16 Days Itinerary Covering : Mumbai - Goa - Belgaum - Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal - Hospet - Hassan - Shravanbelagola - Hassan - Madikeri - Mysore - Srirangapatnam - Bangalore - Mumbai
If North India is all about hill stations and scenic landscapes, west India is about heritage and culture and in the same breath south India is about beaches, backwaters and also ancient heritage of a different flavor. On board the Gateway to West and South India tour, you will be facilitated an insight into all of these and much more. Browse through the below mentioned itinerary to know it all.
To make a tour through the heart of north and south India, arrive in Mumbai. Owing to its well accessibility, Mumbai will act as a perfect base for your trail. Overnight stay in the hotel in Mumbai that has been pre-arranged for you.
On the 2nd day of the trip, explore the major tourist attractions housed in the city. This would include a trip to the Hanging Gardens, Prince of Wales Museum, Marine Drive, Gateway of India, and most importantly an excursion to the 7th century rock-cut wonders– the Elephanta Caves.
Visit the markets of Mumbai in the evening to capture glimpses of Mumbai nightlife.
Early morning on the 3rd day of the Gateway to West and South India tour, head towards Goa; a paradise for tourists coming from all global destinations. The short air travel between these 2 destinations will take you not more than 1.5 hours. Therefore, on reaching the city you can immediately start off your tour across the city. The prime attractions in Goa include the medieval churches housed within the city, the scenic beaches, the flea markets, and most importantly the local restaurants that serve authentic sea food and other Konkani delicacies. Therefore, for the next 2 days explore this city like never before and discover the hidden secrets of Goa tours. Besides sightseeing, you can also undertake a number of adventure activities in the beaches of Goa like scuba diving, surfing, parasailing and snorkeling etc. However, the best way to capture the beauty of the beaches is to laze around in its silvery sands; therefore do carry back home the great tropical tan on your body, on completion of the Gateway to West and South India tour.
Stay in a beach resort to enhance the pleasures of your Goa visit.
On the 6th day of the tour, travel southwards to the enchanting state of Karnataka. The first destination that you will arrive here is Belgaum enroute to Badami. Visit the popular attractions of Belgaum like the Belgaum Fort and the St. Mary's Church, before you arrive in Badami by late afternoon.
On the 7th day of the trail, explore the monumental wonders of Badami. The ancient rock-cut caves and temples that are housed here are places that still entice the onlooker on their very first glance. The popular attractions of the place include the Bhutanatha temple, Banashankari temple, and the Tipu Sultan's fort.
The Gateway to West & South India tour will remain incomplete without paying a trip to the mesmerizing locations of Aihole and Pattakadal. The rock -cut structures and the carvings on the walls of the temples of these 2 locations will forever enrich your knowledge hub. The Durga temple of Aihole and the Virupaksha temple and Mallikarjuna temple of Pattadakal are a few of the must-see attractions housed here. Both the destinations have been recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Arrive in Hospet by evening and check into the hotel.
Hospet is the nearest location you can reach at, while traveling to the heritage sites of Hampi. Housing the ruins of the erstwhile Vijayanagara kingdom, Hampi is a must visit destination for all art, culture, and history lovers.
A trip to the ancient wonders of Halebid and Belur will complete your trip across Karnataka. Housing interesting specimens of Hoysala style of architecture, the temples of Halebid and Belur will leave you completely mesmerized. The Hoysaleshwara temple and the Chennakesava temple are the 2 most significant attractions housed here.
An important destination in the south India temple tour is Karnataka. Other than visitors on pilgrimage tours, guests on heritage tours also love to explore the various ancient sites housed here. Hassan is one of the topmost destinations in this circuit, offering itself as a perfect base for travelers to travel to the locations in its near vicinity. Shravanbelagola, located a few km away from Hassan houses the most revered shrine for Jains. The monolith of lord Bahubali is the main attraction here.
Head towards Madikeri on the 12th day of the tour. Visit the tourist sites Madikeri Fort, Abbey Falls, and the Nisargadhama while here. Overnights stay in the hotel in Madikeri.
Early morning, post-breakfast embark on tours to Mysore to capture the heritage of the state from an altogether different angle. Visit the Mysore Palace, the Chamundi hills, and the Jagmohan Palace and the in house museum housed in its midst. Reserve the evening for taking a trip across the enchanting Vrindavan Gardens. The bubbling fountains, the colorful lights, and the fine designing of the garden will leave you completely enthralled.
On the 14th day of the tour, embark on excursions to Somnathpur. The temples of Somnathpur are places of great reverence for the devotees and the wonderful Hoysala architectural styles will completely arrest your senses.
Walk through the streets of Mysore and capture glimpses of its cultural and historical heritage before you leave for Bangalore, the last destination in the circuit. Enroute you will stop over at Srirangapatnam to feast your eyes on the historical sites housed here. The forts and palaces of Hyder Ali and his warrior son Tipu Sultan, Jumma Masjid, and the Ranganathittu bird sanctuary are the foremost attractions housed here.
Today, you'll be heading to Goa via Belgaum. Stop for visiting attractions at Belgaum en route. Which include Ananthashayana, Jain Temple, Jama Masjid, Kamala Basti and Kapileshwar Temple. Resume your journey once done with the sightseeing.
On arrival in Goa, check into a hotel for night stay.
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