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Culture and Heritage of South India

Bombay - Goa - Belgaum - Badami - Aihole - Hospet - Hassan - Madikeri - Mysore - Bangalore (15 Nights / 16 Days)

Day 01 / Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai ,meet assist at the airport and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Mumbai.

Day 02 / Mumbai
After breakfast proceed for a half day tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India – The stone archway designed by Wittett in the 16th century Gujarati style, Prince of Whales Museum & Elephanta Caves – 9 kms by sea. These 7th century rock – cut cave temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are situated a top a hill on the island. Night stay in Mumbai.
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Day 03 / Mumbai - Goa
After breakast transfer to Airport for flight to Goa. On arrival transfer to hotel. Night stay in Goa.

Day 04 / Goa
Ater breakfast visit the city that is called the "Archaeologist’s Delight" In the morning you will visit North Goa covering Miramar Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus and the city of Panjim-bustling with shops and tourists.South Goa in the afternoon. Night stay in Goa.

Day 05 / Goa
After breakfast ,It’s the day to relax. Also visit the exquisite churches from the Portuguese era with their remarkable architecture and mysterious history make the city truly exhilarating. Follow this up by an afternoon and evening on the silvery sands and serene waters. Goa’s splendid coastline extends over 100 kilometres, and some of the world’s most charming beaches are located here. If time permits, Churches of astounding historical importance could squeeze in. Night stay in Goa.

Day 06 / Goa - Belgaum - Badami ( 275 kms 6 hrs )
Today after breakfast drive to Badami enroute visiting Belgaum - a total picture of contrasts. On one side is the old town area and modern on other, in the heart of Belgaum is the Fort. Inside it are most famous Kamala Basti, the Jain Temple & the Jama Masjid. The Kapileshwar Temple, the Ananthashayana. Night stay in Badami.

Day 07 / Badami
After breakfast proceed for city tour covering Rock–cut cave Temples, Gateways, Forts, Inscriptions, Sculptures that seem to come alive before your eyes. Badami has to be seen to be believed. Climb a flight of steps to reach the ancient caves – all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. Also a must see are Bhutanatha temples that lend their names to the lake just beneath the cave temples. Take a dip in this green tranquil river. It is said to have the healing properties. Badami also has the eighteen inscriptions ranging from 06th to 09th century. Night stay in Badami.

Day 08 / Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal – Hospet
Today after breakfast proceed for Hospet enroute visiting Aihole and Pattadakal, and for that nothing can be said as everything is self explanatory. Aihole which is famous as the "cradle of the Indian Architecture". Also visit Pattadakal – Situated on the left bank of the Malaprabha river, a world heritage centre, has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture, later continue towards Hospet. Night stay in Hospet.

Day 09 / Hospet
This morning explore the beautiful world of Hospet. The touristic importance of this lies in its proximity to Hampi, the site of the Medieval Vijaynagar Empire, (13 kms) is the most evocative of all the ruins in Karnataka. Night stay in Hospet.

Day 10 / Hospet - Hassan
Have breakfast and head towards the destination that has it all. Yes it is Hassan. Transfer to hotel. Take an excursion to Belur & Halebid, a beautiful example of Hoysala architecture. Famous of them is The Chennakesava Temple : which took 103 years to complete. The temples of Halebid bear mute testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnataka. Night stay in Hassan.

Day 11 / Hassan - Shravanbelagola – Hassan
After breakfast proceed to see the splendor of Shravanbelgola. 51 kms south – east of Hassan, one of most important Jain Pilgrim centers. Here is the 17m high monolith of Lord Bahubali – the world’s tallest monolithic statue. Rest of the day you will remain free to explore the surroundings. Night stay in Hassan.
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Day 12 / Hassan – Madikeri
In the morning have breakfast and move for Madikeri, a place which is called as the "Scotland Of India". On arrival ,transfer to hotel. Later visit Madikeri Fort , Abbey Falls , Nisargadhama – Known for its calm, serene beauty, this place is an ideal picnic spot visited by hundreds of tourists throughout the year. Night stay in Madikeri.

Day 13 / Madikeri – Mysore
Have your breakfast & ride to the exclusive locales of Mysore. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Later visit :Mysore Palace, Chamundi hills – Towering over the city, these hills are 13 kms away from Mysore. Halfway up is the Nandi bull, a 4.8m monolith. Brindavan Gardens – A site to be loved. The musical fountains & colourful lights transform this place into a fairy land. Night stay in Mysore.

Day 14 / Mysore
Have breakfast and set to visit : Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery – Housed in the Jag Mohan Palace, the gallery has a collection of exquisite paintings. In the afternoon visit Somnathpur. It is a little village where you can see the famous 13th century temple well known for its great architectural beauty. The star shaped temple with three shrines is the latest & well preserved heritage of Hoysala architecture. Night stay in Mysore.

Day 15 / Mysore - Sirangapatnam – Bangalore
Morning, free to explore the beautiful surroundings. Afternoon drive to Bangalore enroute visiting Sirangapatnam . capital of the warrior – King Hyder Ali & his son Tipu Sultan, has magnificent monuments that are well worth a visit. In the evening, drive to Bangalore. On arrival transfer to hotel. Night stay in Banglore.

Day 16 / Bangalore – Mumbai - Departure
Today morning come with us to explore the "city of gardens" . Visit Vidhan Sudha – It houses the State’s Legislature and Secretariat, Nandi Temple – One of the oldest temple, popularly known as the Bull temple. In the evening take flight to Bombay. On arrival, transfer to hotel and refresh. Transfer to International Airport to board the onward flight.

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