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Exotic South India Tour Package

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October 18, 2019

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15 Days / 14 Nights
Bombay, Goa, Belgaum, Badami, Aihole, Hospet, Hassan, Madikeri, Mysore and Bangalore
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Mumbai

After arrival at the International Mumbai airport, you will be transferred to hotel. Mumbai is the financial capital of India and with around 21 millions of inhabitants is the second largest city of the country after Delhi. It is even bigger than Kolkata and Chennai. Mumbai is the capital of the state Maharashtra. Located on the west coast of the Arabian Sea the city has more than 50 percent of India’s cargo go through the harbor, making it the busiest and largest harbor city of the Indian subcontinent. An overnight stay in Mumbai.

Day 2Mumbai

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines & Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) and then to Dhobi Ghat. Also visit Afgan Church, Flora Fountain (Bombay nerve centre) and Colorful Crawford Market. An overnight stay in Mumbai.

Day 3Flight from Mumbai to Goa

Today in the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to board flight to Goa. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel. An overnight stay in Goa.

Day 4Goa

The exquisite churches from the Portuguese era with their remarkable architecture and mysterious history make the city truly exhilarating. Goa’s splendid coastline extends over 100 kilometres, and some of the world’s most charming beaches are located here. If time permits, Churches of astounding historical importance could squeeze in.
Today in the morning after breakfast, you will visit the slopes of Altinho Hill for a breathtaking view of Panjim and river Mandovi. Then, you will visit Dona-Paula for a view of India’s largest natural harbour-Mormugao. Afterwards visit old Goa and visit the Basillica of Bon Jesus which contains the tomb & mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier housed in a silver ornate casket , St. 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 is at leisure. An overnight stay in Goa.

Day 5Goa

The day is at leisure. Laze on the beach, go for swim, and explore shops for cashewnuts. An overnight stay in Goa.

Day 6Drive from Goa via Belgaum to Badami (275 kms 6 hrs)

After breakfast, you will drive to Badami enroute visiting Belgaum. Belgaum is a city of contrasts. On one side is the old town area and modern on other, in the heart of Belgaum is the Fort. Inside it are most famous Kamala Basti, the Jain Temple & the Jama Masjid. You will also visit the Kapileshwar Temple and the Ananthashayana. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel. An overnight stay in Badami.

Day 7 Badami

After breakfast, you will visit Rockcut cave Temples, Gateways, Forts, Inscriptions, sculptures that seem to come alive before your eyes. Badami has to be seen to be believed. Climb a flight of steps to reach the ancient caves – all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. Also a must see are Bhutanatha temples that lend their names to the lake just beneath the cave temples. Take a dip in this green tranquil river. It is said to have the healing properties. Badami also has the eighteen inscriptions ranging from 06th to 09th century. An overnight stay in Badami

Day 8Drive from Badami via Aihole and Pattadakal to Hospet

After breakfast, you will drive to Hospet enroute visiting Aihole and Pattadakal. Aihole is famous as the “cradle of the Indian Architecture”. Also visit Pattadakal situated on the left bank of the Malaprabha River, a world heritage centre, has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture, later continue towards Hospet. An overnight stay in Hospet

Day 9Hospet

After breakfast, you will explore the beautiful world of Hospet. The touristic importance of this lies in its proximity to Hampi, the site of the Medieval Vijaynagar Empire, (13 kms) is the most evocative of all the ruins in Karnataka. An overnight stay Hospet

Day 10Drive from Hospet to Hassan

After breakfast, you will drive to Hassan. Later, you will visit Belur & Halebid, a beautiful example of Hoysala architecture. Famous of them is the Chennakesava Temple took 103 years to complete. The temples of Halebid bear mute testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnataka. An overnight stay Hassan.

Day 11Drive from Hassan to Shravanbelagola and return to Hassan

After breakfast, you will drive to Shravanbelgola. It is one of most important Jain Pilgrim centers. Here is the 17m high monolith of Lord Bahubali – the world’s tallest monolithic statue. Rest of the day you will remain free to explore the surroundings. An overnight stay Hassan

Day 12Drive from Hassan to Madikeri

After breakfast, you will drive to Madikeri, a place which is called as the “Scotland of India”. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Later, visit Madikeri Fort, Abbey Falls and Nisargadhama – Known for its calm, serene beauty, this place is an ideal picnic spot visited by hundreds of tourists throughout the year. An overnight stay in Madikeri.

Day 13Drive from Madikeri to Mysore

After breakfast, you will drive to Mysore. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Later you will visit the Mysore Palace, Chamundi hills – Towering over the city, these hills are 13 kms away from Mysore. Halfway up is the Nandi bull, a 4.8m monolith and you will also visit Brindavan Gardens. The musical fountains & colorful lights transform this place into a fairy land. An overnight stay Mysore.

Day 14Mysore

After breakfast, you will visit Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery – Housed in the Jag Mohan Palace, the gallery has a collection of exquisite paintings. In the afternoon visit Somnathpur. It is a little village where you can see the famous 13th century temple well known for its great architectural beauty. The star shaped temple with three shrines is the latest & well preserved heritage of Hoysala architecture. An overnight stay Mysore.

Day 15Drive from Mysore via Srirangapatnam to Bangalore

After breakfast, you will drive to Bangalore enroute visiting Srirangapatnam, capital of the warrior – King Hyder Ali & his son Tipu Sultan, has magnificent monuments that are well worth a visit. Continue drive to Bangalore and transfer to airport for onward flight.

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