Goa - Hampi. This morning drive from Goa to Hampi (approximately 350kms). Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend the remains of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hampi | Dinner
Hampi is nestled within the ruins of medieval city of Vijayanagar in the state of Karnataka, on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Set in a surreal and beautiful boulder-strewn landscape, Vijayanagara (the City of Victory) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and although the city was destroyed by marauding Moghul invanders in the 16th century, much of it remains today.
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of the ancient ruins that are spread over 26 sq km area, many of which lie in and around Hampi Bazaar and the nearby riverside area, which also encompasses the city’s most sacred enclave of temples and ghats. East of Hampi Bazaar is the UNESCO-listed 16th century Vittala Temple, the undisputed highlight of the ruins.
Overnight: Hampi | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hampi - Badami. This morning depart Hampi and drive to Badami (approx 130 kms), stopping en route to visit the incredible temples of Pattakal and Aihole. Pattadakal - a World Heritage Site, has 10 major temples representing early Chalukaya architecture, the biggest of which is dedicated to lord Virupakshesvara. Whilst Aihole, which is known as the "Cradle of Indian Architecture", has over a hundred temples scattered around the village.
Set in beautiful countryside amongst sandstone hills, lakes and peaceful farmlands, Badami is magnificently situated in a canyon, and scattered amongst the surroundings hills are temples, fortifications and carvings.
Badami is best known for its remarkable cave temples. They display the full range of Indian religious sects. Two of them are dedicated to Vishnu, one to Siva and the fourth is a Jain temple. There is also a Buddhist temple in a natural cave.
Upon arrival in Badami, check into your hotel and freshen up before an afternoon of sightseeing.
Overnight: Badami | Breakfast
Badami - Goa. After breakfast, check out of your hotel and make the scenic journey over the Western Ghats back to Goa (approx 350 kms).