01 Day: Arrival Mumbai
Welcome to India. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Mumbai International airport, our representative welcome you and escort you by a private car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would brief the tour to you and hand over the documents. Rest of your days is at leisure and free for relaxation.
02 Day: Mumbai:
Today morning after breakfast at the hotel take the city tour of Mumbai, drive to Gateway of India, and from here board the motorboats for Elephanta Caves. It takes around 15 minutes to access Elephanta caves. On arrival take around 100 steps to access the ancient caves. Elephant Caves houses large ancient pillars that seem to hold the ceiling, which is made, have crossbeams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 spectacular sculptured panels, set on the walls are awe-inspirational. The most prominent of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed God Shiva, where the God is portrayed as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Afterwards cruse back to Gateway of India, this area is the old charm of Mumbai, there so many handicraft shops and restaurants are located here, you can enjoy your lunch as the most well known ‘Leopold & Mondegar’ restaurant, ( of your own). After lunch visiting the important places like ‘Parliament house’ ( from outside only), Marine drive, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens, Jain temples, all are lined in one stretch, If you wish you can have glimpses of Mumbai night life by visiting pubs and night clubs or shopping malls. Overnight at the hotel. Note: Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museum are closed on every Monday.
03 Day: Mumbai – Goa (By Air)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to the airport. On arrival transfer to the hotel. After rest and relaxation rest of the day is free to explore the beaches of Goa. Overnight at the hotel.
04 Day: Goa
After breakfast, the day is free to enjoy the beaches and amenities available at the resort. You can take a sightseeing tour of Old Goa -10 km from Panjim, the basilica of Bom Jesus, the 16th century church dedicated to infant Jesus and enshrining the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, is one of the most important sight of Goa. The other Churches in the same area are St. Cathedral, with its vaulted interior, Church of our Lady of Rosary and Nunnery of St. Monica. The Aguada Fort built by the Portuguese commands the mouth of the Mondovi River and houses a lighthouse. Evening will be at leisure. Later return to the resort for overnight stay.
05 Day: Goa
After breakfast rest of the day is free to explore the beaches of Goa, visiting visit the famous beaches of Goa like Anjuna Beach, Colva Beach & Calangute Beach. Overnight at the resort.
06 Day: Goa - Dandeli (125 kms: 2 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka that provides shelter to many exotic animals and birds. Be captivated by the richness and diversity of the flora and fauna here. On arrival transfer to the jungle resort, in the evening you may enjoy a jungle safari. Overnight at the resort.
07 Day: Dandeli
After breakfast take a trek to Cavla Caves. Later you may opt for nature walk along the banks of the river spotting birds and animals on the way. Later leave for a Coracle ride on the river just alongside the resort. Spot birds or try your luck at fishing whilst on the river. Evening audio visual on Indian wildlife followed by a nature talk around the bonfire. Overnight at the resort.
08 Day: Dandeli – Badami (230 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast you may opt for an elephant safari at the park. Later drive to Badami. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for rest and relaxation. You may opt to visit the local markets. Overnight at the hotel.
09 Day: Badami
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Badami, visiting Gateways, Forts, inscriptions, Sculptures that seem to come alive under your eyes…. Badami has to be seen to be believed. Climb a flight of steps to reach the ancient caves - all hewn out o sand stone on the precipice of a hill. Three are four caves here. The first three belong to the Vedic faith and the fourth cave is the only Jain Temple in Badami. The first cave temple - past Shiva's door Keepers - and there he is the eighteen-armed Nataraj striking 81 dance poses. The largest and most ornamental is the third Cave temple dedicated to Vishnu. Here are some splendid carvings of the Hindu Pantheon, Narasimha - the half man and half lion avatar of Vishnu, Hari Hara, the composite god who is half Shiva a half - Vishnu. Return to the hotel for overnight.
10 Day: Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal - Hospet (170 kms: 4½ hrs)
Aihole is the cradle of stone temple architecture of the southern Dravidian School. The oldest temple, Lad Khan goes back to the 5th century A.D. There are 70 temples in this group. The Durga temple is noted for its sculptures. The Meguti temple is built of 630 small stone blocks. The Ravanaphadi Cave has some beautiful carvings. Pattadakal, referred to as Petrigal, reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The oldest in this group is the Sanghameswara Temple. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars depicting life of Krishna. Virupaksha temple has sculptures and panel scenes from the epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Papanatha Temple has impressive carvings on pillars and ceiling. After sightseeing continue to drive to Badami. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for relaxation. Overnight at the hotel in Hospet.
11 Day: Hospet - Hampi - Hospet (13 kms: ½ hr excursion)
Early morning trek up to sunrise point on Matanga Hill, which is to the east of Hampi ... It’s beautiful and not to be missed if you ever visit Hampi. Return to the hotel for breakfast later take an excursion to Hampi, Hampi the once beautiful capital city of Vijaynagar Empire was greater than Rome and had palaces; Hampi ruins spread over an area of more than 26 sq. kms. protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and by rocky granite ridges on the other three sides, visit at Some of the interesting ruins remaining Hazara Rama Temples, huge Ganesha & Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the queen's bath, and carvings on the Ramachandra Temple & Lotus Mahal. There are a number of temples in Anegondi, which is a fortified area on the northern side of Hampi Bazaar. A terrain such as this was excellent for a capital city that needed to be vigilant and spend a further day in the heart of the lost empire. Explore Hampi at your own pace. Its monuments- like its centuries- old patience & wisdom- most is savoured bit by bit. Overnight stay at the hotel.
12 Day: Hospet - Hassan (355 kms: 8 hrs)
After breakfast optionally you can visit once again to Hampi to see any places, which has been dropped yesterday. Later drive to Hassan. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Optionally, if not too tired from the long journey, you can enjoy the splendor of Shravanbelgola. 51 kms south - east of Hassan, one of most important Jain Pilgrim centre. Here is the 17m high monolith of Lord Bahubali - the world’s tallest monolithic statue. Rest of the day you will remain free to explore the surroundings. Overnight at Hassan
13 Day: Hassan - Halebid - Belur - Mysore (170 kms: 4 hrs)
After brekafast, check out from the hotel and drive to Mysore. You may visit Shravanbelgola (if not visited). Enroute drive through picturesque hilly landscape and stopover in Halebid. It is the ancient capital of Hoysala Empire. In Halebid we visit the Hoysalesvara Temple of 12th century where we see half-life size statues of Hindu deities, with minute details of each, all around the temple. After the visit in Halebid we proceed to Belur. At Belur we visit the group of Chennakesava Temples, which are famous for its architecture and sculptures. After visit drive to Mysore. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
14 Day: Mysore (Excursion to Ranganthitu bird sanctuary and Srirangapatinam (25 kms one way)
Today early morning take an excursion to Ranganthitu bird sanctuary, an excellent picnic rendezvous, you may also visit Balmuri Falls the primary attraction at the Ranganthittu Sanctuary. Later visit to Srirangapatinam the once capital of legendary warrior Hyder Ali and his son, Tipu Sultan. The highlights are the fortress boasting of Tipu's Mosque with slender twin minarets and the famous Ranganathaswami temple. After visit return to Mysore. After some relaxation you may opt for a short city sightseeing visiting the Palace of the Maharaja (Emperor) built in 1911 - 1912. The palace is of harmonious syntheses of the Hindu and saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are magnificent followed by visit to St. Philomenas cathedral. Later drive up to Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. In the evening visit flower and sandal wood market, handicraft museum. Overnight at the hotel.
15 Day: Mysore - Sivasamudram - Bangalore (200 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Bangalore, En route stop over at Sivasamudram Waterfalls to enjoy the scenic beauty and nature. After visit drive to Bangalore. On arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening you can visit Ulsoor Lake. Overnight at the hotel.
16 Day: Bangalore - Hometown (By Air)
After breakfast opt for the half day sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Bull Temple - The 4.57 m high and 6.10 meters long image is carved out of single granite rock, Bangalore Palace - Built in the Tudor style and inspired by the Windsor palace, Vidhan Soudha - the Vidhan Soudha houses the state legislative assembly of state government, later followed by visit to Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple - The temple is natural monolith carved cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later drive to the airport to board the scheduled flight for hometown. On departure tour concludes with happy memories.