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Ancient Kingdoms & Coastal Charms: Hampi to Goa Tour

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Duration

8 Nights / 9 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on an enriching journey through the heart of Karnataka and Goa with the Ancient Kingdoms & Coastal Charms Tour. Begin amidst the ancient ruins and majestic temples of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where history echoes through every stone. Explore Badami’s rock-cut cave temples and the architectural marvels of Aihole and Pattadakal. Journey through the biodiverse landscapes of Anshi National Park before unwinding on the sun-kissed beaches of Goa. Dive into the cultural tapestry of Old Goa’s churches and vibrant markets, ending with a leisurely retreat by the Arabian Sea. This tour blends history, nature, and coastal allure for an unforgettable exploration of South India’s treasures.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Hubli - Hampi (180kms)

Depart from Hubli in the morning and drive to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its ancient ruins and temples from the Vijayanagara Empire. Check-in to your hotel in Hampi and relax amidst the historical ambiance of the town.

Day 2: Hampi

Start the day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Visit the Virupaksha Temple, a 7th-century marvel dedicated to Lord Shiva, known for its towering gopuram (temple gateway) and intricate carvings depicting mythological stories. Explore the Hampi Bazaar, a bustling market adjacent to the Virupaksha Temple, where you can find local handicrafts, souvenirs, and traditional snacks. Discover the Vijaya Vittala Temple complex, famous for its iconic stone chariot, believed to represent the vehicle of Lord Vishnu, and its extraordinary musical pillars that produce musical notes when tapped. Marvel at the ancient stone architecture and sculptures throughout the temple complex, including the famous Narasimha Monolith and the fascinating Hampi's Stone Chariot. Explore the Royal Enclosure, housing significant structures such as the Lotus Mahal, an elegant two-storeyed pavilion with arched windows and balconies, used by the royal ladies. Visit the Elephant Stables, an impressive structure with domed chambers where royal elephants were housed during the Vijayanagara Empire. Discover the Hazara Rama Temple, dedicated to Lord Rama and renowned for its intricately carved bas-reliefs depicting scenes from the Ramayana epic. Optional: Climb Matanga Hill for panoramic views of the Hampi landscape during sunset.

Day 3: Hampi - Badami (140kms)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before starting your day. Visit Anegundi village in the morning, known for its ancient heritage and rural charm. Explore the local life, traditional houses, and historical sites. Enjoy a coracle ride on the Tungabhadra River, experiencing the serene beauty and unique boat ride typical of Hampi. Depart for Badami after the village visit and coracle ride, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its rock-cut cave temples. Check-in to your hotel in Badami and relax before starting your exploration of this historical town.

Day 4: Badami

After breakfast, visit the Badami Cave Temples, consisting of four ancient rock-cut temples dedicated to Hindu gods and Jain tirthankaras, adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures. Explore the Bhutanatha Group of Temples, situated along the serene Agastya Lake, offering picturesque views and architectural splendor. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Badami, housing sculptures, artifacts, and inscriptions from the Chalukya dynasty. Proceed to Aihole, known as the "Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture," and explore its group of ancient temples reflecting various architectural styles. Continue to Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its beautifully carved temples showcasing a blend of North Indian Nagara and South Indian Dravidian architectural styles. Return to Badami for overnight stay.

Day 5: Badami - Anshi National Park (225kms)

After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Anshi National Park, a biodiversity hotspot nestled in the Western Ghats. Check-in to your lodge in Anshi and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the natural surroundings.

Day 6: Anshi National Park - Goa (140kms)

Enjoy breakfast at your lodge before departing for Goa, India's beach capital known for its vibrant culture and colonial heritage. Check-in to your beachside accommodation in North or South Goa and unwind by the sea.

Day 7: Goa

Start your day with breakfast at your hotel. Relax on the sandy beaches of Goa, such as Baga, Calangute, or Palolem, known for their scenic beauty and water sports activities. Explore the historic charm of Old Goa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visiting ancient churches like the Basilica of Bom Jesus and Sé Cathedral.

Day 8: Goa

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before setting out for the day. Visit the vibrant markets of Goa, such as Anjuna Flea Market or Mapusa Market, to shop for local crafts, spices, and souvenirs. Optional activities include water sports like parasailing or jet skiing, boat cruises on the Mandovi River, or visiting spice plantations to learn about Goa's agricultural heritage.

Day 9: Goa - Departure

Have breakfast at your hotel before checking out. Transfer to Goa International Airport or railway station for your onward journey, concluding this enriching UNESCO World Heritage and coastal exploration tour from Hubli.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 8 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 1-Time shared Gypsy safari in Anshi National Park with forest department naturalist.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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