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BANGALORE TO GOA

DAY 01: BANGLORE - ARRIVAL TRANSFER – AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING

On arrival at Bangalore airport, our representative will meet and transferd you to HOTEL PURPLE LOTUS for 01 night. Bangalore is the State Capital of Karnataka and one of the largest cities in India. Bangalore is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, housing major industrial and commercial centers. Bangalore is known as the city of contrasts and is nicknamed variously as ‘Silicon Valley of India’, ‘Garden City’, ‘City of Pubs’, ‘Shoppers Paradise’ and ‘Jewel of South’.  The city is known as India’s Silicon Valley because it is home to large number of software industries, IT and ITES companies. The city is blessed with salubrious climate, beautiful gardens & parks and natural lakes, which is why the name ‘Garden City’.  Afternoon proceed for half day sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02: BANGALORE - MYSORE - MARKETS & BAZAARS

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Mysore. On arrival check into RADISSON BLU PLAZA HOTEL for 02 nights. Mysore, capital of a former princely state, is a city of palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples and retains some of the charm of the old world with its many institutions that propagate Carnatic Classical music and dance. The city is famous for its silk, sandalwood and jasmine. Evening walk through the interesting markets and bazaars. For a visitor to this city, Devaraja market  is an apt place to get a flavor of the local people's daily life. With more than 100 years of history, this market is well knitted into the heritage of Mysore. Overnight at resort.

DAY 03: VISIT SRIRANGAPATNAM - MYSORE PALACE & PALACE MUSEUM - CHAMUNDI HILL & NANDHI BULL

After breakfast proceed to visit Sreerangapatnam,. Visit Summer Palace of Tippu Sultan, Tomb and Fort. Later proceed to visit Mysore Palace and Maharajas museum. Mysore Palace is one of the most visited monuments in India. It is one of the largest palaces in the country and was the residence of the Wodeyar Maharaja's of the Mysore state. The Palace is built in Indo-Saracenic style and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture.  It is a three-storied stone structure with marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied tower. Above the central arch is an impressive sculpture of Gajalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, good luck and abundance with her elephants. Designed by the well-known British architect, Henry Irwin, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world.  

Evening visit Chamundi Temple and Nandi Bull. Chamundeshwari temple is situated on the top of Chamundi hill which is about 3,489 ft. above sea level. It is located at a distance of 13 kms. from Mysore. The temple is dedicated to Sri Chamundeshwari, the titular deity of the Mysore Royal Family. It is  also described as ‘Mahishasura Mardini’ for having killed the buffalo headed demon Mahishasura. The temple has a very beautiful idol of the goddess wearing a garland of skulls. Depictions of Nandi the bull, Lord Shivas ehicle, can be found throughout South India. But the carving here on Chamundi Hill, from 1659, minutes from Mysore, is particularly noteworthy. Nandi sits 15 feet high, 24 feet in width and is carved out of a single piece of rock, thus making it a monolith. After the sightseeing return back to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 04: MYSORE – SHRAVANABELAGOLA – HASSAN

After breakfast drive to Hassan via Shravanabelagola. Shravanabelagola is wedged between two star rocky hills, this legendary pilgrim center and shrine of the Jains. The monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara, a Jain saint and an object of worship for centuries, standing a top one of the hills (Indragiri) is 18 meter high and is said to be the tallest monolithic statue in the world.

After the sightseeing proceed to Hassan. Hassan is the headquarters of the Malanad District. The original town was adjacent to the Village Channapatna. It was founded in the 11th century, by Channa Krishnappa Naik. The place is called Hassan after the Goddess "Hasanamba", the smiling Goddess, presiding deity of the town. The temple of Hasanamba will be opened only once in a year about a week, during the second Ashwayuja (October). A big Jatra(shandi or fair) will be held on this occasion. On arrival check in at HOYSALA VILLAGE RESORT for 02 nights. Evening free to relax. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 05: HASSAN – BELUR AND HALEBIDU SIGHTSEEING – HASSAN

After breakfast proceed for Belur and Halebidu for sightseeing.

Belur is famous for its exquisite temples at it is known as Dakshina Varanasi or South Banaras for its temples. The serenity of Belur is attributed to the celebrated temple of Channakeshava, built by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 A. D. to commemorate his conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism.

Halebidu is the great city of Dwarasamudra flourished as the Capital of the Hoysala Empire  during the 12th & 13th centuries. During the reign of Veeraballala II, the grandson of  Vishnuvardhana, it reached the greatness of its zenith. Veeraballala II extended his empire from sea to sea between the Cauvery & Krishna rivers.

After half day sightseeing drive back to Hassan. Afternoon free to relax. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06: HASSAN – HOSPET

After breakfast drive to Hospet. Its tourist importance lies in its proximity to Hampi, the site of the medieval Vijayanagar Empire, situated about 13 kms away. The Tungabhadra Dam here harnesses the sweet waters of the Tungabhadra River. At the base of the dam is a garden styled along Japanese lines. Hospet is known as the gateway to Hampi. On arrival check in to HOTEL MALLIGI for 03 nights. Evening is free to relax. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07: HOSPET – HAMPI SIGHTSEEING

After breakfast drive to Hampi for sightseeing. Hampi was once the glorious capital of the mighty Vijayanagar Empire (1336 - 1565), which extended from the Arabian Sea to The Bay of Bengal and from the Deccan Pateau to the tip of the Indian Peninsula. Founded in the middle of 14th Century by two local princes, Hakka & Bukka, The Vijayanagar Empire came to be celebrated for its might and wealth and as a show piece of imperial magnificence.

The main importance of Hospet lies in its proximity to Hampi, a world Heritage site.  Many attractions in Hampi include the Virupaksha Temple, King's Balance where kings were weighed against grain, gold or money to be distributed to the poor, the Queen\\\\\\\'s Bath with lotus-shaped fountains that once supplied perfumed water, Lotus Mahal and Vithala Temple with its musical pillars and many more like them waiting for you to explore. The other major attraction near Hospet is the Tungabhadra Dam built on the Tungabhadra River. Just around the dam is a very beautiful garden developed in Japanese style. After the sightseeing drive back to Hospet. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 08: HOSPET – SIGHTSEEING TO AIHOLE & PATTADAKKAL - BADAMI

After breakfast drive to Badami. Badami, the one time capital of the Chalukyas , is noted for several temples, some structural & other rock-cut, of the 6th & 7th Centuries. The foundations of Badami, or Vatapi as it was called, were laid by Pulakeshi I (535 - 566 AD). His son Kirtivarman, the Ist (567 - 598 AD), beautified the town with temples & other buildings. Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. It has four rock - cut cave temples, the largest being the third cave dedicated to Vishnu. Overlooking the temples is a reservoir  its banks dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The Bhutanatha Temples and the Museum set up by the Archaeological Survey of India, are the other attractions. On arrival check in at HOTEL BADAMI COURT for 01 night. Afternoon proceed to visit Aihole & Pattadakal.

Enroute to Badami visit the tiny village of Pattadakal and Aihole. Pattadakal is situated on the banks of the Malaprabha river. Referred to as Petrigal by Ptolemy, Pattadakal was later known variously as Raktapura (Red Town) & Pattadakal Kisuvolal . This place reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukyas from the seventh to the ninth centuries functioning as a royal commemorative site. The group of about ten temples, surrounded by numerous minor shrines & plinths, represents the climax of early Western Chalukyan Architecture. King Vikramaditya II (734 - 745 AD) and his art loving queens Lokmahadevi & Trailkyamahadevi, brought sculptors from Kanchipuram to create fantasies in stone in Pattadakal. A world Heritage Center, it has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. The biggest temple dedicated to Virupaksheshvara, has a huge gateway and several inscriptions. In front of the temple is a majestic 2.6 in high Nandi. The Mallikarjuna and Papanatha Temples and the Jain Temple from the Papanatha Temples and the Jain Temple from the Rashtrakuta period are well worth visit.

Aihole is the first capital of the early Chalukyas. Aihole is to the west of Badami, along the Malaprabha river. There is a remarkable group of temples built during the reign of Chalukyan rulers, dating from the sixth to the eighth centuries. It is famous as the 'Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture'. Aihole has over 125 temples all intricately carved and rich in detail. The oldest temple here, is perhaps the 5th century Lad Khan Temple. The Durga (Fort) Temple has a semi-circular apse and a complete portico. The Hutchmalli Temple, the Ravalphadi Cave Temple, The Konti Temple Complex, The Uma Maheshwari Temple, the Jain Meguthi temple and the two-storeyed Buddhist temple are the other attractions at Aihole.

After the sightseeing drive back to Badami. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 09: BADAMI – GOA

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Goa one of the best beach destination. On arrival check in at NANU BEACH RESORT for 4 nights. Overnight at resort.

DAY 10: GOA – FREE & EASY

Day free to relax by the beach or for your own activities. Overnight at resort.

DAY 11: GOA – FREE & EASY

Day free to relax by the beach or for your own activities. Overnight at resort.

DAY 12: GOA – FREE & EASY

Day free to relax by the beach or for your own activities. Overnight at resort.

DAY 13: GOA – DEPARTURE

After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to airport for your onward journey after an ever memorable holiday in South India.

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