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Southern Splendor: Temples & Wildlife Expedition

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Duration

8 Nights / 9 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on the “Southern Splendor: Temples & Wildlife Expedition” and immerse yourself in a journey through South India’s cultural and natural wonders. Begin amidst the ancient ruins of Hampi, exploring majestic temples like Virupaksha and Vijaya Vittala. Witness the architectural marvels of Bijapur, from the grandeur of Gol Gumbaz to the intricate designs of Ibrahim Rauza. Discover the rock-cut caves of Badami and delve into the rich history of the Chalukya dynasty. Venture into Anshi National Park for thrilling safaris, where encounters with tigers, leopards, and elephants await. Conclude your adventure in Goa, where pristine beaches and Portuguese heritage offer the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration.

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)

Arrive in Hubli and transfer to Hampi. Check-in at the hotel and relax after your journey.

Day 2: Hampi

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Explore Virupaksha Temple, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, known for its towering gopuram (gateway tower) and vibrant rituals. Marvel at the iconic stone chariot and intricate musical pillars at Vijaya Vittala Temple. Visit the Royal Enclosure, featuring the Mahanavami Dibba (platform) and the Queen’s Bath. Admire the Indo-Islamic architecture at Lotus Mahal. Explore the Elephant Stables, showcasing a blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. Wander through Hampi Bazaar, a historic market street lined with pavilions, temples, and shops. Climb Hemakuta Hill for panoramic views and visit Sasivekalu Ganesha, a statue carved from a single rock. Explore Achyutaraya Temple, known for its impressive architecture and intricate carvings. Visit the Underground Shiva Temple, a lesser-known gem hidden in Hampi's rocky landscape.

Day 3: Hampi - Bijapur (220kms)

After breakfast, drive to Bijapur, known for its medieval Islamic architecture. Discover Gol Gumbaz, a massive mausoleum with the world's second-largest dome and unique whispering gallery. Explore Ibrahim Rauza, an exquisite tomb and mosque complex noted for its graceful arches and serene garden setting. Visit Jami Masjid, Bijapur's largest mosque known for its elegant architecture and spacious courtyards. See Malik-e-Maidan, one of the largest medieval cannons in the world, within the Bijapur Fort complex. Explore the unfinished mausoleum, Bara Kaman, known for its impressive arches. Visit Chand Bawdi, an ancient stepwell admired for its geometric patterns and historical significance as a water source. Discover Asar Mahal, a stunning palace known for its Persian-style architecture and beautiful frescoes.

Day 4: Bijapur - Badami (120kms)

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel before embarking on your journey to Badami. Explore the intricate rock-cut cave temples carved into the cliffs surrounding Agastya Lake. Admire the stunning Hindu and Jain sculptures that adorn these ancient sanctuaries, showcasing the artistic mastery of the Chalukyan dynasty. Climb up to the hilltop fort for panoramic views of Badami town and Agastya Lake. Wander through the ancient temples and granaries nestled within the fort complex, delving into the historical and architectural richness of the region. Discover the ancient town of Aihole, renowned as the "Cradle of Indian Architecture." Visit the Durga Temple, an exemplary showcase of early Chalukyan architecture with its apsidal design and intricate carvings. Explore other temples like Lad Khan Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and Ravana Phadi Cave, known for its rock-cut architecture and carvings. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pattadakkal, famous for its blend of North Indian Nagara and South Indian Dravidian architectural styles. Visit the Virupaksha Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, and Kashi Vishveshwara Temple, each showcasing exquisite craftsmanship and historical significance. Marvel at the Papanatha Temple, renowned for its detailed sculptures and intricate carvings that narrate mythological tales. Explore Mahakuta Group of Temples, an ancient cluster of temples known for its architectural splendor and serene surroundings.

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

After breakfast, drive to Anshi National Park, nestled in the Western Ghats. Check-in at the lodge and relax before an evening safari. Embark on a thrilling safari to spot tigers, leopards, elephants, and various bird species. Visit Guddahalli Peak for a scenic viewpoint offering panoramic views of Anshi National Park and surrounding forests. Explore Lalguli Falls, a picturesque waterfall surrounded by lush greenery and ideal for a relaxing break.

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

Start the day with breakfast at the lodge. Enjoy another morning safari in Anshi National Park. Drive to Goa, India's coastal paradise known for its beaches and Portuguese heritage. Check-in at the hotel in Goa and relax after your journey.

Day 7: Goa

Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel. Visit Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site housing the remains of St. Francis Xavier. Explore Se Cathedral, Asia's largest church, built in Portuguese-Gothic style. Discover Fort Aguada, a 17th-century Portuguese fort offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea. Relax at Calangute Beach, Goa's largest and most popular beach, known for its golden sands and vibrant atmosphere. Visit Dona Paula, a famous viewpoint overlooking the Arabian Sea, known for its romantic legend and scenic beauty. Explore Ancestral Goa Museum, showcasing Goan rural life through art, artifacts, and architecture.

Day 8: Goa

After breakfast, explore more of Goa's attractions. Visit Chapora Fort for panoramic views of Goa's coastline and Chapora River. Explore Anjuna Beach and its vibrant flea market. Relax at Baga Beach, known for water sports, beach shacks, and a lively nightlife. Enjoy a Mandovi River Sunset Cruise, with traditional Goan music and dance performances.

Day 9: Goa - Departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the airport for your departure flight, bidding farewell to the cultural richness and natural beauty experienced on your tour through South India and Goa.

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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