Bangalore – Mysore – Hassan – Chikmagalur – Hospet – Hampi – Badami – Goa
Day excursion to Somnathpur and Srirangapatna.SOMNATHPUR–This beautifully carved temple is dedicated to the Lord Siva. It is a star-shaped temple with triple towers- a fine example of Hoysala architecture. VisitSRIRANGAPATNA – The Little Island Fortress of Tipu Sultan, who was once known as the “Tiger Of Mysore”. Visit the Summer Palace and The Daria Daulat.
Day excursion to Belur and Halebid.
Belur;40 km from Hassan is a temple town renowned for its exquisite temples. In 1117 AD, King Vishnuvardhana built the Channakeshwara temple to commemorate his conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism.
Halebidlies 30 km from Hassan and is also known as Dwara Samudra, the wealthy capital of Hoysalas. This Hoysaleshwara temple stands tall on a platform like a casket in shining black stone carved withnumerous gods, goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. Visit the museum on the lawns with 12th century sculptures and gold coins in use at that time. Akilometer from Halebidlays Jain Basti hill built in the 8th century with gleaming carved black stone pillars surrounding it.
Drive to Badami where exquisite cave temples are situated to the golden period of Chalukyan rule. There are 4 cave temples made out of sandstone on the precipice of a hill dedicated to various Gods. The fresco paintings in the cave are similar to the ones seen at Ajanta.
Visit Aihole and Pattadakal temples. Aihole is oft called the Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture and has over 125 temples all intricately carved. The famous ones are Lad Khan Temple, Drug (fort) Temple, Ravalphadi Cave Temple, Konti Temple Complex, Jain Meguthi Temple. Also visit the Pattadaka l-a World Heritage center with 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. You must visit the Virupaksha, Mallikarjuna and Panatha temples.