Treasures of Karnataka | 15 Days

Bangalore –Mysore – Nagarhole – Coorg -Hassan-Hospet- Hampi - Badami-Goa
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Tour Overview

With lofty hills, azure sea, lovely cascades and mysterious forests, Karnataka represents nature at its very best. A visit to the state is sure to create a long lasting impression in your mind. Explore the absolutely wonderful places, be it the Nandi Hills, Keman Gundli, Madikeri or Kudermukh. Unveil the charm of the sand and the surf in the fantastic beaches. Be captivated by historical monuments which are manifestations of their architectural skills.

Tour Highlights

  • Traditional India welcome
  • Fort and Palaces of Mysore
  • Countryside drive to Badami
  • Visit to fascinating historical site of Hampi
  • Countryside drives to Goa scenes rural lives.
  • Visit to Hampi - a world heritage centre
  • UNISCO heritage Site of Hampi and Hospet
  • Visit to Rock Cut cave temple in Badami
  • Explore the Virupaksha temple & Vithala temple complex
  • Explore the spectacular Vijaynagar ruins
  • Enjoy the beach site resort in Goa
  • boat Cruise at Mondovi River

Day 01   Bangalore

Upon arrival meet and greet at airport. Transfer to hotel by air condition Vehicle. Bangalore is the bustling capital city of Karnataka states has a perpetual holiday atmosphere overnight stay

Afternoon enjoy a city tour of the "Garden City;" including a visit to Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens , the Mysore Arts and Crafts Center, the bull temple, Vidhan Soudha and the colorful and bustling markets. Bangalore is famous for handicraft in sandalwood and rosewood, ivory, brass, silk sarees or dress Mysore & chanmundi silk and scraves available Overnight stay

Day 02 Bangalore – Mysore 140 kms / 3 hrs

After breakfast, Morning drive to Mysore, en route stopping at Srirangapatna where the legendary warrior Tipu Sultan built his island fortress and Summer Palace upon arrival overnight stay

Mysore is a beautiful city of stately palaces, gardens, parks and museums. Today your tour of Mysore includes visits to City Palace, Chamundi Hill, and the colorful and aromatic spice markets. At Chamundi Hill, you will find Nandi, a monolithic image of Shiva's Bull, which is always garlanded with flowers and held in high esteem by Hindus. Your afternoon is at leisure. This evening, enjoy the beautiful and exquisitely illuminated Brindavan Gardens, which sprawls amid gorgeous cascading fountains. Overnight in the hotel

Day 03 Mysore

Early morning visit the charming Devaraja Market, the fruit and vegetable market.

In the morning visit the temple of Somnathpur. 40 km east of Mysore, Somnathpur is a small village by the road, famous for its 13th century temple. In 1268, an officer of the Hoysala kings built there the temple of Kesava, dedicated to Vishnu. The particular interest of Somnathpur is that one sees in it an integrally preserved temple, with its roof, while it lacks to Halebid and Belur. The temple is built in the shape of a star with 16 branches, around three sanctuaries, each surmounted by a vimana. Splendid friezes run throughout the building, depicting episodes of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

Afternoon visit Srirangapatna on this island surrounded by the Kaveri, which precipitates its tumultuous stream in the midst of the rocks, Haider Ali built important fortifications, which made it all round. Several times besieged, the fortress was finally taken by the English troops in 1799. Tippu Sultan was killed there during the assault. The place where his body was discovered is marked by a stele. Outside the compound is the pretty summer palace of Tippu Sultan, surrounded by a garden, the Daria Daulat Bagh. It is built in the Indo-Saracen style of the 17th century. Overnight stay in Mysore

Day 04     Mysore - Nagarhole 80 km/2 hrs

After breakfast, dive to Nagarhole National Park has astonishing abundance of wildlife especially the Asiatic elephant. tiger, leopard and the natural sound of the jungle, the gurgling of stream and rivers, and the twittering of the birds, make Nagarhole a memorable experience Rest of the time free leisure overnight in the hotel

Day 05     Nagarhole

Today safari Sighting of elephants, sambhar, spotted deer, gaur, wild boar, sloth bear, wild dogs, etc., are almost assured, while if one is lucky, a tiger or a panther too, could be sighted. Our clients are permitted to shoot, not with guns but with camera and video. The sighting of wildlife in their eco-system creates awareness and respect among the humans towards other life forms. Overnight in the hotel

Day 06   Nagarhole - Coorg 140 kms / 2.30 hrs

After breakfast drive to Coorg 1525m above sea level lies Coorg sightseeing includes Talakaveri, Bhagamandala Temple, Raja Seat Musical Fountain, Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort, Omakareshwara Temple, Gaddige, Dubare Elephant Camp, Nisargadhama, Golden Temple, etc., Visit to Coffee & spice plantation overnight in the hotel/ Home stay - the cottage is set in a certified organic farm surrounded by coffee and pepper and with paddy fields stretching to the River Cauvery

Day 07    Coorg

After breakfast the whole day is free at leisure or to explore the area on your own by doing rafting, bird watching, elephant camp, trekking etc Evening free at leisure. Overnight in the hotel / Home stay

Day 08   Coorg – Hassan 104 kms /2 hrs

In the morning drive to Hassan, en route visiting Belur - This quaint hamlet is 30 kms from Hassan-is located on the bank of the river Yagachi. It was once the capital of Hoysala Enpire, 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 Hoysaleshwara Temple at Halebid. Upon overnight stay at Hassan

Day 09   Hassan - Hampi 280 kms /6 hrs

Today we drive to Hampi. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

Day 10   Hampi & Hospet

The ruins of Hampi of the 14th Century lies scattered in about 26sq km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation.  Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the North and rocky granite ridges on other three sides, the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur and splendor and fabulous wealth.  The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of men infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction.   Full day visit the ruins of Hampi. Overnight at the hotel in Hospet

Afternoon visit to Hospet. Your base to 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 temple rises majestically. The most splendid monuments of Hampi is, undoubtedly the Vithala temple complex memories of Hampi will stay with you always.

Day 11 Hospet – Badami 145 kms/2-3 hrs

After breakfast a scenic journey by road from Hospet to Badami set in beautiful countryside’s of the four of a red sandstone ridge the small rural town of Badami was once the capital of the Chalukya Empire which covered much of central Deccan between the 4th and 8th centuries Badami, renowned for its 4 ancient rock-cut Caves, replete with carved pillars and bracket figures, all hewn out of red sandstone on the precipice of a hill. The largest of them is the third cave, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The first sculptural embellishment to dazzle the eye is the 18-armed Nataraja, striking 81 dance poses, in the first cave. Overlooking the caves is the Agastya Theertha Tank, its banks dotted with a cluster of Bhoothanatha temples. Overnight stay in Badami

Day 12   Badami - Goa 235 km / 5 hrs

After breakfast a scenic journey by road from Badami to Goa set in beautiful countryside’s Goa, known for its numerous beaches, the azure seas of Goa yield a variety of fresh, tasty seafood and fish.  With a pleasant climate and diverse flora and fauna, Goa is a haven of peace and a mix of Laziness and nonchalance, a mixture of the past and the future, where beautiful palm-fringed Beaches glitter on its shores.  Flowering plants and trees grow lush, verdant, and fast. Eat ripe fruits like mangoes, papayas, cajus and many others abound.  Rest of the day relaxes at the beach.  Overnight at the hotel in Goa.

Day 13   Goa

After breakfast visit to the baroque styled churches with lavishly ornamented and gilded altars. The Basilica of Bom Jesus where the body of St Frances Xavier is enshrined in a silver and glass casket, the magnificent Se Cathedral, Church of St Francis of Assisi. Proceed to Panaji which is endowed with fine building. Enjoy the boat cruise at Mondovi River with Goan cultural music for one hour.

Day 14    Goa

Full day relaxation at the beach overnight at the hotel in Goa

Day 15    Goa - Mumbai

Enjoy a full day at the beach. Later transfer to airport to catch flight to Mumbai.  On arrival in Mumbai transfer airport to board flight for your journey back home.

Accommodation

  • 01 night stay in Bangalore
  • 02 night stay in Mysore
  • 02 night stay in Nagarhole
  • 02 night stay in Coorg
  • 02 night stay in Hampi
  • 01 night stay in Badami
  • 03 night stay in Goa

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 and park entry fees wherever applicable
  • Jeep safari in Nagarhole
  • Cruise in Goa

Exclusions

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