Heritage Karnataka Tour
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Enjoy a Heady Mix of the Old and the New in Karnataka
Recognized in music of Karnataka style of classical music and in IT sector a giant as advanced as Silicon Valley for Bangalore, the state capital, the state of Karnataka is the sixth largest state in India. A beautiful state, its costal belt is consisted of a good number coconut trees, beautiful beaches, mountains, valleys and farmlands. Some of the popular beaches of Karnataka are Karwar, Gokarna, Murudeshwar, Malpe, Ullal and Mangalore.
The history as well as culture of Karnataka emerges from the most powerful empires of ancient and medieval India. Along with local Kannadigas, Karnataka is home to Tuluvas, Kodavas and Konkanis. A significant number of Tibetan Buddhists and tribes like the Soligas, Yeravas, Todas and Siddhis also live in Karnataka. In classical music, with both Karnataka (Carnatic) and Hindustani styles, the state has a unique place giving name to a good number of legendary musicians in both styles.
The most admired destination of Karnataka, its state capital, Bangalore is one of the major IT hubs of the world. A major metropolitan city, Bangalore is a city for youth and startups offering a unique combine of IT companies and elements for urban and night lifestyle as pubs, bars, discos, etc.
Arrive Bangalore International airport from your hometown or ex any other international airport in India. The representative of Max Holidays India will receive you and will escort you to your hotel where you may relax for the night.
After breakfast enjoy a full day tour of the Garden city of Bangalore. Start the day with a visit to Ganesha Temple, very famous Nandi Bull Temple and palace of Tipu Sultan. Later visit Lallbagh botanical garden which was laid out by Muslim ruler Haidar Ali and the huge neo-Dravidian granite structure of Vidhan Saudha which houses the state legislative and secretariat. The Lallbagh garden also showcase a large iron and glass conservatory modelled on the lines of Crystal Palace of London.
In the morning, after breakfast we head to the beautiful city of Mysore. Enroute visit Srirangapatana which is famous for Ranganathaswami Temple built in the 9th century. Enclosed by river Kaveri, Rangapatana is located nearly 19 kms from Mysore. After visiting the temple, we proceed to Mysore and check into the hotel. In the afternoon visit the beautiful palace of Maharaja of Mysore built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades. Also visit Brindavan Garden, Chamundi Hill, Nandi Bull and St. Philomena's Church. Night stay at Mysore
About 100 kms journey from Mysore will take you to the beautiful town of Madikeri which welcomes you with shimmering green fields, majestic mountains and coffee plantation. The main attractions of Madikeri district are the Madikeri Fort, Raja’s seat, Raja’s Tomb and Abey Water Falls. After visiting the places have a relaxed day in the beautiful surroundings
We head to Hassan after breakfast. Hassan is known as the architecture capital of Karnataka state. After check in take a tour of Hassan visiting the Hasanamba Temple which opens once in a year for a week before Diwali and closes on very next day but attracts many thousands of devotees from around the country. Also visit the very important Jain centre at Shravanabelagola which lies 51 kms South-East from Hassan. The 1000 year old and 17meter high monolith of Lord Bahubali is the prime attraction of Shravanabelagola tour. Evening drive back to Hassan for stay
After breakfast take an excursion tour to Belur and Helebid which lies about 38 kms North-west from Hassan.
Belur is a quaint hamlet located on the bank of river Yagachi. Belur was once the capital of Hoysala dynasty in India and is known to the travelers for its exquisite temples. The beautiful Chennakeshava temple at Belur is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture in Karnataka. It took about 103 years to build this temple and if you feel ‘why?’ then you can know only by seeing its architectural beauty while you visit the temple.
Again 17 kms ahead from Belur is another beautiful town called Helebid which is also a finest example of Karnataka’s rich cultural heritage The Hoysaleswara Temple is dating back to the 12th century The walled of the beautiful temple are carved with a variety of Gods and Goddesses, dancing girls, animals and birds etc.
Have a hearty breakfast in your hotel, drive to Hospet. On arrival at Hospet, short sightseeing tour and relaxed time at the hotel.
This morning visit Hampi, one of the UNESCO Heritage sites also known as the ‘Rome of India’ because of architectural beauty. Hampi was found in 12th century by local prince Hakka & Bukka. The city of Hampi is full of surprises which includes the place like King’s balance. King’s Balance is the place where the king was weighed against grains, money, gold etc and then it was distributed in the poor peoples. Night stay will be at Hospet.
After breakfast, we head to Badami enroute visit Aihole and Pattadakal. Aihole, the first capital of Chalukyas is situated along Malaprabha River, also offers temples dating back to 6th century CE. The beautiful architecture of Chalukyan era can also be experienced at Pattadakal which is a dream place for art historians. The group of 9 temples at Pattadakal are almost in single file. The uniqueness of the temples is that some of the temples represent South India’s Dravidian architecture and some of them represent North India’s Nagara style while one temple represents hybrid style.
After visiting Aihole and Pattadakal proceed to Badami for night stay.
In the morning visit Badami, the capital city of Chalukya Empire in India who ruled between 4th and 8th century. Like Aihole and Pattadakal, Badami is also a finest example of Dravidian architecture and rock cut caves. Chalukyas used Badami as their capital from 540 to 747 AD. After sightseeing tour of Badami, leave to Belgaum. On arrival at Belgaum, check into the hotel.
Visit Belgaum Fort and Varapoha Falls before you proceed to the most beautiful beach destination of Goa. On arrival at Goa, check into your beautiful beach resort in North/South Goa. Rest of the time is free to relax, overnight stay in the resort.
After breakfast take a half day tour to Old Goa. Visit the Churches and Old houses of Goa. Spend rest of the time on your own to explore the beauty of the beach or take some Ayurveda messages in / around your resort.
Full day is for relaxation and personal activities. Stay in your beach resort.
Following a leisure morning at resort, afternoon transferred to the airport to board your flight to Mumbai. You will be received at the Mumbai airport and escorted to your pre booked hotel in Mumbai.
A full day tour of Mumbai city includes visit to many tourist sites of Mumbai such as Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobhi Ghat (The open air laundry), Hanging Garden, Gateway of India etc. The second half of the day is dedicated to excursion to beautiful rock cut caves of Elephanta Island. This beautiful island is accessible by one hour ferry ride from Gateway of India. A drive through beautiful and busy Marine Drive or a Tonga (horse cart) ride in the evening under the street lights will provide a beautiful view of the city along Arabian sea. Night stay will be at the hotel.
In time the representative of the Company will meet you in the hotel lobby to escort you to the Mumbai international airport from where you board your flight to onward destination / home.
Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance
15 nights in handpicked hotels
All ground transport for sightseeing trips
Guides / Escorts
Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours
Govt of India taxes and Company service charges
What’s not included
International or domestic flights are not included
Please carry a valid travel insurance
Visa fee and charges
Monument and museum tickets
Meals not specified
Any kind of personal expenses/bills
You will spend 15 nights in comfortable hotels and equivalent to three star standard including three nights in a beautiful beach resort at Goa. All hotels are selected keeping in mind the feedback of past travellers. The rooms tastefully designed with en suite facilities.
Hotels offer single room at an additional cost. If you are travelling single and wish to convert your accommodation to a single room please inform our booking team in advance.
Remark : A short trip to Golden triangle circuit of India can be combined with this itinerary.
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