| Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
| Destinations : Hyderabad – Gulbarga – Bijapur – Badami – Hampi – Chitradurga – Chikmagalur – Malpe – Coorg – Nagarhole – Mysore – Bangalore
Karnataka, a region that has it all except the snow. This two-week tour explores a few of the most fascinating destinations in Karnataka. We start at Hyderabad and drive down to Bidar, Gulbarga and Bijapur, all having been ruled under the Muslim reign. The monuments at these places speak of volumes of this splendid symmetrical architecture and fine inlay work. We then move to the next stage of Hindu architecture. Both Pattadakal and Hampi declared World Heritage Sites, portray the rich heritage of the place. From here we travel to the greener pastures of Chikmagalur, Coorg and Nagarhole National Park. We end this journey through Mysore, the second biggest city of the state and completing at Bangalore, the IT hub of the new India.
Day 01 : Arrive Hyderabad
Day 07 : Hampi
Traditional welcome on arrival at Hyderabad international airport by Travel Pals executive to transfer to hotel for immediate check-in.
Day 02 : Hyderabad
Enjoy the lavish breakfast. Morning visit the Falukuma Palace, Mecca Masjid, the Salar Jung Museum and the splendid Charminar. In the afternoon drive to the fortress of Golconda and the tombs of the Qutab Shahi kings. Enjoy the Nawabi dinner with scrumptious meals and cuisines. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Hyderabad – Bidar – Gulbarga (136 kms / 2.5 hrs and 110 kms / 2 hrs)
After beakfast drive to Gulbarga, enroute stopover at Bidar to visit the 15th century Bidar Fort and the Bahmani tombs. Arrive Gulbarga, in the afternoon to check in hotel for wash-n-change. Later visit the remarkable 15th century Jama Masjid. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 :Gulbarga – Bijapur (160 kms / 3 hrs)
After an early breakfast, drive to Bijapur. Check into the hotel followed by a full day guided tour of Bijapur. Mohammad Adil Shah built Bijapur during the 17th century. Visit the Gol Gumbaz or the round dome. This structure has the largest dome unsupported by pillars to be found in India and the second largest in the world. Later visit Ibrahim Roza, a beautiful tomb built by Adil Shah II for his queen. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 : Bijapur – Badami (130 kms / 2.5 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Leaving behind the world of Islam we drive to the early 6th century temples of Badami and Pattadakal. On arrival check in hotel. Later, a guided visit of Badamai to the rock cut caves, the Mahakuteshwara Temple and the Northern Fort. In early evening, drive to Pattadakal, a World Heritage Site. Pattadakal reached its pinnacle under the Chalukya kings. Visit the cluster of 10 major temples, each displaying interesting architectural features. Return to Badami. Overnight at Badami.
Day 06 : Badami – Hampi (140 kms / 3 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Hampi, enroute stopover at Aihole, a tranquil village on the banks of the Malaprabha River. There are hundreds of temples in the villages and fields nearby. We visit the Durga Temple, the Lad Khan Temple, Ravalphadi Cave Temple and the Buddhist Temple. On arrival at Hampi, check in hotel. Evening free to explore this 14th century sleepy town set amidst an awesome boulder strewn landscape along the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast followed by a full day guided tour visiting the three main complexes, the Virupaksha temple, The Vittala Temple and the King’s Palace. Evening free to stroll among the ruins of Hampi, which are extensive and fascinating, and one is sure to discover something new at every bend along the road. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 : Hampi – Chitradurga (155 kms / 3 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning free on own. Afternoon drive to Chitradurga. On arrival, check in hotel for wash ‘n’ change. Later visit Kallina Kote Fort (Palace of Stone), a marvel of military architecture made impregnable by the Nayak Palegars. Encircled by seven massive walls, the fort has 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, four of which are secret, granaries, oil pits, water tanks, a palace and a mosque. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 : Chitradurga – Chikmagalur (200 kms / 4 hrs)
Breakfast then drive to Chikmagalur, a calm, serene town full of scenic surprises: hills, valleys, streams and the aroma of coffee wafting in the misty air. This famous coffee town, is located at a height of over 1900 metres in a luxuriant valley south of the Baba Bundangiri range and is a trekker’s paradise. On arrival check in hotel. Early evening excursion to Belur (35 kms) to visit the famed Chennakeshava temple built in 12th century AD to celebrate Hoysala military victories and took over a hundred years to complete. Return to Chikmagalur by evening and enjoy the Nawabi style dinner retreat. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 : Chikmagalur – Malpe (250 kms / 5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Malpe, a beach resort. Enroute stopover at Halebid the ancient capital of the Hoysalas. Visit the Hoysaleswara temple perched on a star-shaped base. Its walls are richly carved with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylised animals, birds, and friezes depicting the life of the Hoysala kings. Drive to Malpe, on arrival check into a beach resort. Overnight at resort.
Day 11 : Malpe – Coorg (250 kms / 5 hrs)
After breakfast, spend the morning on the beach. Afternoon drive to Coorg (Kodagu), is an enchanting expanse of natural tourist spot that nestles amid the hills and valleys of the picturesque Western Ghats. Evening free for leisurely walks. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 : Coorg – Nagarhole (100 kms / 2 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to the Nagarhole National Park. On arrival check into a jungle resort. Nagarhole (Snake River) has an astonishing abundance of wildlife, especially the Asiatic elephant. Take a jeep safari into the jungle. The backdrop of the distant misty blue Brahmagiri Mountains, the natural sounds of the jungle, the gurgling of streams and rivers, and the twittering of the birds make Nagarhole a memorable experience. Overnight at resort.
Day 13 : Nagarhole – Mysore (95 kms / 2 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Mysore, the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyar Kings. On arrival check into hotel followed by a guided tour of Mysore city covering the Mysore Palace, St Philomena’s Chruch, the Rail Museum and the Folklore museum. In the evening visit Brindavan Gardens famous for its dancing fountains. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 : Mysore – Sharavanbelagola – Bangalore (85 kms-1.5 hrs / 145 kms-3 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. Enroute stopover at Sharavanbelagola, a Jain pilgrimage site. Visit the world’s tallest monolith statute of Lord Bahubali (Gommateshwara) located atop the Indragiri. Just opposite is the smaller Chandragiri hill where some Jain temples and tomb of Chandra Gupta Maurya, famous patron of Jainism can be seen. Drive onto Bangalore. On arrival check into a hotel. Evening free. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 : Bangalore – onward destination
Scrumptious breakfast at hotel. Later, Transfer to the airport to board flight for onward destination.