From tropical Goa, journey to the southern state of Karnataka to discover the incredible ruins of medieval Hampi, the rock cut caves of Badami and the beautiful temples of Pattakal (World Heritage Site) and Aihole.
Goa to Hampi
Goa - Hampi. This morning we drive from Goa to Hampi (approximately 350kms). Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hampi | Dinner
Hampi's UNESCO-listed sites
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 invaders in the 16th century, much of it remains today.
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of the ancient ruins that are spread over a 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
Pattadakal - World Heritage Site
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.
Upon arrival in Badami, check into your hotel and freshen up before an afternoon of sightseeing. 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.
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). Drop off at either your Goa hotel or the airport.
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Prices & Dates
Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.Read More