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Wild and Heritage Karnataka Trail

Duration: Long Duration
Route: Bangalore - Kabini- Bandipur - Mysore - Hassan - Hampi – Gadag - Goa

Tour Description :

It’s a thrilling package including the best national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of India like Rajiv Gandhi National Park. The route includes Bangalore – Kabini – Bandipur – Mysore – Hassan – Hampi – Gadag – Goa.

Nandi Temple in Bangalore captures your attention. Safari in Rajiv Gandhi National Park in Kabini provides viewing of various species like elephant, sambar, tiger, leopard etc with over 300 species of birds. Next stop is Bandipur, which is against the backdrop of beautiful Nilgiri Mountains.

Mysore is home of Chamundi Hills and Mysore Palace. Brindavan Gardens and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary are other attractions. We will pay visit to temples such as Chennakeshava Temple and Hoysaleswara Temple. Last place to visit in Goa where we will visit the biggest church in the east – St. Cathedral.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Bangalore

Arrive in Bangalore. Our Representative will meet you and assist you .Transfer to Hotel.

Later go for city sightseeing of Bangalore. Visit the city of Gardens: You will see Vidhana Soudha – It houses the State’s Legislature and Secretariat, Nandi Temple - One of Oldest temple, popularly known as the Bull temple. Overnight at Bangalore

Day 2 - Bangalore - Kabini (Approx 220 Kms, 6 ½ Hrs Drive)

Morning Check out from Hotel and drive To Kabini. On Arrival, check into Jungle Resort. Rajiv Gandhi National Park was earlier known as Nagarhole national park (Kabini), the hunting retreat of the Mysore Maharajas, is definitely the perfect destination for wildlife lovers in South India. The excitement starts with a safari into the heart of the park, where you are sure to spot wild animals in their natural habitat. Some of the popular sightings are elephant, gaur, sambar, chital, wild boar and the more exclusive predators like the tiger and leopard. A bird watcher's paradise, the park is home to over 300 species of birds, many of which are endemic to these jungles.

Day 3 - Kabini - Bandipur (Approx 90 Kms, 2 ½ Hrs Drive)

After breakfast drive to Bandipur. Tread the path of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore. The reserve is a playground for wildlife, with elephants taking the lead role. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience - you might see a tiger prowling amidst the mix of deciduous, evergreen forest and scrubland vegetation. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the enchanting Nilgiri Mountains with its mist-covered peaks, Bandipur was once the Mysore Maharaja's private hunting ground. It was brought under Project Tiger in 1973. This is one of the best game sanctuaries in India to observe and photograph wildlife in close proximity. A temple perched atop Himad Gopalswamy Hill, the highest peak in the Bandipur range, is worth a visit. Overnight at Bandipur.

Day 4 - Bandipur - Mysore (Approx 90 Kms, 2 ½ Hrs Drive)

Early Morning after Breakfast at drive to Srirangapatna . The island fortress of the legendary warrior king Tipu Sultan is just 14 km from Mysore city. Inside the fortress is Tipu's mosque with its twin minarets, the Wellesley Bridge and the dungeons were British officers were once imprisoned. On Arrival Visit to Daria Daulat – Tipu’s Palace, Later Drive to Mysore. On Arrival, check into hotel. After Lunch drive to Chamundi hills .Later Visit the famous Mysore Palace. Mysore has been always associated with the royal families and their patronage, be it the Wodeyars or the Sultans. Mysore is a city known for its resplendent palaces and majestic buildings. A visit to the city conjures up visions of the glory, still evident of the illustrious Wodeyar Kings. This former state capital still retains its tradition in music and dance, art, literature and its time-honored crafts. Mysore, once the state capital, today is a vibrant city teeming with tourists and visitors. It is known the world over for its exotic sandalwood and rich silks. Many culinary delights await those inclined to sample the regional cuisine.

Day 5 - Mysore

Morning after breakfast visit Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, and Later Mysore zoo. In Evening, witness the famous Brindavan Gardens. Overnight at Mysore.

Day 6 - Mysore - Hassan (Approx 125 Kms, 3 Hrs Drive) (Belur- Halebid- Shravanabelagola)

Early Morning after Breakfast, check out from Hotel .Drive to Hassan on Arrival check into hotel. Later drive to Belur .This quaint hamlet - 38 kms from Hassan - is located on the banks of the river Yagachi. It was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire today made unforgettable for its exquisite temples. The Chennakeshava Temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It took 103 years to complete and you can see why. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and friezes with no portion left blank. Elephants, episodes from the epics, sensuous dancers, they are all there - awe-inspiring in their intricate workmanship. Inside are hand-lathe-turned filigreed pillars. The Veeranarayana Temple and the smaller shrines are well worth a visit.

It is 27 kms north-west of Hassan and 17 kms east of Belur. The temples of Halebid - like those of Belur - bear mute testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnataka. The Hoysaleswara Temple, dating back to the 12th century, is astounding for its wealth of sculptural details. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. Yet no two facets of the temple are the same. This magnificent temple - guarded by a Nandi Bull - was never completed, despite 86 years of labor. The Jain basadis nearby are equally rich in sculptural detail.

Later drive to Shravanabelagola, is an important Jain pilgrimage centre. It is home to Asia's largest monolithic statue Lord Gomateshwara here towers 58 ft., looming atop the picturesque Vindhyagiri Hill. Every 12 years, Jain pilgrims gather here to participate in a splendid head-anointing ceremony. Overnight at Hassan.

Day 7 - Hassan - Hampi (Approx 350 Kms, 8 ½ Hrs Drive)

Morning drive to Hampi. On Arrival, check into Hotel. Hampi has been classified as a World Heritage Center and is one of the major tourist destinations in India. If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi.

Hampi, the seat of the famed Vijayanagara Empire was the capital of the largest empire in post-mughal India, covering several states. The Vijayanagara empire stretched over at least three states -Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. The destruction of Vijayanagar by marauding Mughal invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute.

Although in ruins today, this capital city once boasted riches known far beyond the shores of India. The ruins of Hampi of the 14th Century lies scattered in about 26 sq. km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation.

Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite ridges on the other three sides, the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur splendour and fabulous wealth.

The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city tell a tale of man's infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction. A visit to Hampi is a sojourn into the past. Most of the important structures and ruins are located in two areas, which are generally referred to as the Royal Centre and the Sacred Centre.

A visit to Anegundi village by traversing the gushing Tungabhadra river on a coracle is an experience that provides the guests with a glimpse into the traditional country life in Karnataka.

Day 8 - Hampi

Day is free to Explore Hampi.

Day 9 - Hampi - Badami (Approx 145 Kms, 4 ½ Hrs Drive)

Early morning, check out from Hotel drive to Badami. On Arrival, check into hotel.

Set in beautiful countryside at the foot of a red sandstone ridge, the small rural town of Badami, once the capital of the Chalukya Empire cover much of the central Deccan between the 4th centuries AD. Here and at nearby Aihole and Pattadakal, you can see some of the earliest and rock- cut caves. The forms and sculptural work at their sites provided inspiration for the later Hindu empires which rose and fell in the arrival of the Muslims. Though principally promoters of the vedic culture, the Chalukyas were tolerant of all sects, and elements of Shaivism, Vaishnavism, Jainism and even Buddhism can be found in many of their temples. Badami was the Chalukyan capital from about 540 AD until 757 AD when the Chalukyas were overthrown by the Rashtrakutas. The surrounding hills are dotted with temples, fortifications, carvings and inscriptions dating not just from the Chalukyan period, but from other times when the site was occupied as a fortress. After it fell to the Rashtrakutas, Badami was occupied successively by the Chalukyas of Kalyan (a separate branch of the western Chalukyan), the Kaachuryas, the Yadavas of Devagiri, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Adil Shahi kings of Bajipur and the Marathas. All these various rulers have left their mark at Badami, and there's even a Pallava inscription dating back to 642 AD when their king, Narasimhavarman I, Briefly overwhelmed the Chalukyas and occupied Badami for 13 years before being driven out.

Day 10 - Badami

Day is free to Explore Badami.

Day 11 - Badami - Goa (Approx 275 Kms, 7 ½ Hrs Drive)

Early morning after Breakfast drive to Goa. On Arrival, check into hotel. Goa Also known as ""Pearl of the Orient"" and a ""Tourist Paradise"", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favourite with travellers around the world.

Day 12 - Goa

Morning after breakfast Go for city sightseeing of goa from the slopes of Altinho Hill for a breathtaking view of Panjim and river Mandovi. Then to Dona-Paula for a view of India's largest natural harbour-Mormugao. Afterwards visit old Goa and see the Basilica of Bom Jesus which contains the tomb & mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier housed in a silver ornate casket , Se. Cathedral- the biggest Church in the East, St. Cajetan- built like St. Peter (Rome), Church of Our Lady Rosary and St. Monica. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Goa.

Day 13 - Goa - Departure

In the Morning after breakfast, checkout from Hotel and drive to Airport to connect flight for onward journey.

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