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Heritage Circuit: Hampi, Bijapur & Badami Extension

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Duration

4 Nights / 5 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Explore the rich cultural tapestry of Karnataka on the “Heritage Circuit: Hampi, Bijapur & Badami Extension” tour. Begin amidst the surreal boulders of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where ancient temples like Virupaksha and Vittala unfold tales of myth and architectural prowess. Journey to Bijapur, famed for its Islamic heritage showcased in the Gol Gumbaz and Ibrahim Rauza’s elegant mausoleums. Continue to Badami, nestled amid sandstone cliffs, where cave temples and Aihole’s cradle of early Indian architecture reveal the region’s historical depth. From Hampi’s Vijayanagara marvels to Bijapur’s grand mosques and Badami’s ancient rock-cut sanctuaries, this journey promises an immersive exploration of Karnataka’s enduring heritage.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by percent)

Bulk diccount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 44.6%
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 45.1%
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 49.3%
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 51.0%
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 55.1%
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 55.5%
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 59.7%

Itinerary

Day 1: Goa - Gadag - Lakkundi - Hampi (340kms)
Depart from your hotel in Goa and embark on a picturesque drive to Hampi, with enriching stops along the way.
Explore Gadag's architectural marvels, starting with the Trikuteshwara Temple, renowned for its intricate sculptures depicting Hindu deities amidst beautifully carved pillars. Nearby, the Saraswati Temple showcases stunning Chalukyan architecture with elaborate carvings that narrate ancient legends.
Proceed to Lakkundi, where the Kasivisvesvara Temple stands as a testament to exquisite craftsmanship, adorned with detailed carvings and sculptures. Nearby, the Manikesvara Temple offers a glimpse into ancient artistic expressions, with its serene surroundings enhancing the spiritual ambiance.
Continue your journey to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site nestled amidst surreal granite boulders. Check-in at your hotel and immerse yourself in the historical ambiance of this ancient city.
Day 2: Hampi
Begin your exploration at the Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, where the towering gopuram and intricate carvings on the walls depict scenes from Hindu mythology. Experience the spiritual aura as priests perform rituals amidst chants and prayers.
Visit the Vittala Temple complex, an architectural marvel famous for its exquisite stone chariot and the renowned musical pillars that resonate with melodious notes when tapped gently. Marvel at the craftsmanship of the sculptures and the detailed carvings adorning the pillars and walls.
Stroll through the Hampi Bazaar, once a bustling marketplace during the Vijayanagara Empire, now a cultural hub offering local crafts and artifacts that reflect the region's rich heritage.
Explore the Royal Enclosure, featuring the Mahanavami Dibba (platform) where grand ceremonies were held during the empire's heyday. Admire the Lotus Mahal, an elegant blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, known for its delicate arches and intricately carved balconies.
Visit the Hazara Rama Temple, adorned with exquisite bas-reliefs depicting scenes from the Ramayana, offering a glimpse into ancient storytelling through art. Nearby, the Elephant Stables stand as a testament to the grandeur of Vijayanagara's royal elephants, showcasing ornate architectural details.
In the evening, enjoy a breathtaking sunset view from Matanga Hill, the highest point in Hampi offering panoramic vistas of the landscape dotted with ancient ruins. Witness the golden hues of the setting sun casting a magical glow over the Virupaksha Temple and the Hampi Bazaar, creating a memorable conclusion to your day in Hampi.
Day 3: Hampi - Bijapur (220kms)
Depart from Hampi and journey to Bijapur (Vijayapura), renowned for its grand Islamic architecture and historical significance.
Explore the Gol Gumbaz, an architectural marvel dominated by the world's second-largest dome, known for its impressive acoustics that create echoes when one whispers against the walls. Climb to the top for breathtaking views of Bijapur and the surrounding countryside.
Visit Ibrahim Rauza, a striking mausoleum complex celebrated for its symmetrical layout, elegant minarets, and intricate floral motifs that adorn the facade. Experience the serenity of the landscaped gardens surrounding the mausoleum, reflecting the Persian influence in its design.
Discover the Jama Masjid, an architectural masterpiece featuring a vast prayer hall adorned with towering arches, intricate carvings, and mihrabs (prayer niches) that showcase the region's Islamic heritage in all its grandeur.
Day 4: Bijapur - Badami (120kms)
Journey to Badami, situated amidst rugged sandstone cliffs overlooking the serene Agastya Lake, renowned for its ancient cave temples that stand as testaments to early Hindu and Jain rock-cut architecture.
Explore Aihole, known as the "Cradle of Indian Architecture," where ancient Hindu temples like the Durga Temple and Lad Khan Temple showcase diverse architectural styles and intricate sculptures that narrate tales from Hindu mythology.
Visit Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its Chalukyan temples dedicated to various Hindu deities, reflecting the evolution of temple architecture in Karnataka.
Explore the Badami Cave Temples, carved out of the sandstone cliffs, adorned with exquisite sculptures and frescoes depicting gods, goddesses, and mythological tales, offering insights into the artistic brilliance of the Chalukyan dynasty.
Visit the Bhutanatha Temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva and situated along the tranquil banks of Agastya Lake, offering a serene ambiance perfect for contemplation and photography amidst ancient splendor.
Day 5: Badami - Goa (250kms)
Depart from Badami and journey back to Goa, reflecting on the historical marvels and cultural heritage experienced during your tour through Karnataka's ancient cities.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 4 Night's accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plane.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

Tour's Location

FAQs

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?
4 Star below mentioned hotels or similar
Hampi - Heritage Resort / Royal Orchid Central Keerti
Bijapur - The Fern Residency/ Sun Hotel
Badami - Krishna Heritage
Can travelers upgrade the accommodation to 5-star hotels?
Yes, travelers can upgrade the accommodation to 5-star hotels by paying the supplement. Please send inquiry for same from the booking page to get the price quote.

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