Hyderabad to Cochin | 15 Days

Hyderabad – Bidar – Gulbarga – Bijapur – Badami – Pattadakal – Aihole – Hampi - Hassan – Mysore - Kannur - Palakkad – Kalamandalam – Cochin
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Tour Overview

Hyderabad, the magnificent capital of the Nizams, opens the way to this fabulous and unexpected journey of discovery: the Indo-Muslim splendour of Andhra Pradesh, the radiant architecture of the temples and the Hindu palaces of Karnataka.

Masked ritual dances from Theyyam to Kannur, shimmering processions of elephants carved in Trissur or Pallakad mark the departures from November 2017 to March 2018. Between day 11 and 13, the circuit is slightly modified to make you participate in these colorful festivities in the best conditions.

Tour Highlights

  • Traditional Indian Welcome
  • Visit to Deccan Hyderabad
  • Visit to Bidar Fort &Jharani Narasimha Cave Temple
  • Visit to old town of Badami, with old houses and wooden carved doors
  • Visit to UNSCO Pattadakal – a world heritage center,
  • Explore the Aihole where the Hindu temples architecture
  • Explore the spectacular Vijaynagar ruins
  • Visit the Hospet’s Virupaksha temple
  • Visit the Vithala temple complex
  • Explore Belur and Halebid
  • Visit the Hoysala Dynasty, and Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebid
  • Visit at Sravanabelagola, a high place of Jainism
  • Visit Srirangapatnam the capital of Tipu Sultan
  • Explore village of Somnathpur masterpiece of Indian medieval art
  • Visit to Kannur the nature beauty
  • Watch the Kathakali dance performance
  • Enjoy the visit of Cochin the Dutch Architecture

Day 01 Hyderabad

Arrive Hyderabad International airport meet & greet by our representative and transfer to hotel for Overnight stay

Day 02 Hyderabad

After breakfast visit the legendary city of the Nizams and their fabulous riches: the bazaar with the Char Minar, majestic arc de triomphe; the Mecca MasjidMosque, one of the largest in the world, capable of accommodating 10,000 faithful; the modern Hindu temple of Birla Mandir. Not far away, Golconde, one of the most amazing fortresses in India. Discover DarwazaFath, the Victory Gate, mausoleums, houses and palaces. Overnight stay

Day 03 Hyderabad – Bidar Gulbarga 212 kms / 4 hrs

After breakfast drive to Departure for Gulbarga en route visit to Bidar. This old city rarely appears on the classic tourist circuits. It still contains ruins and monuments dating back to the time when it was the capital of the Bahmani kingdom. Visit the Bidar Fort is an exemplary symbol of the Bahmani Dynasty built by Sultan Alla-Ud-Din Bahman. Constructed in Persian architectural style, the fort complex houses an old city comprising of plethora of monuments including Rangin Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Takhat Mahal etc. Also visit Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple -A famous cave temple popularly referred to as Jharani Narasimha Cave Temple is dedicated to self-manifested deity of Narasimha Dev. To worship the deity of the temple, devotees have to pass through the cave which comprise of a continuously flowing stream of water.The town is known for the handicrafts of the bidri, alloy inlaid with silver threads.Our drive continued to Gulbarga. Overnight stay

Day 04 Gulbarga – Bijapur 166 kms/3.30 hrs

Gulbarga is a unique synthesis of two cultures. Afternoon start your tour in Gulbarga with the Fort built by Raja Gulchand and later strengthened by Ala – ud – din Bahmani, the fort has 15 towers and 26 guns, one of them measuring 25 feet in length. Inside the fort is the Jama Masjid fashioned on the lines of the great mosque of royal tombs. Later our drive continued to Bijapur nicknamed the Agra of the South.

Day 05 Bijapur – Badami 132 kms

After breakfast departure for Badami, a small town built at the foot of a crest of red sandstone. It was the ancient capital of the Chaluya Empire, from the 4th to the 7th century. At its peak, the territory was so vast that it extended from Tamil Nadu to Karnataka, all around Badami; the three main centers alone had 150 temples. The town is known for its famous rock temples, cut in the red rock from which you will have a view of the Agastyatirtha basin, dating from the 5thCentury.Walk in the old town of Badami, with old houses and wooden carved doors and discover the temples of Bhutanatha, built opposite the basin. Overnight stay

Day 06 Badami - Pattadakal – Aihole – Hampi 5 hrs

After breakfast departure to Hampi En route visit to nearly Pattadakal – a world heritage center, it has 10 major temples representing early chaluyan architecture, where coronations took place and where most of the temples were built between the 7th and 9th centuries. The Virupaksha, Mallikarjuna and join Temples are quite marvelous to behold included is a visit to Aihole where the Hindu temples architecture can be seen in its embryonic stage –50 temples within the fort wall and 50 outside. Overnight stay in Hospet.

Day 07 Hospet /Hampi

After breakfast today explore the spectacular Vijaynagar ruins in the afternoon a visit to Hampi itself only 13 km away and one of the most fascinating historical sites in south India. The superb ruins are set in a strong and beautiful boulder-strewn landscape, which has an almost magical quality. One can still glimpse the splendor of Vijaynagar in its ruins where Hospet’s Virupaksha templerises majestically. The most splendid monuments of Hampi is, undoubtedly the Vithala temple complex memories of Hampi will stay with you always. Overnight stay

Day 08 Hospet -Belur – Halebid –Hassan

After breakfast drive to Hassan en route visit to Belur and Halebid. Belur - This quaint hamlets is 30 kms from Hassan-is located on the bank of the river Yagachi. It was once the capital of Hoysala Empire, Today unforgettable for its exquisite temples.  Halebid is 27 kms north-west of Hassan and 17 kms east of Belur. The temples of Halebid - like those of Belur - bear mute testimony to the rich, culture heritage of Karnataka, which dates back to 13th century during Hoysala Dynasty, and Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebid. Our drive continued to Hassan. Overnight say

Day 09 Hassan – Sravanabelagola – Srirangapatnam – Mysore

After breakfast drive to Mysore en route visit at Sravanabelagola, a high place of Jainism, where you admire the immense monolithic statue of the sage Jain Gomteshwara our drive continuation to the ruins of Srirangapatnam the capital of Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. Overnight stay in Mysore.

Day 10 Mysore

After breakfast stroll on the hill of Chamundi wearing a very popular temple dedicated to the tutelary deity of the city. Stop before the imposing Nandi, bull mount Shiva. Visit the extravagant palace of the Maharaja.
Afternoon an excursion to the village of Somnathpur, where the magnificent Hoysala temple of Sri Channakeshara built in the 13thcentury, a true masterpiece of Indian medieval art,Evening back in town and strolling through the flower and vegetable market. Overnight stay

Day 11 Mysore – Kannur 200 km/4 hrs

After breakfast drive to Kannur district is bounded by a wealth of natural beauty. The district itself, which shares much of this natural Splendour, has been a key contributor to the cultural, religious, political and industrial heritage of the State. In addition, Kannur also enjoys the credit of having been the cradle of many a colorful folk art and folk music of Kerala. 

Day 12 Kannur - Thrissur or Palakkad 212 kms/ 5 hrs

Drive to Thrissur or Palakkad where you will witness in the afternoon the magnificent processions of caparisoned elephants of Pooram who carry statues of the temples of the region on their gilded palanquins.

Day 13 Thrissur or Palakkad –Kalamandalam – Cochin 84 kms/2 hrs

Morning celebration of the prestigious school of Kalamandalam, a venerable institution that teaches the traditional scenic arts of Kerala: you attend the classes of Kathakali, costume and sung drama, Kootiyattam, Mohiniyaattam, exclusively danced by women, and percussion,our drive continuation to Cochin. Overnight stay

Day 14 Cochin

Cochin– Capital oasis state of Kerala & on to the Malabar Coats & Kochi, one of the India’s most colorful cities, the Dutch palace built by the Portuguese in 1557 and renovated by the Dutch from 1663 with its beautiful murals and Jew town including the antique warehouses and shops, spices trading house and the Jewish synagogue built in 1568, the oldest in the commonwealth. This inter, connected series of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend of Cultures & Religions; Kochi is the only place in the country where you can see Portuguese Churches, a Jewish Synagogue, Hindu Temples, Dutch Architecture & Mosque nearly side by side. Continue to the Mattanchery Palace, or "Dutch palace", which frescoes houses magnificent murals.Stroll through the typical narrow streets of the old town,Evening attend the performance of the Kathakali, costume drama, sang and danced, whose themes are taken from the great Indian epics,one of India’s most famous Classical dances. Overnight say

Day 15 Cochin – Onward Destination

Say good bye to this fascinating tour and departure transfer to airport to connected flight for onward destination

Accommodation

  • 02 night stay in  Hyderabad
  • 01 night stay in Gulbarga
  • 01 night stay in Bijapur
  • 01 night stay in Badami
  • 02 night stay in Hospet
  • 01 night stay in Hassan
  • 02 night stay in Mysore
  • 01 night stay in Kannur
  • 01 night stay in Palakkad
  • 02 night stay in Cochin

Dinning

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • Inclusive of Taxes

 

Transportation

  • All transfers, Sightseeing and excursions by Air conditioned vehicle
  • Services of local English Speaking Guides at destination
  • All State taxes, toll taxes & Parking Charges
  • All monument entry fees wherever applicable
  • Boat ride to see the Fishing Net and village life around
  • Kathakali Dance entry fees

Exclusions

Laundry, Insurance, Tips, hard drink/beer, Telephone Calls, Still & Video Camera fees in Monuments and Expenses like personal nature