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Home  »   South India Tour Packages   »  South India Heritage Tour
South India Heritage Tour

Duration : 15 Nights - 16 Days

Destination Coverd : Mumbai - Goa - Belgaum - Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal - Hospet - Hassan - Madikeri - Mysore - Srirangapatna - Bangalore

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 01 : Arrival Mumbai (By Flight)

Arrive Mumbai airport. You would be received by a Go India Holiday representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Mumbai, or Bombay to call it by the name its better known by, was a swampy, mosquito infested, marshy island off the west coast of India with little or no potential, or so thought the Portuguese when they gave it to Charles II of England as part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza. How very stupid of them! The British East India Company leased it from the Crown, and developed the small fishing villages and natural harbors into Bombay, the subcontinent’s busiest port and the region’s center for trade, finance and industry. Maharashtra’s capital, Mumbai, wears several hats or should we say crowns? Mumbai is not just India’s largest city, it is also its commercial capital, industrial powerhouse, busiest port, fashion capital, home to ‘Bollywood’ (India’s Hollywood), world’s biggest textile market – the list goes on and on. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Mumbai - Full day Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the Gateway of India to board the motor launch, which will take you to the famous Elephanta Caves (closed on Mondays). The beautifully sculpted rock-cut temples on Elephant Island are 9 nautical miles from Bombay and are reached by taking a motor launch from Gateway of India. They are believed to have been created between 450 and 750 AD, when the island was known as Gharapuri, the Fortress City. The Portuguese renamed it Elephanta because of a large stone Elephant near the shore. The caves are reached by climbing 100 steps to the top of the hill. Return back and have lunch at a local restaurant. Later proceed for city tour of Mumbai.
The tour starts from the Gateway of India, a major landmark of Bombay, which, was before the advent of air travel, the only gateway to India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary to India in 1911. You will be then driven along Marine Drive, the sea - Front Boulevard. It is also known as the Queen’s Necklace as in the evening, the breeze from the Arabian Sea comes over Marine Drive and as the streetlights on this U-shaped road light up, the view from south Bombay’s skyscrapers or from the exclusive residential area, is that of a Queen’s Necklace.  Later you will be driven along Malabar Hill via the Tower of Silence - a round stone construction on which Parsis place their dead to be eaten by the vultures and Hanging Gardens which is built over Bombay’s reservoir. From here one can get a panoramic view of picturesque Marine Drive.
From Malabar Hill you will be driven to the Dhobi Ghats a huge open-air laundry, which makes an interesting viewing. Continue to Mani Bhawan (Gandhi Memorial), the house where the Father of the Nation stayed on his early visits to the city.
The last stop before proceeding to the hotel is the Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays)– gothic and Moorish architecture in the striking confluence of styles that came to be known as Indo Saracenic. It boasts of a significant collection of Indus valley artefacts some of them dating back to more than 5000 years. Most impressive are the miniature paintings – nearly 2000 of them – from various stylistic schools of India. Return to your hotel after the sightseeing tour. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Mumbai - Goa (By Flight)

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for a flight to Goa. On reaching Goa, you’ll be welcomed and escorted to the hotel for a check-in. The remaining time can spent in retreating back. Dinner and night’s rest will be at the hotel.

Day 04: Goa

Have a mouth-watering breakfast of traditional Goan delicacies. Thereafter, you’ll be out for a half day sightseeing excursion of Goa. The most popular places of interest are the mesmerizing slopes of Altinho Hill which offer scintillating views of Panjim and River Mandovi. A visit to Dona Paula would provide incredible views of India’s largest naturally formed Mormugao harbor. Soon after, you would be taken to Old Goa for visit to other tourist attractions like Basilica of Bom Jesus containing the tomb and mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, Se Cathedral - the biggest church in Goa, St. Cajetan Church built on the lines of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, and Church and Convent of Saint Monica. After exploring these sites, come back to the hotel for a sumptuous supper and good night’s sleep.

Day 05: Goa

After gorging on a refreshing morning meal, you’ll have all the time to taste the beach flavor of Goa. This small state has gone high to earn the name of the “Beach Paradise of India”. Without experiencing the beach magnificence once you are in Goa, your soul will not be completely satisfied. Enjoy the entire day at the beach relaxing and indulging in fun-filled water activities. A return to the hotel for sleepover will end the day.

Day 06: Goa - Belgaum - Badami (260 kms - 6 hrs)

After breakfast after contineu journey to Badami, en-route Belgaum. Belgaum Fort, sited in the heart of the city, comprises of Kamala Basti, Jain Temple and Jama Masjid. The most striking feature of this town is its location with the old and modern areas lying on opposite sides of the road. You can also visit Kapileshwar Temple and Ananthashayana Temple. Arrival at Badami will be at night. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 07: Badami

After breakfast,a full day tour of Badami will be organized. This town has a long list of attractions to keep visitors dropping here time and again. Gateways, forts, inscriptions, sculptures and rock-cut cave temples, want more! The ancient sandstone caves are the most exciting attraction, wherein you have to climb the stairs comprising to them. Besides, the group of Bhutanatha temples and a lake beneath them is another fascination. Eighteen inscriptions, dating back to different time periods from 6th to 9th centuries, are ever-ready to charm you. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08: Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal - Hospet (140 Km /04 hours)

After breakfast, leaving for Hospet, via Aihole and Pattadakal. Paying a visit to Aihole will be a different experience altogether because of the exciting architectural wonders blending cultures and histories. Aihole in fact, shot to fame due to the presence of these marvelous structures and hence, is known as the “Cradle of the Indian Architecture”. From here, you’ll move to Pattadakal. The temples of this hamlet are extremely glorifying as they reveal the early form of architecture of the Chalukyan Dynasty. You’ll then be journeyed to Hospet, your final destination for the day. Make a check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09: Hospet

After breakfast, explore the beauties of Hospet in detail. Hampi is the touristic significance of Hospet. The major attractions include Chitradurga Fort, Queen’s Bath, Vitthala Temple, Raghunath Temple, Virupaksha Temple, King’s Balance, Lotus Mahal and Royal Residence. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Hospet - Hassan (320 Kms - 06 Hrs)

After breakfast check out the hotel and start your drive to Hassan. Make a quick check-in and freshen up at the hotel. You’ll then head out for a sightseeing tour of Belur and Halebid. Both these temples cities exhibit a perfect example of the architecture of Hoysala Empire. Chennakesava Temple is the major highlight here, which took 103 years to complete. There are other temples which exude the rich heritage of this part of India. In the evening, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Hassan - Shravanabelagola - Hassan

After breakfast set out a full day excursion tour to Shravanabelagola, an artistic marvel, which is now one of the most significant Jain pilgrim centers. The monolith of Lord Bahubali, as the world’s tallest monolithic statue, is the major center of attraction for every visitor. Return to Hassan thereafter. The rest of the time will be at your disposal. Enjoy the delicious dinner served at the hotel’s restaurant, Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Hassan - Coorg (Madikeri) (115 kms - 03 hrs)

After a delectable morning meal, you’ll proceed to Madikeri, famously known as the “Scotland of India”. Upon arrival, a check-in at the hotel will be followed by a quick freshening up and rest session. A sightseeing tour of Madikeri will then be made. Major attractions include Madikeri Fort, Abbey Falls, and Nisargadhama. Nisargadhama is a great picnic spot enclosed by luxuriant greenery and salubrious climate. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Coorg - Mysore (125 kms - 03 hrs)

After morning breakfast drive to Mysore. When you reach Mysore, you’ll be accommodated in the pre-booked hotel. Freshen up and move out for a city tour of Mysore. Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, 4.8 meter monolith statue of Nandi Bull, Brindavan Gardens and Musical fountains. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14: Mysore

Morning after breakfast you will set out for a full day excursion to Shravanabelagola, Belur Halebid, and Somnathpur. Among all attractions, the most popular is the statue of Lord Gomateshwara, which is ritually bathed with milk and sandalwood once in every twelve years. Other temple attractions are Chennakesava Temple of Belur and Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples of Halebid showcasing the rich masterpieces of Hindu art. At noon, you’ll visit Somnathpur where the wonderful architectural beauty will be eagerly waiting to enthrall you. End the day with a drive back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 15: Mysore - Srirangapatna - Bangalore (150 kms - 03 hrs)

After breakfast The first half of the day can be spent at leisure, strolling through the locale of Mysore. At noon, you’ll be driven to Bangalore via Srirangapatna, famously known as the capital of King Hyder Ali & his beloved son Tipu Sultan. Afternoon drive to Bangalore, check in at Hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 16: Bangalore Departure

Morning after breakfast visit Bangalore city tour visit Lalbagh, Vidansaudha, Museum and ISKON temple. On time depart for airport to connect flight for onwards destionation.

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PACKAGE COST INCLUDES: - 
• Accommodation on twin sharing basis
• Breakfast at all Hotels
• All meals at the Houseboat - A/c Houseboat.
• Transportation using A/C Vehicle as per itinerary.
• Assistance on Arrival & Departure
• Service of an English speaking driver.
• Driver’s expense, Parking, Toll.
• All Taxes.

PACKAGE COST DOES NOT INCLUDES: -
• Air Fare/Train fare.
• Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
• Any other item not specified in “Cost Includes”.
• Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
• Guide & Monuments Entrance Fees.
• Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).
• Govt. Service Tax. 3.50%

Note: - As per the Government directive, you are requested to produce your photo identity document such as Driving License/Voter ID Card/Passport/at the point of check in at the hotel. We appreciate your cooperation.

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