South India Tour Itineraries - Arts & Treasures of Karnataka, Goa & Mumbai

The temple architecture of Karnataka reflects the style of the Hoysala dynasty that created smaller, intricately carved shrines quite different to those in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

The extensive Vijayanagar site at Hampi is well worth a two day stop. This itinerary also includes the wonderful caves at Ajanta and Ellora - quite a detour but definitely well worthwhile. Conclude your cultural experience with time for relaxation on the beaches of Goa and a visit to Mumbai - India's most cosmopolitan city.

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Day 1 : Arrival in Bangalore

On arrival in Bangalore you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Bangalore

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Day 2 : Bangalore - Mysore

After breakfast depart Bangalore and drive 4 hours to Mysore, the former capital of the state of the same name and one of the most historic and culturally diverse cities in southern India. In the afternoon, visit Chamundi Hill temple, Mysore Palace and the famous Mysore Flower Market. Overnight in Mysore.

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Day 3 : Mysore

Morning excursion to the Hoysala temple at Somnathpur, an excellent example of the temple architecture of Karnataka from the 13th century CE, and a delightfully quiet and serene destination, set among lush gardens and lawns. Later in the day return to Mysore with free time to explore the city in the afternoon. Overnight in Mysore.

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Day 4 : Mysore - Hassan

Depart Mysore bound for Hassan with several en route stops. Firstly visit the important Jain pilgrimage centre at Shravanabelagola also home to a massive monolithic statue of a Jain deity. At over 17 metres tall it is probably the largest monolithic statue in the world. Continue on towards Hassan and stop in at two more stunning Hoysala temples- Belur and Halebid, both built in the early part of the 12th century CE. Overnight in Hassan.

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Day 5 : Hassan - Hospet

Karnataka is a large state and some long drives are inevitable today's journey to Hospet will take around 7 hours but there are any number of interesting small towns and rural scenes on the way. As there is very limited accommodation in Hampi most people stay in nearby Hospet or the smaller town of Anegundi. Overnight in Hospet.

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Day 6 & 7 : Hampi

The vast archaeological site at Hampi is best experienced over at least 2 Days - allow more if you have time. Hampi is now a sleepy town with a single central bazaar and a slowly increasing number of tourists, but during the heyday of the