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Culture, Heritage and Architecture Tour of Karnataka

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Product Code : AGORA747

Architecture of Karnataka round trip private tour will begin with pick up from Bangalore airport. The itinerary cover visit to magnificent palaces fort and palaces in Bangalore and Mysore and Hindu collection of ancient temples at Srirangapatna, Somanathapura, Shravanbela, Belur, Halebidu, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal and in Hampi built by Hoysalas, Chalukyas, Vijayanagar Empire. The itinerary include one night jungle stay where camp naturalists will take you on a Nature walk/visit to Elephant Crawl/Birding.

 

Day 1: Arrive Bangalore

On arrival at Bangalore airport assistance and transfer to hotel, check in (Standard hotel check in time 12pm, early check in subject to room availability).

Later visit Lal Bagh Garden which houses over 1800 species of flora including rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Bangalore Fort a living testimony of the notorious struggle of the Mysore Empire against the mighty Britishers. Tippu`s Summer Palace the magnificent accommodation of the valiant ruler of Mysore Tipu Sultan. Bangalore Palace an epitome of great architecture and beauty a mixture of Tudor & Scottish Gothic architecture. The Bull Temple one of the oldest temples in the city. Cubbon Park a landmark area located within the heart of the city. Also drive pass the Government buildings Vidhana Soudha & the Secretariat. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2: Bangalore - Mysore (145kms)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Mysore. Enroute visit Ranganathaswamy Temple a 10th century beautifully carved temple complex located in Srirangapatna. The temple has an imposing tower over the entrance gate and two large concentric rectangular enclosures around its perimeter. 

On arrival check in at hotel. Later city tour visit Mysore Palace built in the 1912 for the 24th Ruler of the Wodeyar Dynasty and is counted amongst one of the biggest palaces in the country. Chamundi Hills, site of the Chamundeswari Temple, one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas located on the eastern edge at the height of 1000ft. The temple also has statues of Nandi Bull and Mahishasura the demon. City Palace which was re-built by Henry Irwin during 1897 in an indo-saracenic style. The palace contains astonishing wall paintings, authentic stained glass work and ornamented doors. St. Philomena`s Church the second tallest church of Asia built in Neo-Gothic style of architecture. Jaganmohan Palace that housed the royals before the construction of The Mysore palace, this structure displays various paintings of the past kings of Mysore and is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3: Mysore - Somanathapura - Shravanbela Gola - Hassan (135kms)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Hassan via visiting Somanathapura Somanathapura, Chennakesava Temple an exemplary monument of Hoysala architecture consecrated in 1258 CE, a Vaishnav Hindu Temple dedicated to might and beauty of Lord Krishna. The Chennakesava temple is one of the 1500 Temples built by the Hoysala Empire kings in different parts of their kingdom, and is said to be the climax development in Hoysala temple style and yet is unique in many other ways. 

Next stop visit Ranganathaswamy Temple a 10th century beautifully carved temple complex located in Srirangapatna. The temple has an imposing tower over the entrance gate and two large concentric rectangular enclosures around its perimeter. 
3rd stop visit Shravanabelagola one of the most important Jain pilgrim centers. Visit Vindhyagiri Hill where a 17m high naked Lord Bahubali (Gommateshwara) the world tallest monolithic statue, is placed. And Chandragiri Hill which is also a seat of several ancient Jain centers, much older than Gommateshwara statue. (30 minuts tough walk to reach the temple). 
Arrive Hassan, check in & Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 4: Hassan – Belur – Halebeedu - Sakrebyle Elephant Camp (180kms)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Sakrebyle Elephant Camp enroute visit Belur & Halebedu.

Belur, once the capital of the Hoysala Empire is known for its exquisite temples. Celebrated temple of Chennakeshava built by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD, is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. Everything is carved in black stone looking like metal. Kappe Chennigaraya Temple is another majestic 12th CE temple built next to a pond. The stone architecture has splendid carvings and bas-relief work. Temple complex include two ornate pillars, one of the Garuda built during the Vijaynagar period and one with a lamp built during the Hoysala period. Lakshmi temple, Sowmyanayaki temple & Ranganayaki temple are other temple in same complex.

Next in Halebedu visit the Hoysaleswara Temple built in 12th CE surrounded by ponds, mantapas and lakes. It is well known for the sculptures and architecture of Hoysala period standing on platform like a casket, richly endowed with most finely detailed scroll work in stone. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses. Other temple in Halebedu are Kadareswara Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Ishvara Temple, Koravangala Temple, Lakshmi Devi temple & Hulikere Pond. Also visit the Jain bastics. 

Continue to Sakrebyle Elephant Camp, check in and lunch.

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Camp naturalists take you on a Nature walk/Visit to Elephant Crawl/Birding & sharing their experiences and information about the jungle and all the animals that live there. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5: Sakrebyle Elephant Camp - Badami (325kms)

Early morning Wake-up/Tea / coffee. 6:30 am - 9:30 am Trekking at Shettihalli Wildlife & Elephant Interaction.

The camp houses elephants from all over Karnataka that need proper attention and training. Elephants may require training or attention due to a number of reasons like illness, behavioral issues, deficiency in nutrition, etc. Elephants that are uncontrollable are also brought in for training at this camp. The camp has experienced mahouts who train and take care of the huge animals.

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Badami. Check in & overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6: Badami - Aihole & Patadakkal Sightseeing Tour

Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to visit Aihole a historical site & home to over 125 beautiful Chalukyan temples and monuments from 6th to 12th century. Few important monuments in Aihole include the Durga Temple, Lad Khan Temple, Ravanaphadi Cave Temples, Huchimalli Temple, Meganagudi Group Temple, Gowda Temple and the Huchappayyagudi Temple amongst numerous others. And Pattadakal a treasure trove of Hindu and Jain temples complex built-in 7th and 8th century CE. The various temples that one must visit are Virupaksha Temple, Jain temple, Papanatha temple, Galaganath temple, and Sangameshwara temple. Also visit Badami Cave consist of four separate temples, each holding intricate carvings & depictions. Badami Fort perched on the top of a cliff accompanied by two Shivalaya complexes dating back to the 5th century & watchtower atop hill. And Agastya Lake surrounded by red sandstone temples. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 7: Badami - Gadag - Lakkundi - Hampi (180kms)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Hampi. Enroute visit Gadag a place of historical importance, famous for its ancient Hindu & Jain temples and medieval architecture. Constructed between the 10th to 12th CE by the Kings of Chalukyan Empire, the Trikuteshewara Temple is famous for its style of architecture and the temple has three Shivalingas carved out of a single rock. And Lakkundi a heaven of ancient temples ruins and step wells. It is a place of antiquarian interest with more than 50 ancient temples scattered all over the village, 101 stepped wells built during the rule of the Chalukyas, Seuna, Kalachuris and Hoysalas. These temples are most famous for their ornate and elaborate furnishing. 

Arrive Hampi check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 8: Hampi

Breakfast at hotel, City tour of Hampi an UNESCO world Heritage sites dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire on the bank of the river Tungabhadra. Although the city was destroyed by marauding Moghul invaders in the 16th century, much of it remains today. The vast site of monuments and ruins are a mute witness to an ear of glories, triumphs and tragedies. The ruins of Hampi are so majestic and imposing that they leave the visitor totally dumbfounded, awestruck and humbled. Visit Hazara Rama Temple, Kings Balance, Mahanavami Dibba, Royal enclosures, Statue of Ugra Narasimha Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple Complex, Lotus Mahal & ASI Museum. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 9: Hampi - Bangalore (340kms)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Bangalore check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 10: Bangalore - Departure

Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule departure transfer to Bangalore airport.

Assistance at airport.

9 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.

Daily breakfast at hotels.

Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.

English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.

Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.

Bottled drinking water in car.

Government taxes.

Any flight fare.

Camera charges at monuments.

Meals other than mentioned in inclusions.

Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc. 

Gratuities & optional activities.

Anything not mentioned in inclusions.