Bangalore – Mysore – Hasssan – Hospet – Hampi – Badami – Goa
It is on the shores of the Arabian Sea, particularly in southwestern India, that the state of Karnataka is located. By visiting its capital, Bangalore, you will notice the existence of a good number of shops and a remarkable nightlife. Karnataka has a good number of temples some of which are ruins.
During your stay in Karnataka, you will enjoy some benefits including:
Arrival in Bangalore in the morning. At your arrival you will be welcomed in a beautiful Indian tradition with a flower necklace to welcome you. Your trip to South India opens with Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. One of our team members greets you at the airport and assists you with the transfer to your hotel. Depending on the time of your arrival, go explore Bangalore. The city was built in the 16th century and became an important fortified city in the 18th century. It is today the technological and scientific center of the country. Night at the hotel.
After breakfast drive to Mysore , known for its magnificent palaces and majestic buildings, vast gardens, sandalwood, shimmering silks, the ” Royal City ” remains a must on tourist routes .
Breakfast at the hotel. Mysore is the capital of the great Tipu sultan called the Mysore Tiger, who was killed fighting against the British in 1799. His remains rest in a magnificent mausoleum, the Gumbaz. Nearby is the Tipu Summer Palace, Daulat Dariya. Night at the hotel.
On the third day of your stay, you will visit hills that bear the name of Chamundi Hills. These are hills that are 700 meters high. You can discover the 2000-year-old hill-top Chamundeshwari temple. Visit a village where the beedi (Indian cigarette) is made, sandalwood statues and encent sticks.
The legend takes its name from a famous demon called Mahishasur, a great warrior who ruled like a tyrant until he was killed by the goddess Chamundeshwari. Mysore is famous thanks to the imposing Royal Palace, the magnificent Durbar Hall, which is particularly splendid during the Dussehra Festival when the jewels of the Maharaja, the gold studded throne (weighing 200 kg) are on display. Afternoon visit of the Somnathpur Temple, Built in 1268 AD, the temple is known for its Hoysala architecture. The temple wall depicts scenes from Ramayana, Mahabharta and Bhagvata, the three religious sacred books of Hindus. Night at the hotel
By going to Hassan the next day, you will stop at Sravanabelagola which is a city of Jain pilgrimage. You will discover a famous statue that measures 18 meters high.
Departure for the visit of Halebid . You will discover the temple of Hoysaleshwara, with its double shrine dedicated to Shiva and his wife Parvati. Continuation to the site of Belur , bustling market town which was the capital of Hoysalas before Halebid. Discovery of its main shrine, the Chennakeshava Temple. Then return to Hassan.
Night at the hotel
During your visit to Hospet, you will visit the Fort of Chitradurga, a fort surrounded by seven walls. Continuation with the visit of Lotus Mahal and Vitthala Temple remarkable for its refinement. The latter is the most spectacular of the whole site of Hampi with among others its processional chariot and its mandapam, dance hall with beautifully carved pillars. Resumption of the road and installation at the hotel. Night at the hotel
Breakfast at the hotel, Road to the ruins of Vijayanagar , which represent an architectural jewel set in a beautiful natural setting: 400 temples scattered over 30km of tropical nature, enigmatic statues carved in granite. You will find in particular the Virupaksha temple, remained intact in the middle of the surrounding vestiges and dedicated to the god Shiva, it is the only temple still active today. Pilgrims flock to this enormous sanctuary built in the 16th century behind a colossal gopuram (pyramid tower), Overnight at the hotel
Departure for Badami . On the way, visit the site of Aihole with a very refined decoration among the finest examples of Hindu medieval architecture. Continuation towards Pattadakal which shelters ten temples of which one offers a fine example of Dravidian chalukya architecture. Then visit Badami and four rock sanctuaries dug in the sixth century. The first three belong to Hinduism and are adorned with exceptional sculptures. The fourth is jain and dominates the city nestled around the lake. Night at the hotel
Morning walk in Badami. The excavated sanctuaries of Badami include three Hindu caves and a Jain cave that were built in the late sixth century. An inscription of Mangalesha dated 578 is in cave III. Different opinions on the exact timeline of the realization of the 3 Hindu caves. Night in Badami.
Breakfast at the hotel, Departure towards Goa which is located in a region favored by an ideal climate, fabulous beaches, a charming population, delicious food, fortresses perched on hills, small whitewashed churches and imposing cathedrals from the Portuguese era. These paradisiacal landscapes planted with coconut palms, green rice fields, flowering gardens are bordered by long sandy beaches. Arrival and installation at the hotel. Night at the hotel
A free day where you can enjoy the wonders of nature.
After breakfast you will take to Goa, you will be driven to the airport for your return to Paris.