Discover why Karnataka is termed as the jewel of South India on a tour to this spectacular region. Explore the HAMPI, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which now hosts a bazaar that includes lodges, restaurants, shops, and a towering Virupaksha Temple. Marvel at the rock-cut cave temples and sandstone cliffs of Badami. Embark on a wildlife safari at Kabini national park and elephant watching as well as riding at Dubare Elephant Camp.
BEST SEASON: Round of the year
ACTIVITY: Cultural, Historic, Ancient Temples, Picturesque Landscape
Day 1: Arrival at Bangalore Airport, overnight stay at Bangalore.
Day 2: Drive to Coorg (265kms/ 6hrs).
Day 3: FULL DAY IN COORG to experience emerald landscapes and hectares of spice & Coffee plantations.
Day 4: Drive to WAYANAD (137Kms/ 4Hrs). Enjoy the fantastically unspoilt landscape remote forest reserve.
Day 5: Day trip to KABINI wildlife sanctuary (232Kms/ 5Hrs) -beckons with the promise of elephants, gaur, deer and a rumour of tiger. Located on the southern fringes of the Nagarahole National Park.
Day 6: Drive TO HASSAN (205Kms/ 5Hrs) - eventful and rich history of the rule of the Hoysalas.
Day 7: Day trip to BELUR & HALEBID (85Kms/ 2Hrs). Visit 12th-century Hindu temples, best examples of Hoysala architecture.
Day 8: Drive to CHITRADURGA & HOSPET (328Kms/ 8Hrs)- Visit the Chitradurga Fort.
Day 9: Visit HAMPI - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 14th century temples. Chronicles left by Persian and European travellers, particularly the Portuguese.
Day 10: Visit HAMPI.
Day 11: Visit AIHOLE, PATTADKAL and drive to BADAMI (271Kms/ 6Hrs) – visit the historic site of ancient and medieval era Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments, 7th and 8th century CE Hindu and Jain temples.
Day 12: FULL DAY AT BADAMI – the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples.
Day 13: DRIVE TO GOKARNA (250Kms/ 6Hrs).
Day 14: FULL DAY AT GOKARNA Beach - scenic, with the rocky mountains and Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other.
Day 15: TRANSFER TO HUBLI AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE (147Kms/ 3Hrs).
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