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South Indian Holidays – SIH-02 Honeymoon Package


DAY 01 : BANGALORE CITY SIGHTS and CITY TOUR


Bangalore On arrival at Bangalore Airport meet and transfer to HOTEL for 01 night. Bangalore often referred, as the ‘Garden City' is known for its numerous parks and avenues. Morning free to relax. After noon proceed for half day sight-seeing tour of Bangalore visiting Tipu Sultan's Palace, Bull Temple, Lalbagh gardens, Cubbon Park & Museum and Vidhana Soudha building – which houses both the State Legislature and Secretariat. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 02 : BANGALORE CITY to HASSAN via SHRAVANABELAGOLA


ShravanabelagolaAfter breakfast, drive to Hassan via Shravanabelagola. Shravanabelagola is wedged between two star rocky hills, this legendary pilgrim center and shrine of the Jains. The monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara, a Jain saint and an object of worship for centuries, standing a top one of the hills Indragiri is 18 meter high and is said to be the tallest monolithic statue in the world.

After the sight-seeing proceed to Hassan. Hassan is the Headquarters of the Malanad District. The original town was adjacent to the Village Channapatna. It was founded in the 11th century, by Channa Krishnappa Naik. The place is called Hassan after the Goddess "Hasanamba", the smiling Goddess, presiding deity of the town. The temple of Hasanamba will be opened only once in a year about a week, during the second Ashwayuja October. A big Jatrashandi or fair will be held on this occasion. On arrival check-in at RESORT for 2 nights. Evening free to relax. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 03 : HASSAN to BELUR and HALEBIDU HISTORICAL TOWNS


BelurAfter breakfast, proceed for Belur and Halebidu for sight-seeing. Belur is famous for its exquisite temples at it is known as Dakshina Varanasi or South Banaras for its temples. The serenity of Belur is attributed to the celebrated temple of Channakeshava, built by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 A. D. to commemorate his conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism.


HalebiduHalebiduHalebidu is the great city of Dwarasamudra flourished as a Capital of the Hoysala Empire during the 12th & 13th centuries. During the reign of Veeraballala II, the grandson of Vishnuvardhana, it reached the greatness of its zenith. Veeraballala II extended his empire from sea to sea between the Cauvery & Krishna rivers. After half day sight-seeing to visit the above places, drive back to Hassan.

Afternoon free to relax. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 04 : HASSAN to HOSPET and back


VijayanagarHalebidu is the great city of Dwarasamudra flourished as a Capital of the Hoysala Empire during the 12th & 13th centuries. During the reign of Veeraballala II, the grandson of Vishnuvardhana, it reached the greatness of its zenith. Veeraballala II extended his empire from sea to sea between the Cauvery & Krishna rivers. After half day sight-seeing to visit the above places, drive back to Hassan. Afternoon free to relax. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 05 : HOSPET to HAMPI WORLD HERITAGE SITE


Vijayanagar EmpireAfter breakfast, drive to Hampi for full day sight-seeing. Hampi was once the glorious capital of the mighty Vijayanagar Empire 1336 - 1565, which extended from the Arabian Sea to The Bay of Bengal and from the Deccan Pateau to the tip of the Indian Peninsula.

Founded in the middle of 14th Century by two local princes, Hakka & Bukka, The Vijayanagar Empire came to be celebrated for its might and wealth and as a show piece of imperial magnificence. The city was sacked pillaged and burnt in 1565, after the combined attack of armies of Muslim Sultanates of the Deccan defeated the Vijayanagar Military Commander and the King fled the Capital.

The main importance of Hospet lies in its proximity to Hampi, a world Heritage site. Hampi has the distinction of being the most beautiful ruins of any significance to be seen in India. Many attractions here include the Virupaksha Temple, King's Balance where kings were weighed against grain, gold or money to be distributed to the poor, the Queen's Bath with lotus-shaped fountains that once supplied perfumed water, Lotus Mahal and Vithala Temple with its musical pillars and many more like them waiting for you to explore them. The other major attraction near Hospet is the Tungabhadra Dam built on the Tungabhadra River. Just around the dam is a very beautiful garden developed in Japanese style. After the sight-seeing drive back to Hospet. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06 : HOSPET to HAMPI RUINS SIGHTSEEING


HampiAfter breakfast, drive to Hampi for full day sight-seeing. The Vijayanagar Kings were great patrons of Art & Architecture as evident by the vast ruins of Hampi. In an effort to resurrect this abandoned capital, the government has been involved in the restoration, excavation and protection of the ruins, which spread over an area of 26 sq.km. The terrain is dominated by rocky hills and the mighty Tungabhadra river which flows through this rugged landscape. After the sight-seeing drive back to Hospet. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07 : HOSPET to BADAMI and SIGHTSEEING at AIHOLE and PATTADAKKAL


BadamiAfter breakfast, drive to Badami. Badami, the one time capital of the Chalukyas , is noted several temples, some structural & other rock-cut, of the 6th & 7th Centuries. The foundations of Badami, or Vatapi as it was called, were laid by Pulakeshi I 535 - 566 AD his son Kirtivarman, the Ist 567 - 598 AD, beautified the town with temples & other buildings. Badami is 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 by the Archaeological Survey of India, are the other attractions. On arrival check-in at HOTEL for 01 night. Afternoon proceed to visit Aihole & Pattadakal.

PattadakalPattadakal:The tiny village of Pattadakal is situated on the banks of the Malaprabha river. Referred to as Petrigal by Ptolemy, Pattadakal was later known variously as Raktapura Red Town & Pattadakal Kisuvolal . This place reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukyas from the seventh to the ninth centuries functioning as a royal commemorative site. The group of about ten temples, surrounded by numerous minor shrines & plinths, represents the climax of early Western Chalukyan Architecture. King Vikramaditya II 734 - 745 AD and his art loving queens Lokmahadevi & Trailkyamahadevi, brought sculptors from Kanchipuram to create fantasies in stone in Pattadakal. A world Heritage Center, it has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. The biggest temple dedicated to Virupaksheshvara, has a huge gateway and several inscriptions. In front of the temple is a majestic 2.6 in high Nandi. The Mallikarjuna and Papanatha Temples, and theJain Temple from the Papanatha Temples and the Jain Temple from the Rashtrakuta period are well worth visit.

AiholeAihole: was the first capital of the early Chalukyas. Aihole is to the west of Badami, along the Malaprabha river. There is a remarkable group of temples here built during the reign of Chalukyan rulers, dating from the sixth to the eighth centuries. It is famous as the 'Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture'. Aihole has over 125 temples all intricately carved and rich in detail. The oldest temple here, is perhaps the 5th century Lad Khan Temple. The Durga Fort Temple has a semi-circular apse and a complete portico. The Hutchmalli Temple, the Ravalphadi Cave Temple, The Konti Temple Complex, The Uma Maheshwari Temple, the Jain Meguthi temple and the two-storeyed Buddhist temple are the other attractions at Aihole.

After the sight-seeing drive back to Badami. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 08 : BADAMI to BIJAPUR – OVERNIGHT STAY


BijapurAfter breakfast, drive to Bijapur. The foundation of this historic city were laid during the reign of the Chalukayan Dynasty of Kalyani between 10th and 11th Centuries. They called it 'Vijayapura' or the city of Victory from hence comes its present name Bijapur.

Bijapur came under Muslim influence, first under Alauddin Khilji, The Sultan of Delhi, towards the end of the 13th Century and then under the Bahamani Kings of Bidar 1347. In 1481, Mohammed III, one of the Bahamani Sultans, appointed Yusuf Adil Khan as the Governor of the Bijapur. One of the sons of Sultan Mohammed II of Turkey, Yusuf Adil Khan fled his country on the death of his father, to escape the massacre of crown princes in the battle for the succession to the throne. He was purchased as a slave by Mohammed Gavan, the Prime Minister of Mohammed III. With the decline of the Bahamani power at Bidar, Yusuf declared his independence in 1489 and thus became the founder of the Adil Shahi Dynasty which survived as the Kingdom till its annexation by Aurangazeb in 1686.

Bijapur experienced a great burst of architectural activity under the Adi Shahi Dynasty. The Adil Shahi encouraged building activity to such an extent that Bijapur itself has over 50 Masks, more than 20 tombs and a number of palaces. An interesting feature of employment of large numbers of Indian artisans. Earlier Muslim rulers of the Deccan deployed Persian Craftsmen and Architects.

On arrival check-in at HOTEL for 02 nights. Evening free to relax. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 09 : BIJAPUR to GOL GUMBAZ SITE


Gol GumbazAfter breakfast, proceed to visit Gol Gumbaz. The dome is the second largest in the world, 124 feet in diameter. The architecture of this building is unique with the four minarets being the four staircases leading to the top dome. The acoustics of the enclosed space make it a whispering gallery, where even the smallest sound is heard across the other side of the Gombuz. At the periphery of the dome is a circular balcony where visitors can witness its greatest marvel, "ECHO". Any whisper, clap or sound gets echoed 9 times 11 times with fading and creates an ideal stereophonic stage even for the weak-lunged singers. Even the smallest whisper amplifies and is clearly heard at the diagonally opposite side of the dome.

Story has it that the Adil Shah with his beloved, went up this balcony and both were looking down the awesome nine storied depth of its central hall. "You do love me a lot" said the Shah, "Now, would you do ANYTHING for my sake?" "Yes" said the beautiful one. "If so" said the Shah jokingly, "would you jump down this balcony?" "Sure, and here I go" the beautiful one jumped out to show her eternal love. Heart-broken, the Shah cursed himself for testing the eternal bond between them and wept for the rest of his life. The beauty and excellence of this dome must be experienced at least once in a life time. Lovers come here to whisper aloud!, singers to enjoy the stereophonic effect and children to test the strength of their giggle.

After the visit back to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 10 : BIJAPUR to BELLARY RAILWAY STATION


  • Morning free to relax.
  • Afternoon drive to Bellary railway station to catch train to Bangalore
  • Overnight in the train.

DAY 11 : DEPART from BANGALORE CITY


  • On arrival at Bangalore railway station by early morning.
  • Later transfer to Bangalore airport to catch the onward flight
  • after an enjoyable and relaxed holiday in South India.
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