Southern India is truly a treat for every traveler since it is dotted with numerous holy shrines, sculptures that are intricately created and natural beauty which is incomparable. Namaste India trip presents you with the Karnataka special group tour package planning for 10 days and 9 nights where you will be immersed in the true spirit of southern India.
Day 01: Arrival in Bangalore
Once you arrive in Bangalore you will be made to proceed towards your hotel after which a brief sightseeing tour of the city will commence.
You will be taken to Cubbon Park, which is a lush green park and pans over a massive area of 300 acres. A wonderful site for nature lovers and peace seekers this place is considered to be the lungs of Bangalore.
You will then be made to proceed towards Lalbagh botanical gardens which houses India’s largest tropical plants collection and also has a lake, making it the perfect place for families to spend some quality time.
You will then be taken to Bangalore Palace, which was built in the year 1878 using intricate designer architectural form and the massive ground in front of the palace is used for holding public events.
Before heading back to your hotel you will be made to visit the famous and holy ISKCON temple.
Day 02: Bangalore – Shravanabelagola – Hassan – Belur – Halebidu – Hassan
Early in the morning, your 3-hour journey towards Shravanabelagola will commence which is an extremely important Jain pilgrimage center and showcases the peak of architectural brilliance. Here you will be made to visit the famous Gommateshwara Bahubali which is the main attraction. It is also the place of death for Chandragupta Maurya after he became a monk and took up an ascetic way of life.
After paying your respects here you will be driven to Hassan, which is at a distance of just an hour from here and had served as the seat for Hoysala Empire. The entire district is dotted with numerous ancient important temples. After getting checked in to your hotel you will be driven to Belur, which is also at a mere distance of an hour from Hassan.
In Belur you will be made to visit the Chennakeshava Temple complex which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and highly revered among the South Indian population.
From Belur you will proceed towards Halebidu, which is located at a distance of half an hour and had served as the capital for the Hoysala Empire during the 12th century. Here you will be made to visit Kedareshwara and Hoysaleswara Temple. After this holy temple tour, you will be made to drive back to Hassan where you will be spending your night, since there are no hotels or accommodation places available in Belur or Halebidu.
Day 03: Hassan – Srirangapatna – Mysore
Your morning will commence after breakfast where you will be made to proceed towards the sacred 400-year-old, Sri Nimishamba (an incarnation of goddess Parvati) temple and is at a distance of 2km from Srirangapatna by the banks of River Cauvery.
Temple Timings: 6 am to 8:30 pm
Entry Fees: free entry for all
Your next location will be the famous UNESCO world heritage site of Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and houses a large towering Rajagopuram which rises up to a height of 237 feet. The holy temple is located on the confluence point of River Cauvery and Kollidam on an island.
Temple Timings: 9 am to 12 pm; 1:15 pm to 6 pm; 6:45 pm to 9 pm
*during festival seasons the darshan timings are prone to change.
You will then be taken to witness some of the major attractions in Mysore starting with a visit to the Chamundeshwari Temple, which is located atop Chamundi hills and at a distance of 13 km from Mysore. In order to reach the temple you will be required to climb 1,008 stairs and halfway across you will encounter the statue of Nandi the bull which is the vehicle of Lord Shiva. This site is not only a prime pilgrimage destination but it also rewards the visitors with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Mysore city lying below.
Temple Timings: 7:30 am to 2 pm; 3:30 pm to 6 pm.
Entry Fees: free for all
Your next stop at Mysore will be the 14th-century magnificent palace of Mysore. This palace is the 2nd most visited tourist attraction in India. The entire palace is adorned with beautiful and intricate artworks, majestic domes and gateways and designer carvings and engravings making it a must visit site.
Palace Timings: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Finally, you will be headed back to your hotel.
Day 04: Mysore – Coorg (Scotland of India)
Early in the morning, post breakfast, you will be made to proceed towards the magical city of Coorg which is at a distance of 2 hours and 45 mines.
En route you will be made to visit Talakaveri, which is considered to be the birth place of River Cauvery. One can take holy dip in the water within the temple premises which was constructed to mark the sacred place.
Temple Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
You will then finally proceed towards one of the most pleasant hill stations in India, Coorg. Here, before checking in, you will be made to visit the famous Abbey falls, where the cascading water plunges down from a massive height of 70 feet. There are 200 steps that lead downwards towards the base of the falls from its main entrance.
Falls Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
Your next holy stop will be at one of the most prominent Hindu temple for Lord Shiva, Omkareshwara temple. This ancient temple is situated in the town of Madikeri amongst a fish-filled pond.
Temple Timings: 6:30 am to 12:30 pm; 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm; 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm
You will then be headed back to your allotted hotel in Coorg.
Day 05: Coorg – Kukke (73 km) – Dharmasthala (60 km) – Kalasa (90 km) – Hornadu (6 km)
Early in the morning, you will be driven to Kukke Subramanya Temple, which is dedicated to the lord of serpents, Subramanya. It is situated on the lush green slopes of Western Ghats amongst the dense green forest and by the bank of River Kumaradhara.
Temple Timings: 5 am to 9:30 pm
After Darshan, you will be taken to Dharmasthala, where you will be made to visit the sacred, massive 57 feet Gommateshwara statue (one of the tallest standing statues in the world), which is a monolithic structure and is dedicated to Jain god Bahubali.
Timings: Open at all hours for visitation.
Entry Fees: free entry for all
Your next and final pious location for the day will be at Kalasa, Kalaseshwara Temple, which is a small Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and offers a magnificent view of the surrounding hills due to its location atop a hill.
Temple Timings: 7:30 am to 1 pm; 3:30 pm to 8:30 pm
You will finally head towards Hornadu where you will be checked in to your hotel.
Day 06: Hornadu – Sringeri (42 km) – Kateel (92 km) – Mangalore (18 km)
You will be taken for an early morning darshan at Annapoorneshwari Temple, which is located on the bank of River Bhadra among the lush greenery of Western Ghats and is dedicated to goddess Parvati.
Temple Timings: 6:30 am to 9 am; 11 am to 2 pm; 7 pm to 9:30 pm
After the holy Darshan, you will be driven to Sringeri which is an ideal spot for every nature lover or photography enthusiast. Here you will savour the refreshing surrounding nature at Agumbe Ghat. After spending some quality time here, you will finally be headed to Mangalore.
En route you will be made to stop at Kateel for darshan at the famous Kateel Durga Mandir popularly known as Shri Durgaparameshwari Temple which is located by the River Nandini.
Upon arrival at Mangalore you will be straightaway headed to your allotted hotel in Mangalore after which you will enjoy the pleasant and relaxing sunset by the beach.
If time permits you will be taken to Mangala Devi Temple, a 9th century temple which is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Shakti.
Temple Timings: 6 am to 1 pm; 4 pm to 8:30 pm
Day 07: Mangalore – Udupi – Kollur – Murdeshwar
Early in the morning, before breakfast, you will be made to proceed towards Kudupu Sri Anantha Padmanabha Temple, which is located at a distance of 10 km from the main city of Mangalore and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
It is vital for you to make reservations for the darshan before heading to the temple.
Temple Timings: 6 am to 12:30 pm; 5 pm to 8:30 pm
After the puja rituals you will be made to head back to your hotel where you will have your breakfast before proceeding towards Udupi.
At Udupi you will be made to visit Sri Krishna Matha mandir, which is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Dvaita Matha. You will then be made to visit Anantheshwara Temple which is known for being over 1,000 years old and is located really close to Krishna Matha Temple.
Temple Timings: 6 am to 8 pm (it does not close for afternoon)
Make sure you wear appropriate clothing while visiting the temple since it is extremely important.
You will finally be made to head towards Murdeshwar, en route you will be made to visit Anegudde (30 km), which is home to one of the most famous Lord Ganesha temple, Sri Vinayaka Devasthana and one of the seven ‘Mukti Sthalas’ in Karnataka.
You will then proceed towards Mookambika (before reaching Murdeshwar) in Kollur, and the temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi or also known as Mookambika Devi. Dating back to 800 AD this temple is amidst a pleasant and green location.
Finally, after reaching Murdeshwar you will be made to check in to your hotel before heading out for a holy visit at one of the main attractions here which is the world’s second-tallest Lord Shiva statue (123 feet).
You will then be headed towards Murudeshwara Temple which sits atop Kanduka hill and surrounded by Arabian Sea on three sides, it is also adorned with intricate carvings all over.
Temple Timings: 3 am to 1 pm; 3 pm to 8 pm
In the evening you will be taken for spending some peaceful and relaxing time by the Murdeshwar beach, before heading back to your hotel.
Day 08: Murdeshwar – Idagunji – Gokarna – Goa (240 km)
Your morning journey towards Goa will commence while stopping en route at Idagunji and Gokarna.
At Idagunji you will be made to visit the famous Ganpati temple, and it sees numerous visitors on an everyday basis. It is also located by the holy banks of River Sharavathi and was built in 4th-5th century CE.
Temple Timings: 6 am to 1 pm; 3 pm and 8:30 pm
You will then proceed towards Gokarna, an important pilgrimage centers in Karnataka where you will be made to visit Mahabaleshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple here is known for housing one of the original lingams in India making it a prime pilgrimage destination for Hindu devotees.
After darshan, you will be driven towards India’s party destination, Goa.
Upon arriving here you will be checked in to your hotel after which you will be free to watch the glorious setting sun while relaxing by the beach.
Day 09: South Goa Sightseeing
After breakfast in the morning, you will be taken for a sightseeing tour of South Goa which will start off with a visit to some of the most pristine beaches like, Miramar beach, Colva beach and Dona Paula beach. You will then be taken to one of the most regal and pious old churches at old Goa, Bom Jesus Basilica.
Old Goa is also home to Mangeshi temple (built in 1560), and is one of the largest and most frequently visited temples in Goa.
Finally, you will be made to go on a cruise on River Mandovi, which comprises of Goan dance, singing and music performances accompanied by delicious traditional Goan cuisines and is one of the prime things to do in Goa.
Day 10: Goa – Hampi (330 km)
After breakfast, early in the morning, you will be made to proceed towards the UNESCO world heritage site of Hampi which is a group of monuments. Spread over an area of 4,100 hectares, the Hampi ruins are set by the banks of Tungabhadra River and the ruins here date back to 14the century.
Your journey will finally conclude here after being transferred to Hosapete Junction Railway Station.
Nonalcoholic welcome drink.
Double sharing accommodation.
Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Taxes (fuel, driver allowance, state tax, parking etc.)
Personal expenses (tips, special orders, beverages, laundry, porters etc.)
Fees like camera and telephone.
Insurance of any kind.
Expenses owing to natural calamities.
Government service tax.
Additional sightseeing or extra usage of the vehicle.
Entry fees to anywhere.