Hubli to Badami, Hampi, Belur, Halebidu, Mysore & Bangalore Tour
The great historic sites of Badami, Hampi, Belur, Halebidu, Mysore & Bangalore Tour will begin with pick up from Hubli airport. You will visit the Hindu collection of ancient temples at Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Hampi, Belur & Halebidu, built by Chalukyas, Vijayanagar & Hoysala Empire. You will also visit Mysore & Bangalore the former princely state rich in Imperial heritage. Our transport will remain at your disposal at your service and can be used for going out for dinner and optional activities within the cities.
Day 1: Hubli – Badami (110kms)
Pick up from Hubli airport and drive to Badami check-in at the hotel. Rest time free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: 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 3: Badami – Hampi (140kms) (B)
Drive to Hampi, en route visit 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. And Lakkundi heaven of ancient temples 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, Seuna, Kalachuris, and Hoysalas. These temples are most famous for their ornate and elaborate furnishing. Arrive Hampi check-in & overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: 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 5: Hampi – Hassan (330kms) (B)
Drive to Hassan en-route visit Belur, once the capital of the Hoysala Empire is known for its exquisite temples. The celebrated temple of Chennakeshava built by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD, is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. Everything is carved in black stone looking like metal. Kappe Chennigaraya Temple is another majestic 12th CE temple built next to a pond. The stone architecture has splendid carvings and bas-relief work. The Temple complex includes two ornate pillars, one of the Garuda built during the Vijaynagar period and one with a lamp built during the Hoysala period. Lakshmi temple, Sowmyanayaki temple & Ranganayaki temple are other temples in the same complex. Next in Halebidu visit the Hoysaleswara Temple built in the 12th century surrounded by ponds, mandapas, and lakes. It is well known for the sculptures and architecture of the Hoysala period standing on a platform like a casket, richly endowed with the most finely detailed scrollwork in stone. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses. Other temples in Halebidu are Kadareswara Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Ishvara Temple, Koravangala Temple, Lakshmi Devi temple & Hulikere Pond. Also, visit the Jain basics. Continue drive to Hassan check-in & overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Hassan – Mysore (140kms) (B)
Drive to Mysore via visiting Shravanabelagola one of the most important Jain pilgrim centers. Visit Vindhyagiri Hill where a 17m high naked Lord Bahubali (Gommateshwara) the world’s tallest monolithic statue, is placed. And Chandragiri Hill which is also a seat of several ancient Jain centers, much older than the Gommateshwara statue.
Arrive & check-in at the hotel. Later visit Mysore Palace built-in 1912 for the 24th Ruler of the Wodeyar Dynasty and is counted amongst one of the biggest palaces in the country. Chamundi Hills, site of the Chamundeswari Temple, one among the 18 Maha Shakti Peethas located on the eastern edge at the height of 1000ft. The temple also has statues of Nandi Bull and Mahishasura the demon. City Palace was re-built by Henry Irwin in 1897 in an indo-Saracenic style. The palace contains astonishing wall paintings, authentic stained glass work, and ornamented doors. St. Philomena’s Church the second tallest church of Asia built in the Neo-Gothic style of architecture. Jaganmohan Palace housed the royals before the construction of The Mysore palace, this structure displays various paintings of the past kings of Mysore and is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Mysore – Bangalore (145kms) (B)
Visit Lal Bagh Garden which houses over 1800 species of flora including a rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees, and herbs. Cubbon Park a landmark area located within the heart of the city. The Bangalore Fort a living testimony of the notorious struggle of the Mysore Empire against the mighty Britishers. Tippu`s Summer Palace the magnificent accommodation of the valiant ruler of Mysore Tipu Sultan. Bangalore Palace the epitome of great architecture and beauty a mixture of Tudor & Scottish Gothic architecture. The Bull Temple one of the oldest temples in the city. Also, drive and pass the Government buildings Vidhana Soudha & the Secretariat. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Bangalore – Departure (B)
As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
Specification: Hubli to Badami, Hampi, Belur, Halebidu, Mysore & Bangalore Tour
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