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KARNATAKA SPLENDOUR

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Karnataka Splendour

DAY 01 - BANGALORE
Bangalore :- Arrrive Bangalore,transfer to Hotel.Overnight in Bangalore.Often termed as a garden city,one of the factors that has gone in to make Bangalore the fifth largest city in India today is its mild and healthy climate. A large number of people, many from outside the region have thus made the city their permanent home. Thus the city has a fairly large number of people who are retired from active life and others who are here for exclusive pleasure seeking.

DAY 02 - MYSORE
Mysore :- After a lesurely breakfast drive to Mysore (140 kms -4 hrs).Mysore was the political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty which ruled the state of Karnataka for some 150 years till the independence of the country from the British. These kings were great patrons of art and culture and Mysore was the cultural capital of the south under the rule of the Wodeyars The Wodeyars made the Dasara festival an event.Places of Interests include Mysore Palace, Srirangapattanam, Somanthpur etc.

DAY 03 - COORG
Coorg :- Mysore to Coorg (130 kms -3.5 hrs).Coorg or Kodagu is known to visitors and tourists as the Scotland of India and the Kashmir of the south for its scenic beauty. A visitor from the plains is naturally struck by its landscape and natural scenery and feels as if he were in a different country altogether. Coorg (Kodagu) is a coffee country. The coffee estates here produce some of the world's best coffee. The other specialties here are honey, cardamom, pepper and oranges. The plateau of Madikeri, the principal town of Coorg, is 3900 feet above the sea level.The height descends towards the east and near Kushalnagar it is only 2720 feet above the sea leve.The Places of Ineterst include Madikeri Fort,Bylakuppe-Tibetan Settlement.

DAY 04 - HASSAN
Hassan :- Coorg to Hassan.Hassan is a convenient base for visiting the famous temples of Belur and halebid. BELUR-This place is famous for its exquisite temples. Belur is known as Dakshina Varanasi or South Banaras for its temples. The serenity of Belur is attributed to the celebrated temple of Channakeshava, built by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 117 A.D to commemorate his conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism.

DAY 05 - HOSPET
Hospet : Hassan to Hospet (280 kms - 7 hrs) .Hospet is the Hub to tourists visiting Hampi.HAMPI, the seat of the famed VIJAYANAGARA empire was the capital of the largest empire in post-mogul India, covering several states. The empire reigned supreme under Krishnadevaraya, the Emperor. The Vijayanagara empire stretched over at least three states - Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. The destruction of Vijayanagar by marauding Moghul invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute. They reduced the city to ruins amid scenes of savage massacre and horrors beggaring description. Although in ruins today, this capital city once boasted riches known far beyond the shores of India.
The ruins of Hampi of the 14th Century lies scattered in about 26 sq. km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation. Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite ridges on the other three sides, the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur splendor and fabulous wealth. The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of men infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction.

DAY 06 - HOSPET
Vijayanagara :- In Hopset - To Explore Vijayanagara Ruins.

DAY 07 - BADAMI
Badami : Hospet to Badami (170 kms-5hrs).The capital of the Early Chalukyas, Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills, Badami is famous for its cave temples - all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill.The largest and most ornamental is the third cave temple dedicated to Vishnu. Overlooking the cave temples is a reservoir dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva.Also a must are the Bhutanath temples that lend their name to the lake beneath the cave

DAY 08 - GOKARANA
Gokarana : Badami to Gokarana (225 kms).Gokarna lies on the southernmost border of Karnataka adjoining the state of Goa and is a sleepy village around a holy Ganesh temple, a pond and a beach. But it is also the gateway to some of the most untouched and beautiful beaches of India.The most famous and favoured among the beaches is Om Beach which gets its name from its unique shape in the form of the symbol Om.A week on Ayurveda ,Sun and sand that's on cards at Swaswara.

DAY 14 – BANGALORE DEPARTURE
Day 14-Drive to Goa to connect flight to Bangalore.Tranfer to Hotel for wash and change.Walk around the city. Later in the night transfer to Bangalore airport to connect flight back home.

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