Hampi & Deccan A Heritage Tour of Southern India
Hampi & Deccan A Heritage Tour of Southern India

Highlights: Hyderabad – Bijapur - Badami - Hospet - Hassan - Coorg - Kabini - Mysore - Bangalore


Hotels:
Hyderabad – Golkonda Resorts & Spa
Bijapur - Hotel Madhuvan International
Badami - Hotel Badami Court
Hospet - Royal Orchid Central Kireeti
Hassan - Hoysala Village Resort
Coorg - The Windflower Resorts & Spa
Kabini - The Serai Resorts
Mysore - Hotel Sandesh The Prince
Bangalore - The Chancery


Itinerary:


Day 1: Hyderabad
- Upon arrival at Hyderabad airport welcome, meet and assist by our representative and transfer to hotel.
- The name Hyderabad means "Hyder's abode" or "lion city", derived from the Persian/Urdu words "haydar" or "hyder" (lion) and "abad" (city or abode).[2] According to John Everett-Heath, the author of Oxford Concise Dictionary of World Place Names, Hyderabad was named to honour the Caliph Ali Ibn Abi Talib, who was also known as Hyder because of his lion-like valour in battles. Hyderabad was historically known as a pearl and diamond trading centre, and it continues to be known as the City of Pearls. Many of the city's traditional bazaars, including Laad Bazaar, Begum Bazaar and Sultan Bazaar, have remained open for centuries.
- 14:00 hrs standard check in time
- Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel


Day 2: Hyderabad
- After breakfast enjoy sightseeing tour of Hyderabad city visiting Salar Jung Museum – This is one of the biggest one-man collections of antiques and art objects of the world.


The most important historical exhibits are the turban and ivory chairs of Tipu Sultan of Mysore, Mecca Masjid:
A two hundred yards southwest of the Charminar is the Mecca Masjit so named because the bricks were brought from Mecca to build the central arch. The garnd mosque can accommodate 10000 persons. Its lofty colonnades and door arches are made of huge granite slabs.


The Charminar:
It is as much the signature of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra. Standing in the heart of the old walled city and surrounded by lively bazaars, the Charminar (four towers)is a 56m high triumphal arch. The narrow streets surroundings the Char Minar make up one of India's most exotic bazaars.


Birla Mandir:
This white marbel temple of Lord Venkateshwara floats on the city skyline, on Kala Pahad. The idol in the temple is a replica of the one of Tirumala Tirupati.


Golconda:
It is one of the famous forts of India. The name originates from the Telugu words “Golla Konda” meaning “shepherd's Hill”. The origins of the fort can be traced back to the Yadava dynasty of Deogiri and the Kaktiyas of warangal. Golconda was originally a mud fort.


Quth Shahi Tombs:
The tombs of the legendary Qutb Shahi Kings lie about a kilometre away from Banjara Darwaza of the Golconda Fort. The Tombs are built in Persian, Pathan and Hindu architectural styles using grey granite, with stucco ornamentation, the only one of its kind in the world where an entire dynasty has been buried at one place.


- Overnight stay at hotel


Day 3: Hyderabad to Bijapur by surface (approx. 305 kms, 9 hrs)
- Early morning drive to Bijapur En route visit Gulbarga Fort and Jama Masjid Gulbarga is Mosque located in Gulbarga city. It is regarded as one of the most architectural mosques in its form and structure in South Asia. The arches design of Jama Masjid Gulbarga reflects in the interiors of Spanish Mosque of Hyderabad.
- Upon arrival at Bijapur, check in at hotel
- Overnight stay at hotel


Day 4: Bijapur to Badami by surface (approx. 130 kms, 4 hrs)
- Morning visit Gol Gumbaz, the magnificent mausoleum of Muhammed Adil Shah in Bijapur.
- Later drive Badami En route visit Pattadakal and Aihole. Pattadakal is UNESCO World Heritage site and has 10 major temples representing the 8th century Chalukya architecture while Aihole is a town with as may as 70 temples dating back to the 6th – 11th centuries
- Overnight stay at hotel


Day 5: Badami to Hospet by surface (approx. 140 kms, 4 hrs)
- This morning after breakfast enjoy sightseeing tour of Badami, There are many temples dating from the Chalukyas period in Badami.


Visit to Badami Caves:
Picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills, the exquisite sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs of Badami tell many a tale of yore. There are carved images of the Narasimha & Trivikrama avataras of Vishnu. Further up, is a Jain rock cut temple dedicated to the Tirthankara Adinath with inscriptions dating back to the 12th century. The Mallikarjuna temple dating 11th century on a star shaped plan.


North Fort:
This is the largest enclosure, including two major platform structures, an underground chamber which must have served as a treasury or private audience hall, several other platforms, Banashankari - is a quaint hamlet taking its name from the goddess Banashankari. Built in the Dravidian style, the temple is dedicated to Banashankari, a form of Parvati.


- Later drive to Hospet.
- Upon arrival at Hospet, check in at hotel.
- Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 6: Hospet (Hampi)
- This Morning after breakfast, excursion to Hampi and Vijaynagar.
- Visit Hampi.


The once beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire:
It is greater than Rome, had palaces, temples & sculptures, spread all over. We will also visit the ruins of the Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva & Pampadevi. This is the only temple that is still used for worship.


Visit to King’s Palace, Mahanavami Dibba, Queen’s Bath:
This structure has a very plain exterior but the interior is stunningly ornate, with graceful arched corridors, projecting balconies and lotus-shaped fountains that used to spout perfumed water for the ladies of the court.


- You may also visit to Lotus Mahal.


Lotus Mahal:
An elegant example of the fusion of the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture, Elephant Stables - An imposing edifice with arched entrances and many domes that once housed the magnificent state elephants. Pushkarni, Hazara Rama Temple and many more.


- Overnight stay at hotel


Day 7: Hospet to Hassan by surface (approx. 350 kms, 8 hrs)
- After breakfast head towards, Hassan
- Upon arrival at Hassan, check in at hotel
- Overnight stay at hotel


Day 8: Hassan (Sravanbelagolia)
- Today you will see the splendour of Sravanabelagola. 51 kms south - east of Hassan, one of the most important Jain Pilgrim centres. Here is the 17m high monolith of Lord Bahubali - the world’s tallest monolithic statue.
- Rest of the day you will remain free to explore the surroundings.
- Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 9: Hassan to Coorg by surface (approx.150 kms, 5 hrs)
- After breakfast visit Belur & Halebid, a beautiful example of Hoyasala's architecture. Famous of them is The Chennakeshava Temple, which took 103 years to complete. The temples of Halebid bear mute testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnataka.
- Later drive to Coorg, a place that is known as the 'Scotland of India'
- Upon arrival at Coorg, check in at hotel.
- Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 10: Madikeri
- Morning visit Dubare Elephant Camp.
- After lunch visit Bylekuppe the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet, complete with a Tibetan monastery with 4,500 monks, a Tibetan village and a flea market.


Day 11: Madikeri (Coorg)
- Day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 12: Madikeri (Coorg) to Nagarhole by surface (approx. 70 kms, 1-2 hrs)
- After breakfast drive to Nagarhole National Park – once the Maharaja's reserved forest. In addition to the elephants, the park aslo has gaur (Indian Bison), four horned antelope, sloth bears and monkeys.
- Upon arrival at Nagarhole, check in at hotel.
- Afternoon jeep safari into Rajiv Gandhi National Park.
- Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 13: Nagarhole
- Morning Jeep safari into the Nagarhole National Park.
- Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 14: Nagarhole to Mysore by surface (approx. 80 kms, 1-2 kms)
- After breakfast drive to Mysore - the capital of the erstwhile princely state, has a profusion of places and museums. Mysore has a long history of eminent dynasties who ruled from here and created a city that, even today, is one of the finest in southern India with tree-lined boulevards, beautiful gardens, parks and stately palaces.
- Upon arrival at Mysore, check in at hotel.
- Rest of the day at leisure and Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 15: Mysore
- After breakfast you will enjoy city tour of Mysore visiting; The Chamundi Temple- Overlooking Miser from the 1062 m summit of Chamundi Hill, the Sri Chamundeshwari Temple and monolithic Nandi (Bull) makes a pleasant half-day excursion. Pilgrims are supposed to climb the 1000-plus steps to the top, but those not needing to improve their karma go by car. The temple is dominated by a towering seven storey, 40 m high Gopurams and Mysore Maharaja’s Palace.
- Overnight stay at hotel


Day 16: Mysore to Bangalore by surface (approx. 140 kms, 4 hrs)
- After breakfast drive to Bangalore.
En-route visiting Srirangapatnam - the 18th century Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan Sri Rangapatnam (16 km) is built on an island in the Cavern River is famous for the Ranganatha temple and the ‘Summer Palace of Tip Sultan’


Later continue drive to Bangalore is the capital city of the Karnataka. Located on the Deccan Plateau. It is home to many well-recognised educational and research institutions in India. Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India beacuse of its positon as the nation's leading IT exporter.Bangalore is a major economic and cultural hub and the second – fastest growing major metropolis in India.


- Upon arrival at Bangalore, check in at hotel.
- Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 17: Depart Bangalore
- Transfer from hotel to Bangalore airport in time to board flight for onward journey



Offer Includes

  • 10 nights accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 5 nights accommodation on full board basis at Coorg & Kabini
  • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by private air-conditioned car

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary