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Given below, is a unique leisure itinerary that we have created, where sight-seeing per se is avoided, rather the stress is on nature, history, wildlife, culture and tradition.

Day 01: Arrive Bengaluru. Brief city tour, and proceed to Mysore. O/n The Metropole Hotel.(heritage hotel).
Day 02: Full day visits of Srirangpatnam, Ranganthitu Bird Sanctuary.O/n (do).
Day 03: Drive to Kabini, The Serai. p.m. Jungle safari.
Day 04: Jungle visits and coracle ride. O/n.
Day 05: Drive to Vythiri . Proceed to Tranquil. O/n.
Day 06: In a Tree house. O/n.
Day 07: Drive to Calicut.(75 kms) board Houseboat, and cruise narrow canals. O/n on boat.
Day 08: To Ayesha Manzil, Tellichery. p.m. local visits.
Day 09: Drive to Orange County, Coorg(200 kms). p.m. Dubari Forest/ Elephant camp.
Day 10: To Chickmangular via Sravanabelagola, Belur & Halebid(225 kms). Lunch at Hoysala Village, Enroute.(stay at Hoysala Village / Taj Chickmangular).
Day 11: Drive to Hampi (350 kms), with lunch enroute at Chitradurga. O/n at Malligi.
Day 12: Full day sight-seeing of Hampi ruins(100kms). Stay at Boulders.
Day 13: Drive to Badami (150 kms). p.m. Badami Caves. O/n at Badami Court.
Day 14: Full day sight-seeing of Aihole & Pattadakal(100 kms), with packed lunches.
Day 15: Drive to Belgaum (150 kms) or Hubli( 140) to connect flight to Mumbai.( or, drop at Casa De Goa Hotel – see kms details above)

 

This is basically an FIT itinerary, i.e. 2/3 couples traveling together.

Description of places mentioned in the program.

Kuteeram

Part of Taj Group of hotels, Kuteeram is located around 30 Kms from Bangalore. Designed by the famous award winning architect Gerard Da Cunha, the architecture of Kuteeram reflects the glory of ancient Indian art. there are nine cottages ( out of which three are Suites ) each one different from the other.

Nrithyagram

Adjacent to Kuteeram, at Hessaraghatta is Nrithyagram. It is a dance village that follows the Guru – Shishya Parampara.It is a place which brings together all the classical & martial arts of India under one roof. It is built with simple local materials like, granite, mud, stone, boulders, coconut thatch etc. The Founder Trustee -The Late Protima Gauri and Managing Trustee is – Ms. Lynne Fernandez.

Shravanabelagola

51 Kms, south-east of Hassan, this is one of the most important Jain Pligrimage centre.Here is the 17m high monolith of Lord Bahubali – the world’s tallest monolithic statue. Thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the Mahamastakabhishekha a spectacular ceremony – held once in 12 years when the 1000 year old statue is anointed with milk, curds, ghee, saffron,& gold coins.

Chikamagalur

Chikamagalur, better known as “coffee city” is situated on the leeward side of the Western Ghats and surrounded by beautiful temples. Chikamagalur is 250 Kms from Bangalore. Taj Garden Retreat nestled in the heart of Rolling hills blanketed with emerald green shrubs & trees, with 19 luxurious Guest Cottages & 10 Standard rooms.

Belur

This Quaint hamlet – 38 Kms from Hassan is located on the banks of the river Yagachi. It was once the capital of the Hoysala empire, today made unforgettable for its exquisite temples The Chennakeshava temple and The Veeranarayana Temple.

Halebid

The ancient capital of the Hoysalas. Halebid was then known as Dwarasamudram ( Gateway to the Seas ). The temples of Halebid like those of Belur represent one of the artistically exuberant period of Hindu Cultural development The Hoysaleswara Temple.

Orange County Resort

Located at Siddapur, Coorg nestling among the blue hills and verdant plantations, Orange County is South India’s most attractive & comprehensive resort. Set on 300 acres of lush green coffee plantation, complimented by a 4 acre lake and vast flower beds to enchant you. Orange County slopes down to River Cauvery on one side & is set on the fringes of Karnataka’s largest reserve forest – extending to Nagarhole National Park.

The Serai

A unique Wildlife Resort at Karapur, Nestles on the southern fringes of Karnataka’s Nagarhole National Park. Here amidst the tranquil green and quiet flowing Kabini River, the holiday experience is unhurried & unspoiled by men, promising all the comforts, adventure & excitement of visiting wildlife in the natural habitat. It is situated at Karapur about, 80 Kms from Mysore.

Tranquil

Located in the thick Western Ghats forests, Tranquil is arguably, the best rated homestay in South India. The hosts, Victor & Jini are amazing people. Food is top class. They have a swimming pool and a tree house.

Calicut

Calicut is situated 225 Kms north of Cochin, on the Arabian sea coast. It was the capital of powerful Zamorins.Vasco de Gama the first European, landed in India at Kappad near Calicut in 1498 AD. Later the Dutch, the French & the British dominated the area. British Rule was established in 1792. Calicut was one of the great ports on the west coast, now a center of Timber Industry.

House Boats

A traditional artwork of exquisite workmanship, houseboats offer a unique cruising experience, an experience that you will treasure for ever. It is ethic Kettuvallam ( large stitched boat ) now undergone cosmetic modification. It is a private luxurious guest house cruising in the backwater in pomp & splendor flanked by two bath attached, spacious bedrooms, a hygienic kitchen, a living cum dining room & front / side decks, to capture the beauty of the backwaters.

Ayesha Manzil

A heritage property from the British times. Superb location overlooking the sea. Moosa, the host,and his wife, are gourmet artists and turn out some spectacular meals for their guests.

Bekal Fort

This fort is situated 16 Kms south of Kasargode on the national highway. It is of great historical & Archaeological interest. The largest & best preserved fort of Kerala. An old mosque is situated near to the fort & it is believed to have been built by Tipu Sultan.

Hampi

The 14th Century capital city of The Vijaynagar Empire. The ruins are spread over an area of 26 sq. kms, protected by the tempestuous river Tungabadra in the north, and by rocky granite ridges on the other three sides.It is also believed to have been the site of the monkey kingdom of Kishkinda, associated with the Hindu epic, The Ramayana.

BadamiĀ 

The one time capital of The Chalukyas, founded in 535 AD. It is renowned for its rock-cut Cave temples, gateways, forts, inscriptions and sculptures.

AiholeĀ 

Famous as the ‘cradle of Indian architecture’, it has over a hundred temples scattered around the village, nestling on the banks of the malaprabha river. The temples were built between the 6th & 8th centuries ; also traces of a fort built in the 6th century, are visible.

Pattadakal

Situated on the left bank of the Malaprabha river, – a World Heritage Centre – it has ten major temples, representing the early Chalukya architecture. The stone used here is sandstone, with a pink tinge that flames in the sunset.

 

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