15 Days - South India Tour ( Culture, Heritage )

Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destination : Mumbai - Goa - Belgaum - Badami - Aihole - Hospet - Hassan - Madikeri - Mysore - Bangalore
South India, geographically separated from rest of India, is a land of ancient civilization and the legacy of fine arts, sculptures and architecture.

South Indians are steeped in their traditional culture.   Most of people, including the educated ones, still prefer to wear their traditional dress. Their traditional Carnataka classical music, distict in form from Indian Classical Music,  and various classical dance forms are still learnt and practiced.

They perform the workship at the temples in centuries old traditional ways with rituals strictly adhered to. Do visit South Indian temples to witness the centuries old traditional way of worship being replayed by the chanting masses and the priest worshipping dimly lit deities covered with vermilion paste and crushed marigolds with elaborate rituals.   Not only the architecture, the history of South India is revealed through the inscriptions, paintings on walls and ceilings etc. found in these temples. Modernity and traditions co-exist here.

mumbai tourDay 01 : Arrival at  Mumbai
On arrival at Mumbai Airport, Our representative will receive you at the airport and transport you to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02 :  Mumbai
After breakfast, explore the city of Mumbai, the political capital of Maharashtra and the Commercial capital of India.  Our itinerary includes the visit to Gateway of India, an imperial monumental archway in stone designed by Wittett in the 16th century, Prince of Whales Museum , Chowpatty Beach, Dhobhi Ghat and  Marine Drive.  Evening is your leisure to roam around of your own.
Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 03 :  Mumbai – Goa
Take the morning flight to Goa.  On arrival at the airport, get transported to a hotel in the town of beaches.  Spend the entire day at your leisure. Go to a beach close to your hotel ad lie down on the soft sands of the beach feeling the wet sandy touch on your back and bathe in the sun light while enjoying the view of palm trees around the Beach.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Goa.

Day 04: Goa
beaches of GoaAfter breakfast, half  day sightseening tour starts. Our tour itinerary includes visits to Miramar Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus and the city of Panjim.  Evening is at your leisure to explore the city as you please.
Besides the scenic natural beauty, Goa has to offer the architectural charm of Old Villas, churches, heritage mansions preserved in this old colonial town. You are sure to explore something new while visiting any of its beaches or villages. You will find domestic bars like tea stall in other parts of the country at every turn to enjoy the local fenny. Motor cycles ply as taxies in Goa to transport you singly.
 At night, you may visit a tavern, a pub, a bar or a discotheque before your overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05 : Goa
Spend the entire day at leisure. You can relax on the beach or swim or explore Goa for shopping or interact with the people at your choice dictates.
Night stay in your hotel in Goa.
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Day 06 :  Goa - Belgaum - Badami
After breakfast early morning, drive to Badami  covering  275 kms in 6 hours by road. Belgaum lies en-route.  We break our journey here to visit places of tourist attraction in Belgam.  Our itinerary includes visits to the Fort, Kamala Basti, the Jain Temple, Jama Masjid,  Kapileshwar Temple and  Ananthashayana.
In the afternoon, we resume our broken journey to Badami for a overnight stay and the hectic tour starting from the morning the next day.
Day 07 :  Badami
We start with the Badami city itself.  The city has various Hindu and Jain temples carved out of sand stone hill. These temples are well maintained by the archaeological survey of India. Visit the magnificent cave temples after climbing many of stairs. This temple a carved sculpture of Shiva and Vishnu emerging out from one body and carved 18 hands Nataraja sculpture and dancing Shiva in 81 different poses. Visit also  the Tipu's Fort on the hill-top with cannons at the vintage points to defend the fort. The fort has  large granaries, treasury and a watch tower. The Malegitti Shivalaya temple, built of stones without mortar, is unique. Our itinerary includes cave temple.  Just beneath the Bhutanatha cave temple, there is water stream. Take a dip in it.

Don’t forget to enjoy the local delicacies like fried 'Avalakk' ( soaked and dried rice, spiced and mixed with fried groundnuts).
 Stay overnight at the hotel at Badami.

Day 08 :  Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal – Hospet
badami tour After breakfast, drive to Hospet en-route Aihole and Pattadakal,
We take first break in our journey to Badami at Aihole, a town with 125 temples including intricately carved Durga Temple, Buddhist Temple famous for its sculptures and the Meguti temple built of 630 small stone blocks representing ancient stone temple architecture of the southern Dravida School.
The second break in journey is taken at Pattadakal, situated on the left bank of the Malaprabha river.  It is a world heritage centre with 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture.  Out of these, the two are most significant - Sanghameswara Temple and the Mallikarjuna Temple.  These temples are famous for its uniquely designed pillars and carved depiction of Lord Krishna's life. At the Virupaksha temple, the sculptures and panel scenes from the epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, will amuse you. The carvings on the pillars and ceiling of the Papanatha Temple are eye-arresting.

 Thereafter, we resume our broken journey to Hospet.
Overnight stay in Hospet.

Day 09 :  Hospet
 After breakfast early morning, the sightseeing starts to explore the beautiful world of Hospet. The touristic importance of this town lies in its proximity to Hampi.

The ruins of once capital city of erstwhile Vijayanagar Empire lie scattered in Hampi, comparable to the ancient Roman Empire. Its monumental ruins are the Virupaksha, Vittala and Hazara Rama temples, huge statues of Ganesha and Narasimha, the elephant stables, the Queen's Bath, carvings on the Ramachandra temple, Lotus Mahal etc. etc. Our itinerary includes further a visit to the museum in Matangi Hills.  An enlarged pictures of Hampi Town taken during 1853 by British photographer and pictures taken 130 years later from the same angle by an Australian visitor are displayed in the Museum showing the sea-change during the period. We will continue out journey to Hospet for your overnight stay at a Hotel here.

Day 10 :  Hospet - Hassan
Our itinerary for Hassan includes visit to nearby Belur and Halebid. At Belur, Chenna Kesava temple was built 900 years ago in Hoysala architectural form.  At Halebid, we visit Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples erected in 12th century.  These temples are known for their architectural designs and carvings. Hoysaleawara temple houses sculptures of goddesses, animals, birds and a dancing girl. Also enjoy the typical Karanataka food comprising of Ragi balls with mutton or vegetable stew. 
Back to the hotel in Hassan to stay overnight.

Day 11 : Hassan - Shravanbelagola – Hassan
Eleventh day starts with 51 km journey from Hassan to Shravanbelgola, one of most important Jain Pilgrim centers.  Sravanabelagola Jain Temples is located on the hill-top. Climb up the 500 rock cut-out steps to reach the Jain temple on the hill-top. The deity of the temple is Lord Gomateswara.  His statue, 17.5 m in hight, stands  on the hill-top.
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Rest of the day you will remain free to explore the surroundings.
Back to in Hassan for overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 12 :  Hassan - Madikeri
After breakfast, drive to Madikeri, known as ‘Scotland of  India’.  In Madikeri, our itinerary includes visits to  Madikeri Fort , Abbey Falls and Nisargadhama, the most frequented  picnic spot in Madikeri.
Night stay in a hotel in Madikeri.

Day 13 : Madikeri - Mysoremysore
An early morning drive after breakfast at Madikeri to Mysore.  Check-in the hotel there and fresh up for sightseeing in Mysore. To start with the day’s tour, Bypass  the sandal wood forests through a placid green hilly terrain and reach the Mysore Palace built in 1911 in harmonious synthesis of Hindu and Saracenic styles of architecture. Our next destination is Chamundi Davi Temple built on a hilltop.  View the scenic splendor of Mysore town from the hill top.  Our last destination is to visit lies in the hills are 13 kms away from Mysore. It is Brindavan Gardens, a cluster of gardens with an artificial lake with musical fountains & colourful lights On the way to the garden, we will stop for sometime at a site of scenic beauty with  a sculptured Nandi bull, a 4.8m high.

In the evening, at your leisure, you may visit Mysore market and shop for sandal wood items and Mysore silk fabric.
Night stay in Mysore in the hotel.

Day 14 :  Mysore
After breakfast, the fourteenth day tour starts with the visit to Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, housed in the Jag Mohan Palace. The gallery has a collection of exquisite paintings. In the afternoon, visit Somnathpur. It is a small village locating the famous 13th century temple, famous for its great architectural design. The star shaped temple with three shrines is the national heritage of Hoysala architecture.
Overnight stay in Mysore.

Day 15 :  Mysore - Srirangapatnam - Bangalore - Departure
The last day of the tour starts with a morning drive to Bangalore via Srirangapatnam, a not-to-miss tourist destination.  Srirangapatnam was the capital erstwhile Mysore State ruled of the warrior King Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan who succeeded him and died fighting against the British army in defence of his rule.  This erstwhile capital town has monuments worth seeing. After this final sightseeing, we resume our last drive to Bangalorer to the airport for the departure flight.

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