THE DECCAN EMPIRE

 

From Bangalore to Goa in 14 nights 

ABOUT THE JOURNEY

 

The Deccan Plateau of the Indian Peninsula is one of the oldest geological features of India and has borne witness to some of the greatest times of her history. This journey in the Deccan Plateau will begin in Bangalore, the technology hub of the country and South India’s largest city. It will then head to the resident town of the Mysore Maharajas, Mysore via the erstwhile capital of the Mysore nawabs, Srirangapatna. From Mysore, it will proceed to the Kodava country by the Western Ghats, Kabini. From Kabini, it will then meander out of the mountains onto the plateau passing through the ancient Hoysala towns of Belur and Halebidu. The route then winds from the Hoysalas to the Vijayanagara capital of Hampi via Chikmagalur. It then goes back further in time to the sites of some of the earliest temple architecture in India at Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal. Then with a stop in Hubli path will then head into the tropical paradise of Goa.

The Deccan Empire
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Arrival in Bangalore

 

Upon arrival in Bangalore, our representative will provide assistance at the airport and will transfer the guests to the hotel. After the check-in formalities, they will rest for the night.

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Bangalore

 

The guests will go on a professionally guided tour of some of the most interesting quarters of the Bangalore and have breakfast as part of the tour. After the walk and breakfast, they will visit the National Gallery of Modern Art, a government run contemporary art gallery that is housed in a historic bungalow belonging to the royal family of Karnataka. After the visit they will head to the Bangalore Palace, designed to resemble Windsor Castle, Bengaluru Palace remains the residence to the Wodeyars, the erstwhile Maharajas of Mysore State. Later, they will head to the Bull Temple, built by Kempegowda in the 16th-century Dravidian style. They can end the day at the hotel.

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Bangalore-Srirangapatna-Mysore

3 hour drive, 145 kms

 

After breakfast, the guests will go on an orientation tour of Bangalore city then drive to Mysore with a short stop at Srirangapatna. They may go on a short driving tour of the city in its commercial districts, through Lal Bagh Gardens and the State Legislative House or the Vidhan Soudha. After this they will drive Srirangapatna. A fort and several mausoleums dot the town. Its religious significance comes from the presence of the Sriranganatha Swamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the reclining posture. They will drive on to Mysore and the evening will be free for leisure.

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Mysore

 

After breakfast, a tour of the city of Mysore will follow. The guests will take a short drive to the medieval sculptural extravaganza in the Chennakeshava Temple in Somanathapura. The guests will then return to Mysore and visit the grand royal residence of the Wodeyar dynasty, the Mysore Palace. The impressive temple at the top of Chamundi Hill is dedicated to Sri Chamundeshwari, the deity of the Mysore royal family. Then they can take a walk along the Devaraja Market and go back to watch the palace which is beautifully illuminated after sunset.

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Mysore-Kabini

2 hour drive, 80 kms

 

After breakfast, the guests will drive to Kabini. Free time for leisure. Kabini the most famous wildlife destination located at Karnataka. Kabini is actually a river flowing through 3 national parks namely, Bandipur, Nagorhole and Madhumati.

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Kabini

 

After breakfast, visit Rajiv Gandhi National Park. Behind the background music of flowing river water they can take a jeep safari to experience thrilling suspense in seeing wild animals around. They may also choose from a host of activities at Kabini: Jeep or Boat Safari into Nagarhole Sanctuary, boating, coracle ride, elephant ride, tribal village visit, trekking and fishing. Evening will be free.

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Kabini-Sravanabelagola-Chikmagalur

6 hour drive, 245 kms

 

After an early breakfast, the guests will embark on a drive from Kabini to Chikmagalur. They will drive on to Sravanabelagola. It’s a Jain religious center with the highest monolith in the world (19 meters high) dedicated to Gomateshwara, the son of Rishabha, founder of the Jain religion . The guest will then drive on to Chikmagalur and have the rest of the evening free.

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Chikmagalur-Halebid-Belur-Chikmagalur

1 hour drive, 50 kms (one way)

 

In the morning, there will be a drive to Halebid and the guests will return to Chikmagalur by lunchtime. The ornately carved Hoysaleswara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is just one of the several temples in the village. They will then drive on to Belur. Belur has one major sculptural masterpiece, the Chennakesava Temple, dedicated to lord Vishnu. There are certain areas of the temple where the detail and imagination displayed is unrivalled, standing testament to the skill of its crafters. Return to Chikmagalur. Later in the evening they may also choose to go on a short bicycle ride around town before returning to the hotel.

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Chikmagalur-Hospet

7 hour drive, 300 kms

 

After breakfast, the guests will drive from Chikmagalur to Hospet, the town closest to the ruins of Hampi. The long drive can be quite tiring, so after check-in at the hotel, the guests may choose to rest.

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Hospet-Hampi-Hospet

30 minutes drive, 12 kms (one way)

 

After breakfast, there will be a day-long excursion into the ruins of the glorious Vijayanagara Empire in Hampi. The entire town of Hampi is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The visit can begin with the Virupaksha Temple, one of the city’s oldest structures, built in 1442, is still in use today. The entire town is replete with the ruins of the once glorious empire of Vijayanagara meaning the ‘abode of victory’. Return to the hotel in Hospet for the night.

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Hospet-Aihole-Pattadakal-Badami-Hubli

7 hour drive – 265 kms

 

This day, the guests will drive to Hubli, while visiting Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami en route.

Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami are three sites which boast of being the cradles of Hindu temple architecture. Some of the earliest known temples have been built by the Chalukyas in Aihole. Located by the River Malaprabha, these three little towns have around 400 ancient temples dating back to the 6th century CE. After the visit of Aihole and Pattadakal, the guests drive on to Badami for lunch. The visit of the Badami Caves will follow. Then they will drive on to Hubli.

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Hubli-Goa

5 hour drive, 210 kms

 

The guests will drive to Goa, after breakfast. The beaches of Goa are a delight to walk along or relax anywhere in the state. The evening will be free for leisure.

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Goa

 

The relics of Goa’s history are in its monuments. In Velha Goa or Old Goa, the Roman Catholic churches and convents, like the Se Chatedral, The Church of St. Francis of Assisi and others are excellent examples of Portuguese architecture. The Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa contains the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa. The Fontainhas area within Panaji or ‘Panjim’, the capital of Goa, The Portuguese built the Fort Aguada on Sinquerim Beach as a guard against the Marathas and the Dutch.

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Goa

 

This day is free to explore the beaches of Goa and its beautiful country side.

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Departure from Goa

 

The day will begin a little late, the guests can check out from the Hotel in the afternoon and drive to the Airport for their flight to Mumbai. At the airport they will be assisted by a Tushita representative.

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