Karnataka Cultural Tour

Duration: 09 Nights & 10 Days
Places to see: Hyderabad – Gulbarga – Bijapur – Badami – Hampi – Chitradurga – Chikmagalur – Malpe – Coorg – Nagarhole – Mysore – Bangalore

Day 01: Home – Hyderabad

Traditional welcome on arrival at Hyderabad international airport by our executive and transfer to hotel for immediate check-in for overnight stay. The city of Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh, which is spread over the Deccan Plateau and is the fifth largest metropolitan city in India. If shopping is your passion, you can pick up some distinctive items such as the famous Hyderabadi pearls and other handicrafts, which are unique to the city of Hyderabad and flaunt it with pride.


Day 02: Hyderabad

Enjoy the lavish breakfast. Morning visit the Falukuma Palace, Mecca Masjid, the Salar Jung Museum and the splendid Charminar. In the afternoon drive to the fortress of Golconda and the tombs of the Qutab Shahi kings. Enjoy the Nawabi dinner with scrumptious meals and cuisines. Overnight at hotel.


Day 03: Hyderabad – Gulbarga

After beakfast drive to Gulbarga, en route stopover at Bidar – a tiny district steeped in history. The fort, the cannons, palaces in ruins, the magnificent tombs and the massive monuments, all combine to make a visit to the one-time capital of the Bahamani and Barid Shahi dynasties, truly memorable. Drive continues to Gulbarga – Gulbarga was the capital of the Bahamani Kingdom which ruled this region. The Gulbarga Fort built byBahamani’s is a famous monument attracting large number of tourists. Later visit the remarkable 15th century Jama Masjid. Overnight at hotel.


Day 04: Gulbarga – Bijapur

After an early breakfast, drive to Bijapur – Think of Bijapur and the first thing that comes to mind is the Gol Gumbaz – the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah. Mohammad Adil Shah built Bijapur during the 17th century. Visit the Gol Gumbaz or the round dome. This structure has the largest dome unsupported by pillars to be found in India and the second largest in the world. Later visit Ibrahim Roza, a beautiful tomb built by Adil Shah II for his queen. Overnight at hotel.


Day 05: Bijapur – Badami

After breakfast at hotel drive to Badami – The capital of the Early Chalukyas, Badami (also known as Vatapi), is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a Ravine between two rocky hills. Rock-cut cave temples, gateways, forts, inscriptions, sculptures that seem to come alive under your eyes. Visit to the rock cut caves, the Mahakuteshwara Temple and the Northern Fort. In early evening, drive to Pattadakal, a World Heritage Site. Pattadakal reached its pinnacle under the Chalukya kings. Visit the cluster of 10 major temples, each displaying interesting architectural features. Overnight at hotel.


Day 06: Badami – Hampi

After breakfast drive to Hampi – “Vijayanagara” is such that the pupil of they eye has never seen a place like it” so eulogized Abdul Razaq, a Muslim envoy who visited Hampi, the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara kingdom, in 1443. En route visit Aihole – a tranquil village on the banks of the Malaprabha river. There are hundreds of temples in the villages and fields nearby. We visit the Durga Temple, the Lad Khan Temple, Ravalphadi Cave Temple and the Buddhist Temple. On arrival at Hampi, check in hotel. Evening free to explore this 14th century sleepy town set amidst an awesome boulder strewn landscape along the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Overnight at hotel.


Day 07: Hampi

After breakfast city tour visiting the three main complexes, the Virupaksha temple, The Vittala Temple and the King’s Palace. Evening free to stroll among the ruins of Hampi, which are extensive and fascinating, and one is sure to discover something new at every bend along the road. Overnight at hotel.


Day 08: Hampi – Chitradurga

After breakfast drive to Chitradurga – District head quarters. Famous for its historic fort. It is place where the heroine Obawa fought against Hyder Ali. It was ruled by a local cheiftian Madhakari Nayaka. Visit Kallina Kote Fort (Palace of Stone), a marvel of military architecture made impregnable by the Nayak Palegars. Encircled by seven massive walls, the fort has 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, four of which are secret, granaries, oil pits, water tanks, a palace and a mosque. Overnight at hotel.


Day 09: Chitradurga – Chikmagalur

After breakfast drive to Chikmagalur – a calm, serene town full of scenic surprises: hills, valleys, streams and the aroma of coffee wafting in the misty air. This famous coffee town is located at a height of over 1900 metres in a luxuriant valley south of the Baba Bundangiri range and is a trekker’s paradise. PM – an excursion to Belur (35 kms) to visit the famed Chennakeshava temple built in 12th century AD to celebrate Hoysala military victories and took over a hundred years to complete. Return to Chikmagalur by evening and enjoy the Nawabi style dinner retreat. Overnight at hotel.


Day 10: Chikmagalur – Malpe

After breakfast drive to Malpe, a beach resort. En route visit Halebid – the ancient capital of the Hoysalas. Visit the Hoysaleswara temple perched on a star-shaped base. Its walls are richly carved with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylised animals, birds, and friezes depicting the life of the Hoysala kings. Overnight at resort.


Day 11: Malpe – Coorg

After breakfast, spend the morning on the beach. Afternoon drive to Coorg (Kodagu) – is an enchanting expanse of natural tourist spot that nestles amid the hills and valleys of the picturesque Western Ghats. Evening free for leisurely walks. Overnight at hotel.


Day 12: Coorg – Nagarhole

After breakfast drive to the Nagarhole National Park – has an astonishing abundance of wildlife, especially the Asiatic elephant. Take a jeep safari into the jungle. The backdrop of the distant misty blue Brahmagiri Mountains, the natural sounds of the jungle, the gurgling of streams and rivers, and the twittering of the birds make Nagarhole a memorable experience. Overnight at resort.


Day 13: Nagarhole – Mysore

After breakfast drive to Mysore – has been always associated with the royal families and their patronage, be it the Wodeyars or the Sultans. Mysore is a city known for its resplendent palaces and majestic buildings. A visit to the city conjures up visions of the glory, still evident of the illustrious Wodeyar Kings. This former state capital still retains its tradition in music and dance, art and literature and its time-honored crafts. Mysore enchants you with its quaint charm, verdant gardens, tree-lined boulevards and its sacred temples. Mysore, once the state capital, today is a vibrant city teeming with tourists and visitors. It is known the world over for its exotic sandalwood and rich silks. Many culinary delights await those inclined to sample the regional cuisine. Visit Somnathpur Temple. It was built in the 13th century in the exquisite Hoysala Temple architecture. Hoysala art is intricate and highly detailed. The temple is set on a chiseled plinth guarded by elephants. Visit Srirangapatna famous for the island fortress of the legendary warrior king Tipu Sultan is just 14 km from Mysore city. Inside the fortress is Tipu’s mosque with its twin minarets, the Wellesley Bridge and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned. Visit Brindavan Gardens, located at the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam. Brindavan Gardens is one of the best gardens in South India. Spread over 150 acres, Brindavan Gardens has since the 1960s provided the backdrop for many Indian films. Also visit Chamundi Hill where you are welcomed by a large colorful statue of Mahishasura, the demon after whom Mysore is named. The gigantic bull, vehicle of Shiva, is still worshipped In the evening visit the illuminating Maharaja Palace built in 1857 in Indo-Saracenic style. The Palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Overnight in the hotel.


Day 14: Mysore – Bangalore

After breakfast drive to Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. En route visit Sharavanbelagola – a Jain pilgrimage site. Visit the world’s tallest monolith statute of Lord Bahubali (Gommateshwara) located atop the Indragiri. Just opposite is the smaller Chandragiri hill where some Jain temples and tomb of Chandra Gupta Maurya, famous patron of Jainism can be seen. Overnight at hotel.


Day 15: Bangalore – Home

After breakfast drive to the airport to board flight for onward destination.


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