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The Exotic South
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destinations Covered: Bombay - Goa - Belgaum - Badami - Aihole - Hospet - Hassan - Madikeri - Mysore - Bangalore
Day 01 / Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai, meet assist at the airport and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Mumbai.
Day 02 / Mumbai
After breakfast proceed for half day tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India – The stone archway designed by Wittett in the 16th century Gujarati style, Prince of Whales Museum , Chowpatty Beach, Dhobhi Ghat, Marine Drive. Night stay in Bombay.
Day 03 / Mumbai - Goa ( By flight )
Morning transfer to airport for flight to Goa. On arrival transfer to hotel. Day at leisure. Night stay in Goa.
Day 04 / Goa
After breakfast, proceed on a half day sightseeing tour of Goa, visiting Miramar Beach, Basilica of Bom Jesus and the city of Panjim-bustling with shops and tourists. The afternoon is at leisure to relax on the beach. Night stay in Goa.
Day 05 / Goa
Day at leisure. Laze on the beach, go for swim, explore the shops for cashewnuts. Night stay in Goa.
Day 06 / Goa - Belgaum – Badami (By road, 275 kms 6 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Badami enroute visiting Belgaum - a total picture 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. The Kapileshwar Temple, the Ananthashayana. Night stay in Badami.
Day 07 / Badami
Rock–cut 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. Night stay in Badami.
Day 08 / Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal – Hospet ( By road )
After breakfast drive to Hospet enroute visiting Aihole and Pattadakal, and for that nothing can be said as everything is self explanatory. Aihole which 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. Night stay in Hospet.
Day 09 / Hospet
Morning 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. Night stay in Hospet.
Day 10 / Hospet - Hassan ( By road )
After a relaxed breakfast drive to Hassan. Later excursion to Belur & Halebid, a beautiful example of Hoysala architecture. Famous of them is The Chennakesava Temple : which took 103 years to complete. The temples of Halebid bear mute testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnataka. Night stay in Hassan.
Day 11 / Hassan - Shravanbelagola – Hassan
Morning visit Shravanbelgola. 51 kms south – east of Hassan, 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. Night stay in Hassan.
Day 12 / Hassan – Madikeri ( By road )
After breakfast drive to Madikeri, a place which is called as the "Scotland Of India". In Madikeri visit Madikeri Fort , Abbey Falls , Nisargadhama – Known for its calm, serene beauty, this place is an ideal picnic spot visited by hundreds of tourists throughout the year. Night stay in Madikeri.
Day 13 / Madikeri – Mysore ( By road )
Morning drive to Mysore and transfer to hotel. Later visit :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. Brindavan Gardens – A site to be loved. The musical fountains & colourful lights transform this place into a fairy land. Night stay in Mysore.
Day 14 / Mysore
After breakfast 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. Night stay in Mysore.
Day 15 / Mysore - Srirangapatnam – Bangalore - Departure
Morning 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.