Bangalore, Hassan, Belur, Halebid, Hampi, Badami, Goa 4 Nights 5 Days tour package
An amazing combination of historic sites of Karnataka. Belur & Halebid gives you the best pieces of Hoysala Architecture. Hampi is known as the biggest open Musuem.
Things to do:
- Guided tours through the historic Monuments of Belur, Halebid, Hampi, Badami
- Explore Hoysala Architecture of Belur and Halebid
Day 01 – Bangalore-Hassan
You will be picked up from Bangalore to drive to Hassan (195 Kms / 04 Hrs). On arrival, check in at the Hotel. Afternoon visit Belur and Helebid temples famous for its Hoysala Architecture using the soft stone with amazing hand craft.Overnight at the Hotel.
The temples at Belur and Halebid, which remained incomplete despite 80 years of labor, are offerings of the finest workmanship in stone to the gods. The elaborate sculptured decoration on the temple, according to some critics, is even better than the Friezes at Konark in Orissa and Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. The Temple at Halebid is still used for worship today. Belur was the capital of the Hoysalas during the 11th and 12th centuries, before the capital was moved to Halebid. The thing not to be missed here is the impressive Chennakeshava Temple, which has some of the most intricate and beautiful carvings in India. Beside this temple, there are two other temples to see, the Viranarayana Temple and the Chenniga Raya TempleThe Channakeshava temple at Belur, which was (the earlier Capital of Hoysala Kingdom) built by the emperor Vishnuvardhana, during 1117 AD to commemorate his conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism, has attracted connoisseurs of art the World over, through its intricate sculpting wonders. The 42 bracket sculptures that decorate the outside walls of Chennakeshava, under the eaves, are fine examples of Hoysala art. Hoysaleshvara is a 12th century Hoysala temple in Halebid, the old Hoysala capital. The temple is laid out on a double plan, almost as if two temples were joined side to side. Both shrines open to the east, and rest on the usual Hoysala star-shaped bases.There are no gopurams or towers.Sequences from Ramayana, Mahabharatha & Bhagavatha are depicted on the outer walls of these temples.
The efficiency and experience of the sculpture, who had carved these stories in stone is bewitching. Outside there is a Nandi (Bull) the mount of Lord Shiva bullock where the palace stood, connected to the temple by a passage. The walls of the temples are covered with variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. There is a museum on the lawn with 12-13th century sculpture and the gold coins in use at the time.The Kedreshwara temple where the sculptor's virtuosity seems to have surpassed even the goldsmith's skill in its sheer intricacy.
Day 02–Hassan-Hospet (7 Hours Drive)
After an early breakfast,drive to Hospet.Enroute visit Chitradurga Fort.Arrive late evening in Hospet,check in your hotel.Overnight at Hotel.
Chitradurga Fort straddles several hills and a peak overlooking a flat valley in the Chitradurga District, Karnataka, India. The fort's name Chitrakaldurga, which means 'picturesque fort' in Kannada, is the namesake of the town Chitradurga and its administrative district.The Fort was built in stages between the 10th and 18th centuries by the dynastic rulers of the region, including the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyasand Hoysalas as well as the Nayakas of Chitradurga, feudal lords in the Vijayanagar Empire. The Nayakas of Chitradurga, or Palegar Nayakas, were most responsible for the expansion of the fort between the 15th and 18th centuries. They were defeated by Hyder Ali at Chitradurga in 1779. Later the fort was expanded and strengthened by Hyder Ali and his son Tippu Sultan, who succeeded Madakari Nayaka V, the last ruler of the Nayaka clan. The fort is built in a series of seven concentric fortification walls with various passages, a citadel, masjid, warehouses for grains and oil, water reservoirs and ancient temples. There are 18 temples in the upper fort and one huge temple in the lower fort. Among these temples the oldest and most interesting is the Hidimbeshwara temple. The masjid was an addition during Hyder Ali’s rule.The fort's many interconnecting tanks were used to harvest rain water, and the fort was said to never suffer from a water shortage.
After an early breakfast,drive to Hampi for a full day sightseeing of Hampi,otherwise renowned as the largest open museum.The entire city is an open museum which is praised as one of the most important Heritage Sites of India.Back to Hospet for overnight stay.
Hampi, also known as ‘ THE FORT OF VICTORY – VIJAYANAGARA’, situated on the banks of the river Tungabhadra in the region of Bellary, is a vast site of monuments and ruins, a mute witness to an ear of glories, triumphs and tragedies. The ruins of Hampi, are so majestic and imposing that they leave the visitor totally dumbfounded, awestruck and humbled. Visit the Virupaksha Temple, rises majestically at the western end of a 670m long street that was once the famous Hampi bazaar. This is the only temple at Hampi that is still used for worship. The most splendid monument of Hampi is undoubtedly The Vitthala Temple Complex. The 56 pillars in the main hall produce musical notes when struck. To the east of the hall is the famous Stone Chariot with stone wheels that actually revolve! Hampi is full of such surprises.
After an early breakfast,drive to Badami (about 180kms/04hrs), check into the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Aihole & Pattadackal, famous as the ‘Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture’.Overnight at Hotel in Badami.
Aihole has over 100 temples scattered around the village. Wherever one looks, it’s temples that meet the eyes. Intricately carved, rich in detail, quiet and peaceful. Mute witnesses of a bygone era. Visit the oldest temple here is, perhaps, the Lad Khan temple dating back to the 5th century. Drive back to visit Badami, picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. It has four rock-cut cave temples, the largest being the third cave dedicated to Vishnu. Overlooking the temples is a reservoir, its banks dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The Bhutanatha Temples and the Museum set up the Archeological Survey of India, are the other attractions.
After an early breakfast,drive to Goa.On arrival check into the hotel after a long journey. You will be dropped at your hotel in Goa for your continued stay.Please contact us for customizing this tour for you.