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Karnataka Highlights

RR - 08 Karnatka Highlights

gujratDay 01 - Arrive Bangalore by International flight
Assistance and transfer to hotel

Day 02 - Bangalore-Mysore drive
Morning city sightseeing tour
Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka is one of the most important metropolis of India. It is a vital centre of science, aeronautics and electronics. Situated 1000 m above sea level, this garden city has pleasant weather round the year. The Lalbagh, one of the finest botanical Gardens of India, Cubbon Park laid in 1864 sprawling across 300 acres, Vidhana Soudha built in 1956 housing The State Legislature and Secretariat are the main attractions.
Afternoon drive to Mysore, en-route visit Srirangapatnam
Srirangapatnam - 16 km from Mysore on the north, the capital of great warrior Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore who was killed while fighting with British in 1799. His remains lie in a magnificent mausoleum, the Gumbaz. Nearby is the Tipu's summer Palace, the Dariya Daulat.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Day 03 - Mysore
Morning city sightseeing tour
Mysore, 770 m above sea level, this imperial city was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars. The legend takes its name from a famous demon called Mahishasur, a great warrior who ruled as a tyrant until he was killed by the goddess Chamundeshwari. Mysore as we see today is most famous for the imposing Royal Palace with a magnificent Durbar Hall, particularly splendid during the Dussehra Festival when the Maharaja's jewellery, studded gold throne (weighing 200 kgs) is on display. Chamundeshwari temple perched on a hilltop is 2000 years old, Nandi Bull half way to the hill is a 4.8 metre monolith.
Afternoon visit Somnathpur Temple
Somnathpur, Built in 1268 AD, the temple is known for its Hoysala architecture and is seated on a star shaped base, set on a chiselled plinth and guarded at internals by miniature elephants. The temple wall depicts scenes from Ramayana, Mahabharta and Bhagvata, the three holy religious books of Hindus.

gujratDay 04 - Mysore-Hassan, 150 km
Morning leave for Hassan and check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon visit Belur and Halebid temples.
Belur, 38 km from Hassan is located on the banks of the river Yagachi. Once the Capital of the Hoysala empire, it is known for The Chennakeshava Temple, one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. It took 103 years to complete and the reason is evident. The fašade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and friezes with no portion left blank. Elephants, episodes from the epics, sensuous, dancers they are all there - awe inspiring in their intricate workmanship.
Halebid, 27 km from Hassan and 17 km from Belur, bear mute testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnatka. The temple dating back to the 12th century is astounding for its wealth of sculptural details. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. Yet no two faces of the temple are the same. The magnificent temple - guarded by a Nandi Bull was never completed despite 86 years of labour.

Day 05 -- Hassan - Bangalore - Mumbai
Drive to Bangalore visiting enroute Sravanbelgola.
Sravanbelgola - the huge 17.7 metre high monolith statue of Lord Bahubali (Gommateshwara) , it stands of the summit of the 143 metre granite Vindhyagiri Hill. This site was established in the 9th century and remains one of the most important Jain Pilgrimage sites in southern India. It is world's tallest monolithic statue
On arrival, transfer to airport for onward flight.


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