South India Temple Tour
Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Places Covered: Bangluru – Mysore – Hassan – Belur – Halebid – Hospet – Hampi – Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal – Badami – Hubli – Goa
Price: On Request
Over the years, South India has been known because of its cultural heritage and marvelous surroundings. The temple tour of South India takes you through the sacred temples of South India and also brings the beautiful architectural layout to the forefront. This tour of South India not only guide you to witness the religious and the cultural segment of India but also reveals the colour of true uniqueness of ancient temples of South India. Start this tour from IT capital city of India Bangalore (Bagaluru), then visit the temple city Mysore… continue to explore the temples, landscape and local life this the part of our country.
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Bengalore, also known as Bengaluru, is the capital city of Karnataka. As an Information Technology Hub, Bangalore is also known as "Silicon Valley of India".
Nearest Airport: Kempegowda International Airport
Languages Spoken: Kannada, English, Hindi
STD Code: 080
Best Time to Visit: October - March
Arrival Bangalore: Upon arrival at Bangalore airport meet & greet by our representative and transfer to hotel, after check in formalities you have time for take rest.
Bangalore – Mysore (145 Km): After leisure breakfast half day city tour of Bangalore, popularly known as the Garden City with well laid out parks and gardens, long avenues of brightly blossomed trees and salubrious climate through- out the year. Visit Bull temple at Basavangudi, Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon Park and Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. Post lunch drive to Mysore en route visit Tipus Sultan's Palace – a fine specimen of military architecture of the 18th century with a two storeyed ornate structure built entirely in wood. On arrival check in hotel.
Mysore: Morning excursion to the outstanding Temple at Somnathpur built to extol Hoysala craftsmanship. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the delightful green city of Mysore – includes the hilltop Sri Chamundeswari Temple, the vast monolithic Nandi, Mysore Palace and the bustling Devraja market. Overnight at hotel.
Mysore - Hassan via Shravanabelagola (155 Km): Morning drive to Hassan en route visiting Shravanabelagola one of the most sacred Jain centres. See the superb 57-foot tall statue of Lord Bahubali Gomateshwara. Two nights at the Hoysala Village Resort.
Hassan (Excursion of Belur & Halebid): After breakfast full day excursion of Belur & Halebid. The 12th C. Hoysala Temples are masterpieces, the ornate filigree stonework is unsurpassed. The marvelous star shaped Shiva Temple, in Halebid is breathtaking – fantastic frieze cover the entire exterior with exquisitely carved elephants, horses and mythical beasts. The Chennakesava Temple at Belur built 900 years ago, is yet another prime example of the Hoysala art. Drive back to hotel for overnight stay.
Hassan – Hospet (255 Km): Breakfast at hotel later drive to Hospet. The magical Deccan wild and evocative strewn with monolithic granite boulders, is a fitting backdrop for the World Heritage site of this great Vijayanagar ruined city. The sightseeing can only give a mere hint of the glorious past of Hampi, a wonder of architecture and incredible carvings.
Full day Hampi sightseeing: The best way to experience this World Heritage Site is to take a leisurely stroll through the eloquent ruins. Most of the important structure and ruins are located in tow areas, which are generally referred to as the Royal Centre and the Sacred Centre. The Royal Centre contains structures that seem to have been palaces, baths, pavilions, royal stables, and temples for ceremonial use. The sacred centre is situated on the banks of the holy Tungabhadra river. Visit Vittthala temple and Virupaksha temple.
Hospet – Badami (135 Km): After breakfast drive to Badami. It has exquisite cave temples belonging to the golden period of Chalukyan rule. There are 4 cave temples – all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. The first cave temple has an exquisite carving of Nataraja embodying 81 poses. The third cave is dedicated to Vishnu and is the largest and most ornamental. The fresco paintings in the cave resemble those of Ajanta. Overlooking the cave temples is a large tank around which are temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva.
Badami: Morning breakfast and proceed to visit Aihole and Pattadakal. Aihole - is famous as the Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture has over 125 temples all intricately carved and rich in detail famous ones are Lad Khan Temple, Drug (fort) Temple, Ravalphadi Cave Temple, Konti Temple Complex, Jain Meguthi Temple are few not to be Missed. Pattadaka l-a World Heritage center has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. Temples to visit are Virupaksha, Mallikarjuna and Panatha. Return to Badami in the evening.
Badami: Full day excursion to Bijapur, known as the City of Victory. It has about 50 mosques, more than 20 tombs and numerous palaces. Visit Gol Gumbaz, The tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah is an astounding engineering feat, being the second largest dome in the world, which is mysteriously unsupported by any pillar. The monument has become memorable for the whispering gallery under the dome, whose acoustics are superb. It carries the faintest whisper around the dome and returns it to the listener nine times. Ibrahim Rouza, Jumma Masjid, Archaeological Museum are the other interests of this town.
Badami – Hubli (105 Km): After breakfast proceed to Hubli. Hubli is the commercial center and business hub of North Karnataka. On arrival check in hotel, later proceed to local sightseeing includes Unkal Lake, on outskirts of Hubli offering sunset views, It is a picnic spot has green garden, recreational facilities for the children, boating facilities, & Chandramouleshwara Temple is an exquisite 900 year old temple near Unkal lake off Hubli Dharwad road. The temple was built on the lines of Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal temples. The monument is a protected monument with Archeological Survey of India (ASI). Overnight at hotel.
Hubli – Goa (155 Km): After breakfast, check out and drive to Goa to relax.
Goa: Full day free for relax or visit the near by beches. Overnight at hotel.
Goa – Mumbai (Flight) & Dep.: Morning board flight to Mumbai and continue onward destination.