DAY 01 ARRIVE AT BANGALORE
On arrival at Bangalore Airport, meet and transfer to hotel for 01 night stay. Bangalore often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ is known for its numerous parks and avenues. Afternoon, sightseeing tour of Bangalore including Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, Lalbagh Gardens, Cubbon Park & Museum and Vidhana Soudha -which houses both the State Legislature and Secretariat. Overnight stay at Bangalore.
DAY 02 BANGALORE – MYSORE
After breakfast, drive to Mysore. The capital of a former princely state, Mysore is a city of palaces and gardens and is famous for its silk, sandalwood and jasmine. En route, visit Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, Srirangapatnam and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. On arrival, check into the hotel for 02 nights. Evening free to explore the colorful bazaars. Overnight stay at Mysore
DAY 03 MYSORE
Morning, city tour including Mysore Maharaja’s Palace, which is one of the biggest in India. Later, visit the Nandi Bull and Chamundi Hills. Rest of the day, free to relax.
Overnight stay at Mysore.
DAY 04 MYSORE – HASSAN
After breakfast, drive to Hassan. En route, visit Shravanabelagola. This was the legendary pilgrim centre and shrine of the Jains since early times. Later continue to Hassan and check into the hotel for 01 night. Hassan is a pleasant, picturesque town in the heart of Malnad. Afternoon, visit Belur and Halebid. Belur, 34 km from Hassan is known as the Dakshina Varanasi or Southern Banaras. The serenity of Belur is attributed to the celebrated temple of Chennakeshava, belonging to 1117 AD. Halebid has several strikingly beautiful Hoysala temples and Jain shrines.
Overnight stay at Hassan.
DAY 05 HASSAN – HOSPET
After breakfast, drive to Hospet, the satellite town built during the reign of Krishnadevaraya. This is a typical country town of Karnataka and is frequented by people who come to see the Vijayanagar ruins. On arrival, check into the hotel for 02 nights’ stay.
DAY 06 HOSPET – HAMPI – HOSPET
Morning, go for full day excursion to Hampi to explore the ruins and temples. Once the flourishing capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi was abundant in wealth, military prowess, and culture. The Pampati Swami Temple, the Queen’s Bath, the Lotus Mahal, the King’s Balance and the musical pillars of the Vittala Temple evoke memories of bygone splendour. Other main attractions here are the temple complex of Lord Virupaksha, Ugra Narasimha, Matanga Hill and the Vittala Temple Complex. Evening, back to the hotel for overnight stay at Hospet.
DAY 07 HOSPET – BADAMI
After breakfast, drive to Badami, picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. Badami is famous for its cavetemples-all hewn out of sandstone on the rockface of a hill. On arrival at Badami, check into hotel for 01 night stay. Afternoon, visit to Aihole and Pattadakkal. Located 43 km from Kudala Sangama, Aihole was the ancient capital of Chalukyas. Famous as the cradle of Indian Architecture, Aihole has over a hundred temples scattered around the village, built between the6th and 8th centuries. Situated on the left bank of the Malaprabha river, Pattadakkal is a world heritage centre. The town has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. Evening, back to the hotel for night stay at Badami.
DAY 08 BADAMI – BANGALORE
Morning, transfer to Bangalore Airport for your flight back home.
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