Mumbai - Mysore - chikmagalur - Hospet - Hampi - Badami - Goa
With its breathtaking attractions, Karnataka boasts of a wide range of exotic places including hill stations, several shrines, pre-historic buildings and sculptures. The state is best known for its flamboyant cities, representing the art and culture. Moreover, the state is home to numerous software and biotech industry. The divine beauty of the place makes every traveler relax and enjoy like never before. Karnataka Ancient tour is perfect way to get the glimpse of traditional Karnataka. Read the itinerary for further details.
Mumbai – Mysore
On your arrival at Mumbai, meet our LuxoIndia representative and straight away travel to Mysore. Mysore is one of the colorful cities of Karnataka. The city is famed for housing various monuments and ancient buildings which represent the famed architecture of the state. Upon reaching Mysore, check-in at a hotel and stay overnight.
The second and third day of the tour is set out to explore in and around the Mysore city. On second day of the tour, you visit the majestic Mysore Palace. Also, popular as the Amba Vilas Palace, Mysore palace is a wonderful blend of Dravidian, Saracenic and Oriental styles of constructions.
The palace is official residence of Maharajas of Mysore. Further, we take you to the Brindavan Gardens; one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mysore. The picturesque beauty and the lush greenery of the garden make every traveler relax and loosen up. The garden is designed on three terraces with water fountains, Ficus trees, foliage and flowering plants. Moreover, relish the enchanting musical fountain.
On the third day, we head to short trips from Mysore to Srirangapatna and Somnathpur. Surrounded by River Kaveri, Srirangapatna is a small town. Do not miss the most popular tourist attractions of Srirangapatna town namely- ancient Sri Ranganathanswamy temple, Kalyan Siddhi Vinayak temple, Jyoti Mahaswara temple, Jumma Masjid (Mosque) and the Daria Daulat gardens. Thereafter, visit the Chennakeasava temple (Kesava temple) in Somnathpur; representing the Hoysala architecture.
Mysore – Chikmagalur
On the fourth and fifth day of the tour, we head to chikmagalur. On the fourth day, we take you to the famed ‘coffee land’ of Karnataka, Chimangalur. A walk through these lush plantations fills your nostrils with the rich fragrant of coffee. You can also buy the sandalwood idols and perfume bottles (unique buys). Also, Belavadi (attraction-Veera Narayana temple) and Angadi (attraction-Durga or Vasantha Parameshwari temple) are the two prime highlights of chikmagalur. Overnight stay.
Chikmagalur - Hospet
On the sixth day of Karnataka ancient tour, you head to Hospet. Hospet is a city famous for Iron Ore mining and steel plants. On reaching Hospet, check-in at a hotel. Take a halt from the continuous tour and relax in the hotel.
On seventh and eighth day of the Karnataka ancient tour, travel in and around Hampi (just 20 minutes drive from Hospet).
On Seventh day morning, you set out for Hampi (UNESCO World Heritage site). Dating back to Vijayanagara Empire, the place holds great religious importance. Almost all the shrines, monuments and pre-historic buildings represent the Vijayanagara era.
One of the most popular tourist attractions of Hampi is the Vittala temple. The temple is constructed in form of a large complex with compound walls and gateway towers. The focus of the Vittala temple is the stone chariot (or Ratha temple) which has rather now become a place of worship.
Other highlights of Hampi include the Virupaksha temple. Also, popular as the Pampavathi temple, Virukpaksha temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Moreover, the temple also comprises of erotic statues of Bhuvaneshwari Devi and Pampa.
Get back to the hotel in Hospet for overnight stay.
Hospet – Badami
On ninth day of the tour, you head to Badami. It is a short drive of 2 hours from Hospet to Badami. Storehouse to ancient cave-temples, gateways, forts, inscriptions and sculptures, Badami is a town in Bagalkot district.
On the tenth day of the Karnataka ancient tour, visit the most popular attractions of Badami, the wonderful cave-temples. There are total four caves namely- cave I (Lord Shiva), Cave II (Lord Vishnu), Cave III (forms of Lord Vishnu) and Cave IV (Jain Shrine); carved out with red Badami sandstone on hill-cliffs.
Other highlights of Badami include the important ancient temples namely Malegitti- Shivalaya, Jambhulinga temple and the Agasthya Tirtha (shrine of Goddess Yellamma, Mallikarjuna, Dattatreya and Virupaksha).
Later, if you have time then explore Badami fort (representing the past of Chalukyas and the Pallavas). Thereafter, you head to short tour to Aihole (famous for its several ancient shrines) and Pattadakal (UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its ancient monuments of Chalukya style).
Badami – Goa
On eleventh day of your Karnataka ancient tour, we straight away travel to Goa. Goa is just five hours drive from Badami. Surrounded with pristine beaches, Goa is ranked among the most travelled destinations in India. Goa is renowned for its nightlife and well- facilitated resorts. Catching the fishes with an amazing view of the beautiful sunset ahead is a really soothing experience.
In-addition, the city is perfect blend of mouth-watering cuisines (mainly sea food and fish), architectural heritage, beaches and colorful markets. Get ready for the most amazing three days of your journey. Offer sincere prayers at churches of Goa, specifically Basilica of Bom Jesus (UNESCO World Heritage Site), church of St. Francis of Assisi and the church of St. Cajetan.
Further, you can visit the most beautiful beaches namely- Colva beach, Vagator beach, Arambol beach, Cavelossim beach, Calangute beach, Baga beach and the Palolem beach. The picturesque beauty of green shores, vast stretch of sandy beaches and pristine sea water might leave you awestruck. Packed with breathtaking attractions, Goa does not seem to disappoint its adventure lovers.
You can also indulge in some exciting sports such as parasailing, jet-skiing, windsurfing and boat rides. Moreover, apart from strolling around the beaches, you can also visit the lively markets of Goa. The markets are full with hand decorated outfits, pretty accessories and the local handicrafts. Overnight stay.
Goa – Mumbai
On the last day of your tour, pack-up your luggage and get transferred from Goa to Mumbai. Later, from Mumbai catch the flight for your onward destination.