Karnataka Heritage Tour (12 Days & 11 Nights)

Karnataka, being the biggest state in South India, it is also rich in terms of its architectural and cultural heritage. In this Indian Panorama exclusive Karnataka heritage tour, you will tour across various heritage temples and cities of the Karnataka state, such as the ruins of Hampi, the cave temples of Badami, the royal city of Mysore and much more. You will walk through the Anegundi Village with our expert guide. Dig deep into the culture and the architectural heritage of this this 5000 year old village. This Karnataka tour package is your chance to experience and wonder at the age old magnificence of this South Indian state, Karnataka

Bangalore > Mysore > Somnathpur > Shravanabelagola > Belur > Halebid > Hassan > Hospet > Hampi > Hospet > Aihole > Pattadakkal > Badami > Hospet > Bangalore

Bangalore

Day 1 : Bangalore - On your arrival at Bangalore airport you will be welcomed by our tour executive and then transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day relax.

Day 2 : Bangalore - Today you have the option to do shopping or sightseeing. Sightseeing includes visit to Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, drive pass Vidhana Soudha, Tippu Palace, Iskcon Temple and the Bull Temple. Overnight stay at Bangalore

Day 3 : Bangalore – Mysore - Morning drive to Mysore – the Sandalwood city. On the way you will be able to visit Srirangapattinam. It is located on an island in the Cauvery River and is named after the temple located on its western side which you may visit. Later continue your drive to Mysore. On arrival check in your hotel and later proceed for the guided walking tour. Evening at leisure. Explore local food joints, fruit markets, do shopping etc

Mysore - Somnathpur

Day 4 : Mysore - Somnathpur - Today morning excursion to the village of Somnathpur located on the banks of the Kaveri River. The village is famous for its beautiful and well preserved Keshava temple. The tour continues by returning to Mysore for further sightseeing. You will be enthralled by Mysore palace with its displays of art from all around the world. The palace has been built in the Indo-Saracenic style and has an interesting architecture with domes and turrets. Located on top of Chamundi Hill the tour continues by a visit to The Chamundeeswari temple. Later visit to the Devaraja Market with all its colorful flowers, fruits and vegetables. Overnight stay at Mysore

Day 5 : Mysore - Shravanabelagola - Belur - Halebid – Hassan - Morning start your drive towards Shravanabelagola, situated in the Dharmasthala district of Karnataka, it is an important and one of the oldest Jain Pilgrimage spots in India. The chief attraction of this sacred city is the 17m tall monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara, also known as Bahubali, which is said to be one of the tallest and most elegant statues of the world. Later proceed to the Halebid, This place was known as Dwara Samudra, the wealthy capital of Hoysalas. Visit the Hoysaleshwara Temple, a specimen of the mighty Hoysala architecture. Then visit the Belur Temple, the large temple in Belur is one of the most remarkable monuments from Hoysala times and region. Overnight stay at Hassan

Day 6 : Hassan - Hospet - After breakfast drive to Hospet. On arrival check in at your hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Hospet.

Hospet - Hampi – Hospet

Day 7 & 8 : Hospet - Hampi – Hospet - 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 Vijayanagar Empire in the 15th century it was the capital of much of south India. An almost incomprehensibly large site, Hampi encompasses temples, wells, palaces, rock-cut temples, bazaars and even a set of elephant stables- this vast area cannot really be done justice to with words. Overnight stay at Hospet

Day 9 : Hospet - Aihole - Pattadakkal – Badami - Morning after breakfast start your drive to Badami, after visiting Aihole and Pattadakkal. Pattadakkal – A World Heritage center has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architectureAn impressive series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary, can be seen there. One masterpiece which clearly stands out is the Temple of Virupaksha, built by Queen Lokamahadevi to celebrate her husband’s victory over the kings from the South. Later visit Aihole which was the first capital of the early Chalukyas and is famous as the Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture. The temples here date back to as early as 6th century. The famous among these are LadKhan Temple, Drug (fort) Temple, Ravalphadi Cave Temple, Konti Temple Complex, Jain Meguthi Temple which are few not to be missed Continue your drive to Badami. On arrival check in at your hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Badami

Badami - Hospet

Day 10 : Badami - Hospet - Morning visit the cave Temples of Badami. Perched atop a flight of 200 steps, the temple complex consists of four ancient rock-cut caves replete with carved pillars and bracket figures. Of the four temples three are Brahmanical temples while the fourth one is a Jain cave. The third cave temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, stands out among the lot for its sheer size and sculptural elegance. Later visit Badami fort, which is led by an uneven steep and winding flight of steps between caves 2 and 3. Also visit the 5th century Agasthya Tirtha Lake and Bhoothanatha and Malegitti temples. Later drive back to Hospet. Overnight stay at Hospet

Day 11 : Hospet - Anegundi is a village in the core zone of the World Heritage Site Hampi. It is across the River Tungabhadra. It has history which is almost 5,000 years old. After breakfast at the hotel depart for Hampi Boat Jetty to board a boat to go across River Tungabhadra. Reaching Anegundi Boat point you will be taken by an Auto rickshaw to the bazaar to explore the Village with a guide - visit the Jain temple, walk through the typical village lanes and enjoy the architecture of old traditional houses, Ranganathaswamy Temple. Gagan Mahal (Gagan Mahal is a palace that belonged to the rulers of the Vijayanagara Empire, the ancient palace is now just a shadow of its original self. However, it still retains an old world charm and attracts visitors on the Hampi trail). Visit an NGO Workshop, where Banana Fiber products are made by the women of the village, Anegundi Palace (Under Renovation now but they are following traditional practices of architecture and woodwork) and a Rural sanitation unit. Proceed for your lunch to Uramma Cottage for a homely meal. Later visit Chintamani Temple Complex and 64 Pillars Mantappa. Enjoy a Coracle Ride at Chintamani Temple Boat Point, along the River Tungabhadra. To enhance your village experience enjoy a Bullock Cart Ride from Chintamani Temple to Prehistoric Painting site near the village. After a great village experience you will be taken back to Boat point to board a boat to go back to your Vehicle parked to take you back to the hotel Later drive back to Hospet. Overnight stay at Hospet

Day 12 : Hospet – Bangalore - This day drive back to Bangalore airport to board your flight for your onward journey.Tour ends!