Located in the southwestern part of India, the state of Karnataka has its own unique flavour with which it attracts travellers from all around the globe. Though it doesn’t have a very long coastline, it does offer an array of historical, religious and cultural attractions for travellers to visit, explore and remember. Bengaluru (previously Bangalore), a popular hi-tech city is the capital of Karnataka. This city presents an amazing nightlife and numerous options to go on a shopping spree. Other famous cities in the state include Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli, Belgaum, Bellary, Shimoga, Hassan and Udupi.
On the Karnataka Heritage Tour, you’ll discover the rich heritage of some of the most precious destinations of Karnataka. Arrive in Bangalore and set out on a fun-filled sightseeing tour of the city. Next, drive to Mysore which is also famous as the ‘Sandalwood City’ of India. Though the Mysore Palace is the biggest crowd-puller in Mysore, the city also features a number of ancient temples and religious sites. Coorg, a picturesque hill station, is your next halt. While in Coorg, feast your eyes on the scenic beauty and visit the Abbey Falls, 50 km away. A coffee plantation tour in Coorg is what travellers love enjoying the most. After a full-day sightseeing tour of Mangalore, a sea port on the Malabar Coast, drive to the temple town of Gokarna for more exploration.
Later, head to the town of Hampi, which contains the ruins of the Vijaynagar Kingdom. Witness the ancient temple architecture in the Hazara Rama Temple Complex and Vittala Temple Complex in Hampi. Undertake a sightseeing tour of Badami which was once the capital of the Chalukyas. A series of rock-cut caves and temples (Hindu, Jain and Buddhist) are the key attractions in Badami. Finally, drive to Goa - the ‘Beach Capital’ of India. Spend some quality time on Goan beaches, play beach games, relish traditional Goan dishes and drinks. Depart from Goa.
After a traditional Indian welcome by Max Holidays company representative at the airport, you will be escorted to your prebooked hotel
After wash and change, we proceed for Bangalore sightseeing. Start for the sightseeing of Silicon Valley of India, visit Bangalore Palace constructed totally of teak wood and thereby described as ‘Abode of Happiness’, Vidhan Soudha – A famous landmark whose architecture is based on splendid neo-Dravidian style, Cubbon Park, Government Museum of Bangalore and Lal Bagh Botanical Garden.
After breakfast, we will drive to Mysore ‘Sandalwood city”. Mysore with its abundant parks and palaces still retains the aura of grandeur and royalty. Upon arrival in Mysore, check in to the hotel. Later leave for guided city tour which includes Mysore Palace built in Indo Sarascenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Go to Chamundi hills to see 2000 year old Chamundeshwari temple dedicated to the patron goddess of the royal family. On the half way to the hill see 4.8 meters high and 7.6 meters wide monolithic statue of the Nandi Bull. Evening is free to walk around the local markets. Night stay at hotel
Today leave for a beautiful hill station full of lush green forest, coffee plantation, and dense teak wood forest on the Western Ghat. On arrival, check in to your resort. You can go to Abbey Falls which is 05 Km from Coorg also known as Jesse Falls. Also see the Fort built by kings of Coorg on a hill overlooking the town. Another place of interest is Omkareshwara temple which is the combination of Hindu and Muslim Architecture. Overnight stay is at resort.
Full day is at leisure to enjoy the beauty of nature.
After breakfast, we drive to Mangalore on the Malabar Coast. Now India's 9th largest cargo handling port, Mangalore handles approximately 75% of India's coffee exports and the bulk of its cashew nuts. Upon arival in Mangalore, check into your hotel.
Today, we proceed to the Mangalore sightseeing. Starting the tour with Sultan's Battery – place built by the Tipu Sultan, where the big canons are places to prevent English invadors away. It offers good views as it is surrounded by the bliss of nature. Visit Shreemanthi Bai Memorial Government Museum to see the ancient collection. Kadri Manjunath Temple dedicated to lord Shiva. Visit St. Aloysius Church, whos wall are covered with the artistic paintings all over.
After breakfast, we will drive to Gokarna – a temple town. The place is famous for its diverse location and untouched beaches. Upon arrival in Gokarna, check into your hotel.
Morning, wake up a bit early and enjoy the rising sun from the beaches. Following breakfast, we will visit to Mahabaleshwar Temple dedicated to lord Shiva. From here we will visit to the beaches of Gokarna which are Main Beach – known for surfing, Nirvana beach, Om beach and Paradise beach
After breakfast, we will drive to Hampi ruins of the Vijaynagar city and located on the bank of Tungbhadra river. On arrival at Hampi, check into your hotel. Evening is at leisure to explore the local vicinity at your own. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Today we will visit group of Hindu temples which includes Hazara Rama Temple Complex full of inscriptions reflecting the story of hindi epic – Ramayna. Visit the Vittala Temple Complex which is the most famous and most attractive site. You can see here big chariots, musical pillars,
Today drive to Badami en route visiting Pattadakal & Aihole. Pattadakal, also known as Petrigal, reached its peak of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The life of Lord Krishna is carved on the pillars of the Mallikarjuna Temple. Virupaksha temple has carvings and panoramas from, the Ramayana & Mahabharata. The Papanatha Temple has remarkable carvings on pillars and roof. Aihole is the frame of stone temple structural design of the southern Dravida School. The Durga temple is famous for their sculptures. Later continue drive to Badami. Upon arrival in Badami, check into hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, proceeds for the sightseeing tour of Badami - an ancient capital of Chaulakyas in 6th and 8th century, also known as Vatapi. Badami is famous for Rock Cut caves and temples which are consist of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist temples. Badami fort dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha.
Today you will be drive to Goa, to enjoy one of the spectacular beaches . On arrival at Goa, check into your hotel. Rest of the day is to recover from driver and enjoy the local serenity.
Days are at leisure to enjoy the spectacular beaches of Goa.
Transfer to the International airport to board your flight back home.
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