Hidden Gems Of Karnataka with Goa - 13 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Visit to the Garden city of Bangalore.
  • Visit to some of Oldest Temples of India.
  • Medival capital of the Vijayanagar Empire – Hampi ruins
  • Aihole and Pattadkal cave temples.
  • Sun drenched beaches of Goa

The plateau of the Karnataka province is situated at the angle where two mountain ranges converge into the beautiful Nilgiri Hills. The climate is pleasant and warm – in places bracing – and the rains are quick showers followed by blue skies. Sparkling beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, verdant forests teeming with a variety of wildlife and also valuable wood like teak, ebony and sandalwood, and flowers everywhere: flaming gulmohur, deep blue jacaranda, pink and white acacias and many other blooms. Thousand-year-old Hindu temples decorated with carvings of amazing virtuosity, grandiose Moslem monuments, remains of lost civilizations, and some excellent modern cities are home to a warm, friendly people, the Kannadigas. Some of the best monuments in India are found here.

This is specific itinerary possible but we can adjust it as per your requirements and your travel dates so you can enjoy this tour package more comfortably.

Day 1

On Arrival Bangalore. our representative will assist you for your transfer to the hotel.

Like most of the major metropolises of India, Bangalore is a study in contrasts. Historical monuments sit cheek by jowl with modern day shopping malls, amusement parks, clubs and resorts. Home to India’s information technology giants, the city is fast becoming the hub for almost everything related to cutting edge science. With possibly the highest number of pubs in India, this Garden City has carried with it its rich heritage, traditional art and craft, exotic cuisine as its friendly people have embraced the modern with open arms.

Night stay at hotel.

Day 2

After breakfast, half day sightseeing of Bangalore – Your tour of the garden city begins with a visit to Lalbagh, the botanical garden spread over 240 acres and having a

wide variety of exotic trees and plants. Visit Tipu Sultan’s Palace – dating back to 1790 and made mostly out of wood, it was used as the summer residence of the legendary ruler Tipu Sultan. Continue to visit the Bull temple believed to have been constructed in the 16th-century it has been carved out of a single granite block. The tour gives you an opportunity to drive past the Government Secretariat, Vidhan Soudha (Legislature building) and Cubbon Park.

Afternoon at leisure to explore MG road and brigade road area on your own.

Night stay at hotel.

Day 3
Bangalore - Mysore by road (150 Km: 03-hour drive)

After breakfast take a road trip to Mysore, en-route visiting the Srirangapatnam.

Srirangapatnam is an island between two branches of the Cauvery River and was the capital of the Mysore Rajas from 1610 to 1799. Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were its most famous denizens. Visit the ruins of Tipu’s fort, the summer pleasure palace and the Gumbaz, his mausoleum. The inside of the Palace is handsomely carved with ornate arches and ceilings, liberally gilded wall panels and charming frescoes. The cream-coloured Gumbaz standing on its black marble pillars in the centre of a garden is an unforgettable sight. The interior is lacquered with Tipu’s tiger stripe emblem and the doors are of ebony inlaid with ivory.

After visit continue drive to Mysore, on arrival check-in at the hotel.

Mysore was the political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty which ruled the state of Karnataka for some 150 years till the independence of the country from the British. These kings were great patrons of art and culture and Mysore was the cultural capital of the south under the rule of the Wodeyars. Mysore still carries on its placid shoulders the aura and glamour of palaces, the grandeur of festivals of times gone by, but all of it with a quiet, unhurried dignity. It is often called the Jewel of Karnataka – its arts, culture, buildings, festivals, gardens and parks being the quintessence of the state’s heritage.

Night stay at hotel.

Day 4

After breakfast enjoy the guided tour of Mysore city – The infatuation with Mysore begins with the Maharaja’s Palace, at the heart of the city. It is a veritable treasure trove of exquisite carvings and works of art from the world over. Overlooking the city of Mysore are the Chamundi Hills [Timing from 0730-1400 hrs and from 1600-1800 hrs, where stands a monolithic statue of the Nandi Bull. Proceed to the Rajendra Art Gallery which has some remarkable selections of paintings by Raja Ravi Verma, Nicholas Roerich and traditional paintings in the Mysore style.

Afternoon at leisure to explore Mysore local market on your own.

Night stay at hotel.

Day 5
Mysore - Hassan by road (135 Km: 03 hours drive)

Afterb breakfast, this morning pick up from hotel and proceed take a road trip to Hasssan en-route visiting Hilltop Gomateshwara Temple in Sharavanbelagola.The place Shravanabelagola is famous for its Gomateshwara Temple also known as Bahubali Temple. Shravanabelagola has two hills, Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri. The 58 feet tall monolithic statue of Bahubali is located on Vindhyagiri Hill. The base of the statue has an inscription which praises the king who funded the effort and his general, Chavundaraya, who erected the statue for his mother. The Bahubali statue is magnificent in form, it is a 57 feet high monolithic statue built in around 983 A.D. The Gomateshwara Statue can be viewed at a distance of 30 km.

After visit continue drive to Hassan, on arrival check-in at the hotel.

Night stay at hotel.

Day 6
Hassan - Shimoga by road (190 Km: 04 hrs drive)

After breakfast, this morning take a road trip to Shimoga en-route visiting Belur and Halebid.

The serenity of Belur is attributed to the celebrated temple of Channakeshava, built by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 A.D. to commemorate his conversion from

Jainism to Vaishnavism. The main structure of the temple, which is star shaped, is a homogenous architectural unit on a raised platform. Everything is carved in black stone, looking like metal. Facing the temple, at the entrance, stands the winged figure of Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s carrier. The 650 charging elephants on frieze around the walls outside are all different from each other.

After Visit, continue drive to Halebid (located 17km east of Belur)

Halebid was the ancient capital of the Hoysala Empire. Founded in the early 11th century as Dwarasamudram (Gateway to the seas), it was destroyed by the armies of the Delhi Sultanate in 1311 and 1327 AD, after which it was deserted and later renamed Halebid (Old Capital).

The Hoysaleswara temple at Halebid, the largest of the Hoysala temples, was started in 1121 AD, about 10 years after the temple at Belur, but despite 86 years of labour, it was never completed. Nevertheless it is easily the most outstanding example of Hoysala art. Every centimeter of the outside walls and much of the insides are covered with an endless variety of Hindu deities, stylised birds and animals and friezes depicting the life and times of the Hoysala rulers.

Halebid also has a few other temples – the Kedareswara, though a dilapidated shrine, has is a classic example of Indian temple architecture. There is also an enclosure containing three Jain bastis (temples), the main being the Parsvanath Temple, with its 32-pillared pavilion. The 14 feet high image of Parsvanath has a seven-hooded cobra over its head. The two other shrines are those of Adinath and Shantinatha, though smaller, are elegant structures.

After visit continue drive to Shimoga, on arrival check-in at the hotel

Night stay at hotel.

Day 7
Shimoga - Hospet by surface (210 Km: 04 hrs drive)

After breakfast, this morning take a road to Hospet, on arrival check-in at the hotel.

Hospet is typical of most small, bustling Karnatakan towns. Its close proximity to Hampi makes it an ideal base for exploring the extraordinary ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire situated there.

Evening at leisure.

Night Stay at hotel.

Day 8
Hospet - Visit Hampi ruins

After breakfast take an excursion to Hampi ruins – The medieval capital of the Vijaynagar Empire, Hampi was once enormously wealthy and regarded as greater than Rome in the

15th century. It also held a monopoly of trade in spices and cotton. Today, the surreal boulder-strewn landscape, on the southern banks of the Tungabhadra River, is dotted with the impressive ruins of more than 500 monuments, including beautiful temples. The fortification’s walls enclose magnificent palaces, royal apartments and treasury buildings.

On this day tour you will visit the Virupaksha Temple, dating back to the 15th century and still used to this day, Sulu Bazaar, the 16th century Vittala Temple, one of south India’ three World Heritage Monuments, and the Royal Enclosure Area which contains the impressive Queen’s Bath, the Elephant Stables, and the Lotus Mahal, a fine xample of Indo-saracenic architecture. All of these superb ruins are set in a strange boulder-strewn landscape interspersed with groves of coconut palms, and located only 25 minutes’ drive from Hospet.

Night stay at Hotel.

Day 9
Hospet - Hubli by road via Badami (250 Km: 05 hrs drive)

After breakfast, this morning take a road trip to Badami – Aihole caves and Pattadkal temples.

Delicately perched in a ravine sits the city of Badami, the ancient and regal capital of the Chalukya kingdom. Established in 540 AD by Pulakesi I, Badami is surrounded by rugged mountainous terrain that rings the Agastya Lake. The Chalukya reign was famous for its patronage of art, craft, architecture and literature, as well as the religious tolerance of its monarchs. Badami is famed for its Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut cave temples and sculptures, a testament to the forward looking Chalukya dynasty.

Similar architecture is to be found at the city of Aihole, which, with over 125 finely carved temples, is considered the birthplace of the Dravidian School of architecture. The Lad Khan temple, built in the 5th century; the Durga temple with its intricate carvings and the Meguti temple, constructed from small stone blocks, are among the finest specimens of temple architecture in the region. Pattadakal, the location used by the Chalukya kings for their coronation is another marvel of temple architecture. Built in several styles, the main attractions are the spectacular carvings of the Sanghameswara, the Papanatha, the Mallikarjuna and the Virupaksha temples, depicting the life of Krishna and scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

After visits continue drive to Hubli, on arrival check-in at the hotel

Night stay at hotel.

Day 10
Hubli - Goa by road (220 Km: 05 hrs drive)

After breakfast pick up from hotel and take a road trip to Goa, on arrival check-in at the hotel

Goa is more than beaches and trance parties. A blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood and spirituality, there’s nowhere in India quite like it.

Night stay at hotel.

Day 11

After breakfast, this morning proceed for the half day sightseeing of Goa visiting Old Goa Churches and Panjim town.

After visit return to your hotel. Evening at leisure.

Night stay at hotel.

Day 12

After Breakfast , Day at leisure, Night stay at hotel.

Day 13

After breakfast, time for pick up from hotel and transfer to airport to board your flight for onward destination.

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    Trip Facts

    • On Request
    • 12 Nights / 13 Days
    • Bangalore – Srirangapatna – Mysore – Hassan – Hospet – Badami – Goa
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