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Karnataka Historical Odyssey: Hampi, Bijapur, Badami & Wildlife Safari

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Duration

5 Nights / 6 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through Karnataka’s rich history and natural splendor on the “Karnataka Historical Odyssey: Hampi, Bijapur, Badami & Wildlife Safari” tour. Begin your exploration in Hampi, where ancient ruins and temples whisper tales of a bygone era amidst breathtaking landscapes. Discover Bijapur’s imposing fortresses and the iconic Gol Gumbaz, an architectural marvel resonating with Mughal grandeur. In Badami, delve into the intricate rock-cut cave temples that stand as testaments to ancient craftsmanship and devotion. Conclude your adventure amidst the untamed wilderness of Anshi National Park, where wildlife safaris offer glimpses of elusive creatures in their natural habitat. This tour promises an immersive blend of history, culture, and wildlife, ensuring an unforgettable journey through Karnataka’s diverse 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 %
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Hubli - Hampi (180kms)

Depart from Hubli and drive to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its ancient temples and ruins. Upon arrival in Hampi, check into your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Hampi.

Day 2: Hampi

After breakfast, continue exploring the UNESCO Heritage site of Hampi. Virupaksha Temple: Begin your exploration with a visit to Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Marvel at its 160-foot high gopuram (tower) adorned with intricate carvings depicting mythological stories. Vittala Temple Complex: Explore the magnificent Vittala Temple Complex, known for its iconic Stone Chariot, musical pillars that produce melodious sounds, and exquisite sculptures depicting various Hindu mythological characters. Royal Enclosure: Explore the Royal Enclosure, which once housed the palaces, administrative buildings, and temples of the Vijayanagara Empire's royal family. Discover remnants of grandeur in the form of Mahanavami Dibba (ceremonial platform), underground chamber, and stepped tank. Hazara Rama Temple: Admire the intricate bas-reliefs depicting scenes from the Ramayana at Hazara Rama Temple, the private temple of the Vijayanagara rulers. Elephant Stables: Visit the Elephant Stables, an impressive structure that once housed the royal elephants of the Vijayanagara Empire. Admire the blend of Indo-Islamic architecture characterized by domes, arched gateways, and intricate carvings. Hemakuta Hill Temples: Start your day with a visit to the Hemakuta Hill Temples, offering panoramic views of the Hampi landscape and dotted with numerous small temples known for their unique architecture and detailed carvings. Overnight stay in Hampi.

Day 3: Hampi - Bijapur (220kms)

Depart from Hampi and proceed to Bijapur, known for its historical monuments from the Adil Shahi dynasty. Bijapur Fort: Begin your Bijapur exploration with Bijapur Fort, an imposing structure built by Yusuf Adil Shah. Explore its bastions, gateways, and palaces, including the iconic Sat Manzil (Seven Storeyed Palace) and Jal Mahal (Water Palace). Gol Gumbaz: Visit Gol Gumbaz, the mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah, famous for its massive dome and whispering gallery. Experience the unique acoustics where even the faintest whisper can be heard across the dome. Overnight stay in Bijapur.

Day 4: Bijapur - Badami (120kms)

Travel to Badami, an ancient town known for its rock-cut cave temples dating back to the 6th century. Aihole: Explore Aihole, often referred to as the "cradle of Indian architecture." Visit notable temples such as the Durga Temple, Lad Khan Temple, and Ravanaphadi Cave, showcasing intricate carvings and unique architectural styles. Pattadakal: Discover Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its group of 8th-century temples representing a blend of North Indian Nagara and South Indian Dravidian architectural styles. Marvel at the impressive Virupaksha Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, and Jain Narayana Temple. Badami Fort and Cave Temples: Visit Badami Fort, perched atop a rugged hill overlooking the town. Explore the rock-cut cave temples dedicated to Hindu deities like Shiva and Vishnu, adorned with elaborate sculptures and intricate carvings. Hemakuta Group of Temples: Admire the Hemakuta Group of Temples, located atop Hemakuta Hill, offering panoramic views of Badami. Explore these early Chalukyan temples known for their simplicity and serene atmosphere. Overnight stay in Badami.

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

Depart from Badami to Anshi National Park, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Wildlife Safari: Embark on an exciting wildlife safari in Anshi National Park, known for its diverse flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for tigers, leopards, elephants, deer, and a variety of bird species amidst the lush Western Ghats landscape. Enjoy the serene surroundings and natural beauty of Anshi National Park. Overnight stay in Anshi National Park.

Day 6: Anshi National Park - Hubli Airport (130kms)

After breakfast, depart from Anshi National Park and drive to Hubli Airport for your onward journey, concluding your enriching tour of Hampi, Bijapur, Badami, and Anshi National Park.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 5 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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