Trail of Karnataka (7Nts / 8Days)
Bangalore - Mysore - Srirangapatnam - Sravanbelagola -
Hassan - Belur - Halebid - Hampi - Badami - Belgaon
Day 1/ Arrival
Arrive at Bangalore. Pick up from station/airport and
check in hotel. Embark on a sightseeing trip of Bangalore.
Visit the ruins of the 16th century at the Bellary Road, at
Lal Bagh, Ulsoor and later proceed to visit the Gavi
Gangadhareswar Temple. Overnight at hotel in Bangalore.
Day 2/ Bangalore - Mysore
In the morning proceed for Mysore (139 km). Check in
hotel. Later embark on a sightseeing trip of Mysore. Visit
Mysore Saint Philomina Church, Chamundhi Hills, Mysore
Palace, Art Gallery. Enjoy the Brindaban Gardens in the
evening. Overnight at hotel in Mysore.
Day 3/ Mysore - Srirangapatnam - Sravanbelagola - Hassan
In the morning drive to Tipu Sultan's capital, Sri
Rangapatnam. Visit the Srirangapattana Ranganatha Temple,
Fort, Gumbaz, Tippus Summer Palace and proceed to
Sravanbelagola . Visit the Jain pilgrimage center and also
the statue of Bahubali. Later proceed for Hassan and check
in hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hassan.
Day 4/ Hassan - Belur - Halebid - Bangalore
Proceed for sightseeing of Hassan, Belur and Halebid.
The quaint hamlet of Belur, 38 km from Hassan, is located on
the banks of the river Yagachi. About 17 km east of Belur
stands Halebid, the ancient capital of the Hoysalas,
formerly known as Dwarasamudram (Gateway to the seas). The
temples of Halebid, like those at Belur, represent one of
the most artistically exuberant periods of Hindu cultural
development. We call it religion on stone. Visit the ruins
and the Chennakeshava Temple, Hoysaleshwara Temple. Here you
find religion mixed with heritage. Later for proceed for
Bangalore to board train to Hospet. 6592 Bangalore Hubli
Express departs from Bangalore at 22:00 hours.
Overnight on train.
Day 5/ Hospet - Hampi
In the morning at about 7:50 hours reach Hospet. Pick up
from station and proceed for Hampi (13 km). Check in hotel.
Hampi situated on the bank on River Tungabhadra houses the
ruins of the Vijayanagara kingdom. The once glorious
heritage of this kingdom belongs to the reign of the period
of Hukka and Bukka and Emperor Krishnadevaraya. Later
embark on a sightseeing trip of Hampi. Visit the Birupakshya
Temple, a shiva temple built by Krishnadevaraya during
1509. Visit the Royal Centre. This houses the royal
Hazararama Temple. The sculpture on the temple speaks volume
about the Indian and Islam style of architecture. Also visit
the Accyut Raya Temple, Vittal Temple, Kodandarama Temple
and the Archaelogical Museum. Overnight at hotel in Hampi.
Day 6/ Hampi - Badami
In the morning proceed to Badami (220 km). En route
visit the Tunghabhadra Dam. Check in hotel. The capital of
early Chalukyas, Badami is, rather picturesquely located at
the mouth of a ravine, between two rocky hills. Badami
is famous for its four cave temples - all hewn out of
sandstone on the precipice of a hill. In its ancient temples
and forts, Badami preserves an important chapter in the
history of architecture, in Karnataka. Free day and evening.
Overnight at hotel in Badami.
Day 7/ Badami
In the morning embark on a sightseeing trip of Badami.
The cave temples of Badami which date back to 600 and 700
A.D. are carved out of sandstone hills. Each has a sanctum,
a hall, an open verandah and pillars. What makes these cave
temples remarkable, are the large number of exquisite
carvings and sculptures. One of the many masterpieces to be
found in these caves is the famous, 18-armed Nataraja
(Shiva) who if observed closely, strikes 81 poses. Cave 4,
the last cave, is the only Jain Temple in Badami. The 24th
Tirthankara- Mahavira, is seated in a uniquely comfortable
pose here, against a cushion in the inner sanctum. Apart
from the cave temples you also visit Badami Fort, Malegetti
Shiva Temple, Nagamma Temple. After a full day sightseeing
trip of Badami, get back to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Badami.
Day 8/ Badami - Belgaon
In the morning you are dropped to Belgaon (190 km)
station / airport for your onward journey.