Culture, Heritage and Architecture Tour of Karnataka
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Product Code : AGORA748
Experience the cultural richness, heritage, and architectural marvels of Karnataka on the "Culture, Heritage, and Architecture Tour of Karnataka" private tour. Visit iconic destinations such as Bangalore, Mysore, Hampi, and Badami, exploring majestic palaces, ancient temples, and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions, savor local cuisines, and unravel the captivating history of this culturally diverse region. This tour offers an immersive and enriching journey through Karnataka's fascinating culture, architectural gems, and profound heritage, creating unforgettable memories.
Day 1: Arrival in Bangalore
Upon your arrival at Bangalore airport, you will be warmly welcomed and assisted in transferring to your hotel. After check-in, take some time to relax and freshen up. In the afternoon, embark on a city tour of Bangalore. Visit the magnificent Bangalore Palace, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bull Temple, and Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace. Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture of the city.
Day 2: Bangalore - Mysore (145kms)
After breakfast, drive to Mysore, a city known for its royal heritage and architectural marvels. Enroute, visit the historic Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna, known for its exquisite carvings and grand architecture. Continue your journey to Mysore and check in at your hotel. In the evening, visit the beautifully illuminated Mysore Palace and witness its grandeur.
Day 3: Mysore - Hassan (135kms)
After breakfast, drive to Hassan. Enroute, visit the Somanathapura Chennakesava Temple, a stunning 13th-century temple known for its intricate carvings and sculptures. Continue your drive and visit the Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna, another architectural masterpiece. Arrive in Hassan and check in at your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the local surroundings.
Day 4: Hassan – Belur – Halebeedu - Sakrebyle Elephant Camp (180kms)
After breakfast, drive to the famous temple complexes of Belur and Halebeedu. Marvel at the intricate stone carvings and sculptures that adorn the temples, showcasing the rich history and craftsmanship of the Hoysala dynasty. Afterward, proceed to the Sakrebyle Elephant Camp, where you can enjoy a unique opportunity to interact with elephants, go on nature walks, and learn about the flora and fauna of the region.
Day 5: Sakrebyle Elephant Camp - Badami (325kms)
Start your day with an early morning trek at the Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary, known for its diverse wildlife and scenic beauty. Afterward, drive to Badami, a historically significant town renowned for its rock-cut cave temples. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and spend the evening at leisure, exploring the local markets and soaking in the ambiance of the town.
Day 6: Badami - Aihole & Patadakkal Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of Badami, Aihole, and Patadakkal. Explore the ancient rock-cut caves and temples of Badami, including the famous Badami Cave Temples. Visit Aihole, known as the "Cradle of Indian Architecture," where you can witness the evolution of temple architecture. Continue to Patadakkal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and admire the beautiful Chalukyan architecture of the temples.
Day 7: Badami - Gadag - Lakkundi - Hampi (180kms)
After breakfast, drive to Hampi, the majestic UNESCO World Heritage site known for its ancient ruins and temples. Enroute, visit the town of Gadag, known for its intricate sculptures and historic temples. Explore the ancient village of Lakkundi, famous for its ornate step wells and ancient temples. Arrive in Hampi and check in at your hotel.
Day 8: Hampi
Immerse yourself in the historical wonders of Hampi. Explore the magnificent Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and witness its intricate carvings and sculptures. Discover the Hampi Bazaar, where you can experience the local culture and shop for traditional handicrafts. Visit the Vittala Temple Complex, known for its iconic stone chariot and musical pillars. Spend the day exploring the various temples, palaces, and ruins that make Hampi a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 9: Hampi - Bangalore (340kms)
After breakfast, bid farewell to Hampi and embark on a scenic drive back to Bangalore. Arrive in Bangalore and check in at your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, allowing you to explore the city further or indulge in some shopping for souvenirs and local specialties.
Day 10: Bangalore - Departure
On the last day of your tour, savor a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to Bangalore airport for your onward journey.
- Assistance on arrival at airport.
- 9 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
- Daily breakfast at hotels.
- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.
- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
- Bottled drinking water in car.
- Government taxes.
- Any flight fare.
- Camera charges at monuments if any.
- Meals other than mentioned in inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Gratuities and optional activities.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.