The Gateway to West and South India tour will remain incomplete without paying a trip to the mesmerizing locations of Aihole and Pattakadal. The rock -cut structures and the carvings on the walls of the temples of these 2 locations will forever enrich your knowledge hub. The Durga temple of Aihole and the Virupaksha temple and Mallikarjuna temple of Pattadakal are a few of the must-see attractions housed here. Both the destinations have been recognized as World Heritage Sites by Unesco. Arrive in Hospet by evening and check into the hotel.
Hospet is the nearest location you can reach at, while traveling to the heritage sites of Hampi. Housing the ruins of the erstwhile Vijayanagara kingdom, Hampi is a must visit destination for all art, culture, and history lovers.
A trip to the ancient wonders of Halebid and Belur will complete your trip across Karnataka. Housing interesting specimens of Hoysala style of architecture, the temples of Halebid and Belur will leave you completely mesmerized. The Hoysaleshwara temple and the Chennakesava temple are the 2 most significant attractions housed here.
An important destination in the south India temple tour is Karnataka. Other than visitors on pilgrimage tours, guests on heritage tours also love to explore the various ancient sites housed here. Hassan is one of the topmost destinations in this circuit, offering itself as a perfect base for travelers to travel to the locations in its near vicinity. Shravanbelagola, located a few km away from Hassan houses the most revered shrine for Jains. The monolith of lord Bahubali is the main attraction here.
Head towards Madikeri on the 12th day of the tour. Visit the tourist sites Madikeri Fort, Abbey Falls, and the Nisargadhama while here. Overnights stay in the hotel in Madikeri.
Days 13 - 14: Madikeri - Mysore
Early morning, post-breakfast embark on tours to Mysore to capture the heritage of the state from an altogether different angle. Visit the Mysore Palace, the Chamundi hills, and the Jagmohan Palace and the in house museum housed in its midst. Reserve the evening for taking a trip across the enchanting Vrindavan Gardens. The bubbling fountains, the colorful lights, and the fine designing of the garden will leave you completely enthralled. On the 14th day of the tour, embark on excursions to Somnathpur. The temples of Somnathpur are places of great reverence for the devotees and the wonderful Hoysala architectural styles will completely arrest your senses.
Walk through the streets of Mysore and capture glimpses of its cultural and historical heritage before you leave for Bangalore, the last destination in the circuit. Enroute you will stop over at Srirangapatnam to feast your eyes on the historical sites housed here. The forts and palaces of Hyder Ali and his warrior son Tipu Sultan, Jumma Masjid, and the Ranganathittu bird sanctuary are the foremost attractions housed here.
Explore the attractions of Bangalore throughout the day including the Vidhan Soudha, the Cubbon hill, and the Bull temple. In the evening, take the direct flight to Mumbai and from there the connecting flight home. This will bring the gateway to west and south India tour to its end.