Duration :(59 Nights / 60 Days – Long Tour)
Destinations :Hyderabad, Warangal, Vijaywada, Nagarjuna Sagar, Srisalam, Kurnool, Puttaparthy, Tirupati, Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Chidambaram, Gangai konda chola puram , Swamimalai, Thanjavur, Trichurapali, Madurai, Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari, Kovalam, Varkala, Kollam, Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kottayam, Periyar,Munnar, Cochin, Ooty, Nagarhole, Mysore, Bangalore, Hassan, Helibid, Belur, Hospet, Badami, Pattadakkal, Ajhole, Hubli, Dandeli National Park, Mangalore, Gokarna, Karwar Beach, Goa
Day 1 - Arrive Hyderabad
Meeting and greetings on arrival at Hyderabad Airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day2 - Hyderabad
Breakfast at hotel. Then proceed for a guided visit to the majestic Golkonda Fort & the royal Tombs Of the Qutb Shahi Kings. Visit to the Birla temple , Nizams Museums etc. Evening free at leisure to explore the 'city of Nawabs' at own pace. Overnight at hotel.
Day3 - Hyderabad
Breakfast at hotel. Then guided visit to the biggest One Man Collection - Salarjung Museum, The Arc de Triomphe of the east - Charminar and the second biggest Mosque of India.
Day4 -.Hyderabad - Warangal (150kms / 3 hrs)
After breakfast at hotel, depart by surface to Warangal, enroute visit the Carpet weaving center, Pembarthi Village for its Brass making & Kolanpark for the 2000 years Jain Temple. Overnight in Warangal hotel.
Day5 - Warangal - Vijaywada (250 kms / 5 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Then visit to the Ramappa Temple and the 1000 Pillar Temple, the magnificient Fort Ruines. Depart by surface to Vijayawada. On arrival check-in Vijayawada hotel for overnight.
Day6 - Vijaywada
Breakfast at hotel, followed by a guided excursion to Kondapali Village to see the unique wooden Toys. Later visit Kanaka Durga Temple, an ancient Living Temple. Afternoon visit to the Undavalli Caves. Overnight in Vijayawada hotel.
Day7 - Vijaywada - Nagarjuna Sagar (170kms / 3.5 hrs)
After breakfast, depart by surface to Nagarjuna Sagar. Afternoon visit to the Nagarjuna Konda, Anupu - the Amphitheatre and other Budhist remains. Overnight at Nagarjuna Sagar hotel.
Day8 - Nagarjuna Sagar - Srisailam (180kms / 4 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Then, drive to Srisailam. Afternoon visit to the Mallikarjuna Temple, one of the only twelve Jyotir Lingam temples of India, set amidst the Jungles of Nallamalai. Overnight in Srisailam hotel.
Day9 - Srisailam - Kurnool (180kms / 4 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Kurnool. PM visit of the superb Seventh cen Chalukyan Nava Bramha temples and the Fantastic Museum at Alampur. Overnight at Kurnool hotel
Day10 - Kurnool - Puttaparthy (240 kms / 5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Puttaparthy (or Puttaparthi). Afternoon visit to the beautiful Vijayanagar temple, the great Nandi at Lepakshi & the Imperessive Fort ruines at Penugonda. Overnight at Puttaparthy.
Day11 - Puttarpathy
Puttaparthy Prasanthi nilayam, Abode of highest Peace, the main ashram of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, is in the southwestern corner of Andhra Pradesh at Puttaparthy. Sai baba has a huge following in India and around the globe. He set up this Ashram 40 years ago. He spent most of the year here but some times moves to White fields Ashram near Bangalore or Kodaikanal in Tamil nadu in the hot season. Visitors are allowed to see the divine supreme Shri Sathya Sai Baba from morning 6.30 am to 8.00 am and they can witness the prayer with Sai Baba from 9.30 am to 10.30 am. Again Bhajan starts 5.30 pm till 7.00 pm. The ashram sponsors numerous services including school, a university, a planetarium, sports grounds and a state-of-the-art hospital that treats patients for free.
Day12 - Puttaparthy - Tirupathi (or Tirupati)
Full day visit to the Tirupathi inclusive of one of the second richest temple of the world - Lord Venkateswara temples, the Govindraju and Padmavati temple. Overnight at Tirupati hotel.
Day13 - Tirupathi - Chennai (175 kms / 4 hrs)
After breakfast transfer to Chennai airport / hotel. Option of city sightseeing in Chennai.
Day 14 – At Chennai
Morning free to relax from long flight. Breakfast at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Madras city. Chennai - the capital of Tamil Nadu, popularly regarded as the 'Gateway to the South' represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. During your sightseeing tour you will vist Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing, Fort St. George - built in 1653 during British reign in India, - now houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu; St. Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India with its premises, Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple, Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica; and Theosophical Society - the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 15 - Chennai / Kanchipuram / Mahabalipuram
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to reach Mahabalipurm via visiting Kanchipuram (time permiting otherwise Kanchipuram will be visited tomorrow). Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India. It is most famous for its exquisitely woven handloom silk saris. It has some very famous temples like the Kamakshi Temple and the Ekambareshwar Temple. Mahabalipuram is famous for its shore temples. Most of the temples and rock carvings were completed around 630 - 660 AD and are notable for their folk- art origins. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16 - Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry
Morning after an early breakfast at the hotel and drive to Pondicherry, which was formerly a French colony. Today it is famous for the Aurobindo Ashram, which was chosen by the late Sri Aurobindo, revolutionary turned saint and Auroville, the inspiration of The Mother, a French woman who was the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo and conceived the idea of an international city of Dawn. Auroville was established to experiment and develop a new order of integrated living. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 17 – At Pondicherry
Full day free for self exploration of Pondicherry. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 18 - Pondy / Chidambaram / Gangai konda chola puram / Swamimalai
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Swaimalai via visiting Chidambaram - famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Nataraja, who is believed to have performed his cosmic dance here. Also on the way visit Gangai Konda Chola Puram. Arrive Swamimalai and check into the hotel. Later proceed to visit Swamimalai Temple - one of the six renowned abodes of Lord Subramanya. The temple is built on an artificial hill and is approached by a flight of steps. The presiding deity is worshipped as Swaminathan.
The temple has three 'gopuram' with three 'praharam'. The 'gopuram' on the south side of the temple is decorated with statues and contains five storeys while the other two entrances have no towers above them.
Swamimalai is a sylvan village, located about five kilometers west of Kumbakonam on the banks of a tributary of river Cauvery. Swamimalai is fourth among the six padai veedu or sacred shrines built to offer reverence to Lord Muruga. The presiding deity here expounded the inference of the Pranava mantra OM to his own Father Lord Siva Himself. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 19 - Swamimalai / Tanjore / Trichy
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Trichy via visiting Tanjore. Thanjavur is the cultural capital of this region. It is the home of Carnatic music and dance. It is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple, constructed more than a thousand years ago. Saraswati Mahal Library, The Art Gallery, and Sangeetha Mahal are also of interest. The land surrounding Thanjavur is known as the granary of Tamil Nadu, blessed as it is by the waters of Kaveri River. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 20 - Trichy / Madurai
Morning after breakfast visti The Rock Fort - It is 272ft above the city on the banks of the river Cauvery. The rock cut into 437 steps, leads to the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vinayaka (the mythical half-man, half-bird Garuda who is Vishnu's Vehicle, famous in the Epic Mahabharata). Along the way to temple there are landings and shrines and The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple - This temple is at Sri Rangam Island, in the middle of the Cauvery river. This temple was built by various dynasties including the cheras, Pandyas,Cholas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar Empire between 13th and 18th centuries. Afternoon drive to Madurai and check into the hotel. Rest of the evening free to relax or self activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 21 – At Madurai
Morning after breakfast at the hotel commence sightseeing tour of Madurai. Known as Athens of the East, Madurai is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vaigai. The city is believed to be more than 2500 years old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locks when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Madurai where the people wake up to the chant of hymns is proud of the magnificent Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12 gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple. The 48.8 m high southern gopuram is the most spectacular and has over 1500 sculptures. In the Ashta Shakti Mandapam. inside the Meenakshi temple, the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. During your sightseeing tour you will also visit Ayiramkal Mandapam (hall of thousand pillars) which is also part of the Meenakshi Temple Complex. Nine hundred and eight five intricately carved pillars are scattered across a vast open hall. Each pillar is a work of art with elaborate and highly ornate sculptures of ancient Indian life. When viewed from a particular angle ,these pillars appear to be in a straight line, an absolute architectural marvel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 22 - Madurai / Rameshwaram
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Rameshwaram and check into the hotel. Later proceed to visit Rameshwaram Temple - one of the most sacred pilgrimage destinations in India. No pilgrimage is over without taking a trip to this holy island of Rameshwaram. Whosoever visits Varanasi, is supposed to make a trip to Rameshwaram to consider his pilgrimage completed. Rameshwaram is home to some of the most fascinating temples in entire India. This island in the Gulf of Mannar is connected to the mainland at Mandapam by Indira Gandhi Bridge. Completed in the year 1988, this was considered as an engineering marvel, a feat unparalleled at that time.
Rameshwaram, as it is said, is the place where Lord Rama offered thanks to Lord Shiva in return for his support in defeating King Ravana. This makes Rameshwaram an important pilgrimage destination for devotees of both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
Day 23 - Rameshwaram / Kanya kumari
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Kanymumari. Visit Kanyakumari Temple: The epitome of attractions! - The temple that overlooks the shoreline. It is dedicated to Parvati as Devi Kanya, the Virgin Goddess who did penance to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva. The deity, Devi Kanyakumari is the protector of India's shores' has an exceptionally brilliant diamond on her nose ring which is supposed to shine out to sea. The temple opens from 0430 to 1130 and from 1730 to 2030. Non-Hindus are not allowed into the sanctuary.
Day 24 – Kanyakumari to Kovalam
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Kovalam and check into the beach resort. Rest of the day free to relax by the beach and enjoy the surroundings. You may opt one of ayurveda massage available at the resort. Overnight at the resort.
Day 25 - Kovalam
Full day free to relax by the beach or enjoy ayurveda massage available at the resort. Kovalam beach, one of the best in India and perhaps world. A rocky promontory jutting into the sea render Kovalam safe for sea bathing even in the roughest weather.
Day 26 - Kovalam / Varkala
Mornign after breakfast drive to Varkala and check into the beach resort on arrival. Rest of the day free to enjoy the Varkala and its surroundings.
Day 27 – Varkala / Kollam / Alleppey – Overnight house boat cruise
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Alleppey enroute visiting Kollam. Arrive Alleppey and board your waiting houseboat. Float through the backwaters towards Kumarakom.
Day 28 – Kumarakom
Morning after breakfast disembark from houseboat and check in at the hotel. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. A picturesque, clean village, Kumarakom is a tiny hamlet on the banks of a lagoon formed by the Vembanad lake. Check in to your resort where calm, emerald backwaters reflect hundreds of thousands of gently swaying palms where the primary attraction however, is its lazy ambience. Later explore the bird sanctuary of Kumarakom on your own and explore a whole new world of feathered species. For an inquisitive bird watcher it is an ideal place that echoes with the chirping of birds including a variety of migratory birds. Take a walk around the sanctuary while experiencing the sights and sounds of these birds. Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. Either you are free at leisure, or enjoy the backwaters with paddleboats, canoe and Kayaks at the lagoon available at the resort.
Day 29 – Kumarakom to Kottayam
Morning after breakfast drive to Kottayam and check into the hotel. Kottayam - Situated in the Backwater circuit, the populace of Kottayam is marked by the presence of the Syrian Christian community. A beautiful town situated in the hills, Kottayam is surrounded by some of the most fertile and beautiful scenery in the state with serene palm-fringed backwaters on the west and the Western Ghats on the east. Well known for its churches, most of the natural rubber of India originates from the acres of well-kept plantations of Kottayam. An important commercial centre of India, Kottayam is home to the Rubber Board, one of the Primary Commodities Board of the country and the headquarters of the daily newspaper Malayala Manorama. Overnight at the resort.
Day 30 – Kottayam to Periyar
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Periyar National Park by car. Arrive and check in at the jungle resort. Afternoon visit spice plantaion. Overnight at the hotel. The Periyar wildlife sanctuary is lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of periyar in thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the periyar wildlife sanctuary, spread across 777 sq km, of which 360 sq.km is thick evergreen forest, the periyar wildlife sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the mullaperiyar dam across the periyar river adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in india where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of periyar , however, are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. You can also see wild Elephant, gaur, sambar deer, tiger, jungle cat, sloth bear and wild boar which can be sighted from the boats also 265 species of birds including migrants the hornbill, stork, woodpecker, kingfisher, raptor, cormorant, grackle etc.
Day 31 - Munnar / Cochin
Morning after relaxed breakfast at the hotel drive to Cochin and check into the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. Evening witness Kathakali dance performance at local theater. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 32 – Cochin
Early morning visit Elephant training center at Kodanad. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Cochin, During your sightseeing trip you will visit Fort Kochi - walk through the city to get introduce to Cochin city. An obscure fishing village that became the first European township In India. The town of Kochin was shaped by the cultural influences, first the Dutch and than the British. Chinese Fishing Nets , St. Francis Church Built in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan Friars, It is India's oldest European Church, Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch, Synagogue - Constructed in 1568, Bolghatty Island - Island is famous for Bolghatty Palace itself - built in 1744 the Dutch and later taken over by the british, Willingdon Island - Named after Lord Willingdon, a former british viceroy of india. Rest of the afternoon free for independent activities or to relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 33 : Cochin – Ooty
Morning after breakfast at the resort drive to Ooty also know as the 'Queen of the Blue Mountains' along with its nearby neighbors Coonoor and Kotagiri, It was developed as a hill station by the British and is famous for its pine and eucalyptus forests. It is also well known for coffee and tea plantations. Situated in the Nilgiri Hills 7,500 feet higher from sea level, Hill Station was expanded by the Collector of Coimbatore, John Sullivan, in 1819 when he built a house and soon grew in popularity with the British who superimposed their lifestyle from home on the hill station. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 34 : At Ooty
Little early in the morning drive to Coonoor to enjoy tea plantation. For return travel by Toy train back to Ooty which will take around one hours time and will pass through the highest point on its route. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 35 : Ooty to Nagarhole
Morning after breakfast drive to Nagarhole National Park and check in at the Jungle lodge. Nagarhole : The enchanting 247 square-mile park was originally designated as a game sanctuary. Nagarhole, in the Coffee land of Coorg was declared a National park in 1974. It has recently been renamed 'Rajiv Gandhi National Park.' Gentle slopes and shallow valleys surround it on all sides. Huge herds of Asian Elephants flock here together and it is blessed with wildlife abundance. You find a variety of trees and shrubs often making it a sanctuary for illegal timber traders. Among reptiles, the marsh crocodile, monitor lizard, rock python and several other species can be found. Aquatic and terrestrial tortoises, frogs, toads and tree frogs and a myriad insects, including some very colourful butterflies, adorn this lovely southern jungle of India. Afternoon proceed to the park for game viewing into the park. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 36 – At Nagarhole
Morning and evening game viewings. Overnight at the jungle lodge.
Day 37 : Nagarhole - Mysore
Morning drive to Myosre. On arrival check into the hotel. Mysore is a charming and relaxed city surrounded almost entirely by fertile farmland and tree clad hills. Until independence Mysore was the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore, a princely state covering about a third of present day Karnataka. The city is noted for its sandalwood carvings, incense, silk weaving and for its coffee Overnight at the hotel.
Day 38 – At Mysore
Tour of Mysore and the surrounding area. Places of interest include the colourful vegetable and flower markets in Mysore, Chamundi Hill to view the Chamundeswari Temple and the famous Nandi Bull. The City Palace was re-built by Henry Irwin in 1897 after the original wooden palace was destroyed in a fire. It is one of the largest palaces in the country and is Indo-Saracenic in style with domes, arches and colonnades of carved pillars. Drive outside of the city to see the Sri Chamundeswari Temple at Somnathpur, built around 1260 AD by the Hoysala Kings. The walls of this temple are covered with stone animal sculptures - it has been said that this is one of the most beautiful and interesting buildings in India. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 39 - Mysore to Bangalore
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Bangalore and check into the hotel. Afternoon proceed for Half Day Tour guided tour of Bangalore, visiting Tipu Sultan Palace, the layout of the palace gives the idea of the ethnic Mughal lifestyle. The fort and its remains present the history of the era in which it was built. The construction of the Tipu palace was started by Haider Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan, it is now a museum. Also visit ISKCON Temple, harmonious blend of the Dravidian and modern architecture. The building has some of the modern facilities along with Vedic preaching library. Next we visit the Lal Bagh Garden, name Lal Bagh has been given to it for the wonderfully bloomed red roses that remain blooming all through the year. Haider Ali started building this garden in 1760. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 40 – At Bangalore
Full day in Bangalore for self activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 41 - Bangalore to Hassan
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Hassan enroute visiting Srirangapatna - The Tiger's Lair Take yourself back to another spot, another, time. 16 kms away from Mysore is the island fortress of Tipu Sultan, the legendary Tiger of Mysore who put up a valiant fight against British domination. The high stone walls and moats enclose palaces, temples and a great mosque. Tipu's summer Palace, with its beautiful frescoes, the tombs of Tipu and Hyder Ali at Gumbaz, Royal Mosque, Wellesley Bridge and the celebrated Sri Ranganatha Temple are other monuments from its chequered past. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax or explore Hassan. Overnight at the hotel
Day 42 - At Hassan
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for a full day excursion to visit Belur - situated around 38 km from Hassan. The Channekeshava Temple at Belur is the only one of the three major Hoysala sites still in use. The construction of this temple started in AD 1116 to commemorate the victory of the Hoysalas over the Cholas at Talakad. It took around hundred years to complete the work. It is said that every Hindu deity has been represented at this temple. Guides can be hired to explain the detailed sculptural work. Other Hoysala temples at Belur are the Chennigaraya and the Viranarayana and Halebid - Situated around 33 km from Hassan is Halebid, famous for its Hoyasaleswara temple. The construction of the Hoyasaleswara Temple was started in AD 1121 and continued for around 90 years, but never completed. Nevertheless, even in its incomplete form, this temple is the most outstanding example of Hoysala art and architecture. Every part of the walls of this temple is covered by an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylized animals, birds, and many other art forms. The temple is enclosed by a garden and there is a museum also nearby. Return to Hassan for overnight stay.
Day 43 : Hassan - Hospet (150km - 3 h)
Today we drive to Hospet, once a beautiful capital city of Vijaynagar empire, in ancient days was known as Nagalapura. The city was razed to the ground by Sultan of South India in the year 1565. Overnight Hotel - Hospet.
Day 44 : At Hospet
Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for an Excursion trip to Hampi - the capital city of the Vijaynagar Empire. Founded by Harihara and Bukka in 1336, it fell to the Muslim rulers in 1565 after the disastrous Battle of Talikota, subsequently lapsed into decline and abandonment. The once proud city of victory is now a city of desolation. We visit the ruins of the Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Pampadevi. This is the only temple that is still used for worship. The temple, with its nine-storied Gopuram and ceiling of the ranga mantapa is beautifully painted with scenes from the epics and Puranas. Later visit Vittala, a splendid 56 musical pillars complex. To the east of the hall is the famous Stone Chariot with stone wheels that actually revolve. Several of the carved pillars were attacked and a large portion of the central part has been destroyed.
Also visit Elephant stables, a beautiful example of Hindu-Muslim style of architecture, housed about 11 elephants in separate compartments. Queen's bath, structure has a very plain exterior but interior is stunningly ornate, with graceful arched corridors, projecting balconies. Lotus Mahal, lotus flower top, this two-story structure has beautiful arc ways set in geometric regularity. It was an air-cooled summer palace of the queen. Overnight Hotel - Hospet.
Day 45 : Hospet - Badami via Pattadakkal and Ajhole (180km - 4 h)
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Badami, founded by Pulakesi I, ruler of the Chalukyas, the town is located at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya tirtha water reservoir on three sides and is known for its rock-cut cave temples, sculpted between 6th-8th centuries AD. En route we visit Pattadakkal and Ajhole. Pattadakkal, World Heritage centre and has 10 major temples representing the early haulakya architecture the biggest temple dedicated to Virupaksheshvara, has a huge gateway and several inscriptions. Ajhole, famous as the "Cradle of Indian Architecture", it has over a hundred temples scattered around the village. The oldest temple the 5th century Lad Khan Temple, The Durga (Fort) Temple has a semi-circular apse and a complete portico. Among many other temples the Jain Meguthi Temple and the two storeyed Buddhist Temple are significant. Overnight Hotel – Badami.
Day 46 : At Badami - City Tour
Morning after breakfast at the hotel Full Day tour of Badami, several temples dating from the Chalukyas period in Badami. First set of temples is a group of four on a hill adjacent to the Bhutanatha tank, are dating back to the 5th century CE. In the adjacent wall there is a carving of the cosmic dance of Shiva Natarajan depicted with eighteen arms. 2nd temple bears images of Vishnu in his Varaha and Trivikrama incarnations. 3rd rock cut temple with inscriptions dating this Vishnu temple to 578 CE during, the period of Kiritivarma Chalukyas. There are carved images of the Narasimha & Trivikrama avataras of Vishnu. Further up, is a Jain rock cut temple dedicated to the Tirthankara Adinath with inscriptions dating back to the 12th century. The Mallikarjuna temple dating 11th century on a star shaped plan. Overnight Hotel - Badami.
Day 47: Badami – Hubli – 4 hours
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Hubli, historic town was known as Raya Hubli and also as Elaya Puravada Halli during the ancient times. This city metamorphosed into an important commercial centre for trade in cotton and iron during the reign of the Vijaynagar Empire. Overnight Hotel.
Day 48 – Hubli to Dandeli National Park
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Dandeli National Park and check into the jungle lodge on arrival. Afternoon game viewing in the park. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 49 – Dandeli National Park
Morning and evening game viewing in the park. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 50 – Dandeli to Mangalore – 4 hours
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Mangalore and check into the hotel. Afternoon visit Mangalore - Mangalore is famous for its beautiful, exotic, lustrous and virgin beaches and rightly so known as the ' entry point to Beach Country'. The famous beaches here include Ullal Beach attracting tourists all through the year. The other attractions here include not to be missed Yakshagana performance, a unique and elaborate form of dance in south India .The kambala an annual buffalo race is yet another exciting event. In another performance known as Talamaddlay a local deity Sharbeshwara Maha Ganapathi is worshipped in an elaborate festival that marks Ganesh Chaturthi every year. Your trip to Mangalore will be incomplete without a visit to the 10th century Manjunatha Temple, St. Aloysius College Chapel, Sultan Battery, Light House Hill Garden, Mangala Devi Temple and the Jumma Masjid.
Day 51 – Mangalore to Gokarna Beach – 5 hours
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Gokarna beach. Gokarna is a small and remote holy town, with four of India's most secluded and pristine beaches nestled nearby. It draws both pious pilgrims and hedonistic holiday makers with equal enthusiasm. Travel to Gokarna to get a feel for what Goa was like in its heyday, although time is limited as developers are already seeing the potential of this area. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 52 – Gokarna to Karwar – 1 ½ hours
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to karwar beach and check in to the beach hotel. Karwar, the district headquarters of Uttara Kannada is a charming port town, situated at the mouth of the Kali river. The Kali river bridge, situated at the confluence of the river and the Arabian Sea, dominates the town's landscape. Uttara Kannada has sacred pilgrims, historical towns and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Karwar is said to have inspired the great poet Rabindranath Tagore to pen his first drama.
Day 53 – At Karwar
Full day free at Karwar for self activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 54 : Karwar - Goa (210km - 4 h)
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Goa, once a part of the Mauryan Empire in the 3rd century BC. From 580-750 AD the Chalukyas of Badami had their sway over Goa. It is also known for its world heritage architecture including the Bom Jesus Basilica. Goa also has rich flora & fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which are classified as a biodiversity hotspot rather an absolute paradise on earth. Rest of the time free to relax by the beach. Overnight Hotel - Goa.
Day 55 : At Goa
Breakfast at the hotel. Option Either day free to relax by the beach and opt one of the Ayurveda massage available at the resort OR You may chose Optional tour of Goa, Visiting old Goa Churches; Basilica of Boom Jesus, built in 16th century dedicated to Infant Jesus is the most popular and famous of all churches in Goa. The mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, kept in a silver casket, are enshrined here. Sri Mangueas Temple, surrounded by rolling green hills and dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the most important of all temples in Goa and is located at Priol in Ponda Taluka. Dona Paula, a village named after Dona Paula de Menezes, the wife of a noble man Antonio de Souto Maior, who died as a young woman in 1682. Miramar Beach, an urban beach where the Mandovi River meets the Arabian Sea, a point that offers the best location to watch enchanting sunsets. Overnight Hotel - Goa.
Day 56 : At Goa
Breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the resort.
Day 57 : At Goa
Breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the resort.
Day 58 : At Goa
Breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the resort.
Day 59 : At Goa
Breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the resort.
Day 60 : Depart Goa
Transfer to the airport in time to board flight either directly to London or to Delhi or Mumbai and connect homebound flight.