A Journey Through Hampi, Chikmagalur, Coorg, and Beyond

Exploring Heritage, Nature, and Serenity in South India's Enchanting Landscapes

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Heritage Trails & Natural Wonders

An unforgettable journey through Karnataka, where heritage meets natural beauty at every turn. Discover the majestic ruins of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and marvel at the architectural wonders of the Vijayanagara Empire. Explore the lush landscapes of Chikmagalur, home to cascading waterfalls and serene lakes. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Coorg, known as the "Scotland of India," and encounter gentle giants at Dubare Elephant Camp. Experience the rich culture of Kerala as you cruise along the picturesque backwaters in a traditional houseboat. From ancient temples to breathtaking vistas, this journey promises an enchanting blend of history, culture, and natural splendor.

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Begin an enchanting journey through South India, exploring the UNESCO World Heritage ruins of Hampi, followed by the coastal charm of Udupi and the scenic wonders of Chikmagalur. Delve into historic temples in Belur and Halebid before immersing yourself in the serene landscapes of Coorg and its tranquil monasteries. Experience the colonial allure of Cochin and cruise the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional houseboat. Discover cultural landmarks and scenic beaches in Kanyakumari before concluding your adventure in Mumbai.

Day 01: Arrival in Mumbai / Hubli (Flight) / Hampi (Approx. 170 Kms/ 03 hrs. drive)

Upon arrival in Mumbai, connect to your flight to Hubli (Flight: 6E 936 12:00/ 13:15 hrs.). From Hubli, proceed to Hampi.

Hampi, nestled in a boulder-strewn landscape along the banks of the Tungabhadra River, was once the capital city of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire. Established in 1336 AD, it was renowned as one of the richest and largest cities globally, even surpassing Rome in size and Lisbon in grandeur during its peak. Today, Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site, sprawling over approximately 29 sq. km, resembling the world's largest open-air museum, adorned with magnificent temples, massive fortifications, and pavilions. Upon arrival in Hampi, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Exploring Hampi

After breakfast, embark on a tour of the Ruins of Hampi, including:
Vithala Temple Complex: Admire the awe-inspiring Vithala Temple, celebrated as the most impressive monument in Hampi. Adorned with intricate sculptural work, this 16th-century marvel showcases ornate pillars and carvings. Notable features include the famous musical pillars, known for producing melodic notes when tapped, and a remarkable stone chariot with rotating wheels.
King's Balance: Discover the historical King's Balance, where kings were weighed against grain, gold, or money, which was then distributed to the poor. Also, explore the Queen's Bath, a lavish swimming pool adorned with arched corridors, projecting balconies, and lotus-shaped fountains.
Queen’s Bath: Visit the elegant Queen’s Bath, a private bathing chamber of the queens of the Vijayanagara Empire. This rectangular structure, surrounded by ornate balconies, showcases Indo-Islamic architectural excellence.
Royal Enclosures: Explore the Royal Enclosures, housing various royal buildings, pavilions, gateways, markets, and monasteries. Highlights include the Zanana Enclosure, Lotus Mahal, and Elephant Stables, reflecting the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Empire.
Hazara Ram Temple: Delve into the 15th-century Hazara Ram Temple, adorned with intricate carvings depicting scenes from the epic Ramayana and displaying the grandeur of royal ceremonies.

Conclude the day with a sunset visit to the Anjanadri Hill Temple. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Further Exploration of Hampi

After breakfast, continue your exploration of the Ruins of Hampi, visiting:

Statue of Ugra Narsimha: Marvel at the colossal statue of Ugra Narsimha, depicting Lord Vishnu in his terrifying form. This mammoth statue, seated under a seven-hooded snake, is a remarkable example of Vijayanagara sculpture.
Virupaksha Temple: Visit the iconic Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Dating back to the 15th century, this temple features a 50 m high gopuram and intricate architectural details.
Hampi Bazaar: Explore the vibrant Hampi Bazaar, lined with ancient pavilions and remnants of a thriving market.
Kondana Ram Temple: Discover the historic Kodanda Rama Temple, featuring tall statues of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, and Sugriva carved out of a single boulder.

Enjoy a short coracle ride on the Tungabhadra River, followed by a visit to Sanapur Lake and Hemkuta Hill Temples. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Departure to Udupi via Jog Falls and Murudeshwar Temple

Early morning, depart for Udupi. En route, visit Jog Falls, one of the highest plunge waterfalls in India.
Continue your journey to visit Shri Murudeshwar Temple, renowned for its towering statue of Lord Shiva. Upon arrival in Udupi, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05: Udupi to Chikmagalur

After breakfast, drive to Chikmagalur. En route, visit Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham.
Chikmagalur, nestled in the state of Karnataka, is famed for its fair weather, scenic beauty, and coffee plantations. On arrival, check-in at your hotel and relax. Overnight at the hotel

Day 06: Sightseeing in Chikmagalur

After breakfast, embark on a local jeep tour to explore:
Jhari Falls: Visit the picturesque Jhari Falls, offering a breathtaking cascade amidst lush surroundings.
Manikya Dhara Falls: Discover the enchanting Manikyadhara Waterfalls, also known as the "string of pearls," set amidst abundant vegetation.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: More Exploration in Chikmagalur

After breakfast, continue your sightseeing tour with visits to:
Hirekolale Lake: Enjoy the serene beauty of Hirekolale Lake, offering mesmerizing views at dusk.
Kallathigiri Falls: Marvel at the majestic Kallathigiri Falls, ideal for thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike.
Hebbe Waterfalls: Explore the natural beauty of Hebbe Falls, cascading from a height of 551 feet.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08: Journey to Coorg via Belur and Halebid

After breakfast, proceed to Belur and Halebid, twin temple towns renowned for their Hoysala architecture.
Belur: Visit the magnificent Chenakeshava Temple, adorned with intricate sculptures depicting scenes from epics and adorned with celestial dancers.
Halebid: Explore the Hoysaleshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, known for its elaborate carvings and two enormous Nandi bulls.
Continue your journey to Coorg, also known as Kodagu, renowned for its coffee plantations and scenic beauty. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and unwind. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Discovering Coorg

After breakfast, embark on a tour of Coorg, visiting:
Madikeri Fort: Explore the historic Madikeri Fort, showcasing architectural marvels, a small museum, and panoramic views of the city.
Raja's Seat: Enjoy the panoramic views of hills and valleys from Raja's Seat, a seasonal garden of flowers and fountains.
Abbey Falls: Witness the breathtaking beauty of Abbey Falls, where the Kaveri River cascades down from a height of 70 feet.
Shree Omkareshwar Temple: Pay homage at the Omkareshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, surrounded by lush greenery.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Coorg Exploration

After breakfast, visit:
Dubare Elephant Camp: Spend time amidst elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp, learning about their history and ecology.
Chiklihole Reservoir: Enjoy the tranquility of Chiklihole Reservoir, offering solitude amidst nature.
Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple: Explore the Namdroling Monastery, the largest Tibetan settlement in India, housing several monasteries and temples.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Departure to Kanhangad, Train Journey to Ernakulam, Transfer to Cochin

After breakfast, proceed to Kanhangad. En route, visit the Tala Kaveri Temple, the source of the Kaveri River.
Later, board the train to Ernakulam (Train: 16348 15:30/ 23:10 hrs.). On arrival, transfer to Cochin and check-in at your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Exploring Cochin

After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of Cochin, visiting:
Chinese Fishing Nets: Witness the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets, a legacy of Chinese traders, reflecting the multicultural history of Cochin.
St. Francis Church: Visit the historic St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, where Vasco da Gama was initially buried.
Dutch Palace: Explore the Dutch Palace, also known as Mattancherry Palace, showcasing Kerala mural paintings and royal artifacts.
Jewish Synagogue: Discover the Jewish Synagogue, adorned with Belgian chandeliers, Chinese tiles, and ancient scrolls.
In the evening, enjoy a Kathakali dance performance, showcasing traditional dance forms of Kerala. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Backwater Cruise

After breakfast, proceed to the jetty and board a traditional houseboat (Kettuvallam) for a captivating cruise on the backwaters of Kerala.
Experience the serenity of the backwaters while enjoying delicious Kerala cuisine on board. Overnight on the houseboat.

Day 14: Journey to Kanyakumari

Disembark from the houseboat after breakfast and drive to Kanyakumari. En route, visit Mannarasala Temple. Upon arrival in Kanyakumari, check-in at your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Sightseeing in Kanyakumari

After breakfast, visit:

Padmanabhapuram Palace: Explore the historic Padmanabhapuram Palace, showcasing Kerala architectural style and exquisite craftsmanship.
Suchindram Temple: Discover Suchindram Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma, featuring remarkable sculptures and intricate carvings.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial: Pay homage to Swami Vivekananda at Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a sacred monument situated on a rocky island, accessible by ferry.
Kumari Amman Temple: Visit Kumari Amman Temple, dedicated to the goddess Devi Kanya Kumari, showcasing Dravidian architecture and vibrant paintings.
Vattakottai Fort & Beach: Explore the historic Vattakottai Fort, built during the 18th century, offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea.
Enjoy leisure time at Kanyakumari Beach, known for its stunning sunset views. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: Departure to Trivandrum / Mumbai (Flight)

After breakfast, transfer to Trivandrum Airport for your flight to Mumbai (Flight: UK 552 12:35/14:55 hrs.). Upon arrival in Mumbai, proceed to your onward destination, concluding your memorable journey filled with cultural experiences and natural wonders.

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