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Best of Karnataka – History of Ancient Kingdoms
Duration : 15 Day / 14 Nights
Destination : Mumbai/ Mangalore, Ullal, Coorg, Dubare Elephant Camp, Coorg, Mysore, Somnathpur, Mysore, Srirangapatanam, Ranganthittu, Mysore, Sharvanabelagola, Belur, Halebid, Chikmaglur, Hospet, Hampi, Hospet, Aihole, Pattadakkal, Badami, Bijapur, Badami, Goa, Mumbai/Delhi
DAY 01 : ARRIVE Mumbai/ Mangalore
Arrive in Mumbai and connect with your flight to Mangalore. On arrival in Mangalore airport transfer to beach resort in Ullal. Rest of the day free on the beach. Overnight at the resort.
DAY 02 : Ullal/ Coorg
Morning proceed to Coorg. Rest of the day free for nature walks in the plantation. Overnight at hotel
DAY 03 : Coorg
Morning visit world famous and largest Tibetan settlements in South India - Bylekuppe Tibetan settlement. Then sightseeing of Madikeri covering Abbey Falls, Museum, Madikeri Fort & Raja’s Seat. Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel
DAY 04 : Coorg/ Dubare Elephant Camp/ Coorg
Morning proceed to Dubare Elephant camp – where tourists can participate in a host of activities and learn about the behavior of these gentle animals guided by an interpreter and half an hour Elephant ride too. A typical visit will begin with grooming, where the Elephants are oiled, scrubbed and bathed in the Cauvery river. Then can watch Mahouts cook a broth of ragi, horse gram and salt and feed them with sugarcane, coconuts and bananas.
Afternoon half day excursion to Talacauvery – origin of River Cauvery and visit Bagamandala temple.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 05 : Coorg/ Mysore/ Somnathpur/ Mysore
Morning proceed to Mysore. Afternoon excursion to Somnathpur. Visit Chennakesava temple - the exquisitely carved, star – shaped temple with triple towers is a perfect example of Hoysala architecture. The temple walls depict scenes from Ramayana, Mahabarata & Bhagavatha and the life times of the Hoysala Kings.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 06 : Mysore/ Srirangapatanam/ Ranganthittu/ Mysore
Morning visit Srirangapatnam stands the ruins of Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan’s capital from which they ruled much of South India during the 18th centuary. Then visit Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary. Experience the excitement of a boat ride that takes you within touching distance of the birds as marsh crocodiles bask in the sun.
Afternoon sightseeing of Mysore covering Mysore Palace,Museum, Giant Nandi (Bull) – the vehicle of Lord Shiva carved out of one block of granite and Chamundi Hills where a beautiful Hindu temple is located.Evening visit world famous Brindavan Garden – the musical illuminated fountains with colourful lights transform this place into a fairy land.Overnight at hotel.
DAY 07 : Mysore/ Sharvanabelagola/ Belur/ Halebid/ Chikmaglur
Morning drive to Chikmaglur enroute visiting Shravanabelagola – this is one of the most important Jain pilgrim centres. Here is the 17 meters high monolith statue of Lord Bahubali built in 981 AD and is one of the world’s tallest monolith statue.
Afternoon excursion to Belur and Halebid visiting the finest specimens of Hoysala architecture such as the Chennakeshava Temple and the Hoysaleshwara Temple. Overnight at hotel
DAY 08 : Chikmaglur/ Hospet
Morning proceed to Hospet.Rest of the day free.Overnight at hotel
DAY 09 : Hospet/ Hampi/ Hospet
Full day sightseeing of Hampi visiting the famous ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire covering King’s Balance, Queen’s Bath, Lotus Mahal, Vithala Temple with its musical pillars and Stone Chariot, the Virupaksha Temple, Pushkarini Tank & Ugra Narasimha.Overnight at hotel
DAY 10 : Hospet/ Aihole/ Pattadakkal/ Badami
Morning drive to Aihole which is famous as the “ Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture ‘’. Visit the famous Lad Khan & Durga temples and proceed to Pattadakkal a world heritages site visiting Virupaksheswara, Mallikarjuna and the Papanatha Temples were built during the 7th and 8th centuries.The Badami Cave Temples have 4 rock – cut temples – 3 Hindu and one Jain. Of the 3 Hindu temples one is dedicated to Shiva and the other 2 to Vishnu.Overnight at hotel
DAY 11 : Badami/ Bijapur/ Badami
Early morning proceed to Bijapur visiting the spectacular Gol Gumbaz, the tomb of Mohammad Adil Shah, 44 meters in diameter and is the second largest in the world. Also visit Juma Masjid & Ibrahim Roza. Return to Badami for overnight stay.
DAY 12 : Badami/ Goa
Morning drive to Goa – offers one of the most beautiful beaches of India. A famous colony of Portugal, still reminds some traditions of Portuguese. Evening arrival in Goa. Overnight at hotel
DAY 13 : Goa
Relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel
DAY 14 : Goa
A combined sightseeing of the marvellous churches of Old Goa including the famous Basilica of Bom Jesus & temples. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 15 : Goa/ Mumbai/ Delhi
Transfer to airport in time to connect flight for onward destination.
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