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Southern India Heritage Tour

12 Days | 11 Nights

From $ 1,900

India
Bangalore - Mysore - Hampi - Bijapur (Vijapura) - Badami - Goa

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Southern India Heritage Tour
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On arrival in BANGALORE, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses Travel representatives. They will be picking you up and transferring you to hotel for check in.

After a short break, take a half day city tour of Bangalore. Bangalore offers a wide variety to its visitors from beautiful gardens to serene lake to magnificent palaces. Our first destination is Tipu Sultan's Sumer Palace, built in the year 1791 and was used as the summer residence of the Tipu Sultan (the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore from the year 1782 CE to 1799 CE).

Next, visit Bull Temple (or Nandi temple) that is dedicated to Nandi Bull, the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva. After that, visit Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, meaning The Red Garden in English, which is internationally renowned centre for botanical artwork, scientific study of plants and also conservation of plants.

Overnight in Bangalore.
Today, we will drive to MYSORE (officially Mysuru), one of South India's most enchanting cities, famed for its glittering royal heritage and magnificent monuments and buildings.

En-route, we will visit Srirangapatna City established by King Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan in 18th century. Visit Tipu's Palace & Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple which is considered as one of the five most important and sacred shrines devoted to Lord Ranganath who is considered as an avatar of Lord Vishnu in Hindu religion. After wards, continue our drive to Mysore. Upon arrival in Mysore, check in your hotel. The rest of day is free of leisure.

Overnight in Mysore.
MEALS
Breakfast
This morning, we will take a short transfer (35 km) to SOMNATHPUR, a small town situated half a mile far from the River Kaveri. It is home to the popular Keshava Temple built during the reign of Hoysala emperors. It is designed as a mini cosmos with scenes carved on the walls including Gods, Goddesses, dancing girls, musicians and many type of animals such as elephants, lions, cows and monkeys.

Then we visit Talakad Panchalinga Temple, situated 15km away from the Keshava Temple. This temple turns red in the morning, changes to black in the afternoon and during the evening the color changes to white.

In the afternoon, return to MYSORE, we then take a half day city tour which includes the attractions such as: Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills and the local market where you will have nice experience with its colourful, pungent and noisy atmosphere.

Overnight in Mysore.
MEALS
Breakfast
After breakfast at the hotel, our guide and driver will pick up and transfer you to CHIKMAGALUR, an exciting hill station which exhibits the best form of green nature and pleasant environment letting everyone escape from the rambunctious noises of the city.

On the way, we will stop to visit 12th-century Hoysala Temple that is dedicated to God Shiva at Halebidu town. The Hoysala Temple was built on the banks of a large man-made lake, and sponsored by King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala Empire. It took 39 years to build this temple (from 1121 CE to 1160 CE).

The small towns of Belur and Halebidu are also home to some of the most unique temples in South India. During your visit, you will have change to observe the unique detailed carvings and sculptures. Upon arrival in Chikmagalur, check-in to your hotel in Chikmagalur.

Overnight in Chikmagalur.
MEALS
Breakfast
Today we will drive to HOSPET, also known as Hosapete, a city in Ballari District in central Karnataka, India. It is an old settlement dating back to the Vijaynagara times when this was called the "hosa pete" (new market). On arrival in Hospet, check in to your hotel and take a short beak.

Visit the Tungabhadra Dam and its surrounding in the evening, which is considered as a popular picnic spot.

Overnight at the hotel in Hospet.
MEALS
Breakfast
Spend full day excursion to HAMPI, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is located in the state of Karnataka among the ruins of Vijaynagar, a medieval city formed on the banks of the Tungabhadra River.

Then, pay a visit to the Vittala Temple, where you will find a huge chariot carved out of stone within its complex. The halls are known for their beautiful pillars with intricate carvings, besides there are a set of musical pillars that vibrate when tapped. Take a stroll on the path that leads to riverside ruins, connecting the ancient Hampi Bazaar and the Vittala temple, where you will find numerous shrines, ruins of ancient architecture and carved artifacts scattered everywhere.

You will then visit the Virupaksha Temple from 7th century. This oldest active temples in India consists of God’s sanctum in its complex. After this proceed towards the fortified Royal Enclosure. This area has numerous palace bases, aquatic structures and underground temples.

Move towards the Hemakuta Hill Temples nestled on a rocky hilltop with vibrations. There are sets of triple chambered temples, which are the highlights of these temples along with its pyramid shaped granite roofs. Then you will go to see the giant statue of God Ganesha called Kadalekalu Ganesha, which is 14 feet tall. Then go to visit the most popular icons of Hampi - Lakshmi Narasimha (man-lion god). At the end of the tour you can see the Queen’s bath (a large veranda facing a pool surrounded with balconies) that resembles an indoor aquatic complex.

In the late afternoon, we return back to Hospet for overnight stay.

Overnight in Hospet.
MEALS
Breakfast
This morning, we will leave Hospet for BIJAPUR, a beautiful city known for its magnificent architecture, historic monuments and heritage buildings. It take around 04 hours to drive from Hospet to Bijapur.

Upon arrival in Bijapur, check-in to the hotel. After a short break, we will visit Gol Gumbaz, the mausoleum of king Mohammed Adil Shah (1627-1656) of the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur, which is the most important attraction in Bijapur. The dome dominates miles of area by its sheer size and it is difficult to suppress the urge to see the dome once you are there.

After wards, pass through the tomb of King Ibrahim where Ibrahim Adil Shah II is buried along with his wife queen Taj Sultana. This tomb was designed by the Persian architect Malik Sandal with the sentence of Quraan are beautifully covered on the walls. We then drive back to the hotel for overnight stay. The evening is free at leisure.

Overnight in Bijapur.
MEALS
Breakfast
After breakfast, our guide and driver will come to pick up and transfer you to Badami which is popular for its cave temples and the town boasts of a rich history having served as the Chalukya capital. En route, make a stop in Aihole where you can climb to the top of the Meguti Hill to spot some Neolithic Dolmens. Also explore the Ravanphadi Caves and several other temples in this region.

Leaving Aihole, we continue to Pattadakal, where you will get the opportunity to explore the UNESCO World Heritage temple complex and learn about the association of two different temple architecture that includes North Indian Nagara style & South Indian Dravidian style of temple architectures.

Continue towards BADAMI and relish a traditional North Karnataka cuisine that includes delicious spicy Indian bread known as corn rotis and eggplant curry, at a Khanavali (which means an eatery). After having your lunch, get ready to climb up to the cave temples of Badami made of sandstone. Explore and admire the carvings of deities in mega-size. After that you will take a leisurely stroll across the complex of Bhoothanatha Temple and the Agastya Lake.

Overnight at the hotel in Badami.
MEALS
Breakfast
Today we will drive to GOA, a tourism hub of India is called affectionately by various names such as “Rome of East” or “Pearl of the Orient” which aptly describes its perception in the eyes of an international tourist. Goa has a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture which is the main reason for international tourists to visit this charming city.

Upon arrival in Goa, check into your hotel. The rest of day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Goa.
MEALS
Breakfast
Start our spiritual journey with a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus. This UNESCO world heritage site consists the remains of St. Francis Xavier, kept in a silver casket. Our next destination is Church and Convent of St Francis of Assisi which is beautifully decorated with scenes from Bible and consists of a statue of St. Francis. After that, we visit the Se-Cathedral, St. Catherine's Church and the Arch of Viceroy of Goa.

Goa is also known for its massive forts which were built by Indian rulers and Portuguese colonies which settled in Goa in the 15th century. Visit the famous “Fort Aguada” whose major portions have been converted into a luxury hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Goa.
MEALS
Breakfast
Today is spent to enjoy beaches of Goa in your own way. Miramar Beach is a soft, golden sand beach which is ideal for a stroll. Colva Beach is known as the Queen of all beaches. It is perfect for a soothing sun bath with its 40 km of endless white sand with numerous palm trees. The Baga Beach is the best option for swimming due to its clean, white sands.

There is also a chance for you to take part in various beach activities like para sailing, speedboats…

Overnight in Goa.
MEALS
Breakfast
Free at own leisure at the hotel until our driver transfers you to Goa Airport to connect your onward flight.
MEALS
Breakfast

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Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Bangalore
27ºC
1mm

Mysore
28ºC
1mm

Hampi
30ºC
0mm

Bijapur (Vijapura)
29ºC
2mm

Badami
30ºC
0mm

Goa
31ºC
0mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Bangalore
30ºC
4mm

Mysore
31ºC
2mm

Hampi
33ºC
0mm

Bijapur (Vijapura)
32ºC
3mm

Badami
32ºC
2mm

Goa
31ºC
0mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Bangalore
32ºC
8mm

Mysore
33ºC
8mm

Hampi
36ºC
2mm

Bijapur (Vijapura)
35ºC
22mm

Badami
35ºC
5mm

Goa
32ºC
0mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Bangalore
33ºC
36mm

Mysore
33ºC
50mm

Hampi
37ºC
24mm

Bijapur (Vijapura)
38ºC
27mm

Badami
36ºC
30mm

Goa
33ºC
11mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Bangalore
33ºC
96mm

Mysore
32ºC
128mm

Hampi
37ºC
58mm

Bijapur (Vijapura)
40ºC
23mm

Badami
35ºC
68mm

Goa
33ºC
78mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Bangalore
29ºC
68mm

Mysore
28ºC
41mm

Hampi
33ºC
61mm

Bijapur (Vijapura)
35ºC
171mm

Badami
30ºC
81mm

Goa
30ºC
815mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Bangalore
27ºC
98mm

Mysore
26ºC
67mm

Hampi
30ºC
87mm

Bijapur (Vijapura)
29ºC
450mm

Badami
28ºC
111mm

Goa
29ºC
930mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Bangalore
27ºC
116mm

Mysore
27ºC
39mm

Hampi
31ºC
90mm

Bijapur (Vijapura)
29ºC
451mm

Badami
28ºC
90mm

Goa
29ºC
512mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Bangalore
28ºC
182mm

Mysore
28ºC
73mm

Hampi
31ºC
129mm

Bijapur (Vijapura)
30ºC
251mm

Badami
29ºC
139mm

Goa
29ºC
259mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Bangalore
27ºC
150mm

Mysore
28ºC
145mm

Hampi
31ºC
123mm

Bijapur (Vijapura)
30ºC
96mm

Badami
30ºC
122mm

Goa
31ºC
127mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Bangalore
26ºC
56mm

Mysore
27ºC
43mm

Hampi
30ºC
25mm

Bijapur (Vijapura)
29ºC
10mm

Badami
29ºC
21mm

Goa
32ºC
32mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Bangalore
26ºC
16mm

Mysore
27ºC
10mm

Hampi
29ºC
9mm

Bijapur (Vijapura)
28ºC
4mm

Badami
29ºC
7mm

Goa
32ºC
10mm

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