History in Stone and Beaches
History in Stone and Beaches combines famous historical places in Karnataka- including UNESCO World Heritage sites- along with a beach getaway to Goa and a stop at maximum city, Mumbai.
This itinerary includes walking around the vast ruins of the Vijayanagara era (considered to be the Angkor Wat of India), exploring ancient temples and architecture and eventually arriving at Goa for some relaxation and fun by the Arabian Sea at Mumbai.
History in Stone and Beaches Highlights
- Walk around the ruins in Hampi (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and marvel at the sheer scale of the Vijayanagara empire
- Enjoy photographing panoramic landscapes of the red boulders around Hampi
- Marvel at the opulent Mysore Palace (Mysore) and the Victorian architecture of Bengaluru
- Explore the stunning Hoysala architecture and magnificent temple complexes of Halebid
- Explore the vivacious beaches of Goa
- Explore heritage sites of Mumbai
- Hotel accommodation in a double / twin room with buffet breakfast at all places
- Services of English-speaking guides with monument entrance fees. We can arrange foreign language guides on request.
- Transport from arrival to departure
- Applicable government service taxes
- Any airfare or train fare
- Any meals that are ordered other than that which is part of the “Cost includes”
- Expenses of a personal nature such as gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
- Additional costs and charges as applicable based on any changes made during the holiday
- India visa charges
- Travel insurance
Day 01 - Bangalore
Arrival at Bangalore
You will arrive at Bangalore, the IT/ITES capital of India and also a popular point of arrival for international travelers who tour South India. You meet our representative at the airport and proceed to your vehicle and transfer to the hotel.
Later, embark on a city tour of Bangalore visiting the Lal Bagh, laid out by Tipu Sultan and his father in the 18th century, that has a variety of old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces and an assortment of tropical and sub-tropical herbs. Also visit the Bull Temple and drive past the Government Secretariat, Vidhan Soudha (Legislature building) and Cubbon Park.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 - Mysore
Bangalore to Mysore
After breakfast today, you will travel to Mysore (149km - 4.5 hours), and on arrival, transfer to the hotel - enroute visiting Srirangapatnam Fort. The Fort and the palaces were destroyed when the British defeated Tipu Sultan but the ramparts and other structures and temples still stand. In the afternoon, proceed for the city tour of Mysore. Visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. Also, see the Art Gallery, drive up to Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple and have a panoramic view of Mysore form the top of the hill. On the way down see the Nandi Bull, one of the largest in India.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - Hassan
Mysore to Sravanabelgola to Hassan
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Hassan in the morning (128km - 4.5 hours). Enroute visit Sravanabelagola. At Sravanabelagola, hewn out of a single rock and visible from a distance of 25km is the statue of Lord Gomteshwara, which is bathed with milk and honey once every 12 years.
On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - Hassan
Explore Belur & Halebid
After breakfast at the hotel, visit Belur and Halebid.
The quaint hamlet of Belur, 38km 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.
The temples of Halebid 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. Channarayapatna, Ramanathpur, Gorur and Manjarabad are the other places of interest around Hassan.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - Hospet
Hassan to Hospet
After breakfast at the hotel, depart by road for Hospet enroute visiting Chitradurga Fort (360km - 7 hours). Chitradurga Fort or as the British called it Chitaldoorg, is a fortification that straddles several hills and a peak overlooking a flat valley in the Chitradurga District. Continue drive to Hospet.
Hospet or Hosapete is a city in the Bellary District in central Karnataka, India. It is located on the Tungabhadra River, 12km from Hampi. On arrival check in at hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 - Hospet
Excursion to Hampi
Morning embark on an excursion to Hampi, the once beautiful capital city of the Vijayanagar Empire, sometimes compared to that of Rome - it has palaces, temples and sculptures spread all over. The city was razed to the ground during the Sultanates of south in 1565. Some of the interesting ruins remaining are the Virupaksha, Vittala and Hazara Rama temples, huge Ganesha and Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the Queen’s Bath, carvings on the Ramachandra temple and the Lotus Mahal.
Overnight at hotel.Expert Tip
- Hampi ruins are spread over a 26 sq. km radius and therefore, cover the area, a fair bit of moving around and walking within monuments is required
- Hampi Bazaar is the place where you can shop for souvenirs
- You can hire a bicycle or a motorbike which are easily and readily available in Hampi Bazaar
Day 07 - Goa
Hospet to Goa
Today you will travel to Goa (320km - 7 hours) by road. Goa is an internationally recognized beach getaway in western India, with coastlines that span across the Arabian Sea.Transfer to the hotel on arrival. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - Goa
After breakfast, you have the day at leisure and you can choose to relax by the beach and soak up the sun, all day long! Goa is blessed with stunning beaches where you can swim safely. Among the many beaches in North Goa, Baga, Calangute, and Candolim are the three most visited and popular beaches which offer watersports too (Oct-May).
Other beaches like Anjuna and Vagator (10-12km north of Baga) are idyllic for a quieter time. The beaches north of Anjuna and Vagator such as Ashwem and Morjim offer exclusivity away from the touristy crowd.Overnight at hotel.
Expert TipsYou may enhance your experience in Goa by opting for one of the below-mentioned experiences:
- You can hire a motorbike or bicycle (readily available) to explore the Goan beaches and countryside on your own. This is definitely something that you should try!
- You should try the authentic dishes of Goa at the many restaurants that are around which also offer global cuisine. Beaches have shacks which offer great food too!
- You can opt to extend your time at one of the many bars, lounges and party areas by the beach.
- For shopping and experiencing the local markets, you can visit the flea market in Anjuna in North Goa.
Day 09 - Mumbai
Goa to Mumbai
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to connect the flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative who will then escort you to your vehicle and transfer to the hotel.
Later proceed for half-day sightseeing of Mumbai - visit the Gateway of India, Mumbai’s principal landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V’s visit to this colony in 1911. Afghan Church was built in memory of those who fell in the First Afghan War. Drive past the Bombay High Court built in Gothic style, the Old secretariat, the ornamental university building with its 280-ft high Rajabhai Clock Tower, the ornate Victoria Terminus, the colorful Crawford Market, the Flora Fountain in the large bustling square at the heart of the city and the Prince of Wales Museum which houses a varied collection of China-ware, miniature paintings and sculptures.
Drive along Marine Drive, known as the Queen’s Necklace. View the memorial of Haji Ali, a Muslim Saint. This unusual shrine stands on an island 500m out at sea and is linked by a causeway to the mainland. Drive past Malabar Hill with the Kamla Nehru Park and past the Mahalaxmi Temple. Stop at the Jain Temple and visit Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Bombay.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - Mumbai
After breakfast, transfer to Mumbai international airport for your onward international departure.
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