Begin Your tour
Arrive into Bangalore
Welcome to your "Religious Tour of South India"!
On arrival in Bangalore, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Bangalore - Beautiful city filled with the tranquility of its Greenery and now part of great Silicone valley. Relax for the remaining part of the day. Overnight: Hotel
Morning after breakfast, proceed for sight-seeing of Bangalore. Visit Cubbon park, Lalbagh, Tipuâ's fort, Government museum, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bull temple, Viswesvaraya Industrial and Technological museum, Ganesh temple, Gandhi Bhavan, Ulsoor Tank, Gavipuram Cave Temple, St. Mary's Basilica Church, Auqarium, and a number of other places around the city. This beautiful city lends its name to the district of Bangalore to which the city is perceivably the capital of the state. Bangalore is also called as Garden city due to its well laid parks and gardens. Overnight: Hotel
This morning drive to Mysore (Called Garden city) stands by a rocky hill named after the goddess Chamundi. It is the city of Palaces and museums. On route to Mysore, visit island fortress of Srirangapatnam, the capital of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, Tipu's Palace, Gumbaz, Tipu's Summer Palace.
On reaching Mysore, transfer to a hotel and visit illuminated Vrindavan gardens and Krishnarajasagar dam in the evening. Overnight: Hotel
After breakfast proceed on a city tour of Mysore.
Visit Maharaja Palace built as recently as 1897, which is one of the biggest in India;St Philomena's Church etc.; Sri Jauyachamarajendra Art Gallery housed in the Jagmohan Palace, which has a collection of exquisite paintings, Folklore museum. Overnight: Hotel
Early morning drive to the beautiful town of Chikmagalur. Nestled in the Baba Budan hills, Chikmagalur is a calm, serene town full of scenic surprises, hills, valleys, streams and snow-white coffee blossoms. On arrival, check-in at your pre-booked hotel for an overnight stay. Overnight: Hotel
Morning visit Belavadi and Coffee plantation in Chikmagalur. Belavadi : The pilgrimage of Belavadi is dotted with a number of ancient temples and shrines. The Veeranarayana temple is a supreme example of Hoysala temple architecture. Coffee Plantations : Sprawling coffee plantations dot the landscape of this hill station. As a major coffee producing hub of the country, it hosts a number of coffee curing centers where the raw coffee is dried, shelled, winnowed, graded and packed. When coffee bushes blossom in April, the whole area is filled with the exquisite fragrance of the brilliant white flowers. The Central Coffee Research Institute is located in the district.
Later drive to Hospet. On arrival, check-in at the hotel for an overnight stay. Overnight: Hotel
Half day tour 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.
Later in the afternoon drive to Badami (103 km). Reach and check into your hotel. In the afternoon visit Aihole and Pattadakal. Patadkal Temples, UNESCO 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. Overnight: Hotel
Day trip to visit Badami Caves and 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
On the day 9 of your tour drive to Goa (198 km), 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. Afternoon at leisure for your own activities. Overnight: Hotel
Morning after breakfast transfer to Goa air port 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 "Religious Tour of South India" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.