Goa to Belgaum, Kolhapur & Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary (2 Days)
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Goa to Belgaum, Kolhapur & Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary 2 days private extension tour will begin with pick up from your hotel in Goa. You will visit the large Belgaum Fort, ancient Kapileshwara Temple & St. Mary’s Church in Belgaum. Then Kolhapur a city known for ancient Mahalakshmi Temple & The Bhavani Mandap an imposing old palace with a small museum displaying stuffed wild animals. You will also explore the Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary a natural World Heritage Site in Sahyadri hills on the Western Ghats. 1 Night accommodation, private AC vehicle for 2 days, 1 time jeep safari in RWS and local English speaking guide service during sightseeing is well included in package.
Day 1: Goa - Belgaum - Kolhapur (225kms)
Pick up from your hotel or Goa airport in Goa and drive to Kolhapur via Belgaum. 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.
Arrive Kolhapur check in at hotel. Later visit ancient Mahalakshmi Temple a Hindu pilgrimage site, built in the 7th century by Chalukya rulers. The Bhavani Mandap an imposing old palace used to be the court and palace of Chhatrapati Maharaja in the yesteryears now converted into small museum. The palace houses sculpture of Shahu Maharaj, stuffed animals, wooden throne etc. New Palace built between 1877-84, an excellent specimen of Indian architecture built in black polished stone. It has extensive premises with a garden, fountain and wrestling ground. The ground floor of the palace is converted into a museum that houses artifacts belonging to those times when the king ruled and his own possessions. You can witness the royal lifestyle through the pictures and artifacts displayed in the museum. Rankala Lake, a beautiful lake named after the ancient temple of Rankbhairav, who was believed to be an incarnation of lord Shiva. A quarry was transformed into a natural lake after the earthquakes which hit the area in the 8th/9th century AD. The well-maintained garden and the beautiful Shalini Palace, is located alongside the lake side. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kolhapur - Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary - Goa (260kms) (B)
Early morning leave for Jeep Safari in Radhanagari Wild Life Sanctuary (closed on Tuesday). This is a natural World Heritage Site notified by UNESCO as Sahyadri sub cluster of Western Ghats. Spread over an area of 350 sq km, sanctuary is one of the most famous biodiversity hotspots. Some of the common species you can find are Indian bison, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, barking deer, mouse deer, sambar, giant squirrel, tigers and wild dogs. The sanctuary also shelter to a variety of birds species like vultures, eagles, jungle fowl, quails, plovers, sandpipers, owlets, doves, owls, nightjars, kingfishers, bee-eater, hornbills, woodpeckers, bulbul, flycatchers, warblers, wagtails, sunbirds etc. Threatened species of reptiles and amphibians seen in this sanctuary include: Malabar pit viper, Deccan ground gecko, Gunthers cat skink, Beddome`s lacerta, Bombay bush frog and Humayun`s wrinkled frog. The main species of Plants found here includes Anjani, Jambul, Hirda, Awala, Pisa, Ain, Kinjal, Amba, Kumbha, Bhoma, Chandala, Katak, Nana, Umbar, Jambha, Gela, Bibba and banana.
After safari drive back to Goa check in & overnight at hotel.
Assistance on arrival at airport.
1 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels.
Meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
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.
1-Time shared Gypsy safari in Radhanagari Wild Life Sanctuary with forest department naturalist.
Bottled drinking water in car.
Hotels used or similar for 1 nights accommodation
Kolhapur x 1 night
3* - Veeksar The Fern/ Citrus Hotel
4* / 5* - Sayaji Hotel/ Nisarg Resort Kolhapur
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.