Daria Daulat Palace, the Palace of Tippu Sultan in Srirangapatnam is a beautiful Palace built mainly of teakwood. The walls of the Palace are covered with colorful frescoes that represent the reign of Tippu Sultan and the different battles that he fought. Tippu built the Masji-e-Ala or the Juma Majid at Srirangapatna as well. This mosque has tall lofty minarets that dominate the skyline of Srirangapatna. Continue drive to Mysore. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
The city of royal palaces, sandalwood and incense, Mysore has a pleasant climate, some beautiful parks and wide, shady avenues. The former capital of the princely state, Karnatakas second largest city has the hustle and bustle characteristic of larger Indian towns yet this is an enchanting place to admire and buy some of Indias richest silks and soak up the atmosphere and old-fashioned charm that has endured over the years. Mysore is dominated by the spectacular Maharajas Palace around which the boulevards of the city radiate and a visit to the fascinating markets of the area is definitely worthwhile. After breakfast, hike for one hour to Chamunda Devi hill for a panoramic view of this palace city. (You can drive up if you choose to). ?On the way stop at some of the biggest Nandi bull statues of India. ? Later visit Maharaja Palace built in 1857 in Indo-Saracenic style. After lunch the exquisitely carved temple at Somnathpur. It is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. The temple was built by Soma, a Dandanayaka in 1268 C.E. under Hoysala king Narasimha III, when the Hoysala Empire was the major power in South India. In the evening visit the ancient Rangaraja market. ?This market was built by Tipu Sultan to encourage the local traders.
In and around HassanAfter breakfast drive to Hassan, en-route visit Sravanabelagola is a famous pilgrimage centre for Jains. The 1,800 years old 17m high statue of Lord Gomateswara, a Jain Saint, atop the Indragiri Hills is said to be one of the tallest and loveliest monolithic statues of the world. It symbolizes renunciation of worldly possessions. Once in every twelve years, Mahamastakabisheka or sacred anointment ceremony is held when thousands of devotees flock to the place. Chandragiri Hill boasts of 14 shrines and tomb of Chandragupta Maurya. The 10th century Chamundaraya basti is the most remarkable temple while Bhandari Basti has the Gommateshvara Statue featuring 24 images of Tirthankaras. After the above visit, proceed towards Hassan and check in at the resort.
After breakfast, excursion visit to Halebid and Belur to see the marvelous architecture. Halebid, formerly known as Dwarasamudra, the ancient capital of the Hoysala Empire. The highlights of the city are the 12th century Hoysaleswara temple with friezes and sculptures depicting scenes from Hindu mythology and the Archaeological Museum displaying 12th-13th century sculptures, woodcarvings, idols, coins and inscriptions. Belur: Belur was the erstwhile capital of Hoysala rulers 800 years ago and has beautiful temples and monuments built in ancient Hoysala architectural and sculptural style. Chennakesava temple of the 2nd century is an architectural wonder built on a star-shaped platform featuring bracket figures, intricate carvings on the stonewalls, the gravity pillar in the courtyard, exquisite panels and richly carved pillars, which are the masterpieces of craftsmanship. Another temple that is worth seeing here is Veeranarayana Temple with fine sculpted figures of various Hindu gods. After the above visit, drive back to Hassan for overnight stay.
After breakfast drive to Hampi. On the way, stop at Chitradurga Fort. The fort?s name Chitrakaldurga, which means ?picturesque fort? is the namesake of the town. The Fort was built in stages between the 10th and 18th centuries by the dynastic rulers of the region. The fort is built in a series of seven concentric fortification walls with various passages, a citadel, Masjid, warehouses for grains and oil, water reservoirs and ancient temples. There are 18 Temples in the upper fort and one huge temple in the lower fort. Among these temples the oldest and most interesting is the Hidimbeshwara temple. The masjid was an addition during Hyder Ali?s rule. The fort?s many interconnecting tanks were used to harvest rain water. And the fort was said to never suffer from a water shortage Later proceed towards Hampi. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. Hampi is one of the most fascinating historical sites in South India. Set in a strange and beautiful boulder strewn landscape, the remnants of the great city have an almost magical quality and the sheer size of the site is awesome. A world heritage site, Hampi has many sites to see ? temples, bazaars and other ruins which will keep you captivated for hours.
Vijayanagar, near the village of Hampi, is one of the most fascinating historical sites in South India. ?Set in a strange and beautiful boulder strewn landscape, the remnants of the great city have an almost magical quality and the sheer size of the site is awesome. A world heritage site, Hampi has many sites to see ? temples, bazaars and other ruins which will keep you captivated for hours. After breakfast visit the below places: Vithala Temple: Located on the southern banks of the Tungabhadra River, the Vithala temple is imposing structure amidst the ruins. The large Ranga Mantapa of the temple has 56 musical pillars that resound with musical notes when struck. In the temple courtyard stands a magnificent stone chariot, so perfectly proportioned that the stone wheels actually rotate. Kings Balance: Kings balance is a unique spot among the tours to Hampi. The Kings Balance consists of two lofty carved granite pillars about 15 feet high supporting a stone beam about 12 feet, provided with three hoops on the underside. Also known as Tula Bhara or Tula Purushadana, the balance was used to weigh the kings of Vijayanagara on certain occasions like solar or lunar eclipse, New years day and coronation day against precious diamonds, gems, gold, silver, etc. and distribute them to the Brahmins.? Lotus Mahal: A synthesis of the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. High on aesthetics, this elegant structure has two levels, with open pavilions at the bottom and balconies above. Lotus Mahal derives its name from its beautiful, geometrically arranged cusped arches that resemble the petals of a flower opening to the sun.
After breakfast drive to Hubli airport to board the flight for Goa.? HBX/GOI ???????6E 7997 ??????????ETD/ETA ???1745/1830 Hrs On arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in.
Full day free to relax.
On time, transfer to the Mumbai International airport to board the flight for onward journey.