Deccan Cultural Tour
11 Nights / 12 Days
Day 01 : Arrive Bangalore
Bangalore - Mysore - Hassan - Hospet - Hampi - Badami -
on arrival and transfer to a hotel. Afternoon half-day tour to Iskcon temple
- the Krishna Temple is a blend of Modern technology and spiritual harmony,
Lalbagh - 240 acres of beautifully sculpted gardens, flowers abound, rare
collection of tropical and sub-tropical plants, Vidhana Soudha - this
massive building houses the state Legislature and the Secretariat, Bull
Temple-Dravidian -Style temple, has a huge monolithic bull
is the vahana of Lord Shiva. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Bangalore / Mysore
Morning breakfast, checkout and proceed to Mysore. Mysore is known for its
magnificent palaces and majestic buildings, sprawling gardens and treelined
boulevards, shimmering silks and sandalwood, the -City
Royale- always figures in the tourist-s
itinerary. Enroute visit Srirangapatna - Island fortress of Tippu Sultan.
Visit Tippu's summer Palace, Mosque, and Srirangapatna Temple. Upon arrival
at Mysore, check in at the hotel. Evening visit Chamundi Hill - perched a
top a hill-the 4.8m tall monolith of Nandi and the gigantic Mahishasura
statue are added attractions. Maharaja Palace - the palace is a splendid
structure in the Indo-Saracenic Style, among its many attractions are a
magnificent gold throne displayed during the Dusshera celebrations, Later on
in the evening visit Brindavan Garden - the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam after
sundown, when musical fountains and colored lights transform this place into
a magical fairyland Return to hotel and overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Mysore / Hassan
Morning breakfast, check out and proceed to Hassan, enroute visit
Shravanabelagola - The monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara, a Jain saint
and an object of worship for centuries, standing atop one of the hills. Upon
arrival at Hassan, check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Belur - The most
photographed and perhaps the best and they are a must on every tourist's
temple itinerary and Halebid - the temple, perched on a star-shaped base
amidst lawns, is a sculptural extravaganza. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 : Hassan / Hospet
morning breakfast, checkout and proceed to Hospet. Upon arrival check in at
hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 : Hospet - Hampi - Hospet
After breakfast, drive for a full day excursion to Hampi. The Deccan, a
wonderful mysterious almost magical land, strewn with monolithic granite
boulders, is a worthy backdrop to the great ruined city, now fittingly a
World Heritage site. Two full days sightseeing brings to life the golden age
at its height in the reign of Krishnadevaraya - 1509-1529.
Drive back to Hospet. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 : Hospet - Hampi - Hospet
After breakfast, drive to Hampi to enjoy the visits. Visits include the
Vittala Temple, its sculpture probably the defining moment of Vijayanagar
art. Stop at Hampi Bazaar, now thriving and compare it with the Suke Bazaar,
deserted, silent. Also visit the Royal centre with the Lotus Mahal and
Later drive back to Hospet. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 : Hospet - Badami
After breakfast, drive to Badami enroute visiting Pattadakal, a World
Heritage site, where temple development started in the early 3rd C. The main
temple, the Virupaksha has wonderful, breathtakingly lifelike sculpture
taken from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. At Aihole some of the earliest
Hindu temple architecture is found and seen developing in intricacy. Later,
continue drive to Badami. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the
day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 : Badami
After the breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing of Badami. Famed for its cave
complex, Badami was once the capital of the Chalukyan empire. In cave one,
dating back to 578AD there is a superb representation of the 18-armed
Nataraja striking 81 dancing poses. Cave two, dedicated to Lord Vishnu sees
him depicted in dwarf form, as a boar and as Lord Krishna. Cave three is the
highlight - a tour into the art and culture of the 6th C.
Finally cave four started in the 6th C, is the only Jain cave, where
carvings of Tirthankara Parshavanath (with a serpent) and Mahavira can be
seen. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 : Badami - Goa
After breakfast, drive to Goa to round off the tour and spend a few days
relaxing at the beach. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the
Day 10 : Goa
day for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 : Goa
Full day for independent activities.Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 : Depart Goa
In time transfer to the airport to catch the flight for onward destination.