Historic South India Tour (9nights & 10days)


Karnataka and Goa are one among the prominent states which has history in abundant. Shravanabelagola hosts a monolithic statue of Gomatheeshwara and ruins of Hampi & Badami are witness to the glory of Vijaynagara dynasty. The culture and heritage of Goa has a huge Portuguese influence.

Itinerary

Day 01: Bengaluru

_0199_bangaloreVidhana_Soudha_2012Upon arrival meet and assist transfer to hotel; after little rest proceed for sightseeing Bull Temple, Doddaganapathi temple, Lal Bagh, Vidhan Soudha, High court. Evening relax walk around Commercial street, MG Road. Dinner and night stay

Day 02: Bengaluru – Srirangapatnam – Mysore

_0037_Srirangapatnam2 Morning depart to Mysore enroute visit SRIRANGAPATNAM where one can see the spectacular island fortress of Srirangapatnam, the capital of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan.Other attractions at Srirangapatnam are Daria Doulata – Tippu Sultan’s Summer Palace & Gumbuz – Tippu’s Mausoleum. Drive 15Km to Mysore check in to hotel. Relax – Post Lunch visit Mysore: Sprawling Maharaja’s Palace with its outstanding treasures and ivory inlaid doors._0076_mysore-palace Having splendid affair with intricate carvings on the huge palatial doors should not be missed on any account. It is lavishly decorated with stained glasses, mirrors, pillars, paintings and jewels. Also visit St. Philomena’s Church, a beautiful Cathedral reminiscent of Medieval Architecture with stained glass Windows and lofty Towers. Chamundi Hills: Huge Nandi Bull statue with Chamundeshwari Temple Devraja Urs Market: Colorful shopping street 

Day 03: Mysore – Shravanabelagola – Hassan

_0042_shravanabelagolaToday morning drive to Hassan, enroute visit “SHRAVANABELAGOLA” – The 57-feet tall monolithic statue of Gomatheeswara is located on Vindyagiri Hill. It is considered to be the world’s largest monolithic stone statue. The base of the statue has an inscription in Kannada and Tamil, as well as the oldest evidence of written Marathi, dating from 981 AD. Every twelve years, thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the Mahamastakabhisheka, a spectacular ceremony in which the statue is covered with milk, curd, ghee, saffron and gold coins. Later check in to Hassan. Post lunch visit BELUR:

_0197_belur3The temple complex comprises two Hindu temples, the Hoysaleswara and Kedareshwara temples and two Jain basadi. The two Nandi statues which are on the side of the Hoysaleswara temple are monolithic. Sculptures in the temple are destructed by invaders. So the temple is incomplete. Halebid means old abode. There is an archaeological museum in the temple complex.

HALEBID:

_0151_halebidThe Hoysaleswara temple, dating back to the 1121 C.E., is astounding for its wealth of sculptural details. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and dancing figures. Yet no two sculptures of the temple are the same. This magnificent temple guarded by a Nandi Bull was never completed, despite 86 years of labour. The Jain basadi nearby are equally rich in sculptural detail. This temple is now being proposed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay

Day 04: Hassan – Hampi

Today long drive to Hampi – 300 + Kms; upon arrival check in and relax night stay

Day 05: Hampi

_0140_hampi-34Full day exploration around HAMPI:

Most of the ruins are along the road leading from Kamalapura to Hampi. 03Kms on a commanding sites, stands the temple of Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy. It is built in the Dravidian style. Strange-looking fishes and marine monsters carved along its outer walls are worth noticing.

The Hampi Bazaar, 35 yards wide and nearly 800 yards long was known to be a “very beautiful street with very beautiful houses”.

The Virupaksha Temple rises majestically at the western end of the famous Hampi Bazaar. The temple has a 120 feet tall tower on its eastern entrance. The temple contains the shrines ofShiva, Pampa and Bhuvaneswari. Parts of this temple are older than the Vijayanagar kingdom itself. The work of this style dates back to the 11th or 12th century. Nearby is the 6.7m tall monolith of Ugra Narasimha – Lion faced God

Vithala Temple Complex – The most splendid monument of Hampi is undoubtedly the Vittala Temple Complex with its 56 musical pillars.

Lotus Mahal: shaped like a lotus flower from top, this two-story structure has beautiful arc ways set in geometric regularity. It was an air-cooled summer palace of the queen.

Elephant Stables: This huge stable, a beautiful example of Hindu-Muslim style of architecture, housed about 11 elephants in separate compartments.

Pushkarini Tank; Mahanavami Dibba: The foundation of a lion story wooden structure from which the royalty viewed Hampi with pomp, colour and revelry during the Mahanadu festival. This platform has beautiful carvings. Mustard Ganesh: This is a 9 feet tall single stone statue which is also known as Sasivikalu Ganesha. Noblemen’s Palace: This place was recently discovered and they suspect this was for aristocrats and high-ranking officials.

Day 06: Hampi – Badami

_0204_badami3Today drives to Badami; check in to hotel. After lunch visit BADAMI:

Badami is best known for its cave temples, displaying a full range of religious sects which grown up on Indian soil. Two of the caves are dedicated to Vishnu, one to Siva and the fourth is a Jain temple. There is also one natural cave which is a Buddhist temple. Of the other monuments, some of the most beautiful are the two lakeside temples known as the Bhutanatha temples.

The archaeological museum, housing super examples of sculpture collected locally is worth a visit. Night stay in Badami

Day 07: Badami

Full day exploration around:

AIHOLE:

_0203_badami443 Kms from Badami, this village, was the Chalukyan regional capital between the 4th and 6th centuries. The Hindu temple architecture in its embryonic state can be seen here. From the earliest Ladkhan temple to the later and more complex structures like Kunligudi and Gurgigudi temples. The Durgigudi is unique in India, being circular in shape and surmounted by a primitive Gopuram. There are over 70 monuments in and around the village.

PATTADAKAL:

16 Kms from Badami, Pattadakal was not only the second capital of the Badami Chalukyans, but the place where all coronations took place. It reaches the height of its glory during the 7th and 8th centuries when most of the temples here were built.

The most interesting monument here, is the Virupaksha temple or the Lokeshwara, is a huge structure with episodes from Hindu epics and the social life of early Chalukyans. The other tmeple Mallikarjuna – has sculptures depicting scenes from Bhagvad Gita, the story of Lord Krishna.

MAHAKUTA:

_0144_hampi mahana 5It is an important place of worship for Hindus and the location of a well-known Shaiva temple monastery. The temples are dated to the 6th or 7th century CE and were constructed by the early kings of the Chalukya dynasty of Badami. The dating of the temples is based on the style of architecture which is similar to that of the temples in nearby Aihole[1] and the information in two notable inscriptions in the complex: the Mahakuta Pillar inscription dated between 595–602 CE. Overnight stay in Badami

Day 08: Badami – Goa

Today drive to Goa via Karwar; check in to hotel and relax stay in beach.

Day 09: Goa

_0214_Anjuna-Beach-GoaFull day exploration around South Goa:

CALANGUTE TO MIRAMAR BEACH

A Short but sweet beach. Here lies the Samadhi of Goa’s first Chief minister Late Dayananda Bandodkar.It is on the way to Dona Paula and just 3 km Away from Panjim – Capital city of Goa.

This Goa beach is popularly known as “Gasper Dias”.

DONA PAULA

From its high point can been seen River Zuari meeting to Arabian Sea. A secluded bay situated on the Arabian Sea, the Dona Paula Beach is one of the most sought after beaches in Goa.Water sport facilities are the key attraction of this place. once a silent village today is one of the most commercialized areas of Goa. Named after the daughter of one of the viceroy’s of India Dona Paula de Menzes, who jumped off the cliff because she was not permitted to marry a local fisherman, this beach is haunted by mysticism and divine beauty

BOM JESUS OF BASILICA (Old Goa Churhes)

Where lies the remains of St. Francis Xaviers body. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is a World Heritage Monument as well as one of the finest baroque churches of Goa. The name of Jesus is symbolically represented by the letters ‘IHS’ and is found embellished throughout the Basilica
CATHEDRAL

One of the most ancient and celebrated religious buildings of Goa, this magnificent 16th century monument to the Roman Catholic rule in Goa under the Portuguese is the largest church in Asia. The largest of its kind in the East.

_0040_Shri_Mangeshi_Temple,_GoaMANGUESHI TEMPLE

Dedicate to Lord Shiva, being build in the 17th Century.

SHANTADURGA TEMPLE

One of the richest temples dedicated to Shantadurga the goddess of peace, also famous for golden palanquin. Night stay in Hotel

Day 10: Goa – Departure

Time to pack your unforgettable memories of the trip; drive to Airport to board your onward journey to Sweet Home

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