12 Days 11 Nights
Package Name: Karnataka Tour Package (Bangalore 2 Nights | Hampi 2 Nights | Hassan 1 Night | Udupi 2 Nights | Murudeshwar 2 Nights – Gokarna 1 Day | Chikmagalur 2 Nights | Bangalore)
Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Vehicle 🚘: Sedan (A/C) Cab with English/Hindi speaking friendly driver cum guide
Karnataka is a state in the south western area of India, once in the past (until 1973) Mysore, province of India, It is the biggest state in South India and 6th biggest in India. It is limited by the details of Goa and Maharashtra toward the north, Telangana toward the east, Tamil Nadu toward the southeast, and Kerala toward the south and by the Arabian Sea toward the west. The state stretches out for around 420 miles (675 km) from north to south and for around 300 miles (480km) from east to west. Its coastline extends for exactly 200 miles (320 km). The capital is Bengaluru (Bangalore), close to the south-eastern line.
While coconut palms line the tidal ponds of the waterfront plain locale of Karnataka, storm woodlands cover the Malnad region of the Western Ghats, and clean timberlands and scrublands stretch across the drier fields of the Maidan. The rainstorm woods are particularly wealthy in untamed life, which incorporates tigers, elephants, gaurs (wild dairy cattle), and deer. Wild hogs, bears, and panthers occupy the Maidan. Peacocks are among the state’s basic birds. Karnataka has numerous natural life asylums, including the enormous Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary in the northwest, which adjoins the Mahaveer safe-haven in Goa. The state additionally has a few public parks, among the most eminent of which are at Bandipur, in the south, close to the boundary with Tamil Nadu, and at Nagarhole, in the southwest, close to the line with Kerala.
Karnataka has a written history of over 2,000 years. Aside from its coercion to the standard of Nandas, Mauryas and the Satavahanas, Karnataka came to have native traditions like the Kadambas of Banavasi and the Gangas from the center of the fourth century AD. The widely acclaimed Gomateshwara stone monument at Sharavanabelagola was introduced by a Ganga serve Chavundaraya. The titanic stone cut picture of Sri Gomateshwara is the most sublime among all Jain show-stoppers. Various guests show up at Shravanbelagola to look at this and different landmarks. The Chalukyas of Badami (500-735 AD) ruled over a more extensive zone, from the Narmada to the Kaveri from the times of Pulikeshi II (609-642 AD) who even crushed the strong Harshavardhana of Kanauj.
Arrival at Bangalore airport/railway station. Pickup from arrival.
One of the country’s most progressive, cosmopolitan cities, Bangalore (now, Bengaluru) is blessed with a pleasant climate through the year aside from its robust metro rail system, a pulsating dining, drinking and shopping scene. The city offers creature comforts to the weary traveller who has stayed off the beaten track for a while and has now landed in the metropolis to rejuvenate and socialise before catching his flight.
Also called the garden city, the key attractions in Bangalore are Bangalore port, Lalbag Garden, Tipu Sultan Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Temple, Aerospace Museum and Nandi Hills to name a few.
The pleasant weather throughout the year makes this city a prime summer vacation destination.
The fort is a ravaged 1761 structure that still has a manicured lawn and ruins of its pink stone walls. The fort ramparts and its green space is a perfect escape from the chaos of Bangalore city. The fort continued to be in use until it was destroyed by the British in 1791. As you explore the structure, you will realize that its bastions and gate are its only remaining forms.
Overnight Stay in Bangalore.
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
The Lalbagh Botanical Gardens are spread across 98 hectares of landscaped space which was laid out by Tipu Sultan’s father, Hyder Ali in 1760. It is a vibrant maze of centuries-old trees, housing a diverse range of flora from bonsai, Japanese gardens and a giant silk-cotton tree. The park is a delight to visit in the daytime.
Tipu’s Summer Palace
To the southwest of the City Market, also known as KR Market, close to the grandiose white-washed, still-in-use mosque, the Jama Masjid, is Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, a distinct two-storeyed structure majorly built of wood in 1791. It is very similar in design to Srirangapatna’s Daria Daulat Bagh, though the palace is in a shambles, with most of its paintings and other decoration ravaged by time.
Adjacent to the palace is the Kote Venkataramana Swamy Temple that goes back to early 18th century, and one built by the Mysore’s Wodeyar kings. This Indo-Islamic structure served as the summer residence of Tipu Sultan, and the palace is notable for its elaborate frescoes and teak columns.
Kempe Gowda built this temple in the 16th century in Dravidian style which houses the massive stone monolith of Shiva’s bull, Nandi, always adorned with elaborate flower garlands. One of Bangalore’s most visited temples and also its most atmospheric one, it is based out of a small park that can be accessed through a shaded path.
The temple lies about 6 kilometre south of the Kempegowda Bus Station in Basavanagudi neighbourhood. The grey granite of the idol has turned black over the years with the application of oil and charcoal. You can pay a small donation, and the priest will offer a jasmine garland on your behalf to the idol. Just below the Bull Temple is the Dodda Ganesha Temple that is home to a massive monolith Ganesha idol that is 18 foot tall and 16 foot wide.
About 8 kilometre north of Bangalore city centre lies International Society of Krishna Consciousness’s (ISKCON) beautiful temple, a blend of contemporary glass and traditional South Indian architecture. The temple is also called Sri Radha Krishna Mandir, a gleaming showpiece topped by a gold-plated dome. You can explore the temple complex with the help of barriers that guide you through to the inner sanctum which is an octagonal hall with beautifully painted ceilings and golden images of Lord Krishna with his consort, Radha.
This stunning hilltop temple was open to public in 1997. There are several food stalls here, serving impressive traditional South Indian as well as Western cuisine. Lectures and concerts are also regularly held in the complex. Visit the temple for its sheer scale and its impressive architecture.
Nandi Hills – Reach the Zenith of Beauty
Nandi Hills located to the east of Bangalore, offers its visitors pristine lakes, timeless monuments, temples and postcard like views from hilltops.
The best attraction of this hill resort is the cool and foggy weather which takes the tourists to a whole new world away from monotony and noise of cities.
Overnight Stay in Bangalore.
Hampi is one of the world’s heritage sites as declared by UNESCO. Situated on the banks of Tungabhadra, the place is home to historical ruins and remains of the Vijayanagar kingdom. Rocks and stone carvings are proof of the skill and mastery of the artisans of the old era. There are such 500 magnificent structures in Hampi, each of which has a story of its own.
Sri Krishna Temple / Bala Krishna Temple
Sri Krishna temple is situated on the Hampi main road. Krishna temple is one of the important places to visit in Hampi, and among the Group of Monuments. The temple is situated close to the Virupaksha Temple. According to the history, Bala Krishna Temple was built by Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire in 1513 AD. He built this temple to commemorate his victory over Prataparudra Gajapati, the ruler of the eastern kingdom of Udayagiri (now Orissa) which is mentioned in the inscriptions on the slab. The main idol installed in the temple was the figure of Bala Krishna and now it is preserved in the State Museum at Chennai.
The Virupaksha temple (or Prasanna Virupaksha temple) is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra river at Hampi. Built during the 7th century, the beautiful architecture and history of the temple have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temple is abode to one of the forms of Lord Shiva called Lord Virupaksha. While it is located at present-day Hampi, it was once a smaller shrine in the middle of the ancient and majestic Vijayanagara empire. You will find beautiful stone inscriptions dating back to the 7th century on the walls of the temple as proof of its rich heritage. Architecture-lovers and history-buffs, do visit the temple when you are in Hampi!
Overnight Stay in Hampi
A Visit to Hampi Bazar
A shopping at the Hampi Bazaar. It spreads more than a kilometer and the road that passes through this market exhibits pavilions on both roadsides.
Alternatively, this shoppers stop is known as Virupaksha Bazaar which is one of the best Places to Visit In Hampi, Towards the eastern side, you can find a street to be occupied by the local villagers. There is a large Nandi bull statue at the east end of this Hampi Bazaar street. Nearby pavilion exhibits photos of Hampi right from the ancient times.
Another area which is amongst the most visited Places to Visit In Hampi is Hippie Island, named after its vibrant culture. Virapapur Gadde is a small island located across the Tungabhadra River. Known to be a backpacker’s delight, this island is stunning and is popular amongst the locals as well as tourists for its laid back ambience and cosy lodges.
Tourists can spend their time relaxing at one of the many cafes and shacks, like Green Garden Restaurant, Laughing Buddha Café, etc. while gorging on great food, and soaking in the view of beautiful rice paddies. This location is also known to be a centre for people to conduct sunset jam sessions with musical instruments for a fun party-like atmosphere.
Mahanavami Dibba / Dasara Dibba
Mahanavami Dibba or The House of Victory is a beautiful stone platform situated inside the Royal Enclosure in Hampi. It is also known as Dasara Dibba and is one of the most impressive structures.
Mahanavami Dibba was built by King Krishnadevaraya in 1513 AD after his conquest over the kingdom of Udayagiri, present-day Orissa. The grand platform was used as a stage by the kings to watch the army march past, the war games, and the royal procession that were held during the Mahanavami festival, also known as the Dasara festival, hence the name Mahanavami Dibba.
Overnight Stay in Hampi
Hassan is mainly famous for its age-old temples like Lakshmi Narsimha Temple, Kedareshwar Temple, and Hoysala Temples. They represent the history and cultures of Hassan very well. The district was named after the Goddess Hassanamba and the traces of the Hoysala Empire can be traced back to Hassan.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, depicted in the form of a Shivlinga of Krishnashila, a black stone. Built with Chalukyan style of architecture, this temple was built in 1319 AD. The basement of the temple features sculptured friezes which depict The Ramayana, The Mahabharata and The Bhagavad Gita.
Kadareswara Temple was built by Veer Ballala II, a Hoysala King and Ketaladevi, his Queen around 1220 A. D. The stunning structure has traditional Hoysala style architecture in soapstone and has enchantingly intricate carvings, relief work and sculptures depicting the legends of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
Visit Belur and Halebidu (Hassan)
Belur, located on the banks of the Yagachi river is the erstwhile capital of Hoysala empire. Due to this rich history surrounding this town, it consists of various temples with marvelous architecture and perfectly crafted sculptures.
The most well-known temple here Chennakesava temple, which has huge pillars, intricate carvings, and sculptures that are life size.
Halebidu is situated in Hassan district of Karnataka. The main temple was built to honour king Vishnuvardhana and queen Shantala Devi. From the temple, the there is this astounding view of of two hills on the opposite sides appearing like two bulls and a Ganesh figure on the southern side. The place was ruined by the Mughal dynasty and hence got the name, “Halebidu” which means city in ruins.
Overnight Stay in Hassan
Dedicated to Lord Murugan, Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is one of the important temples of Lord Subrahmanya (Lord Murugan), and among the famous pilgrimage places. This temple is famous for Sarpa Dosha. Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped as the protector of all serpents. The epics mention that the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found refugee under Lord Subrahmanya when attacked by Garuda.
Pilgrims visiting the temple have to cross the Kumaradhara River and take a holy dip in it before entering the temple. According to Mythology, Lord Kumaraswamy killed the demon rulers Taraka, Shoorapadmasura in a war; and washed his Shakti Ayudha in this river (hence the river is named Kumaradhara
Overnight Stay in Udupi
Udupi, a town near Mangalore sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and Western Ghats is famously known for 2 things- Temples and Food. The beautiful and huge Sri Krishna temple in Udupi attracts devotees from all over the world. There is also a Shiva temple here which is believed to be over a 100 years old.
The “Udupi Cuisine” has become a household name among food connoisseurs for delicious south Indian food with the unique Udupi flavour.
Visit Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple situated in Udupi, Karnataka. It is one of the famous pilgrimage centers in India.
The Krishna Temple was founded by the Vaishnavite saint Shri Madhvacharya in the 13th century CE.. The Krishna Temple or the Udupi Sri Krishna Matha is one of the most auspicious temples dedicated to Lord Krishna. The unique feature of this temple is that the Lord is worshipped only through a window with nine holes called the Navagraha Kindi. The daily sevas and administration of the Mutt are managed by the Ashta Mathas. During the Paryaya festival, held every two years, the temple management is handed over to the next Matha.
Malpe beach, located 6 kilometres from Udupi in Karnataka is one of the best places to visit in Udupi. This scenic beach is popular amongst locals and foreigners alike. The pristine white sand, pleasant weather, and the delectable food shacks here and the plenty water sports options make Malpe Beach an ideal spot for a quick escape. The latest addition to the beach by the authorities is the free wifi facility that is available 24 x 7!
Kudlu Falls is famous for its picturesque beauty. The waterfall cascades down the Western Ghats from a height of 150 feet in the midst of a dense green cover of the hilly terrain. It requires a moderate level of trekking through the green zone to reach the enchanting waterfall. The attraction is, thus, a favourite amongst trekkers and nature lovers.
Overnight Stay in Udupi
Kollur Mookambika Temple
Sri Mookambika Devi Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Kollur in Udupi district of Karnataka. The temple is located in the valley of Kodachadri Mountain Peak on the banks of Souparnika River. Kollur is regarded as one of the Seven Mukti Stalas created by Parashurama and the other places are Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna. It is a famous site of pilgrimage in Karnataka.
Murudeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the main places to visit in Murudeshwar. The town was earlier known as 'Mrideshwara' and later renamed as Murudeshwar after the construction of the temple.
The serene Murudeshwar Beach is located near Murudeshwar Temple. This is a splendid and clean beach surrounded by hills, the wide Arabian Sea on the west, coconut and areca groves close by, attracts tourists throughout the year.
Travellers can indulge in swimming, fishing, and sunbathing at this beach. The waters here are cool and gentle waves for swimming, but strong currents do frequent the shores during high tides. Moreover, family boat ride or mechanized boat rides are also available. Several water sports activities are added to the reach recently which include Speed Boat, Water scooter, Paragliding, etc.
Overnight Stay in Murudeshwar
Sri Mahabnaleshwar Temple
The Mahabaleshwar Temple in Gokarna enshrines the Aatmalinga or Pranalinga of Lord Shiva. This temple is regarded second only to the Kashi Vishwanatha Temple in Varanasi and is often called the Dakshina Kashi. The temple is said to be one of the seven sacred Muktikshetras and is visited by Hindus to perform the death rites for their ancestors.
Apsara Konda Water Falls
The water cascades down from a height of 10 meters into a pond below. The specialty of this pond is that it faces the sea and appears like a lagoon. People say that Angels used to come from heaven and take bath in that pond, hence the name Apsara Konda. Reaching the base of the waterfall is an easy as steps have been built to make the trail easier for the public. A unique fact about the waterfall is that the water flows down through the roots of a peepal tree while descending to the pond below. The pond is very safe for swimming and playing.
Mirjan Fort is a beautiful fort located in the village of Mirjan near Gokarna. It is one of the most popular heritage places to visit in Gokarna.
Located on the banks of the Aganashini River, a tributary of Sharavathi River, the Mirjan Fort is known for its architectural elegance. Built over an area of about 10 acres, the fort is approached through a series of wide steps that lead to the interiors of the fort. It is a double-walled fort built using laterite stones and has high walls and bastions with high turrets. The fort has four entrances and is surrounded by a moat with interconnected wells.
This beach is mainly used by Indian pilgrims because it is located right behind the Mahabaleshwar Temple. As per the religious customs, pilgrims usually visit the temple after a dip in the waters of this beach (not mandatory though). It is a long open beach and also known for surfing. Tourists can enjoy the view of the rocky mountains on one side and Arabian Sea on the other, while reaching Gokarna Beach. The Gangavalli river meets the sea near the beach.
Overnight Stay in Murudeshwar
Chikmagalur is a very serene and scenic hill station with plenty of exciting things to do and see. Trekking on one of the hills of the magnificent Western Ghats is the popular attraction here. The various places of attraction in Chikmagalur are Hirekolale Lake, Kudremukh wildlife sanctuary, green Mullayanagari tea farms, Hebbe falls, the picturesque Baba Budan Giri mountains, Bhadra wildlife park and many more attractions.
There is a wide choice of things to do in Chikmagalur. You can go kayaking in Chikmagalur lake or indulge in adventurous water sports. You can go for a safari ride to explore the Tiger reserve at Bhadra sanctuary or go trekking along the lush green tea estates.
The lake is encompassed by gorgeous surroundings and offers a serene retreat for people coming along with friends and family wishing to have a great time. It also offers the most fascinating views of the landscape during sunset and is a delight for photography lovers who are looking to add an idyllic sunset shot to their travel albums. The famous hills of Mullayanagiri can be viewed from here.
This lake was built to supply water to Chikmagalur town and assist in the irrigation of lands in all the villages situated nearby.
Overnight Stay in Chikmagalur
Tea Plantation walk
A tea plantation walk in Chikmagalur is not only about learning insights into tea processing but it also gives you an opportunity to experience the beauty of this majestic city while enjoying happy moments with your loved ones. Try your hand out in helping the tea plantation workers to learn their tricks and techniques. Visit to the tea processing factory to get the insights about the final process involved in making tea.
Hebbe Falls is a heavenly delight for nature lovers. Famous for its natural wonders, Chikmagalur District houses the magical Hebbe Falls. Located near the popular hill station of Kemmangundi.
With coffee estates surrounding the Hebbe Falls, the journey to the Falls will leave you in awe. The mild gust of coffee and dense forests around will make you feel like a little butterfly wandering around the beautiful falls.
Overnight Stay in Chikmagalur
After breakfast checkout and proceed to Bangalore to board your flight or train.