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ItineraryDay 1: Dabolim → North GoaPass By: Goa International AirportArrival and transfer to HotelMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at a Hotel near CalanguteDay 2: Explore GoaStop At: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa Velha, GoaSightseeingDuration: 5 hoursStop At: Fort Aguada Beach, GoaSightseeingDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at a Hotel in GoaDay 3: Goa → Badami Stop At: Badami Cave Temples, Badami, Bagalkot District, KarnatakaSightseeing ata BadamiDuration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in BadamiDay 4: Badami → HospetStop At: Aihole, KarnatakaSightseeingDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Group of Monuments in Pattadakal, Pattadakal, Bagalkot District, KarnatakaSightseeingDuration: 3 hoursPass By: Tungabhadra Gardens and Dam, Hospet, Bellary District, KarnatakaOvernight stay at HospetMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at HospetDay 5: Hampi Stop At: Vijayanagara, Hampi, Bellary, Bellary District, KarnatakasightseeingDuration: 10 hoursStop At: Matanga Hill, Hampi, Bellary District, KarnatakaTrekDuration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in HospetDay 6: Hospet → GokarnaStop At: Gokarna Beach, Gokarna, Dakshina Kannada District, KarnatakaSightseeingDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight Stay at Hotel in GokarnaDay 7: Gokarna → Goa/ Dabolim Intl. AirportPass By: Goa International AirportEnd of the tripMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$900 Cultural & Theme Tours

7 days/ 6 nights tour of Bewitching Ruins of Hampi, Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal

ItineraryDay 1: Impregnable fort enroute to HampiStop At: Chitradurga Fort, Chitradurga, Chitradurga District, KarnatakaWe will reach Chitradurga after a drive of 3.5 hours. The fort has seven concentric fortification walls, 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, 35 secret pathways, four invisible passages, water tanks and 2000 watch towers! Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Group of Monuments at Hampi, Hampi, Bellary District, KarnatakaPost lunch, we leave from Chitradurga for Hampi which is a 3.5 hours drive, and check in to our hotel by late evening.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Hampi at Clarks Inn or equivalentDay 2: Royal structures and a Bear SanctuaryStop At: Royal Enclosures, Bellary, Bellary District, KarnatakaWe will head towards the Royal structures of Hampi. Over the next couple of hours we will explore the courts and military structures of the once mighty Vijayanagar Empire.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Daroji Bear Sanctuary, Hampi, Bellary District, KarnatakaPost lunch visit a fascinating sanctuary for the Indian Sloth Bear at Daroji. Spread over 5500 hectares Daroji Bear Sanctuary is home to 150 Bears and other animals like Leopards, Hyena, Jackals, Wild boars and many birds.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: overnight in Hampi at Clarks inn or equivalentDay 3: Sacred Monuments of HampiStop At: PushkaraniWe spend the day walking around the sacred area along the Tungabhadra River. We will experience beautiful temples and market places which were built by Vijaynagara Kings to carry on commerce and trade. Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Hampi at Clarks Inn or equivalentDay 4: Ramayana TrailStop At: Hampi-Kishkinda FerryToday we start early at daybreak. We head to Anjanadri hill, the birth place of Lord Hanuman, for a glorious sunrise. After breakfast we visit Kishkinda, the legendary monkey kingdom mentioned in the great epic The Ramayana. Our guide will tell us stories and legends pertaining to the places we visit.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Hampi in Clarks inn or equivalent hotelDay 5: Village expirience & Ancient cave paintingsStop At: Anegundi Fort, Hampi, Bellary District, KarnatakaWe spend the day at a leisurely pace around the villages surrounding the ruins of Hampi. We will ride on bikes and bullock carts as we explore lakes, canals and Iron age cave paintings in Anegundi village and other parts of the countryside.You will also be able to look at the local handicrafts which keeps the livelihood going for these folks.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Ovrenight in Hampi at Clarks Inn or equivalentDay 6: Caves temples at Badami, Aihole and PattadakalStop At: Aihole, KarnatakaWe ride from Hampi to Aihole, located 3 hours away. There are more than a hundred stone temples from 5th century onwards to see. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Group of Monuments in Pattadakal, Pattadakal, Bagalkot District, KarnatakaAfter Aihole, we move to Pattadakal located 14 KMs away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an epitome of the Visara style of architecture. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Badami Cave Temples, Badami, Bagalkot District, KarnatakaAfterPattadakal we drive for half an hour to the erstwhile capital of the Chalukya Kings, Badami. Located in a ravine at the foot of red sandstone hills Badami looks mesmerizing surrounded by the Agastya lake. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Badami at Heritage resort or equivalentDay 7: Return journey to BangalorePass By: Kempegowda International Airport BengaluruWe will drive back 450 KM today over 8 hours to return to BangaloreMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$500 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 days tour from Bangalore to Hampi, Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal

Day 1- Hampi630AM- Departure from Bangalore1PM- Arrive in HampiWe explore the monuments of Hampi post lunch.  Badavi Linga is the biggest of all lingams in Hampi. It is made of black stone and rises 12 feet in height. A canal passes through it and hence it’s always in water.You can find the biggest idol of Hampi, a few feet from Badavi Linga. Ugra Narasimha is 22 feet in height.We will also visit Balakrishna temple and then visit Hemunta hill. This hill has many ancient temples and is also a good place for sunset.7PM- We visit the magnificent Virupaksha temple It is from the Hoysala period and is the oldest temple in Hampi. The temple tower has eleven storeys and the  river Tungabhadra flows inside.Overnight in HampiDay 2- HampiVijaya Vittala temple is probably the grandest masterpiece around. It is constructed on a polyhedron foundation.  The musical pillars of the temple is one of the greatest work of art by mankind.King’s Balance is the next destination. This is a huge stone frame east of Purandara Mantapa. A stone beam is placed on two pillars of stone. Legend has it that the generous Kings of Vijayanagara used to weigh them with gold and gems and distribute it among the poor. We take a ride on a coracle on the Tungabhadra.We will visit the Royal enclosures. Some of the memorable structures here are the Elephant stables, Queen’s bath and the Lotus Mahal.Next on the itinerary is the Zanana enclosure , which was the place for the royal women.Towards the evening we visit Anegundi village for the cave paintings. The paintings here date back to the Iron Age around 1500 BC.Overnight in HampiDay 3- Badami, Aihole & PattadakalAfter breakfast in Hampi, we will drive for 3 hours to Aihole. There are more than a hundred stone temples from 5th century onwards to see. Legend says it is at Aihole that Lord Parashurama washed his axe after killing all the Kshatrayas.After Aihole, we move to Pattadakal located 14 KMs away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an epitome of the Visara style of architecture. The grandest of all temples here is that of Virupaksha, built in 8th Century by Queen Lokamahadevi.We drive for half hour to the erstwhile capital of the Chalukya Kings,  Badami. Located in a ravine at the foot of red sandstone hills Badami looks mesmerizing surrounded by the Agastya lake. The cave temples are made of made of red sandstone and feature a hall with numerous pillars and a square shaped sanctum. Paintings cover the ceiling.  Overnight in Badami.Day 4- Bangalore8AM- Depart from Badami5PM- Tour ends in Bangalore

$138 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal from Hospet with brunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for the 3-hour drive to the town of Badami, situated at a distance of 80 miles from Hospet.Upon arrival in Badami, take brunch (beverage excluded) at a local restaurant. After brunch start your tour of the Cave Temples. The caves are situated on sandstone hills that surround Lake Agastya. There are four cave temples that are inter-connected through flights of stairs. The first cave temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, the second and third temples are of the Hindu God Vishnu and the fourth cave temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism. After the cave temples, visit the nearby Banashankari temple that dates back to the 7th century A.D.Next drive to the historic site of Aihole. Situated at a distance of 20 miles from Badami, the drive to Aihole takes around an hour. Aihole has over 120 stone and cave temples that range from the 4th to the 12th century A.D. Of these, around 100 temples are dedicated to Hindu Gods and the remaining are Jain or Buddhist temples. Climb up the Meguti Hill and visit the ancient Jain temple there. Next visit the 6th century rock-cut Hindu temple of Ravana Phadi. You can see the remains of stunning paintings on the ceiling and some great sculptures as you explore this cave temple. After Ravana Phadi cave temple, visit a few other ancient temples of the area before continuing your drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pattadakal.The drive from Aihole to Pattadakal takes around half an hour. The temples of Pattadakal represent the peak of Chalukyan architecture and are a fusion of the North Indian Nagara and the South Indian Dravidian styles. There are a series of nine Hindu temples. The most prominent amongst them is the Temple of Virupaksha. This temple was built in the 8th century A.D. by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband’s victory over the Pallava Kings of South India. The temple has intricate carvings and inscriptions and contains several beautiful sculptures of Hindu Gods. A Jain sanctuary is also present in Pattadakal.At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Hospet and dropped off at your hotel.

$104 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal from Hospet

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for the 3-hour drive to the town of Badami, situated at a distance of 80 miles from Hospet.Upon arrival in Badami, take brunch (own expense) at a local restaurant. After brunch start your tour of the Cave Temples. The caves are situated on sandstone hills that surround Lake Agastya. There are four cave temples that are inter-connected through flights of stairs. The first cave temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, the second and third temples are of the Hindu God Vishnu and the fourth cave temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism. After the cave temples, visit the nearby Banashankari temple that dates back to the 7th century A.D.Next drive to the historic site of Aihole. Situated at a distance of 20 miles from Badami, the drive to Aihole takes around an hour. Aihole has over 120 stone and cave temples that range from the 4th to the 12th century A.D. Of these, around 100 temples are dedicated to Hindu Gods and the remaining are Jain or Buddhist temples. Climb up the Meguti Hill and visit the ancient Jain temple there. Next visit the 6th century rock-cut Hindu temple of Ravana Phadi. You can see the remains of stunning paintings on the ceiling and some great sculptures as you explore this cave temple. After Ravana Phadi cave temple, visit a few other ancient temples of the area before continuing your drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pattadakal.The drive from Aihole to Pattadakal takes around half an hour. The temples of Pattadakal represent the peak of Chalukyan architecture and are a fusion of the North Indian Nagara and the South Indian Dravidian styles. There are a series of nine Hindu temples. The most prominent amongst them is the Temple of Virupaksha. This temple was built in the 8th century A.D. by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband’s victory over the Pallava Kings of South India. The temple has intricate carvings and inscriptions and contains several beautiful sculptures of Hindu Gods. A Jain sanctuary is also present in Pattadakal.At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Hospet and dropped off at your hotel

$453 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 5 days Hampi Badami and Aihole Tour from Goa

Day 01: Goa – Hospet At 8.00 am you would be picked up by our driver from your booked hotel in Goa. Board the air-conditioned car and leave for Hospet. The Goa to Hospet journey by road takes 8 hours. On arrival, you will be dropped at the booked hotel; check-in and enjoy an overnight stay.Day 02: Hospet – Hampi - HospetStart your day with delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel and then leave for Hampi with our private car with driver. Enjoy the journey from Hospet to Hampi located 12 kms away. Hampi will spellbind you with its glittering monuments at Vijaynagar Kingdom. You will find interesting things to see like the King’s balance scale where kings used to be weighed against the gold or grain, Queen’s Bath, Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stable, ancient temples and impressive monoliths.After the day tour you will be driven back to Hospet followed by a drop at the hotel.Day 03: Hospet – Badami Have breakfast and then we will continue our trip by going to the next destination, Badami. You will be transferred to Badami by an air-conditioned chauffeur driven car. On reaching, check-in at the hotel and get ready for the visit to ancient cave temples. The temples built in 6th century  are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. The visit will complete by evening after which you will be dropped back at the hotel in Badami for overnight stay.Day 04: Excursion to Pattadakal and Aihole The day will be for same day trip to Aihole via Pattadkal. Aihole is known for cluster of ancient temples built close to each other. Some of the prominent temples are Durga temple, Ravala Phadi Cave Temple and Hutchmalli temple. Next, visit to Pattadkal is marked by ‘Group of Monuments’ comprising 10 Hindu and Jain temples. The temples are covered under UNESCO World Heritage sites. After the visits, drop back at hotel in Badami for overnight stay.Day 05: Badami - GoaHave breakfast and then check-out from the hotel. You will be transferred safely to Goa airport, which would be around 6 hours drive. Your Goa to Hampi tour with Badami and Aihole will hereby terminate.Important: In case of unavailability at specified hotel, we would offer an alternate hotel in similar category