UNESCO World Heritage Tours: Karnataka with Goa
UNESCO World Heritage Tours – Karnataka with Goa combines popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hampi and Badami along with a beach getaway to Goa.
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.
UNESCO World Heritage Tours – Karnataka with Goa Highlights
- Walk around the ruins in Hampi (UNESCO Heritage Site) and marvel at the sheer scale of the Vijayanagara empire
- Enjoy photographing panoramic landscapes of the red boulders around Hampi
- Tour monuments in and around Badami (UNESCO Heritage Sites), which house rich history from the bygone eras
- Explore the vivacious beaches of north Goa, the Portuguese heritage areas of Panaji and the churches of old Goa (UNESCO Heritage Site)
- Hotel accommodation in a double / twin room with buffet breakfast at all places
- Services of English-speaking guides in Hampi and Badami (total 4 days). We can arrange foreign language guides on request.
- All transfers, sightseeing, and visits as per program using AC Toyota Innova
- Any and all applicable taxes are included
- Any airfare or train fare
- Entrance fees at monuments mentioned in the itinerary
- 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
Expert Travel Opinion
Experiential Travelers – Travellers can opt to stay in the heart of Hampi area at an experiential stay for being around the barren boulders and river streams of Hampi. Goa has many kinds of stays, i.e., Homestays, Heritage Hotels, Exclusive Beach Villas and many stays with experiential character.
Bird Watchers – Goa is set right on the edge of the Western Ghats and is renowned for as many as 8 varieties of Kingfishers. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary (Magrove Forest near Panjim), Zuari River (Mangroves South of Panjim) offer excellent boat safaris. Mollem and Bondla area is where one can walk around for some birding (250+ species have been recorded around the area). There are Birding centric stays in Mollem area for bird photographers.
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. Most arrivals are late at night; you meet our representative at the airport and proceed to a hotel nearby for an overnight stay.
Day 02 - Hampi
Travel to Hospet / Hampi
Today you will travel to Hospet / Hampi (350km - 6 hours) by a private car; you should reach your destination by late afternoon. Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to ruins from the Vijayanagara era (dated 14-16th century) and the ruins are considered to be absolutely captivating. After your visit to the ruins, for the rest of the day, you can relax in the hotel or explore the place on your own.
Day 03 - Hampi
Today you will meet the guide who will take you on a full-day guided trip of Hampi starting with Hampi Bazaar a vibrant place brimming with antiques, clothes, and jewelry. Other than that you will visit the Virupaksha Temple followed by the Hemkoota temples and Saasivekali Ganesha. There are a number of monuments within a 1km radius, therefore, it makes for a good walk.
After a short break around lunch, you will get back on the road to visit other monuments in Hampi such as the Hazara Rama Temple complex (3km from Hampi Bazaar). At late evening, you will return to Sunset Point near Hampi Bazaar which makes a good spot for late evening photography as the golden rays descend upon the landscape filled with red boulders.
- 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 04 - Hampi
Today you have the option to visit temples and heritage sites which you did not visit on the previous day or you can visit the outskirts of Hampi and go to places such as the Tungabhadra Dam (24km) and Daroji Bear Sanctuary (12km).
- Travelers interested in heritage sites and architecture may spend some extra time exploring monuments at a leisurely pace
- Travelers interested in wildlife and bird watching can opt to visit Daroji Bear Sanctuary (12km from Hospet) in the afternoon.
Day 05 - Badami
Travel to Badami and explore Badami
Today you will travel to Badami (130km - 3 hours), where you will reach after an early lunch. The once regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD is now home to monuments that date back to the 8th century.
At Badami, you will visit the Badami Cave temples, Badami Fort and Banashankari Amma temple before you return to the hotel.
Day 06 - Badami
Excursion to Aihole and Pattadakal
You will take a trip to Aihole (33km), the first capital of the early Chalukyas and a city spread over 5 sq. km that has over 100+ temples and monuments.
Here you will visit the Durga temple which is the main attraction here. You can also take a short walk around the Durga temple to visit some other monuments in close proximity before continuing to your next destination - Pattadakal (13km).
The monuments of Pattadakal (UNESCO World Heritage Site) are 8th – 9th-century monuments that reflect a fusion of two major Indian architectural styles (Dravidian and Indo-Aryan). Also, Pattadakal is a place famed as it’s a holy place for the royal coronation. You will spend time exploring the different styles of temple architecture and its distinctive elements; before you return to the hotel in Badami in the evening.
Day 07 - Goa
Travel to Goa
Today you will travel to north Goa (250km - 5.5 hours). Goa is an internationally recognized beach getaway in western India, with coastlines that span across the Arabian Sea. The northern part of Goa is the perfect spot for tourists and has popular beaches, beachside hotels, and a range of other attractions (beach shacks, bars, restaurants, and watersports). You will arrive in Goa by late afternoon and you can spend the rest of the day relaxing by the beach.
Day 08 - Goa
Relax by the Beach
Today you will 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. This day is for you to spend by the beaches of North Goa.
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 - Goa
Explore North Goa
Today you will have the chance to visit villages with charming Portuguese homes and also experience the stunning views of the Arabian Sea from Fort Aguada and the Reis Magos Fort nearby. Yes, apart from the beaches, Goa has lovely and picturesque countryside’s. Also visit old Goa (or called "Velha Goa") which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the St. Francis Church, Se Cathedral and many ancient temples.
Expert TipYou can enhance your countryside experience by adding activities as stated below:
- Opt for a spice plantation tour where you can enjoy authentic cuisine for lunch, witness farm-based activities /agro-processing and enjoy a short elephant ride.
Day 10 - Bangalore
Depart to Bangalore
Depart from Dabolim Airport, south Goa (35km -1 hour) to Bangalore for your onward international departure or from Dabolim board a flight directly to your destination.
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