- || Hoysala Heritage with Goa Beach ||
07 Nights / 08 Days
Places to Visit:
Bangalore - Mysore - Hassan - Hampi - Aihole - Pattadakal
- Badami - Goa
1: Bangalore Mysore
Today we drive towards Mysore. On the way we visit Srirangapatnam. This island
fortress, once the capital of the warrior-kings Hyder Ali and his son Tipu
Sultan, has magnificent monuments that are well worth a visit.
Daria Daulat Bagh - Tipu's Summer Palace built in 1784 was his favorite retreat.
Made of teak, this Indo-Saracenic structure has ornate and beautiful frescoes.
It is now a museum and tells eloquently of Tipu's valour and his losing battle
against the British.
Fort: It is from here that Tipu charged at the British soldiers with his legendary
sword. An obelisk in the fort marks the place where he fell - betrayed by
his own men. The fort holds within it, a mosque and the Ranganathaswamy Temple.
Outside the fort is the Gumbaz, Tipu's tomb with splendid ebony doors inlaid
Day 2: Mysore Somnathpur Mysore
Full day excursion to Somnathpur to see the Hoysala temples here.
Day 3: Mysore Hassan
After breakfast, we drive towards Hassan via Sravanabelagola, Halebid and
Belur - the quaint hamlet - 38 kms from Hassan - is located on the banks of
the river Yagachi. It was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire, today made
unforgettable for its exquisite temples. The Chennakeshava Temple is one of
the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It took 103 years to complete
and you can see why. The facade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures
and friezes with no portion left blank. Elephants, episodes from the epics,
sensuous dancers. they are all there - awe-inspiring in their intricate workmanship.
Inside are hand-lathe-turned filigreed pillars. The Veeranarayana Temple and
the smaller shrines are well worth a visit.
Halebid - It is 27 kms north-west of Hassan and 17 kms east of Belur. The
temples of Halebid - like those of Belur - bear mute testimony to the rich,
cultural heritage of Karnataka. The Hoysaleswara Temple, dating back to the
12th century, is astounding for its wealth of sculptural details. The walls
of the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses, animals,
birds and dancing girls. Yet no two facets of the temple are the same. This
magnificent temple - guarded by a Nandi Bull - was never completed, despite
86 years of labor. The Jain basadis nearby are equally rich in sculptural
detail. Belur and Halebid are 222 and 216 kms from Bangalore, respectively.
Channarayapatna, Ramanathpur, Gorur and Manjarabad are the other places of
interest around Hassan.
Day 4: Hassan Hampi
Full day at your discretion or you can explore group of monuments at Hampi.
HAMPI, the seat of the famed VIJAYANAGARA empire was the capital of the largest
empire in post-mogul India, covering several states. The empire reigned supreme
under Krishnadevaraya, the Emperor. The Vijayanagara empire stretched over
at least three states - Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. The destruction
of Vijayanagar by marauding Moghul invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute.
They reduced the city to ruins amid scenes of savage massacre and horrors
Although in ruins today, this capital city once boasted riches known far beyond
the shores of India. The ruins of Hampi of the 14th Century lies scattered
in about 26 sq. km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation. Protected by
the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite ridges on
the other three sides, the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur splendor
and fabulous wealth. The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken
city tells a tale of men infinite talent and power of creativity together
with his capacity for senseless destruction. Strewn over a large area (about
nine square miles) the ruins at Hampi offers to the tourist a remainder of
the greatest land in the whole world. Every rock, every path and every monument
at Hampi speak the same language; a language of glory and beaty.
The once-powerful Vijayanagar Empire was compared to Rome by the Portuguese
Day 5: Hampi Aihole Pattadakal Badami
Full day excursion to Pattadakal, Badami, Aihole and continue towards Hampi
for the overnight.
Pattadakal, in Karnataka, represents the high point of an eclectic art which,
in the 7th and 8th centuries under the Chalukya dynasty, achieved a harmonious
blend of architectural forms from northern and southern India. An impressive
series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary, can be seen there.
One masterpiece from the group stands out ? the Temple of Virupaksha, built
c. 740 by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband's victory over the
kings from the South.
Badami - the capital of the Early Chalukyas, is picturesquely situated at
the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. Badami is famous for its four
cave temples - all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. Enter
the first cave temple - past Shiva's door keepers - and there he is! The eighteen-armed
Nataraja striking 81 dance poses! The largest and most ornamental is the third
cave temple dedicated to Vishnu. Overlooking the cave temples is a reservoir
dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. Also a must are the Bhutanatha
temples that lend their name to the lake beneath the cave temples.
Aihole - Famous as the "Cradle of Indian Architecture", Aihole has
over a hundred temples scattered around the village.
The oldest temple here is, perhaps, the Lad Khan temple dating back to the
5th Century. The Durga (Fort) Temple is notable for its semi-circular apse,
elevated plinth and the gallery that encircles the sanctum. The Hutchimalli
Temple out in the village - has a sculpture of Vishnu sitting atop a large
The Revalphadi Cave - dedicated to Shiva - is remarkable for its delicate
Not to be missed is the Konthi Temple Complex (Kwanthi Gudi), the Uma Maheswari
Temple with a beautifully carved Brahma seated on a lotus, the austere Jain
Meguti Temple and the two storeyed Buddhist Temple.
Day 6: Badami Goa
Reach goa and relax on the beach
Day 7: Goa
Relax on the beach.
Day 8: Goa next destination
In time transfer to the airport for your onward flight to next destination.
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