Classical Karnataka with Goa

Suggested Classical Karnataka with Goa Package

Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days

Places Covered:

Bangalore – Mysore – Hassan – Hospet – Badami – Goa

Day 01: Arrive Bangalore

Arrive Bangalore, assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Bangalore – Mysore

Morning sightseeing in Bangalore.
Bangalore City has a number of tourist places. Apart from the numerous gardens, it also has some historical sites and other places of interest. The Vidhan Soudha or the State Secretariat, built in 1954, is the main attraction of this city. It is a marvel of modern architecture and is a fine amalgamation of traditional Dravidian and modern styles.
Afternoon drive to Mysore.
Overnight in Mysore.

Day 03: Mysore ( excursion to Somnathpur)

After breakfast enjoy excursion to Somnathpur: Situated in the unobtrusive village of Somnathpur, 35 km from Mysore, the exquisitely carved, star-shaped temple with triple towers is a perfect example of Hoysala architecture. The friezes on its outer walls with their intricately carved rows of caparisoned elephants, charging horsemen, birds and beasts of mythology, will leave you spellbound.
After visit return drive back to Mysore. Later visit Mysore Palace. . The Mysore Palace, built in Indo - Saracenic style is one of the largest and most brilliant palaces in India. It's a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors, gilt and colours. There are beautiful carved wooden doors, mosaic floors, as well as exquisite paintings.
Afternoon visit Chamundi Hill. Halfway up the Chamundi Hill is the Nandi Bull, a 4.8 m monolith statue. It was carved out of solid rock and is one of the largest in India. Hordes of pilgrims come here throughout the year. Right on top, is the 2000-year-old Chamundeswari Temple. The temple provides atypical festive atmosphere without overwhelming religious overtures.
Also visit Srirangapatnam. Srigangapatnam which lies within the portals of the Dariya Daulat. (Splendour of sea) once his summer place and later appropriated by Arthur Wellesley. Constructed mainly in wood, the structure rests on a vast plinth. The walls and ceilings are elaborately painted. The murals on the outer walls depict scenes from Tipu's wars while the interior walls are ornately painted with abstract designs and floral motifs.
Overnight in Mysore.

Day 04: Mysore – Hassan

Following breakfast drive to Hassan, en route visit Sravanabelagola. After visit continue drive to Hassan, on arrival check-in at hotel.
Afternoon excursion to Halebidu and Belur temples.
Halebidu: Construction of the Hoyasleswara Temple at Halebid began around 1121. Despite more that 80 years of labour, it was never completed. Neverthless, it is easily the most outstanding example of Hoysala art. Every centimetre of the outside walls and much of the interior is covered with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylised animals and birds, and frienzes depicting the life of the Hoysala rules.
Belur: The Channekeshava Temple at Belur is the only one at the three major Hoysala sites still in use. Begun in 1116 to commemorate the Hoysala's victory over the Cholas at Talakad, it was worked on for over a century. Its exterior is not, in the lower friezes, as extensively sculptured as the other Hoysala temples, but the work higher up on the walls is unsurpassed in details and artistry.
Overnight at Hassan.

Day 05: Hassan - Hospet

Morning drive to Hospet, on arrival check-in at hotel. Afternoon free.
Overnight at Hospet.

Day 06: Hospet ( Excursion to Hampi )

Following breakfast enjoy a day excursion to World Heritage Monument Hampi.
Hampi - a UNESCO world heritage site - is the most beautiful and evocative of all the ruins in Karnataka. The Tungabhadra river flows through Hampi, on the banks of which, it is said, the Goddess Hampi (Parvati) attained Lord Shiva. The erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagar kingdom, Hampi is full of delightful surprises. In the 13th century, the markets here overflowed with luxuriant silks, brilliant diamonds, rubies and emeralds. The King's Balance, where kings were weighed against grain, gold or money, which was subsequently distributed to the poor, the Queen's Bath, open to the sky, surrounded by a moat, with its arched corridors, projecting balconies and lotus-shaped fountains, that once spouted perfumed water, and the fascinating two storeyed Lotus Mahal, adorned with recessed archways, are some of the major attractions of Hampi.
Overnight at Hospet.

Day 07: Hospet – Badami

Morning drive to Badami, en route visit Aihole and Pattadakkal.
Aihole: The temple of durga and close to this is the semi circular apse, Chamnundi Devi trampling the buffalo demon Narasimha and aspects of Shiva abound here. There are 50 temples within the fort walls and 50 outside-instances of Hoysala, Buddhist, Jain, Dravida, Nagara and Rekhanagara styles. There is the Lad Khan temple to see where previously was the assembly hall and marriage hall and was chosen as the abode of a Muslim prince, Lad Khan.
Pattadakkal: Delicately chiselled, rich in detail, the Papanatha, Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna temples are examples of the Chalukyan sculptural art. The brick pillared mandapa (3-4 century) in front of the Sangameswara Temple. The latest (9 century AD) is a Jain Temple from the Rashtrakuta period. A 2.6 m high Nandi in deep green stone, covered in a red floral cape, sits in front of the Virupaksha. This temple is still used for worship.
After visit continue drive to Badami, on arrival check-in at hotel.
Overnight at Badami.

Day 08: Badami

Following breakfast visit Badami: The rich past of Badami is closely linked with the ancient Kingdom of Chalukyas. It was founded in the 6th century ad by Pulekeshin I, the great Chalukya ruler, and was the capital city of the Chalukyas from A.D. 540 until A.D. 757. A number of temples and monuments belonging to the Chalukya period can be found in and around Badami.
Overnight at Badami.

Day 09: Badami - Goa

Following breakfast drive to Goa, arrive Goa and check-in at hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure on beach.
Overnight at Goa.

Day 10: Goa

Breakfast at hotel. Morning sightseeing tour of Old Goa.
Panaji: is the capital of Goa. Church of St Francis is perhaps one of the most magnificent buildings in Old Goa. It contains glided and carved woodwork and old murals depicting scenes from the life of St. Francis. The convent at all the back of the Church has been converted into an archaeological museum. The domeless Jama Masjid lies near the square. The Hindu Mahalxmi Temple, which is now hidden behind a new building, is by the Bocade Vaca (cow's mouth) spring, further up Dr Dada Vaidya Rd on which all these places are situated.
Overnight at Goa.

Day 11: Goa Departure

Morning free at leisure. Afternoon transfer to airport for your onward flight with sweet memories...

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