Upon arrival, get transferred to your hotel. You will be assisted on your check in formalities and briefed about your next day's program.
Take a tour of Bangalore city. You may visit Vidhan Saudha, Nandi Temple - One of the oldest temples of Bangalore, popularly known as the Bull Temple, in Basavanagudi and Lal Bagh Botanical garden.
Afternoon, board flight to Vidyanagar : 2T 621 (1555/1645 hrs). Upon arrival, get transferred to Hampi.
Take a tour of the city. Hampi, once the seat of the great Vijayanagar empire, is one of India’s most remarkable former capital city sites. Across the rocky outcrops are spread impressive ruins of palaces, temples and sculptures. The undisputed highlight of the site, the 16th century Vitthala temple, is a World Heritage monument. One of the earliest structures here is the Virupaksha temple with its painted mandapam ceiling. Also worth seeing are the Hazara Rama temple, huge Ganesha and Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the Queen’s bath, Lotus Mahal, Ramachandra temple etc.
Drive to Chikmaglur and check in at your hotel. Day at leisure.
According to legend the town was the dowry for the younger daughter of a local chieftain. In addition to the Hoysala style Kodandarama temple there are mosques, a moated fort and St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church.
The town is a convenient base for visits to Belur and Halebid. Visit Belur, the first capital of the Hoysala dynasty. It is known for its exquisite temples, of which the Chennakeshava Temple is a fine example. It took 103 years to complete and the façade of the temple is covered with intricate sculptures and frescoes, which are awe-inspiring in their workmanship. In the temple are hand-lathe turned filigreed pillars, each different from the other. Veeranarayana Temple and the smaller shrines are worth a visit. Later visit Halebid. Hoysaleswara Temple has a wealth of sculptural detail, the walls covered with gods, goddesses, animals and dancing girls. No two facets of the temple are alike. Guarded by a Nandi Bull, it was never completed, despite 86 years of work. It is the most outstanding example of Hoysala art. Halebid also has a smaller temple called Kedareshwara and a little-visited enclosure containing three Jain bastis (temples) with fine carvings.
Drive to Coorg enroute visit Hassan. Hassan has a small museum showcasing sculptures, paintings, weapons, inscriptions etc.
Continue to Coorg and check in at your hotel.
Visit Dubare Elephant camp. This camp has plenty of elephants which are trained under naturalists. A naturalist is at hand to explain the various aspects of Elephant history, ecology and biology. Visitors can watch Elephants been given a scrub-bath in the River and also watch how oil is applied on their forehead.
Visit Abbey falls. Nestled near Madikeri, Abbey falls is one of the most amazing attractions in the Coorg. The picturesque view of the fall will surely take your breath away. The waterfall comes down from a height of 70 feet and provides a superb vista. You will also find a hanging bridge across the gorge from which an exceptional view of this waterfall is a sight to remember.
Drive to Mysore. Day at leisure. Mysore, once the area of brave warriors of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, is today the second largest city in Karnataka and one of the finest in southern India. Small, easygoing, famous for its silks and sandalwood, it is a city of fine gardens, tree-lined boulevards, art galleries and an intriguing palace. Mysore’s ten day Dasara festival in September-October is still celebrated with medieval pageantry.
Optional : Walk in the silk factory. If you wish to learn how silk is made from a cocoon to fabric, the factory offers a tour of the entire process. After seeing the silk weaving in Varanasi and Kanchi, this was a completely different experience.
16 Kms from Mysore stand the ruins of Hyder Ali’s and Tipu Sultan’s capital, from which they ruled much of Southern India during the 18th century. In 1799, the British finally conquered them with the help of disgruntled local leaders. Srirangapatnam was built on a long island in the Cauvery River. The dungeon where Tipu held a number of British officers has been preserved. Afternoon visit the Maharaja’s palace built in 1911-12. The palace harmoniously synthesizes the Hindu and the Saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures, which are truly magnificent. Visit the art gallery and drive up to the 1062 m high Chamundi hill to see the Chamundeshwari temple with a panoramic view of Mysore.
Optional: Dosa at Vinayaka Maylari restaurant. Do not expect fancy décor, but do come with an empty stomach. This is a place known for food and food alone, especially the dosas. A fermented crepe made from rice batter and black lentils, the dosa is a staple of many Indian menus; at Mylari, it’s served on a banana leaf with a side of coconut chutney. Sounds simple, yet it’s this dish that has made Mylari an icon in the eyes of Mysore’s citizens.
Drive to Bangalore to connect flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, get transferred to your hotel.
Bombay, or Mumbai, is the capital of Maharashtra and the economic powerhouse of India. It’s the fastest moving, most affluent and the most industrialized city in India. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The city's also famous as the heart of the Bollywood film industry.
Optional: Take Dawn Tour: This tour covers flower market, fruits vegetables farmers market, spiritual ceremonies at a temple and early morning life in Mumbai with amazing insights into early morning spiritual worship, meditations and chantings as well. This tour focuses on real Mumbai and its culture.
After breakfast, visit Elephanta caves. The island of Elephanta is an hour away from Mumbai by motor launch. The cave temples here were excavated between the 5th and 8th centuries AD are famous for their magnificently sculpted panels. The best known is the one that depicts the Maheshmurti – a three – headed image of Lord Shiva, which signifies the creator, preserver and destroyer of this universe as per Hindu mythology.
On a half day city tour, visit the Prince of Wales Museum built in grand Indo Saracenic style, drive past Marine Drive, Mumbai’s most popular seaside promenade, and see the Kamla Nehru Park and Hanging Gardens on the slopes of the Malabar hills, offering a nice view of the marine lines and the Chowpatty beach. Visit the Jain temple, Mani Bhawan where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay, and the Dhobi Ghat. Also, drive past the Flora Fountain, the colourful Crawford Market and Victoria Terminus train station.
DAY 12 : END OF ITINERARY
Morning at leisure.
Standard check out time is 1100 hrs. Get transferred to the airport to connect flight to onward destination.