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Heritage of South India

  • Best time
  • October to March
  • Total Duration
  • 17 Days
  • Destinations Covered
  • Bangalore – Mysore- Hassan – Hospet – Hampi – Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal – Gokarna – Goa – Aurangabad – Ajanta – Ellora
  • Hotel Category
  • Luxury, Mid- Budget and Budgeted
  • Main Attraction
  • Temples architecture of South India, Rock- cut caves carving and beaches

Detailed Itinerary

Map

  • Days
  • Events
  • Day 01
  • Arrival Bangalore
    Meet on arrival at Bangalore International Airport and transfer to the hotel.
    After traditional welcome check in to the hotel.
    Overnight in Bangalore
  • Day 02
  • Bangalore – Mysore (143 KS)
    After early breakfast, proceed for half day sightseeing of Bangalore city- visit Lal Bagh, Bangalore Palace, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum and Vidhana Soudha.
    After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Mysore. Mysore-the city of Sandalwood, is also famous for the Palace of Tipu Sultan, the erstwhile ruler of Kingdom of Mysore.
    Arrive at Mysore and check in to the hotel.
    Overnight in Mysore
  • Day 03
  • Mysore – Hassan (118 KS)
    After breakfast, proceed for city sightseeing and visit Palace of Mysore, the official residence of Wodeyars- the erstwhile royal family of Mysore that ruled the princely state of Mysore for over seven centuries. The current palace construction was commissioned in 1897. 
    Post lunch, drive to Shravanabelagola and visit the site of statue of Gommateshvara Bahubali, one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Jainism. The architectural and sculptural activity is the patronage of Western Ganga Dynasty of Talakkad.
    Drive continues to Hassan. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Evening is free to explore localbazaar.
    Overnight in Hassan
  • Day 04
  • Hassan
    After breakfast, proceed for day trip to explore the Temple site of Hoysala – the architecture of this site is based on the style developed under the rule of Hoysala Empire between 11th and 14th centuries. The main examples of its architecture are the Chennakesava Temple at Belur, the Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu, and the Kesava Temple at Somanathapura.
    Overnight in Hassan
  • Day 05
  • Hassan – Hospet (310 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Hospet. The drive is through beautiful country side and typical South Indian villages. En route visit the old temples at Tiptur –The Kalleswara and Chennakeshava temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu respectively. These temples are famous are famous for their extraordinary ceilings built in Nolambas style. Nolamba Dynasty was a Southern Indian ruling dynasty.
    Drive continues to Hospet. Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    Overnight in Hospet
  • Day 06
  • Hospet – Hampi – Hospet (13 KS + 13 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Hampi to explore the ancient art and architecture of Hampi –Hampi is the site of ruins of the medieval Vijaynagar Empire and happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was the capital of renowned kingdom of Vijaynagar from 14th to 16th century. It was chosen because of its strategic location, bounded by the torrential Tungabhadra River on one side and surrounded by defensible hills on the other three sides.
    The site is significant historically and architecturally.
    Evening: Drive back to Hospet. After getting fresh explore the local bazaar.
    Overnight in Hospet
  • Day 07
  • Hospet – Badami (134 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Badami .Formerly known as Vatapi, it is a headquarter of Badamitehsil.In the ancient time it was the regal capital of Badami Chalukyas.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    After getting fresh, proceed to see the Badami cave temples complex. It is considered to be one of the best sites of Indian rock-cut architecture.
    Evening is free to explore local bazaar.
    Overnight in Badami
  • Day 08
  • Badami – Aihole - Pattadakal – Gokarna (269 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Gokarna
    En route stop to visit the world famous cave temple complex at AiholeMainly of Chalukya style architecture, a blend of Nagara and Dravidian styles have also been well experimented. Out of the ten temples here, four are of Nagara style and six of Dravidian style.
    Also visit the another World Heritage site at Pattadakal. 
    Drive continues to Gokarna. Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    Literally meaning, Cow’s Ear, Gokarna is a small pilgrimage town for Hindu people. It is also a beach town which is still less popular among the tourists and hence calm and peaceful.
    Overnight in Gokarna
  • Day 09
  • Gokarna - Goa (145 KS)
    After breakfast, explore the virgin beaches of Gokarna. 
    Later drive to Goa, enjoy the costal beauty of Western Ghat section of India. 
    Arrive at Goa and see the beauty of Portuguese culture and architecture. Goa was under Portuguese till 1961. Still it is a one of the biggest centre in western coast in terms of trading and culture and heritage.  
    Arrive and check in to hotel.
    Overnight in Goa
  • Day 10
  • Goa
    After breakfast, explore the area. Goa is known for its leisure holidays, Sea, Sand and Beaches. Enjoy your day at Goa’s golden beaches. It can be combination of half city tour of Panjim Market and Churches of Goa and rest of the time at the beach.
    Keep your evening free for some beach party (Optional) or casino cruise party. 
    Overnight in Goa
  • Day 11
  • Goa
    After breakfast, day is at leisure orto explore the surroundings and relax at beach side.
    Overnight in Goa
  • Day 12
  • Goa - Mumbai
    Post lunch, departure transfer to Goa Airport.
    Fly to Mumbai. Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
    Evening is free to spend the time by the beaches.
    Overnight in Mumbai
  • Day 13
  • Mumbai
    After breakfast, proceed by ferry to Elephanta Island to see the rock cut architecture of caves dating back to 5th and 8th centuries. The complex is divided in to two parts, first part has five Hindu Caves whereas the second part has two small Buddhist Caves.
    Take the ferry back to the city and after lunch, visit Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan and Gateway of India.
    Overnight in Mumbai
  • Day 14
  • Mumbai- Aurangabad
    After breakfast, day at leisure or proceed for street shopping in Mumbai.
    After lunch, departure transfer to the Airport
    Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
    Evening is free to explore local bazaar.
    Overnight in Aurangabad
  • Day 15
  • Aurangabad- Ajanta- Aurangabad (106 KS+ 106 KS)
    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Ajanta Caves- a group of caves lying deep within the Sahyadri Hills.  They depict the story of Buddhism.
    Later drive back to Aurangabad.
    Overnight in Aurangabad
  • Day 16
  • Aurangabad- Ellora (30 KS) - Mumbai
    After breakfast, drive to Ellora. The caves here are carved in the sides of basaltic Charanandri Hills. The interiors and the architecture of cave temples represent Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
    Later drive back to Aurangabad.
    Post dinner, departure transfer to Airport. Fly to Mumbai.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    Overnight in Mumbai
  • Day 17
  • Mumbai - Paris
    After breakfast, departure transfer to the International Airport of Mumbai as per your flight scheduled.
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  • Suggestions:
  • ✔ In Gokarna, luxurious stay can be provided in a renowned beach resort. A destination to rejuvenate yourself through Yoga sessions, Ayurveda and Naturopathy. However the stay is of minimum 05 nights.
    ✔ The Sahyadri hill around Mumbai and Aurangabad region are hotspots for hiking. A day trip to nearby hiking points can be arranged.
    ✔ A detour of 02 days to Kabini from Mysore can be done to visit Nagarhole National Park.