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Day 01 Arrive Bangalore
Arrive Bangalore. On arrival you will be received by our representative for transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 Bangalore
Morning sightseeing tour of Bangalore - city with its centuries old trees, sub tropical herbs and well laid out gardens. Visit the beautiful botanical gardens of ‘Lal Bagh’, the ‘Nandi Bull Temple’, the impressive building of the ‘Vidhana Souda’ (Secretariat). Continue onwards to the ‘Palace of Tipu Sultan’. It was started by Hyder Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan. One of the three summer palaces built by the two Mysore rulers, it is made entirely of wood, except for the internal pillar supports. Within are gloriously painted walls, ceilings, and balconies in red, black and gold. Bangalore has rapidly become an important industrial center and, has been nicknamed the 'Silicon Valley' of India. Late evening visit to the ‘Nrityagram Dance Village’. Designed by a French architect a school and performance center for various forms of Indian Classical Dance, the village won an award for its design. The tour includes some absolutely beautiful displays of classical dance and a vegetarian lunch made from produce grown in the village.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 Bangalore - Mysore
Morning drive to Mysore (140 kms) enroute visiting Sriringapatnam and Sravanbelgola. Sriringapatnam from this small Island fortress - town straddling the river Cauvery came the two brilliant Muslim leaders Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, who rulled a powerful empire comprising much of Southern India for 40 years. Tipu Sultan “The Tiger of Mysore” became the most dreaded foe of the British in the south, and inflicted two punishing defeats on the forces of East India Company before at last being overcome in 1799. Tipu was killed and his town razed, but his elegant Summer Palace, or Daria Daulat Bagh remains intact; the British kept it for their own use. Later Duke of Wellington, lived here for a spell while serving as governor of Mysore. Sravanbelgola famous for its colossal statue of the Jain Saint Gomateshwara. 614 steps lead to his monolithic statue 18 meters tall and standing atop the hill of Indragiri. Every 12 years Jains from all over India gather here for the spectacular bathing festival of the statue.
Continue drive to Mysore. On arrival check-in at the hotel. In the late afternoon visit the Mysore Palace. Built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, it is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Intricately carved doors open onto luxuriously furnished rooms. The majestic Durbar Hall has an ornate ceiling and many sculpted pillars. The Marriage Pavilion is adorned with glazed tiled flooring, stained glass and domed ceilings. The walled palace complex houses the Residential Museum, temples and shrines, including the Shwetha Varahswamy Temple. The magnificently jewel-studded golden throne, the pride of the ruling Wodeyar family, is displayed here during the Dussehra festival. The palace, illuminated on Sundays and public holidays, presents a spectacle of breathtaking beauty. (Once a week on every Sunday the palace is lit up in the evening)
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 Mysore
Morning visit the beautiful city of Mysore, that is known for its fine craftsmenship in wood, ivory, sandal-wood and for its silk. Visit the Maharaja's Palace, which is lavishly decorated in a mixture of styles. Also visit the Zoological Garden, Mysore Arts & Crafts centre and then proceed to the Chamundi Temple on a hill above the city.
Afternoon visit SOMNATHPUR CHENNAKESAVA TEMPLE: Situated in the unobtrusive village of Somnathpur, the exquisitely carved, star-shaped temple with triple towers is a perfect example of Hoysala architecture. The friezes on its outer walls are noted for their intricately carved rows of caparisoned elephants, charging horsemen, birds and beasts of mythology. Equally entrancing are the beautifully sculpted images of gods and goddesses and scenes from Hindu epics along with the ornate ceilings in the pillared hall. The Temple is located 35 kms from Mysore.
Overnight at the hotel
Day 05 Mysore – Chikmagalur
Morning, drive to Chikmangalur (125 kms) enroute visiting Halebid and Belur. Later drive through lush tropical landscapes to Halebid and Belur - Built in the 12th and 13th century in the superb baroque style, these temples are carved of stone and are truly magnificent. As one architect and critic said "These friezes carved with a minute elaboration of detail are one of the most marvelous exhibitions of human labor to be found even in the patient East". The temple at Belur is famed for its profusely ornamented exterior, and the one at Halebid for its sculptured figures and open-air museum. Also visit the colossal monolithic Jain statue, 57-ft high, which stands on top of a steep bare hill. Continue drive to Chikmangalur and check in at hotel Nestled in the Baba Budan hills, Chikmagalur is a calm, serene town full of scenic surprises hills, valleys, streams and snow-white coffee blossoms. Situated 251 kms from Bangalore, Chikmagalur is a trekker's delight, with its rugged mountain trails. The district takes its name from the headquarter town of Chikmanglur which literally means youngest daughter's town. The chikmagalur district is full of scenic surprise hills, valleys, streams and snow-white coffee blossoms. Overnight at hotel Day 06 Chikmagalur – Hospet After breakfast drive to Hospet (330 kms) enroute visiting Hampi. Hampi - A world heritage centre, Hampi is the most beautiful and evocative of all the ruins in Karnataka. The erstwhile capital of Vijayanagara kingdom, Hampi is full of delightful surprises. Like the King's balance where kings were weighed against grain, gold or money which was then distributed to the poor. The Queen's bath with its arched corridors, projecting balconies and the lotus-shaped fountains that once sprayed perfumed water, the two storied Lotus Mahal with recessed archways, the huge Elephant stables. The splendid Vithala temple with its musical pillars and the stone chariot, the Virupaksha temple - still used for worship, Ugra Narasimha the 6.7m tall monolith. The Pushkarini Tank and the Mahanavami Dibba and many other interesting sites that are still being excavated. Upon arrival-check-in at hotel
Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 Hospet – Badami
After breakfast drive to Badami (310 kms) enroute visiting Aihole,
Aihole - famous as the cradle of Indian temple architecture - has over 125 temples, all intricately carved and rich in detail. The oldest temple here, is perhaps the 5th century Lad Khan. The Durgigudi is particularly interesting and unique, being circular in shape and surmounted by primitive gopuram. The Hutchmall temple, the Ravalpadi cave temple, the Konti temple complex, the Uma Maheshwari temple, the Jai Meguthi temple and the two-storeyed Buddhist temple are the other attractions at Aihole.
Day 08 Badami
Pattadakal has 10 major temples representing early Chaalukyan architecture. It lies on the banks of the river Malaprabha and used to be the place where the Chalukyan Kings (7 to 9 century) were crowned. The oldest temple in this group is the Sanghmeshwara. The Mallikarjuna temple has pillars depicting the birth and life of Krishna. The largest of the temples, the Virupaksha has sculptures and panels depicting scenes from the epics, the Ramayana and Mahabhararta. The Papanath temple in the northern style has impressive carvings on pillars and on the ceiling.
Badami once the former second capital of the Chalukya dynasty. Here the cave temples are hewn out of solid rock, in a magical setting of hills above a lovely reservoir.
Day 07 Badami - Hubballi
Continue drive to Hubli for an overnight. Badami once the former second capital of the Chalukya dynasty. Here the cave temples are hewn out of solid rock, in a magical setting of hills above a lovely reservoir.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 Hubballi - Goa
Morning drive to Goa On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Goa's 450 years under Portuguese domination produced a unique, syncretic blend of East and West. The stretches of silver sand wetted by a rush of blue waters, the sky mirroring the sea below, the strumming of guitars from distant taverns, white churches resting against green paddy fields and coconut groves, long nights spent over brewed feni, longer days of sun, sand and sea. Afternoon at leisure for your own activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 Goa – Mumbai
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai
Upon arrival – the guests will be met and transferred to the international airport for flight back home.
Duration : 11 Days / 10 Nights
Route : Bangalore – Mysore – Chikmagalur – Hospet – Badami – Goa
Theme(s) : Heritage and Historical Tours, Cultural Tours
Destination(s) : Goa, Karnataka
Zone(s) : West India Tours, Central India Tours
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