Bangalore to Hampi & Badami
This historic tour begins in Bangalore and ends at Badami. Enjoy visiting the Hindu collection of temples at Hampi, Lakkundi, Gadag, Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal. Explore some of India’s most intricate historical stone carvings. This tour includes 2 nights accommodation in Hampi & 2 nights in Badami, and all sightseeing and monuments entrances.
Bangalore to Hampi & Badami
Day 1: Bangalore – Hampi (350kms)
Pick up from your hotel in Bangalore and drive to Hampi Enroute to visit Chitradurga Fort, built during the 17th and 18th century have gone through the hands of several rulers and undergone the transformation. But the fort was expanded during the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Within the fort are temples, masjid, storage for oil and grain, and a citadel. The Hidimbeshwar temple situated within the fort is the oldest among the 20 temples and a must-see place. The temple is carved out of a rock and has the influence of the Dravidian culture. Continue to drive to Hampi check-in at the hotel. Rest time free and easy for personal activities relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Hampi (B)
City tour of Hampi a UNESCO World Heritage site dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire on the bank of the River Tungabhadra. Although the city was destroyed by marauding Moghul invaders in the 16th century, much of it remains today. The vast site of monuments and ruins is a mute witness to an ear of glories, triumphs, and tragedies. The ruins of Hampi are so majestic and imposing that they leave the visitor totally dumbfounded, awestruck and humbled. Visit Hazara Rama Temple, Kings Balance, Mahanavami Dibba, Royal enclosures, Statue of Ugra Narasimha Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple Complex, Lotus Mahal & ASI Museum. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Hampi – Badami (190kms) (B)
Drive to Badami. En-route visit Lakkundi heaven of ancient temple ruins and step wells. It is a place of antiquarian interest with more than 50 ancient temples scattered all over the village & 101 stepped wells built during the rule of the Chalukyas, Sauna, Kalachuris, and Hoysalas. These temples are most famous for their ornate and elaborate furnishing. And Gadag a place of historical importance, famous for its ancient Hindu & Jain temples and medieval architecture. Constructed between the 10th to 12th CE by the Kings of the Chalukyan Empire, the Trikuteshewara Temple is famous for its style of architecture and the temple has three Shivalingas carved out of a single rock. Arrive Badami check-in & overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Badami (B)
Excursion to visit Aihole a historical site & home to over 125 beautiful Chalukyan temples and monuments from the 6th to 12th century. Few important monuments in Aihole include the Durga Temple, Lad Khan Temple, Ravanaphadi Cave Temples, Huchimalli Temple, Meganagudi Group Temple, Gowda Temple, and the Huchappayyagudi Temple amongst numerous others. And Pattadakal a treasure trove of Hindu and Jain temples complex built in the 7th and 8th century CE. The various temples that one must visit are Virupaksha Temple, Jain temple, Papanatha temple, Galaganath temple, and Sangameshwara temple. Also visit Badami Cave consist of four separate temples, each holding intricate carvings & depictions. Badami Fort perched on the top of a cliff accompanied by two Shivalaya complexes dating back to the 5th century & a watchtower atop the hill. And Agastya Lake surrounded by red sandstone temples. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Badami – Hubli (110kms) (B)
Transfer to Hubli airport to board a flight for Bangalore or Goa or Mumbai.
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