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Ruins of South India & Goa

$2005

per person

Step back in time to the ancient Dravidian culture and be mesmerized by beautiful palaces, ancient temples and historic ruins. Then be enchanted by the beaches of Goa and its stunning cathedrals. On this journey you will embrace the kaleidoscopic view of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, spices and spirituality. This is one unique expedition you won’t want to miss!

12 Days 11 Nights: Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Hospet, Bijapur, Badami, Goa


TRIP OVERVIEW (*UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

 ✦ Customizable Private Tour 
  • Bangalore City Tour
  • Vidhana Soudha
    (Colossal Neo-Dravidian style government building)
  • Cubbon Park
  •  Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
  •  Lalbagh Botanical Garden
  •  Mysore City Tour
  •  Mysore Palace
  •  Somanathapura Temple
  •  Sri Chamundeswari Temple
    (Nandi Bull)
  •  Brindavan Gardens
  •  Gomateshwara Statue
  •  Channekeshava Temple
  •  Hoyaslewara Temple
  •  Hampi Monument Group*
  •  Evolution of Temple Architecture*
  •  Aihole* (stone temples)
  •  Badami* (cave temples)
  •  Pattadakal*
    (temples with stone carvings)
  •  Goa City Tour* 
  •  Goa Beaches

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Mysore Palace, one of the Grandest Indian Royal Buildings

One of India’s Grandest Royal Buildings

Mysore Palace is the second-most-visited sight in India after the Taj Mahal. This over the top palace for the previous Wodeyar maharajas is full of stained glass, mirrors, mosaic floors and paintings telling the life stories during the time of the Raj.

Fantasy World of Ancient Ruins and Carvings

Ancient temples from 11th century like the grandiose group of monuments at the Hampi UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Evolution of Temple Architecture in Aihole, Badami, & Pattadakal.

Badami Rock-Cut Cave temple
Palolem Beach, Goa’s most popular beach with white sands and coconut palms

Charming GOA

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the old colonial quarter and historic churches in the previous capital of Portuguese India. And don’t forget Goa’s most popular beach named Palolem where white sand and lots of coconut palms make for memorable photos!


    1

    Meet Up at Bangalore (BLR)

    Upon arrival at Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport (BLR), you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free. Bangalore is also known as Bengaluru.
    2

    Bangalore - Mysore | City Tour

    A half-day sightseeing tour of Bangalore that is also known as the Garden City of India. Visit Vidhana Soudha (state government office), Cubbon Park, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, Lalbagh Botanical Garden.
    Drive to Mysore, en route visit the fort town of Srirangapatanam.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    VIDHANA SOUDHA
    A colossal neo-Dravidian style state government building.

    TIPU SULTAN’S PALACE
    An elegant Indo-Islamic summer palace famous for its teak pillars and ornamental frescos.

    LALBAGH BOTANICAL GARDEN
    Check out the bonsai, giant silk-cotton tree and Japanese gardens in this 98 hectares of expansive gardens commissioned in 1760.

    3

    Day 3: Mysore | City Tour

    Mysore is one of South India's most enchanting cities, famed for its glittering royal heritage and magnificent monuments and buildings. It is also famous for its silk and the city is rich in tradition with a deeply atmospheric bazaar district littered with spice stores and incense stalls.
    Excursion to Somanathapura temple, a star-shaped temple of Hoysala architecture. In the afternoon, visit Mysore Palace (home of the Wodeyar Maharaja who ruled Mysore for more than seven centuries).
    Nandi Bull statue in Sri Chamundeswari Temple, Chamundi Hill that was carved out of solid rock and is the third largest statue of Nandi in India. Inhale the fresh air among the orchards and water fountains in Brindavan Gardens.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    MYSORE PALACE
    A fusion of Hindu, Mughal, Rajput, and Gothic architectural styles using fine grey granite while deep pink marble.

    NANDI BULL IN CHAMUNDI HILL
    Nandi is a rock sculpture of the sacred bull. It is a gatekeeper and ride of the Hindu god Shiva.

    4

    Mysore - Hassan | City Tour

    Visit Gommateshwara Statue, a 57 foot (17 m) high monolithic statue located in a Jain temple on Vindyagiriat Hill in Shravanbelagola. We then drive to Hassan.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    JAIN PILGRIMAGE CENTER
    Asia’s tallest monolithic stone statue of Gomateshwara.

    5

    Hassan - Hospet | City tour

    Excursion to Channekeshava Temple in Belur and Hoyasleswara Temple in Halebid.Drive to Hospet.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    CHENNAKESHAVA TEMPLE
    A fine example of Hoysala architecture, built by a famous Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana to mark his victory over the Cholas in 1116.

    6

    Hospet | Ruins of Hampi

    Hampi was once the beautiful capital city of the Vijaynagar Empire. The magnificent ruins (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) consists of heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over miles of undulating terrain. Their rusty hues offset by jade green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields. Today we will explore the ruins and the famous temples.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
     

    RUINS OF HAMPI
    15th century Virupaksha Temple in Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    ROMANTIC LOTUS MAHAL
    Tranquil gardens, arches & elaborate carvings at Lotus Mahal, Hampi.

    ANCIENT TEMPLE RUINS
    The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that has captivated travelers for centuries.

    7

    Hospet - Badami | Aihole, Pattadakal

    After hotel check out, drive to Badami. En route we visit Pattadakal and Aihole.
    Visit Pattadakal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to see the delicately chiseled sculptures and impressive carvings on pillars and ceilings. Aihole is the cradle of stone temples with the Dravidan style of architecture. The oldest temple Lad Khan goes back to the 5th century AD. There are 100 temples. The interiors of the Durga Temple houses intricate stone carvings that are most inspiring.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    PATTADAKAL, UNESCO HERITAGE SITE Magnificent 7th century Pattadakal Monuments & Temples.

    DURGA TEMPLE, AIHOLE
    The impressive 7th-century Temple is famous for its semicircular apse and the remains of the curvilinear temple spire.

    EXQUISITE CARVINGS IN PATTADAKAL
    The columns of the temple are covered with intricate carvings depicting ancient stories.

    8

    Badami | City Tour

    Badami was the capital of the once mighty Chalukya Empire. Now it is famous for its magnificent rock-cut cave temples, and red-sandstone cliffs.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    BADAMI CAVE TEMPLES
    Climb up the stunning red-sandstone cliffs by the lake.

    INSIDE THE BADAMI CAVE TEMPLE
    A variety of murals and sculptures that depict history, religion, and culture.

    9

    Badami - Goa

    Let’s drive to the fabulous beach town of Goa. A kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood and spirituality. Nowhere in India is quite like Goa.
    After arrival, relax on the virtually uninterrupted string of golden sand beaches.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    PALOLEM BEACH
    Goa’s most popular beach with white sands and coconut palms.

    SOAK UP THE SUN
    Walk the shimmering sandy beaches along the Arabian Sea in Goa.

    10

    Goa | Tour of Goa

    Goa stands out in India for its Portuguese colonial architecture and heritage. The Portuguese arrived in Goa in 1510, lured by the exotic East and the promise of lucrative spice routes. Their indelible mark is still evident in the state’s baroque architecture, whitewashed churches, crumbling forts, colorful Catholic ceremonies, mournful fado music and the stunning cathedrals of Old Goa.
    Today, we will tour Old Goa and the St Francis Church.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    OUR LADY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH
    Built in the 16th century for Portuguese sailors. A historic Portuguese legacy.

    OUR LADY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH
    Portuguese Baroque style church.

    SPICE MARKET
    Buying fresh nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and other locally grown spices.

    11

    Goa | Relax

    A free day to be a beach bum. Admire the shimmering sandy beaches along the Arabian Sea. You can explore the many beaches or just relax and unwind in the comfortable resort.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    12

    Depart Goa (GOI)

    The tour comes to an end after breakfast. Hotel check-out and transfer to Dabolim airport in Goa for your flight home.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    Overview
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    Hotels

    We carefully handpick our hotels to ensure they provide you with the best comfort and experience. For Private Tours, you may request a specific hotel as one of the customizable options.
    DestinationComfort Class Premium Class Luxury Class 
    BangaloreRegenta Inn
    MysoreRegenta Central Herald
    HassanMallige Residency
    HampiClarks Inn
    BadamiClarks Inn
    GoaLotus Eco Beach Resort
    * Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. 

    Accommodation Classification

    • COMFORT ⭐⭐⭐- 3-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • PREMIUM ⭐⭐⭐⭐- 4-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • LUXURY ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- 5-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Dates & Prices

    Dates & Pricing

    Private Tour, Daily Departure
    YearTour DateComfort Premium Luxury
    2020Oct 1 to Dec 20$2,005$2,390$3,155
    2021Jan 5 to Mar 31$2,005$2,390$3,155
    2021Apr 1 to Sep 30CallCallCall
    2021Oct 1 to Dec 20CallCallCall
     

    Private Tour Price Details

    • ‣ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    • ‣ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply during applicable major holidays.
    • ‣ Special rates for single travelers or larger groups, and ultra-luxury hotels are available on request - please inquire.
    • ‣ Note that tour prices vary according to season. If your tour straddles two seasons then each portion will be priced according to that season.

    Deposit

    • A deposit of $300 per person is required upon booking. Full payment to be made 90 days prior to departure date.

    Flight Add-On

    • ‣ We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
    • ‣ The nearest arrival airport is Bangalore (BLR Kempegowda International Airport).
    • ‣ The nearest departure airport is Goa (GOI Dabolim International Airport).
    • ‣ Contact us for more details and pricing.

    Inclusions

    • ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
    • ‣ Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments & Attractions per Itinerary

    Exclusions

    • ‣ International and Domestic Air Fare
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • Visa Fee
    • ‣ Gratuity
    • ‣ Personal Expenses

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels