Goa to Archaeological Wonder of Karnataka
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Goa to Archaeological Wonder of Karnataka private extension tour will begin with pick up from your hotel in Goa. You will visit Belgaum, Gokak Falls, Bijapur, Hampi, Lakkundi, Gadag & Badami. All these destination are blessed with plethora of monuments built by erstwhile rulers, one surpassing the other in term of architecture, design and expression. Embark on this trip to see the ancient fort, palaces, temple, mosque and nature which include accommodation with breakfast, private transport, Local guide & monuments entrances.
Day 1: Goa - Belgaum (125kms)
Pick up from your hotel or Goa airport and drive to Belgaum check in at hotel.
Later visit Belgaum Fort believed to have been built by the rulers of Ratt Dynasty in 1204 AD. With shrines of Goddess Durga and Ganapati at the entrance, the architecture fort features a fusion of Chalukyan, Deccan and Indo-Saracenic art forms and the incredible lotus design at the Mukhamantaapa leaves everyone awestruck. There are numerous Hindu and Jain temples and mosques, located inside the fort area. The fort was constructed after demolishing 108 Jain temples and 101 Shiva temples. Some of the stones and pillars can be seen as a part of the religious shrines over here, like the Jamia Masjid. Kapileshwar Temple a holy shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva considered as the southern Kashi. It is believed that the visit and darshan of the 12 Jyotirlinga scattered all over India will remain incomplete unless started from Kapileshwar Temple. There is a rare cluster of Banyan, Peepal and Ficus trees in the Compound of the Temple. St. Mary`s Church built during the time of Britishers thus gives a reminiscence of the past of this city. Also visit Rajhansgad Yellur Fort one of the most impressive historical places to visit in Belgaum. Archaeological sources reveal that this fort has been ruled by many royal clans of India namely Marathas, Peshwas, Hoysalas, and Bahamanis. Perched high on a hill, one can enjoy trekking up to the fort and admire the spectacular views of the lush green surrounding. There is a sweet water well and an ancient Shiva temple, located at the hilltop. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Belgaum - Vijayapura (220kms)
Drive to Vijayapura via visiting Gokak Falls. There is a hanging bridge over the waterfall. One can also visit age-old Lord Mahalingeshwara temple located nearby. Arrive Vijayapura check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Vijayapura - Hampi (220kms)
City tour of Vijayapura. Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Vijayapura. Visit The Vijayapura Fort which has a plethora of historical monuments of architectural importance built during the rule of Adil Shahi dynasty. Prominent attraction includes Asar Mahal built in 1640 used to serve as a Hall of Justice, Bara Kaman the unfinished mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II, Gol Gumbaz the second largest dome in the world, Jama Masjid noted for graceful twin minarets, Malik-e-Maidan the biggest cannon ever made in the history of world & Mehtar Mahal built in 1620 the most elegant structure within the fort & the Ibrahims Rouza built in the 15th century.
After sightseeing drive to Hampi check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: 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 5: Hampi - Badami (180kms)
Drive to Badami. Enroute visit Lakkundi full of ruined temples like Mallikarjuna, Virabhadra, Manikeshwara, Nanneshwara, Lakshminarayana, Someshwara, Nilakanteshwara and many more. Further drive to visit Gadag Trikuteshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and has three lingas mounted on the same stone. There is a shrine dedicated to Saraswathi in this temple and it has carved columns.
Continue drive to Badami check in at hotel. Rest time free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Badami
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, 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. Return to Badami & visit cave temples, Badami Fort and Agastya Lake. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Badami - Goa (250kms)
Drive to Goa and drop off to your hotel or airport in Goa.
Assistance on arrival at airport.
6 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
Daily breakfast at hotels. Any other meal (lunch/ dinner) if clearly mentioned in the itinerary).
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.
Hotels used or similar for 6 nights accommodation
Belgaum x 1 night
3* - Native by Chancery Hotels/ UK 27 The Fern
4*/ 5* - Regenta Resort Belagavi/ Fairfield by Marriott Belagavi
Bijapur x 1 night
3*/4*/5* - - The Fern Residency/ Sun Hotel
Hampi x 2 nights
3* - Krishna Palace/ Kishkinda Heritage Resort
4* - Heritage Resort / Royal Orchid Central Keerti
5* - Hyatt Place/ Hampi Boulders
Badami x 2 nights
3* - Rajsangam Hotel/ The Heritage Resort
4* / 5* - Badami Court/ Krishna Heritage
Any flight tickets.
Camera charges at monuments.
Meals other than mentioned in day plan.
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Gratuities & optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in inclusions.