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South India Culture and Temples Journey ...

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Duration 15 days/14 nights
Best Time Oct-March
Places Visit Bombay-Hyderabad - Warangal - Vijaywada - Gulbarga - Bijapur - Badami - Hospet - Chikmagalur - Hassan - Mysore - Bandipur – Bangalore.

Day 01 : Arrival Bombay : On arrival meet to assistance, drive to hotel for rest of the night.

Day 02 : Bombay : Full day sightseeing, visit Elphanta caves, Gate way of India, Wellington Fountain, Colaba Causeway, Prince of Wales Museum, Victoria Terminus. & Dhobi Ghat, rest of the time visit in local market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 : Bombay-Hyderabad : After an early breakfast drive to domestic airport, dep. to Hyderabad. On arrival at Hyderabad meet to our assistance followed drive to hotel, check in later full day sightseeing of Hyderabad, has wonderful places to visit having their own marks in the cultural voyage. Visit, Charminar (the square edifice, highly distinguished piece of architecture with four minarets); Golconda Fort ( with 3 concentric fortifications eight gates in the outer wall, the fort has an intelligent acoustic signaling incorporated in the construction); Mecca Masjid (the seventh largest Mosque in the world); Qutub Sahi Tombs (with excellent architecture and landscaped gardens); Salarjung Museum (portrays one of the biggest one-man collections of antiques); Birla Mandir (a temple built entirely out of marble). Buddha statue in the middle of Hussain Sagar Lake; and many more. The City has unique formations of huge rocks in unusual shapes and settled into harmony of city's landscape and outskirts. Nine Rock Formations in and around Hyderabad are declared as Protected Heritage Precincts. Rest of the time leisure, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 : Hyderabad-Gulbarga (156 km/6 hrs Drive) : Gulbarga was the capital of the Bahamani Kingdom which ruled this region. The Gulbarga Fort built by Bahamani's is a famous monument attracting large number of tourists. Gulbarga is a Divisional Head Quarters for the four Districts viz., Bidar, Bellary, Raichur, and Gulbarga. it is a Major District and VI big City of Karnataka, and is a seat of Gulbarga University. The City is major trade center and Administrative center. Rest of the time visit the Gulbarga City, overnight at hotel.

Day 05 : Gulbarga-Bijapur : (120km/ 5 hrs Drive) : Early breakfast drive to Bijapur The foundation of this historic city were laid during the reign of the Chalukayan Dynasty of Kalyani between 10th and 11th Centuries. They called it 'Vijayapura' or the city of Victory from hence comes its present name Bijapur Bijapur came under Muslim influence, first under Alauddin Khilji, The Sultan of Delhi, towards the end of the 13th Century and then under the Bahamani Kings of Bidar 1347. In 1481, Mohammed III, one of the Bahamani Sultans, appointed Yusuf Adil Khan as the Governor of the Bijapur. One of the sons of Sultan Mohammed II of Turkey, Yusuf Adil Khan fled his country on the death of his father, to escape the massacre of crown princes in the battle for the succession to the throne. He was purchased as a slave by Mohammed Gavan, the Prime Minister of Mohammed III. With the decline of the Bahamani power at Bidar, Yusuf declared his independence in 1489 and thus became the founder of the Adil Shahi Dynasty which survived as the Kingdom till its annexation by Aurangazeb in 1686. Bijapur experienced a great burst of architectural activity under the Adi Shahi Dynasty. The Adil Shahi encouraged building activity to such an extent that Bijapur itself has over 50 Masks, more than 20 tombs and a number of palaces. An interesting feature of employment of large numbers of Indian artisans. Earlier Muslim rulers of the Deccan deployed Persian Craftsmen and Architects. On arrival check in hotel rest of the time, visit the city with fort and another monuments.

Day 06 : Bijapur- Badami (110 km/ 4 hrs drive) : After early breakfast drive to Badami, the one time capital of the Chalukyas , is noted several temples, some structural & other rock-cut, of the 6th & 7th Centuries. The foundations of Badami, or Vatapi as it was called, were laid by Pulakeshi I (535 - 566 AD) his son Kirtivarman, the Ist (567 - 598 AD), beautified the town with temples & other buildings. Mangalesha (598 - 610 AD) brother of Kiritavarman I completed the construction of the cave temples & endowed the temples with the village on the occasion of the installation of the image of Vishnu. The greatest ruler of the dynasty was Pulakeshi II (610-642 AD) who among others defeated the Pallava King Mahendra Verman I. The Pallava later captured & destroyed Badami to avenge their defeat Badami was also in the possession of the Vijayanagar Kings, The Adil Shahis, The Savanur Nawabs, The Marathas, Hyder Ali & finally the British who made it part of the Bombay Presidency. On arrival check in hotel rest of the time visit the city, overnight at hotel.

Day 07 : Badami- Hampi (167 km/ 6 hrs drive) : After early breakfast drive to Hampi It is a thriving traveler's center. The area of Hampi is protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and by rocky granite stones on other three sides. There is a magical quality to the ruins of Hampi even 650 years after the empire of Krishna - devaraya disintegrated. Hampi is famous for its ruins belonging to the erstwhile medieval Hindu kingdom of Vijaynagar and it is declared a World Heritage site. The monolithic sculptures and monuments along the temples are attractive because of their excellent workmanship. The architecture found at Hampi reflects the Hindu culture and splendor of the Vijaynagar Empire. The rugged landscape adds to the historic ambience of this site. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08 : Full day Hampi : After breakfast full day visit Hampi and Hospit, Visit Virupaksha temple with its 50m high gopuram, Hemakunta Hill with ruins of Jain temples and a monolithic, Sculpture of Narasimha Vittala Temple, Sule Bazar, Achutaraya Temple, Purandaradasa Mandapa, Royal Center that has Lotus Mahal, & Elephant stables etc. Overnight at Hampi.

Day 09 : Hampi- Chikmanglur : (210km/ 7 hrs drive) : After early breakfast drive to hill station Chikmanlur, Chikmagalur is a calm, serene town full of scenic surprises .hills, valleys, streams and snow-white coffee blossoms. Chikmagalur is a trekker's delight, with its rugged mountain trails.

Day 10 : Chikmanglur : Full day Excursion Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary (Muthodi) : 38 kms northwest, this sanctuary is a must-see for wildlife enthusiasts. Gaur, Chital, Sambar, Elephants and Tigers are some of the wildlife found here. Kemmanagundi 55 kms north of Chikmagalur, this is a scenic hill station, situated on the Baba Budan range at a height of 1,434 m. 8 kms from Kemmanagundi are the Hebbe Falls where the water gushes down from a height of 168 m in two stages. The Kalhatti Falls are 10 kms from Kemmanagundi. The water here cascades down a height of 122 m. There is also a local temple here, constructed in a gap between rocks. Amruthapura About 10 kms form Tarikere, this little town has a 800-year-old temple dedicated to Amrutheswara. Sringeri, Sringeri is a pilgrim center, known for its Vidyashankara Temple. It has 12 zodiac pillars on each of which the sun's rays fall according to the time of the year. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 : Chikmanglur-Mysore : (195 km/ 7 hrs Drive) : After early breakfast drive to Maysore, on arrival check in hotel for overnight, Rest of the time visit Mysore Fort and Nandi Hill (Mashishsuramardini Temple).

Day 12 : Mysore- Ooty :199 km/ 7 hrs) : After early breakfast drive to another hill station Ooty this is the very famous for Tea Plantation, and landscape. On arrival check in hotel.

Day 13 : Ooty : Full day visit the tea plantations and visit the toy train. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 : Ooty- Cochin (Kochi) : (214 km/ 7 hrs drive) Early breakfast drive through the tea plantaion and coconut fores, en route visit some silk village, where the local people do the silk sari, On arrival check in hotel.

Day 15 : Cochin (Kochi) : Full day visit Kochi, After breakfast visit Saint-Frances, Cathedral Santa Cruz, Mattancheri, and Snagogue, rest of the time enjoy the sea side. Late evening in time dep. transfer onward destination.

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