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Kerala & Karnataka Tour

Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
Places Covered: Cochin - Alleppey - Bangalore - Mysore - Nagarhole - Hassan - Hospet - Badami - Dandeli - Goa - Mumbai

Day 01: Arrive Cochin
Begin your tour
Arrive into Cochin
Welcome to your "Kerala & Karnataka Tour"
On arrival in Cochin, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Cochin - the palmgreen commercial town of Kerala has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 02: Cochin
Morning proceed for the half day city sightseeing tour of cochin visiting the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets, St Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Church.
Evening entertainment with Kathakali dance performance.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 03: Cochin - Alleppey - Houseboat
To experience the best of Kerala, go aboard an exciting houseboat cruise along the Kerala backwaters. Morning drive to Alleppey and check in to the houseboat on arrival. The overnight cruise takes you from Alleppey backwaters allowing you to enjoy serene surroundings en route. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served on board.
Overnight: Houseboat

Day 04: Alleppey -Bangalore
The houseboat comes to a halt at Alleppey today morning. Disembark the houseboat after breakfast and then transfer to Cochin airport to board flight for Bangalore-India's silicon valley.. Arrive Bangalore airport and you will be transferred to your hotel by our representative. Day free to relax.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 05: Bangalore
For the first half of the day proceed for the sightseeing tour of the "Garden City" which covers the Lal Bagh having variety of old Trees, Fountains, Lotus, Pools, Terraces and an assortment of Tropical Herbs and Sub - Tropical Herbs. Also see the Government Buildings and the Maharaja's Palace. Utilize rest of the day in shopping or personal activities.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 06: Bangalore-Mysore
On the day 6 of your tour drive to Mysore. En-route visit Srirangapatna.
Srirangapatnam: This fort was the stronghold of Tipu Sultan, son of Hyder Ali. Tipu fought a valiant battle against the British in 1799 before laying down his life. Among the many fort buildings till intact are Tipu 's airy summer palace and his tomb at the Darya Daulat Bagh (Garden). Also visit Sri Ranganath Temple.
Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 07: Mysore
Morning proceed for the sightseeing tour.
Visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. The palace is a harmonious synthesis of the Hindu and saracenic styles of architecture with magnificent Archways, Domes, Turrets, Colonnades and Sculptures.
Also visit the Art Gallery, drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple & panoramic view of Mysore. On your way back see the Nandi Bull -a monolith structure.
Afternoon visit Somnathpur Temple.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 08: Mysore-Nagarhole
Full day free to explore Nagarhole National Park.
Nagarhole National Park: It is a part of the sprawling Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in South India. Established in 1955 as a sanctuary and designated as a National park in 1975, the park was later renamed as Rajiv Gandhi National Park after the late Prime Minister of India.
Afternoon enjoy jungle safari.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 09: Nagarhole
Full day free to explore Nagarhole National Park.
Jungle activities to include safari, nature walk, boating Camp fire dinner, film show.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10: Nagarhole-Hassan
This morning after breakfast drive to Hassan. Upon arrival , check into your hotel. Relax for a while and then visit Belur and Halebid Temples.
The erstwhile capital of the Hoysalas, Belur's claim to fame is its magnificent temple complex. The Hoysalas were prolific temple builders and their reign led to a profusion of beautiful temples in and around Belur. Along with Halebid, the temples of Belur represent the architectural dexterity of the Hoysala craftsmen.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 11: Hassan-Hospet
Drive to Hospet. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 12: Hospet
Full day visit of Hampi, the ruins of Vijayanagar Empire. Tourist attractions in Hampi including sacred temples, magnificent palaces and other royal structures.

Lotus Mahal
A synthesis of the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. High on aesthetics, this elegant structure has two levels, with open pavilions at the bottom and balconies above. Lotus Mahal derives its name from its beautiful, geometrically arranged cusped arches that resemble the petals of a flower opening to the sun.

Vithala Temple
Located on the southern banks of the Tungabhadra River, the Vithala temple is another imposing structure amidst the ruins. The large Ranga Mantapa of the temple has 56 musical pillars that resound with musical notes when struck. In the temple courtyard stands a magnificent stone chariot, so perfectly proportioned that the stone wheels actually rotate.

Virupaksha Temple
The majestic Virupaksha temple stands proudly amidst the ruins of Hampi. While the city of Hampi was pillaged by marauding invaders, the Virupaksha temple stood erect and worship continued throughout the ages. The deity of Virupaksheshwara or Pampapathi, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, is worshipped here.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 13: Hospet-Badami
This morning after breakfast drive to Badami. Reach and check into your hotel. In the afternoon visit ancient Badami Caves temples and

the Badami Fort.
Badami Caves temples: Perched a top a flight of 200 steps, the temple complex consists of four ancient rock-cut caves replete with carved pillars and bracket figures. Of the four temples, three are Brahmanical temples while the fourth one is a Jain cave. The third cave temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, stands out among the lot for its sheer size and sculptural elegance.

Badami Fort: An uneven, steep and winding flight of steps between caves 2 and 3 lead to the imposing Badami fort. Within the ramparts of the fort, nestle a large granary, an underground chamber which must have served as a treasury or private audience hall and many other architectural marvels. The fort, whose chief attraction is the Tipu's cannon, also houses a carved temple raised on top of the northern end of the hill.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 14: Badami
Day trip to visit Patadkal & Aiohle Temples.
Patadkal TemplesU, NESCO World Heritage Site:The second capital of the Chalukya dynasty after Aihole, Pattadakal's magnificent 8th-century temples epitomize the zenith of Chalukyan architecture. The sacred temple complex of Pattadakal consists of 10 major temples, each resplendent with beautifully textured carvings and pillars. The impressive temple structures of Pattadakal are a confluence of the North Indian and South Indian temple architecture styles.
Aiohle Temples:
In the evening return back to the hotel for an overnight rest.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 15: Badami-Dandeli
On the day 15 of your tour drive to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, which is claimed to be the largest wildlife sanctuary of Karnataka. It is home to the exotic as well as the rarely found species of plants and animals. The serpentine tributaries of River Kali fork through the lush forests and breathtaking valleys of the sanctuary. Syntheri rocks, an awesome monolithic granite structure, is located 35 kms. from the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. Dandeli is a heaven for nature enthusiasts with an abundance of trekking trails and fishing spots.
Check into your pre-booked hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 12: Dandeli
Full day free to explore Dandeli wildlife sanctuary.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 13: Dandeli-Goa
This morning after a lesiurely breakfast drive to Goa, a marvelous place and its beaches provide such a mesmerizing view that it is surely going to leave the tourists awestruck. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 16: Goa
Start your half-day sightseeing tour from the slopes of Altinho Hill for a breathtaking view of Panjim and river Mandovi. Then to Dona-Paula for a view of India's largest natural harbour-Mormugao. Afterwards we visit old Goa and see the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the tomb, & mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier housed in a silver ornate casket, Se. Cathedral- the biggest Church in the East, St. Cajetan- built like St. Peter (Rome), Church of Our Lady Rosary and St. Monica.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 17: Goa-Mumbai-Dep
Morning after breakfast transfer to Goa airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai Airport transfer to Mumbai international airport to board flight for onward journeys with sweet and pleasant memories of your "Kerala & Karnataka Tour" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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