This package takes you on a road trip through the golden chariot route as you discover historical ruins, entrancing temples, ancient cities and rock cut caves. Recline and relax as the coffee estates of Chikmagalur and the beaches of Goa make the fine balance for a perfect holiday. For an inquisitive mind this tour carries a lot to learn, enjoy and cherish.
You will be welcomed at Bengaluru International airport by our company representative. While modernity does push the boundaries of the city, the combined legacies of Haider Ali, Tipu Sultan and the British still live on. Bangalore’s creature comforts can be godsend for the weary traveller.
Get Bangalored: Benevolent climate & charm of the Indian IT hub
Once known as the garden city, it is now dominated by IT parks. Explore the lovely gardens like Lalbhag and Cubbonpark and lovely Victorian-era architecture as visible on the VidhanSauda- which houses both the State Legislature and Secretariat. You may consider a trip to the famous bull temple too.
Cosmopolitan Bengaluru will give you an experience of the vibrant new face of India.
Bengaluru’s burgeoning drinking and dining scene means there are lots of options you could consider for an evening outing. Relax for the night in your hotel.
Today, we travel to one of South India’s most vibrant cities – Mysore. The grand palaces, silk, sandalwood and incense production give an iconic status to this place. You may also consider visiting Srirangapatna- the summer palace on the way to Mysore.
Visit Shrirangapatna: the fortress of the ‘Tiger of Mysore’
Steeped in bloody history, this fort town is built on an island on the Cauvery river. This was the summer palace and de facto capital from where Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan ruled in their glory days. After epic wars (Tipu defeated by British) we are left with a clutch of monuments, beautiful wall paintings and a nice view to have lunch!
Mysore’s flamboyant palace known for its glittering in royal heritage is a must experienceImage by Marc Dalmulder
Visit the Maharaja’s Palace: The icon of Mysore
Built in indo-saracenic style with dome, arches and turrets, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works from all over the world. The jewels studded throne, majestic durbar hall with ornate ceilings and intricately carved doors make for a fascinating sight. If you are lucky to be here on a Sunday or public holiday, the illuminated palace will be a spectacle to remember!
Also visit the Rajendra art gallery which houses a remarkable collection of paintings form Raja Ravi Varma and other traditional Mysore styles.
Today, you get to explore this ancient city, its bustling markets, magnificent monuments and more. Shop around for premium silk, incense and sandalwood which are a speciality of Mysore. After exploring Chamundi hills during the day, a magical evening at the Brindavan gardens awaits you
Explore Chamundi hills: If you went up to the top, your nose was chopped!
Morning is a great time to start a fine half-day excursion to Chamundi Hills. Experience the panoramic view overlooking the Mysore city and explore the marvellous temple. The 1000 stone steps laid out by the Maharaja in the 17th century and the majestic Nandi monolith is a compelling sight. Enjoy shopping around for local specialities at the Devaraja Market.
The Dancing fountains at Brindavan are illuminated and made to dance to the accompaniment of popular film tunesImage by Royal Orchid
Evening at the Brindavan Gardens: This place is purely magical
These gardens have been the background of many a shimmering bollywood musical number. After sunset, the special attractions include dancing fountains where coloured lights transform the place into a magical fairyland. Also visit the famous KRS dam which is an awesome sight too. Relax for the night at your resort
After a leisurely breakfast, start your trip to Hassan. Enroute we visit Sravanabelagola, a revered Jain shrine well worth your time. Arrive at Hassan and relax at your hotel for the day.
A Revered Jain Shrine: One of the world’s largest monolithic statues
We are at one of the oldest and most important pilgrimage destinations of Jainism with a history going back to the 3rd century. Here, you will find the 58 ft high statue of Gomateshwara located high on the hills overlooking the town. Created at the peak of architectural and sculptural creativity under the Western Ganga dynasty, this place will expose a unique dimension of India.
Join worship at the feet of the 10th century monolithic statue of a Jain saint (60 ft tall)
Relax for the night at your hotel in Hassan
Today, visit the most celebrated temples of Belur and Halebid which together give the name ‘Southern Varanasi’ to the region. The strikingly beautiful 11th century Hoysala temples and Jain shrines will leave you spell-bound
At the Channekeshava Temple: A marvel that took 100 years in the making
This exquisite temple, commissioned in 1117 AD, was built to immortalise the Hoysalas’ victory over the Cholas. The angled bracket figures of women in dancing poses, the exquisitely sculpted pillars and the platform carved with 650 charging elephants in black stone will keep you intrigued. Be there for the lively pujas as this is the only Hoysala site in daily use
Unsurpassed in its artistry and detail, this temple is a glowing tribute to human skillGayatriKrishnamoorthy
Exploring Hoyasaleswara temple: It never got completed!
Yet another masterpiece of Hoysala architecture for which construction went on for more than 80 years. The outer temple is richly-sculpted with pieces depicting the life of the Hoysala rulers, sages, stylised animals and flurry of Hindu dieties. Its interior chiselled from black stone is marvellous. No wonder the work on the temple never got completed!
Travel to Chikmagaluru and relax for the night at your hotel.
Today will be a break from the heritage sites with every bend on the road revealing a palette of new greens. In Chikmagalur, you could go for trekking to waterfalls, on coffee plantation tours and adventure tours. The salubrious climate and scenic splendour are added attractions
Experience a guided a coffee tour & Visit the coffee museum
The story starts with how saint baba Buden from Yemen planted a handful of coffee beans for the first time in Chikmagalur a few 100 years ago. This morning, make your way up alleys of oak lined plantations, roll up your sleeves and learn which coffee bud is ready for picking. The thematic museum with lined up coffee pots is as educative as it is inspiring.
At Chikmagaluru, you will discover what goes into making arguably the finest coffee in the worldImage by prashantby
Other options include trekking to waterfalls along the highest peak of Karnataka or other adventures. Relax in the evening sipping up some amazing coffee and soak in the ambience of your resort
After breakfast, embark on your journey to the ruins of Hampi enroute Chitradurga. Hospet is an ideal base from where you will stay and visit the ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire
Witnessing the marvel of Chitradurga fort (optional)
This old walled town on the way to Hospet houses an impressive fort built on the base of a cluster of rocky hills. This place is a paradise for history buffs complete with carvings, structures and curious tales from the era of its last kings. You will be fascinated by the ingenious water tanks, 19 odd gateways, secret entrances and the overall setting
Linger on here for a while and soak-in Hampi’s totally relaxed grain
A sunset among the ruins: Glimpse a 360 aerial view of the ancient city
Climb up a hill right at the heart of Hampi for a sunset view. The calm ambient at the hilltop is sure to put you on hold for long well after sunset. The landscape is that stunning! Relax for the night at your hotel.
The charismatic ruins take you on a journey in time to the grandeur of the flourishing capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Lying scattered over a landscape of heaps of giant boulders are innumerable monuments which have withstood the ravages of man and nature.
Walking your way through the forgotten city: The royal and the sacred centres
The royal centres give a glimpse of the luxury and lifestyle of the flamboyant rulers of this city. The arched corridors of the queen’s bath, the lotus mahal, elephant stables, musical pillars and King’s balance where gold was weighed and distributed are stories you must hear about. The scared centre around Hampi bazaar has fascinating monolithic statues, the iconic stone chariot, Vittala and Virupaksha temples and shops to explore. You will lose yourself in the ruins
The best experience at this world heritage site is a leisurely stroll through the fascinating ruins
Plan on lingering around for a while exploring the active bazaars, paddy fields and villages around the ancient city and partake in Hampi’s relaxed grain. Relax for the night at your hotel.
This morning depart Hampi and drive to Badami enroute the heritage sites of Aihole & Pattadakkal. Aihole is the legacy of the 6th century Chalukya kings and the cradle of Hindu architecture as we see it today. Later in the day explore Badami and its magnificent cave temples
World heritage site temples of Aihole & Pattadakkal
A hundred odd temples built between 4th and 6th century AD is the claim to fame of the ancient Chalukyan capital of Aihole. The most impressive is the 7th century Durga Temple with its semi-circular formation. Pattadakkal’s group of temples collectively form a world heritage site. The Virupaksha temple narrates episodes of Ramayana, Mahabharata as well as throws life on the social life of the times.
These sites give a feel of the embryonic stage of South Indian Hindu architecture and its marvels
Explore the magnificent rock-cut cave temples of Badami
Once the capital of the mighty Chalukyanempire, the red sandstone cliffs here evoke images of the wild west. The remarkable cave temples display the full range of Indian religious sects: Vishnu, Siva, a Jain temple and a Buddhist natural cave.
Relax for the night at your resort in Badami.
After a relaxed breakfast, take a scenic journey along the Western Ghats to Goa – the last leg of your trip.
Once a Portuguese settlement, the culture and lifestyle of Goa’s balmy shore is still as laid-back as ever. By far the most comprehensive beach spot in India will be a perfect way to cool your heels for some days before heading back to your daily routine.
Check-in to your beach resort and relax for the night.
White sands, swaying palms, sparking waters and a glorious slice of the Indian coastline awaits
The last few days of the trip have been left for you to explore Goa in your own style. Pick up activities of your interest and spend the day in the beaches, forts and places of interest around Goa. Everybody loves some solid beach time!
Exploring Goa: a range of experiences on a platter
Well there are always the endless sun-drenched crescents of sand but there is more to discover. Pep up your stay here with centuries-old cathedrals, beautiful forts, scented spice plantation visits, bird watching and amazing waterfalls. Pick up on some adventure like snorkelling, motor boating while enjoying the active night life in Goa.
So, come and experience the irresistible charms of Goa’s Portuguese rhythm and unwind
There is far more to discover in Goa than the charm of warm sand between your toes
On the last day of your tour, enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then head to Goa airport and connect with your flight to Mumbai. Catch your homebound flight from Mumbai with memories to last for a lifetime.
3 star Hotel/resort with neat amenities, hygienic bathrooms & European toilets, Telephone and 24 hours room service
Air Conditioned vehicle with chauffer at your disposal thorough out the tour
Buffet breakfast included at all resorts/ hotel
Total tour cost
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October to March
group Leader and guides
This tour is ideal as a special interest group tour. Groups (min. 15 travellers)are accompanied by one of our experienced group leaders. They offer suggestions onlocal food to try, share cultural insights and introduce our local friends.
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