Karnataka’s Ancient History & Goa

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BANGALORE – MYSORE – HASSAN – CHIKMANGALUR – HAMPI – BADAMI – GOA – MUMBAI

For an inquisitive and an enthusiastic mind this tour carries a lot to learn, enjoy and cherish. The discovery begins in the IT city of India Bangalore, from where you proceed to the seat of the prestigious Wodeyar family. Then to the city of Mysore located at the base of the ancient Chamundi Hills. There is a lot to visit and admire in this ancient city.

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The tour slowly meanders into a quiet town called Hassan which has a glorious past and a beautiful Shakti Temple to be seen. Hassan is considered the Banaras of South India. There are many subsidiary shrines which have several stories of the scriptures carved on them. The next destination is Chikmagalur, which is the best place to view neat, green tea and coffee estates. The natural beauty of this place is outstanding. The quest for the ancient moves ahead when we reach the city of Hospet.

It is one of the World Heritage Site of UNESCO- the ruins of the great Vijayanagar Empire. The Chennagaraya Temple is another specimen of the rich Dravidian architecture, a real magic in green soapstone. The tour takes a slow turn into a laidback city called Badami known for the Badami Fort and the rock cut caves and temples.

As this discovery tour begins to reach its end, Goa comes in with beaches, churches, forts, temples. Then to Mumbai for a last look around, before heading home, until next time.

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Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India.’
  • International flights included
  • A useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Explore the magnificent Mysore Palace
  • Visit the Chamundi Hills and Srirangapatna
  • Visit the Jain shrines at Sravan Belagola
  • Visit Belur and Halebid
  • Private guided tour of a coffee plantation at Chikmagalur
  • Sightseeing of Pattadakal
  • Visit the world heritage sites of Hampi and Badami caves
  • 3 days relaxing in Goa
  • Sightseeing of Mumbai

Our Tour features the following locations

BANGALORE: Considered to be the cool cousin among India’s top four metros, Bangalore boasts a great foodie, music and café scene and an equally incredible bar and nightclub culture. The city is located close to some of the most beautiful vineyards that India has to offer, and while it lacks historical sites in the true sense, it more than makes up with its infectious buzz, glitzy malls, and cosmopolitan lifestyle. For a change of scenery, simply head over to one of the many museums, gardens, temples and palaces that Bangalore has to offer. There’s some beautiful Victorian-era architecture worth exploring as well!

MYSORE: Kings and traditions have always been an integral part of Mysore. The city boasts a fascinating history and is littered with beautiful temples and palaces from a bygone era. For a long time, Mysore basked in its ancient charm, happy as one of the slow-paced old-world towns in the country. However, the IT revolution has completely transformed Mysore into a flamboyant showstopper, a majestic city that presents the best of everything without losing out on its rich identity. Unlike most parts of the country, Mysore boasts of exceptional weather and its bustling bazaars are amazing places for discovering sandalwood items and incense. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Mysore Palace is easily the key attraction here, but yoga tourism and Ayurveda resorts are also becoming huge draws for tourists from all over the world. 

SHRAVANBELAGOLA: Located at a distance of 140 kms from Bangalore, Shravanabelagola is an important Jain pilgrimage centre in South India. Shravanabelagola is a delight for anyone interested in architectural wonders and ancient ruins. Its relics and sculptures date all the way back to the Indus Valley Civilization and that mammoth structure of Lord Bahubali, the tallest monolithic stone statue on the planet, narrates stories of sheer human genius. Carved out of a single block of granite, this statue is as perfect as any sculpture could ever be. For an experience of a lifetime, visit this ancient town during the Mahamastakabhisheka Festival, held once in 12 years. The next festival is slated to be held in the month of Feb 2018.

HASSAN: With a well-connected railhead and a wide range of hotels, Hassan offers a great spot to set up a base as you explore South Indian wonders like Sravanabegola, Halebid and Belur. Sravanabegola is one of the most important pilgrim centres for the Jains, dominated by a 17 m monolith of Lord Bahubali, the tallest monolithic statue on the planet. Halebid bears testimony to Karnataka’s cultural heritage with its 12th-century temples, exquisite carvings and stunning paintings. The Hoysaleswara temple is particularly unique as no two facets of the temple have the same design. Belur was once known to be the capital of the prosperous Hoysala Empire and is full of beautiful temples, intricate carvings and mesmerising architecture. 

HALEBID:  Though Halebid flourished as the capital of the beautiful Hoysala Empire for more than 150 years, it is mostly remembered for its stunning Hoysaleswara Temple, considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in the country. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple dates back to the 12th century and is known for its stunning carvings and grand architecture. Such is the sculptural extravaganza of this ancient beauty that it has been widely regarded as one of the greatest exhibitions of human genius, one of the most remarkable monuments ever created. Hoysaleswara has as many as 35000 intricately carved statues and sculptures depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and carvings from the Upanishads and the Puranas. What’s more, no two facets of this work of art have the same design!

CHIKMAGALUR: Chikmagalur is a calm, serene town full of scenic surprises. Hills, valleys, streams and snow-white coffee blossoms are all here to woo. In and around Chikmagalur there are beautiful hill stations and places of picturesque beauty. The district is strewn with many holy spots and proliferates legends associated with stories from the epics of Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

HAMPI: The spell-binding ruins of Hampi have long drawn travellers from all over the world. You’ll probably have to experience a train journey to get there, but the alien-like landscape and mesmerising architecture are well worth your time. Hampi’s terrain is full of humongous boulders with paddy fields and banana plantations offering a respite from miles of rocky landscapes. In between all this chaos, you also come across countless ancient ruins and stunning temples that date all the way back to the Vijayanagara Empire. Key attractions in this UNESCO World Heritage Site include the Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Virupaksha Temple, Big Shivlinga temple and Hemakuta Hill temple. Hampi Bazaar is where you find most of the lodges, shops and restaurants. Located right next to the huge Virupaksha Temple, this is one of the best places to hang out while in Hampi.

BADAMI: This ancient capital of the Chalukyas is famous for its rock-cut temples dating back to the 5th and 8th centuries AD. These temples have been carved out of sandstone cliffs and have been dedicated to Hindu, Buddhist and Jain gods. Badami’s red sandstone cliffs give it that Wild West feeling, but as soon as the dust settles down, you’re treated to a fascinating sight of beautiful old houses, ancient doorways and exquisite carvings. Other attractions include the Agastyatirtha Tank, a beautiful body of water that is considered holy and divine and a wide range of adventure activities such as trekking, cave explorations and rock climbing.

GOA: Ever wondered how it would feel if you brought in western excess, threw it into a culturally rich Indian town and introduced tons of natural beauty and a laid-back, relaxed vibe for added effect? Goa looks like a far cry from the isolated white sand beach hideaway shown in Bourne Supremacy, but it’s still one of the most beautiful yet one of the most happening destinations you’ll ever visit. North Goa is where all the action takes place. It hosts most of those world-famous parties, and there’s always a Vegas-like adventure to become a part of. As you move down south, you’re slowly introduced to vast expanses of unspoilt beaches and exquisite resorts. Downing a drink in one of these beaches under the setting sun is perhaps the best thing to do here, but the smattering of spectacular Renaissance cathedrals, beautiful Hindu temples, and authentic Portuguese architecture offers a pleasant diversion to keep you occupied.

MUMBAI: Mumbai the city of dreams. One of the best and most cosmopolitan cities of Asia. The commercial lifeline of India. Home to Bollywood, the second largest film industry in the world. A place where some of the biggest slums share the area with sprawling metropolises. The epicentre for fashion and Indian wine. A trip to Mumbai is everything you’d expect from a major metropolis, yet so much more. It’s a humbling experience, to say the least. But it’s also fascinating, edgy and exciting. Those colonial-era relics, incredible bazaars, hidden wine cafes and enclaves of peace and serenity really do have a way of putting you at ease.

What our clients say

Thank you for all the arrangements you made for our tour to Karnataka. Everything when to plan, we have very good guides and our driver was lovely and always trying to inform us of interesting facts when driving between locations.

We stopped for Chai by the side of the road at the local stalls and Sharon you were right this simple experience really added to our tour when meeting the local people who are not used to seeing westerners. We will definitely come back to you again when India calls us back.

Leona & Jack – Brighton

Karnataka's Ancient History & Goa

DAY 01 – TRAVEL TO BANGALORE
Fly to Bangalore with British Airways.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE BANGALORE
Arrive Bangalore; VIP meet at aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be meet at the arrivals door then transferred to your hotel. 

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – BANGALORE TO MYSORE (B)
Drive to Mysore (3.5 Hrs) with sightseeing en route of Somnathpur located 35 km from Mysore, with the famed Keshava Temple, which is a splendid example of Hoysala architecture. 

On arrival in Mysore check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

DAY 04 – MYSORE (B)
Full day sightseeing of Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills & Srirangapatnam

Explore Mysore this morning. This town was the capital of the Wadiyar family who was restored to the throne by the British in 1799. Later 16 Kms from Mysore stand the ruins of Hyder Ali’s and Tipu sultan’s capital at Srirangapatna, from which they ruled much of Southern India during the 18th century.

DAY 05 – MYSORE TO HASSAN (B)
Drive to Hassan (3 Hrs), en route visiting the Sravan Belagola, 52 km from Hassan, is one of the oldest and most important Jain shrines in India with a history going back to the 3rd century BC.

On arrival check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

DAY 06 – HASSAN TO CHIKMAGALUR (B)
Enjoy private guided tour of Belur famous for its magnificent Hoysala Temple Complex and Halebid and the Hoysaleswara Temple

Later, drive to Chikmagalur (1.5 Hrs). On arrival check-in at your hotel.

DAY 07 – CHIKMAGALUR (B)
This morning enjoy a private guided tour of Coffee Plantation and Coffee Museum. The afternoon is then at leisure to relax.

DAY 08 – CHIKMANGALUR TO HAMPI (B)
Drive to Hampi (6.5 Hrs), on arrival check-in at your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to relax.

DAY 09 – HAMPI (B)
Private guided tour of Hampi visiting Hemakuta Hill, Virupaksha Temple, Queens Bath, Elephant Stables, Royal enclosure, Hazara Rama Temple

DAY 10 – HAMPI TO BADAMI (B)
Drive to Badami. (3.5 Hrs), on arrival check-in at your hotel. The afternoon is then at leisure to relax.

DAY 11 – BADAMI (B)
Half day sightseeing visit Pattadakal and Badami cave temples. Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

DAY 12 – BADAMI TO GOA (B)
Drive to Goa (6 Hrs), on arrival check-in at your hotel.

DAY 13 – GOA (B)
The day is at leisure to relax at the hotel and enjoy the beach.

DAY 14 – GOA (B)
The day is at leisure to relax at the hotel and enjoy the beach.

DAY 15 – GOA (B)
The day is at leisure to relax at the hotel and enjoy the beach.

DAY 16 – GOA TO MUMBAI (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai, on arrival meet and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon you are taken on a private guided tour of Mumbai city, depending on how much you want to see here is a list of the major sites.

The Gateway of India, Dhobi Ghat open air laundry, Victoria Terminus train station, Colaba Market, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, The Regal Circle, Bombay University, The Oval Maidan cricket ground, Mani Bhavan the focal point of Gandhi’s political activities in Mumbai, The Town Hall, The Municipal Building.

Add on an extra day in Mumbai to see more of what the city has to offer

We can also arrange a walking tour of the slums, Dharavi made famous in the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, or you may like to see how the famous dabbawalas deliver up to 200,000 lunch boxes each day.

DAY 17 – MUMBAI – HOMEBOUND (B)
Today India bids you farewell with your transfer to the international terminal.

Karnataka's Ancient History & Goa

Hotels

Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.


Karnataka's Ancient History & Goa

Extensions

Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.


Extend your stay in  south Goa and stay for a different experience. The south Goa beach circuit begins from Margao, the second most important city in Goa

3.5 hrs south of Goa stay at a unique Spa and Yoga Retreat. Swa Swara is the inner voice of the Self that echoes on a fabled beach, shaped like the very first sound of creation OM

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