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Goa to Ancient Karnataka: Hampi & Badami Heritage Tour

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Duration

3 Nights / 4 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey with the “Goa to Ancient Karnataka: Hampi & Badami Heritage Tour,” tracing the footsteps of ancient civilizations from the coastal charm of Goa to the historical wonders of Hampi and Badami. Begin amidst the vibrant streets of Goa, then venture inland to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its majestic ruins and ancient temples. Explore Hampi’s architectural marvels, including the Virupaksha Temple and Vittala Temple with its iconic stone chariot. Continue to Badami, where rock-cut cave temples and serene lakeside temples await, offering a glimpse into Karnataka’s rich cultural tapestry. This tour blends scenic drives through Karnataka’s countryside with immersive experiences in its ancient heritage, promising a journey filled with discovery and historical intrigue.

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: Goa - Gadag - Lakkundi - Hampi (340kms)

Depart from Goa and drive to Gadag, known for its historical and architectural significance. Visit the Veeranarayana Temple, an exemplary Hoysala architecture marvel known for its intricate carvings depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Explore the ancient temple complex of Lakkundi, famous for its step wells (stepped tanks) like the Musukina Bavi and the ornate Brahma Jinalaya Temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. Continue the journey to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and ancient city known for its magnificent ruins and temples, once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Day 2: Hampi

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and renowned for its towering gopuram (gateway tower) and intricate sculptures depicting mythological tales. Explore the Vittala Temple complex, famous for its iconic stone chariot, a symbol of Hampi's architectural brilliance, and the musical pillars inside the Ranga Mantapa that produce melodic sounds when tapped. Discover the Royal Enclosure, including the Queen's Bath, an ornate bathing chamber adorned with intricate carvings and motifs, and the Lotus Mahal, an elegant pavilion showcasing Indo-Islamic architectural influences. Visit the Hazara Rama Temple, known for its exquisite bas-reliefs depicting the Ramayana epic on its walls. Explore the Elephant Stables, a row of large domed chambers that once housed the royal elephants, showcasing a blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. Wander through the Hampi Bazaar, lined with ancient pavilions and structures, offering insights into the bustling commerce and daily life during the Vijayanagara Empire. In the evening, enjoy a sunset visit to Matanga Hill, one of the best viewpoints in Hampi offering panoramic views of the entire ancient cityscape and the meandering Tungabhadra River. Watch as the sun sets, casting a golden glow over the rocky landscape.

Day 3: Hampi - Badami (140kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Hampi and drive to Badami, another UNESCO World Heritage site known for its rock-cut cave temples dating back to the 6th century. En route, visit Aihole, known as the "Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture," and explore its ancient temples and monuments, including the Durga Temple with its semi-circular apse and intricate carvings, Lad Khan Temple with its unique architecture, and Ravanaphadi Cave, a rock-cut cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Explore the UNESCO-listed Pattadakal Temples, showcasing a harmonious blend of Nagara and Dravidian temple architecture styles, with highlights including the Virupaksha Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, and Papanatha Temple. Explore the Badami Cave Temples, carved out of sandstone cliffs overlooking the Agastya Lake and dedicated to Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist deities. Marvel at the intricate sculptures and detailed frescoes depicting stories from Hindu mythology. Visit the Bhutanatha Temples, located on the banks of Agastya Lake, offering serene views and an ideal spot for photography, especially during sunrise and sunset. Explore the Archaeological Museum of Badami, housing a collection of sculptures, inscriptions, and artifacts from the Chalukyan era, providing insights into the region's rich cultural heritage and history. Climb up to the North Fort to see the remnants of the ancient Badami Fort, offering panoramic views of the town and surrounding countryside.

Day 4: Badami - Goa (250kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Depart from Badami and drive back to Goa, enjoying scenic views of Karnataka's picturesque countryside and charming villages. Continue the journey to Goa, concluding the tour with memories of Karnataka's ancient heritage, architectural marvels, and the cultural richness of Hampi and Badami.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 3 Night's accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plane.
  • 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.
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 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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