Destinations : Bangalore / Mysore / Hassan / Hampi / Badami / Goa / Mumbai
Accommodation : Luxury Hotels / Palaces or Heritage Hotels.
Best Time to Visit : October to June
Price : On request
The Southern Tour of India has been specially designed to showcase some of the most fascinating ancient temple ruins, incredible cave temples and historical forts of Southern India which is one of the most culturally rich regions of the country. You will also get to unwind on the undulating golden-sand beaches of Goa famous for its sun, sand, seafood and spirituality. You can experience centuries of accumulated history in Mysore known for art, heritage and spectacular monuments. Explore the IT hub of India -- Bangalore, also known as the Garden City. You will also visit some of India's most ancient temples with incredible architecture in the heritage towns of Hassan, Hampi and Badami. This is a unique tour which will take you in the interiors of Southern India and make you journey back in time to witness India's Golden era of art, architecture and culture.
DAY 1 -- Arrive in the Garden City, Banglore
You will visit the largest state legislative building in the country, the magnanimous Vidhan Soudha which boasts of exquisite Neo-Dravidian style of architecture. You can also stroll around Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, a haven for nature lovers and internationally renowned for its botanical work, scientific study and plant conservation. A trip to the IT hub can also be arranged for those who are interested.
DAY 2 -- Visit the enchanting town of Srirangapatnam
DAY 3 -- Soak in the heritage of Mysore
You will also get an opportunity to visit the second tallest church in Asia, St. Philomena's Church. Behold the grand palace of Lalitha Mahal built in 1921. Bird watching enthusiasts can visit the Ranganathethu Bird Sanctuary famous for its rich and varied bird species. In the evening you can stroll around local markets overflowing with fragrant spices, exquisite Mysore silk sarees and aromatic sandalwood products.
DAY 4 -- Arrive in Hassan
DAY 5 -- Excursion to Belur and Halebid
DAY 6 -- Arrive in Hospet (Hampi)
DAY 7 -- Get enchanted by the ruins of Hampi
After breakfast you can enjoy a full day excursion to Hampi. The magnificence and opulence of the remains of its temples, market places and concert halls tell tales of the greatness of Hampi and the magnitude of its cultural, historical and trade significance. Overnight at hotel in Hospet.
DAY 8 -- Arrive in Badami
DAY 9 -- Explore the temples in Badami
DAY 10 -- Behold architectural marvels in Aihole and Pattadakal
Pattadakallu is home to ten magnificent stone temples majestic in their size and architecture, dating back to 7th and 8th century. You will see friezes on their walls depicting stories from various Hindu scriptures. In this world heritage site, you will see their best known edifices - Virupaksha Temple, Sangameshvara Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Jain temple and Papanatha Temple.
DAY 11 -- Arrive in gorgeous Goa
DAY 12 -- Unwind in Goa
DAY 13 -- Arrive in Mumbai, Home of Bollywood
The city of Mumbai is one of the biggest cities of India and its financial and fashion capital. An interesting fact for movie buffs, Mumbai is also the heart of the Bollywood Film Industry. It is brimming with monuments and skyscrapers, beaches and slums as well as temples and churches, all vying for space in the buzzing city. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
DAY 14 -- Discover Mumbai and Departure
You can also visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, a majestic train station with an exquisite faade. Later you will be transferred to the Mumbai Airport to board the flight to your onward destination.
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