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Goa Karnataka Tour

Destinations Covered: Goa – Hampi – Belur – Halebid – Sravanbelagola – Mysore – Bandipur National Park – Madikeri – Bangalore
Kerala Tour Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days

Goa Karnataka Tour – Goa and Karnataka combine to offer the best of natural and man-made attractions in India. Apart from its legendary beaches, Goa has strikingly beautiful interiors, historic churches and temples which must be explored. Karnataka has long and isolated expanses of sand too, along with some architectural marvels in Hampi, Belur, Halebid and Badami, to name a few.

Goa Karnataka Tour

Day 1 Goa

Arrive at Dabolim airport, 29 km south of the capital Panaji. Dabolim is an international airport and receives flights from the UK and Europe, in addition to being connected to all major airports of India.
Check into hotel.
Depending on the flight and the time available, rest, walk up to the hotel beach and walk around town.

Day 2 North Goa

Goa’s charm stems from its string of beautiful beaches receding into lush green paddy fields ringed by towering palms and criss-crossed by rivers. The strong Portuguese influence is for all to see, in the quaint cottages and mansions, and in the lifestyle of the Goans.
Start the tour of this delightful coastal state with its north, which covers Panaji, Torda, Mapusa, Fort Aguada, Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Chapora, Arambol and Terekhol Fort.
Panaji has fine churches and the State Museum to visit, and it’s closest to the Miramar beach.
You can take a cruise on the Mandovi River where you can experience the folk music and dance of the Goans. The cruises are of varying durations, from an hour to an overnight one.
Old Goa has historic churches worth visiting: the Church of St Francis of Assisi, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Cajetan, Church of St. Augustine and the Convent and Church of St. Monica.
The beaches of Sinquerim and Candolim are at the foot of the Fort Aguada which braves the strong sea winds. Calangute, Baga, Vagator and Chapora are popular with back-packers.
A visit to the Terekhol Fort is a must – the road winds through rural Goa and offers good views after the 11.5 km ride from Arambol.
52 km from Panaji is the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary where there’s also a botanical garden and a zoo.
Return to hotel for night stay.

Day 2 South Goa

After breakfast, explore the delights of South Goa. Margao is the heart of commercial activity. As you move further south for about 15 km, you’ll discover the stately homes of the Goans styled on Portuguese lines. If you move north-east, Loutolim reveals more relics of the state’s colonial past. Cova and Benaulim are quieter beaches, and offer water sports like jet-skiing, para-sailing and dolphin tours. South of Benaulim are the fine beaches of varca and Cavelossim. Venture into the little village of Agonda where you’ll find the beach all to yourself. Palolem lies at the southernmost end of Goa, and harbours the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary.
Return to hotel for night stay.

Day 3 Central Goa

Today, venture into Central Goa, chiefly Ponda, where Hindu temples and spice plantations are the main attractions. Most of the Hindu temples were destroyed by the Portuguese and re-built by the Hindus. Some of the unique ones are: the Shiva Temple of Shri Mangesh, Shri Mahalsa Temple and the Shri Shantadurga Temple.
Spend your day at leisure at any of the beaches in the second half.
Return to hotel for night stay.

Day 4 Goa – Dudhsagar Falls – Badami

Depart early for the Dudhsagar Falls, which mark Goa’s border with Karnataka.
The Mandovi River drops three levels from a height of 310 m, making it India’s 5th highest waterfall. During the monsoon, it is a spectacular sight.
After lunch, proceed to Badami in Karnataka, 5 hrs, 200 km
Arrive in Badami and check into hotel for night stay.

Day 5Badami

After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of the magnificent cave temples built by the Chalukyas who ruled between the 4th and the 8th centuries.
Cave 1, the oldest is dedicated to Lord Shiva with an image of Nataraja, (Shiva in his dancing form). Vishnu is the central deity in the 2nd and 3rd caves, while the last of the four is a Jain cave which was carved in the 7th/8th century.
Return to hotel for the night.

Day 6 Badami – Gadag – Hospet – Hampi

Depart early for Gadag, 68 km to board train to Hospet.93 km
Arrive in Hospet and proceed to Hampi.
Arrive in Hampi and check into hotel.
Here are the ruins of the 15th century capital of the Vijaynagar Empire, and the legendary forest of Kishkindha, which finds mention in the Ramayana as the kingdom of the monkeys.
Hampi covers 25 sq. km of startling monuments that speak volumes not only of the artisans’ skills, but also of the lifestyle and the cultural and intellectual pursuits of the royalty and the citizens of that time.
Hampi can be grouped in four sections, with the Tungabhadra River dividing the city into the southern and the northern bank. Round shaped coaracles are used by tourists and locals for crossing over the river.
The Virupaksha Temple, the Vittala temple, Sule Bazaar, Achyutaraya Temple, the Royal Centre, the Archaeological Museum, Hampi Bazaar, Virupapur Gaddi and Kamalapuram are its major attractions.
Hampi’s boulders draw a great deal of interest from tourists, and bouldering is a sport readily taken to by visitors to this ancient city.
Explore as many sights as you can, depending on the time available
Return to hotel for night stay.

Day 7 Hampi

After breakfast, explore the rest of the Hampi ruins.
After lunch, depart for Belur, 275 km
Late evening, arrive in Belur and check into hotel.

Day 8 Belur

After breakfast, explore the architectural wonders of Belur and Halebid
Belur and Halebid are representatives of the best of sculptural art pursued by the Hoysalas in South India. The 12th century Channakeshava temple is still in use, and has remarkably intricate carvings in sections of its exterior. Other attractions include Chennigaraya and the Viranarayana temples.
After lunch proceed to Halebid, 16 km away.
Here too, the temples date back to 12th century, and its major attractions include the Hoysaleswara Temple which is simply outstanding in its architecture, and the Kedareswara group of Jain temples.
Proceed to Sravanbelagola, 90 km
Arrive in Sravanbelagola and check into hotel for overnight stay.

Day 9 Sravanbelagola

After breakfast, and visit the Gomateshwara statue, a Jain deity
The monolithic statue of Gomateshwara or Bahubali was initiated by one of the generals of King Rachamulla. The Mahamastakabhishekham ceremony is held every 12 years during which milk is poured over the statue, and pastes and powders also applied.
After lunch, check out of hotel and proceed to Mysore, 85 km.
Enroute, visit Sriranagapatnam
This was the hotbed of activity for Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan. Tipu’s summer palace, Daria Daulat Bagh, Gumbaz and the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple are the town’s major highlights.
Arrive in Mysore and check into hotel for the night.

Day 10 Mysore

After breakfast, discover the many attractions of this royal city.
Mysore Palace, the seat of the Wodeyar kings is the star attraction here, with a stunning exterior and highly ornate interiors.
After lunch proceed to the fairytale gardens at Brindavan, built around the dam on the River Cauvery. Stay on till after 7 PM to see the brilliant spectacle created by the garden lights.
Return to hotel for night stay.

Day 11 Mysore – Bandipur National Park

Early morning, depart for a day tour of the Bandipur National Park, 80 km, 2 ½ hrs.
Bandipur covers 880 sq.km and is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which includes the Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu, Wayanad in Kerala. Gaurs, spotted deer, sloth bears, panthers and langurs roam this mixed deciduous forest.
Return to Mysore for night stay.

Day 12 Mysore – Coorg

Depart early for Mercara/Madikeri the capital of Coorg, or Kodava, 113 km, 3 hours Coorg is a coffee plantation district, and its inhabitants, the Kodavas are culturally and physically distinct from the rest of the Kannadigas. Coorg has plenty of trekking routes into the forests around it.
Arrive in Madikeri and check into hotel.
After lunch and rest, proceed to see some of its many attractions: Madikeri Fort which houses the municipal office, Omkareshwara Temple, Raja’s Seat, Abbi Falls and Raja’s Tomb.
Return to hotel for night stay

Day 13  Coorg

Keep this day for trekking. After breakfast, take a guided tour into the forest, or visit Coorg’s coffee and spice plantations on the gently sloping Western Ghats.Or, you can choose to visit the Tibetan centre at Bylakuppe, near Kushalnagar within Coorg district Return to hotel in Madikeri.

Day 14 Coorg – Bangalore

Depart early for a 246 km, 6 hour drive from Madikeri to Bangalore (Bengaluru)
Arrive in Bangalore and check into hotel.
Late afternoon/evening, go around the dynamic city, India’s IT capital. Its sights include: Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Bengaluru Palace, Cubbon Park, Tipu’s Palace, Bull temple and the Dodda Ganesha Temple
Return to hotel for night stay.

Day 15 Bangalore – Onward Destination

Check out of hotel in time for flight to onward destination.
Tour Ends