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Heritage Trails of South India: From Hubli to Bangalore

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Duration

7 Nights / 8 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on the “Heritage Trails of South India: From Hubli to Bangalore” tour, a captivating journey through Karnataka’s rich cultural heritage. Explore the ancient temples of Badami, Aihole, and Pattadakal, followed by the majestic ruins of Hampi. Delve into the exquisite Hoysala architecture at Belur and Halebidu. Discover the royal splendor of Mysore’s palaces and bustling markets. Conclude your adventure in Bangalore, visiting historical landmarks and lush gardens. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of South India’s glorious past and architectural marvels.

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 %
4 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
5 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
6 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Hubli - Badami (110kms)

Depart from Hubli airport to Badami. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and unwind after your journey. Overnight in Badami.

Day 2: Badami

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before beginning your exploration of Aihole, often called the "Cradle of Hindu Temple Architecture." Explore more than 100 temples, including the intricately carved Durga Temple and Lad Khan Temple, showcasing early Chalukyan architecture. Visit Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its group of 8th-century temples blending Nagara and Dravidian architectural styles. Explore the Mallikarjuna Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, with its ornate pillars and intricate sculptures. Explore the Virupaksha Temple, the largest and most elaborate temple in Pattadakal, known for its rich sculptures and religious significance. Discover the Sangameshwara Temple, representing a blend of South Indian and North Indian architectural styles. Return to Badami and overnight stay.

Day 3: Badami - Hampi (140kms)

Depart from Badami after breakfast and journey to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. En route, visit Anegundi village and enjoy a coracle ride on the Tungabhadra River, offering a glimpse into local village life and scenic landscapes. Arrive in Hampi and check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Hampi.

Day 4: Hampi

After breakfast, visit the Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, known for its towering gopuram and intricate carvings depicting mythological scenes. Explore the Vittala Temple Complex, famous for its iconic stone chariot and musical pillars that produce melodious sounds. Discover Hampi Bazaar, a bustling market offering local handicrafts, souvenirs, and traditional items. Visit the Royal Enclosures, including the Queen's Bath, Hazara Rama Temple, and the Elephant Stables, showcasing the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Empire. Explore the Lotus Mahal, an elegant pavilion with Islamic-influenced architecture, noted for its archways and ornate details. Visit the Achyutaraya Temple, dedicated to Lord Tiruvengalanatha, and marvel at its intricate carvings and sculptures. Discover the Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple, known for its monolithic statue of Lord Ganesha carved out of a single rock. Visit the Underground Shiva Temple, an ancient shrine cut into the rock, offering a unique glimpse into Hampi's architectural heritage. Climb Matanga Hill for stunning views of the Hampi landscape during sunrise or sunset. Overnight in Hampi.

Day 5: Hampi - Hassan (330kms)

Depart from Hampi after breakfast and proceed to Hassan. En route, visit the Chennakesava Temple in Belur, renowned for its Hoysala architecture and intricate sculptures depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. Explore the Veeranarayana Temple and the Kappe Chennigaraya Temple in Belur, each showcasing unique architectural styles and historical significance. Discover the Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebidu, known for its detailed sculptures and friezes depicting epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Visit the Kedareshwara Temple and the Jain Basadi in Halebidu, offering insights into Jain art and culture. Overnight in Hassan.

Day 6: Hassan - Mysore (140kms)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for Mysore. Visit the magnificent Mysore Palace, an architectural marvel blending Indo-Saracenic, Dravidian, and Victorian styles. Explore its opulent halls, royal artifacts, and vibrant artworks. Visit the Chamundeshwari Temple atop Chamundi Hill, dedicated to Goddess Chamundeshwari, and enjoy panoramic views of Mysore city. Explore St. Philomena's Church, an imposing structure showcasing Neo-Gothic architecture and stained glass windows. Visit one more palace and explore the bustling Devaraja Market, known for its spices, silk, and traditional crafts. Overnight in Mysore.

Day 7: Mysore - Bangalore (145kms)

After breakfast, drive to Bangalore, the bustling capital of Karnataka. Visit the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, a botanical paradise with diverse flora and the iconic Glass House hosting flower shows. Explore the Bangalore Palace, resembling a medieval English castle with Tudor-style architecture, Gothic windows, and opulent interiors. Discover the Bangalore Fort, an archaeological site with remnants of Tipu Sultan's palace, and learn about its historical significance. Visit the Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, an Indo-Islamic architectural gem showcasing artifacts and paintings from the era. Explore the Bull Temple, dedicated to Nandi Bull, the mount of Lord Shiva, and witness its massive monolithic statue. Visit the Dodda Ganapathi Temple, known for its colossal Ganesha statue carved from a single piece of granite, and the serene ISKCON Temple. Overnight in Bangalore.

Day 8: Bangalore - Departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Bangalore Airport for departure, concluding your memorable journey through South India's rich heritage and cultural treasures.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 7 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast & meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • 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.
  • 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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