Karnataka is a place of million stories that are told through its forts, palaces, and ancient towns. Any acquaintance with the state can be started with a sightseeing tour to understand its history, culture and ethos through its monuments. On the heritage cultural tour to Karnataka, tourists will reveal a lot more about the art, architecture and craftsmanship of the Hoysalas, Cholas, Chalukyas, etc. From ancient ruins and temples that are speckled in small towns to vibrant fort hugging the sea, a trip to Karnataka reveals one the beauty of age’s old medieval town.
On a heritage trip to Karnataka, don’t forget to visit some of the prominent ancient towns like Hampi, Badami, and Anegundi, these are some of the places where one can trace different dynasties. It seems time has stood still in these rustic towns of Karnataka. Rich in history and architecture, Karnataka is home to a host of heritage sites. Visit Karnataka and discover the hidden gateways to timeless art and architecture
On arrival in Solapur immediate departure for Bijapur (99 kms). On arrival check into the hotel. After breakfast rest of the day to explore Bijapur. Overnight stay Bijapur.
Bijapur – it was the capital of the Adil Shah Kings who left a wealth of monuments. After lunch visit the Gol Gumbaz whose dome is the second largest in the world. An acoustical phenomenon has resulted in a whisper into the dome on one side being magnified 12 times on the other side of the dome. Other buildings to see are Ibrahim Rauza, Gagan Mahal, Bara Kaman etc.
After breakfast we visit some of the important monument for study purpose. After lunch check out & proceed for Badami (132 kms). Dinner & overnight stay at Badami.
After breakfast we explore Badami –
Badami- also known as Vatapi, rich with Hindu and Jain temples carved out of sand stone hills. The carved temples date back to the 6th century AD. Of these 3 are Hindu and 1 is Jain. Sculptured out of solid rock those are adorned with carvings. The Fort atop a hill encloses large granaries, treasury & a watch tower. The famed Malegitti Shivalaya temple set on the summit of a hill is built of stones joined without mortar. Dinner & overnight stay at Badami.
Whole day excursion tour to Pattadakal & Aihole – Sentinels of Hindu temple architecture. For the first half day, excursion to Pattadakal (29 kms) – referred to as Perigal, 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. For the second half we visit Aihole (22 kms) – A small serene village where Hindu temple architecture in its embryonic stage from the earliest Ladkhan Temple to the later and more complex structures like Kunligudi and Durgigudi is displayed. The Durgigudi is particularly interesting and probably unique in India. There are over 70 structures, most in a good state of preservation in and around this village. Evening return back to Hotel Badami (44 kms) for overnight stay at Badami.
After an early breakfast check out and proceed for Chitradurga (151 Km) on arrival check into the Hotel Overnight stay at Chitradurga.
Whole day to explore Ankali Math The ancient monastery of Ankali Math is also called Paradeshappana Guhe, Chandravalli is an ancient archeological site and coins, inscriptions, ruins, Kallina Kote The imposing fort in Chitradurga is known as the Kallina Kote or the Palace of Stone. Overnight stay at Chitradurga.
After an early breakfast departure for Chikmagalur (175 kms).On arrival check into the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at Chikmagalur.
Angadi Historians have identified Angadi as Sasakapura or Sosevur, the original home of Hoyasalas who held sway in vast swathes of South India. The shrine here has pillars of granite with cylindrical shafts and hemi spherical mouldings. Belavadi the pilgrimage of Belavadi is dotted with a number of ancient temples and shrines. Coffee Plantations, Sringeri & Hornadu Temple. Overnight stay in Chikmagalur
Kemangudi, Bababudangiri & Water falls. Overnight stay in Chikmagalur
After an early breakfast departure for Hasan en route we visit Belur & Halebid. Evening check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Chikmagalur.Overnight stay in Hasan.
Whole day explorer visit to Shravanabelabola evening back to Hotel Overnight stay at Hassan.
After an early breakfast check out & proceed for Mangalore (167 Kms) airport / railways station to leave for your home town.