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Experience the rich culture of the country with South India tour
A contrast to the peaks of North; South India is the steamy heartland with rock-cut shrines, forts, tombs, palaces, sculpture and many more. If you want to explore the vibrant culture of India, South India Heritage Tour Packages will be the ultimate choice for you.
Want an escape from your busy life? Come to the land of heritage and landscape. While the ‘City of Pearls’ with its enigmatic aura spellbound you, the ancient mosque and the Persian architectures will transfer you to the historic age. The list does not end here. You will also visit ‘a hall for the trumpeters’, the temples made of the red sandstone, ancient ruins of Vittala temple, Hazara Rama temple complex, Virupaksha temple, and finally a land of beaches that attracts tourists from all over the world.
Our Heritage tour of South India will help you to explore the unexplored glory of India. Within 8 days, we will cover the entire package and for this, you don’t need to panic about how to manage a long holiday. From booking hotels to transport – we will arrange everything for you.
On day 1, you will travel to Hyderabad, one of the most evocative ancient quarters of India. In 1591, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah established this ‘Lion City’. Being the trading center of pearl and diamond, it is called the ‘City of Pearls’. In Golconda, the world famous Kohinoor diamond was mined. Other popular diamonds that are mined here are Darya-e Nur, Nur-Ul-Ain, The Hope, Princie, Regent, and many more. A stroll in the old city through the busy bazaars like Begum Bazaar, Laad Bazaar, and Sultan Bazaar is an amazing feeling.
Spend the afternoon to visit places like Mecca Masjid, Char Minar, and Salarjung Museum. An icon of the city, the Charminar - a square structure with four grand arches and four minarets is located in the older part of the city. The largest and oldest Mosques; the Mecca Masjid is also sutured in the older part. One of the largest museums of India, the Salarjung Museum has a good collection of paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, textiles and many more. Overnight is in Hyderabad.
Highlights: MaHyderabad - Visit the Char Minar, Mecca Masjid and Salarjung Museum.
Today, you will be driven from Hyderabad to Kalburgi via Bidar, a home to amazing buildings and ruins. Here, you will visit the Fortress, Mosque, palace and many more. Popular for its important monuments from the Bahmani era, Bidar has one of the largest forts in India. The seven gates of the Bidar fort show Persian style of architecture and are considered one of the most stylish architectures of India. Next, you will visit the three storied Madarsa, the Gagan Mahal, the Jami Masjid, and the Solah Khamba Masjid. Bidri handicraft products make the place famous.
Now, you will visit Kalburgi (meaning land of stones), also familiar as Gulbarga. In the Persian language, Gulbarga means rose leaf. And the Gulbarga Fort, an imitation of the great mosque in Cordoba in Spain, looks like a rose leaf. Inside the fort, you will find the unique Jama Masjid Mosque. You will also visit the shrine of Khaja Bande Nawaz, tombs of Bahmani kings, and the Sharana Basaveshwara Temple. Spend the night here.
Highlights: Tour of Bidar & Gulbarga.
On day 3, you will be taken from Gulbarga to Bijapur, a historic city that represents the Islamic era. The capital of the Adil Shahi kings, Bijapur was established around the 10th century by the Kalyanji Chalukyas is famous for its magnificent monuments. The most famous monument is Mohammed Adil Shah’s tomb with one of the largest domes "Gol Gumbaz". When you visit the central chamber, you will experience something amazing; every sound is echoed seven times and even a minute sound can be heard from far away. "A hall for the trumpeters", the Naqqar Khana is now a museum while Ibrahim Rauza is rumored to be the inspiration to build the Taj Mahal. The Archaeological Museum is famous for its inscriptions, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, as well as weapons. Overnight is in Bijapur.
Highlights: Tour of Bijapur.
Today, you will be taken to Badami, also familiar as Vatapi was the capital of Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. There are four cave temples and each of them is made of red sandstone. Cave temple 1 consists of a hall with several pillars as well as square shaped sanctum with paintings of couples and Shiva and Parvati and Nataraja in 81 poses. In the temple 2, you will find Vishnu with one foot on Earth and one on the sky. The clothing and cultures of the 6th century are depicted in Cave 3. You will also find carvings of Vishnu Narasimha, Harihara, Varaha, and Trivikrama here. And temple 4 is famous for the carving of the Jain Tirthankara Parshavnatha. Next, you will visit Badami fort and the Malegitti-Shivalaya. Spend the night in the hotel.
Highlights: Badami - visit the cave temples, Badami fort and the Malegitti-Shivalaya.
On day 5, you will visit Aihole as well as Pattadakal temple complexes. A home of stone temple architecture, Aihole has about 125 temples that are divided into groups like Kontigudi and the Galaganatha. The prominent temples to visit here Lad Khan, Durga temple, and Ravana Phadi cave. The Jyothirlinga Group consists of two temples that are flat-roofed. There are other places of interest to visit here.
A World Heritage site Pattadakal was the capital of the Chalukya dynasty. Here, you will find several temples that are made between the 7th and 9th centuries. To celebrate her husband’s victory, queen Lokamahadevi in the 8th Century built the largest temple Virupaksha. Chalukyan King Vijayaditya Satyashraya constructed Sangameshwara Temple. Other known temples to visit here are Mallikarjuna and Kasivisvanatha temples, Chandrashekhara temple, Kadasiddhesvara temple, Galganatha temple, Jambulingeswara temples, and many more. Overnight is in Badami.
Highlights: In Aihole visit the Kontigudi, Galaganatha, Lad Khan, Durga, Ravana Phadi, Jyothirlinga temples. In Pattadakal visit the Virupaksha Sangameshwara Chandrashekhara temple, Mallikarjuna & Kasivisvanatha temples, Galganatha temple, Kadasiddhesvara and Jambulingeswara temples.
South India Heritage Tour Packages will drive you from Badami to Hospet. Situated 12 kms away from Hampi, it was the former capital of the Vijayanagar Empire and now, one of the top tourist destinations. In 1520 AD, Krishna Deva Raya built it. Located within the ruins of Vijayanagar and full of palaces, temples as well as sculptures; Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ruined by the Sultanates of South in 1565, it is the city of ruins that attracts travelers from all over the world. You can also visit Tungabhadra Dam. Spend the night here.
On day 7, you will travel to Hampi. Located in east-central Karnataka, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The magnificent ruins will astound you. Here, you will be taken to the most interesting ruins including Vittala temple, Virupaksha temple, Hazara Rama temple complex, the Queen's Bath, Ramachandra temple as well as the Lotus Mahal. A temple of lord Shiva, the Virupaksha Temple also houses statues of both Bhuvaneshwari and Pampa. Next, you will be driven to the Hazara Rama Temple Complex. Here, you will see wonderful inscriptions and carvings with which the story of Ramayana is depicted. The Vittala Temple Complex is famous for the musical pillars and a stone chariot. Overnight is in Hospet.
Highlights: Hampi - visit the Virupaksha temple, Vittala temple, Hazara Rama temple complex, elephant stables, Queen's Bath, Ramachandra temple & Lotus Mahal & Virupaksha Temple.
On day 8, you will be transferred to the rail station from where you will board your train for Goa (Londa). Once you arrive in Goa, our services will end. Goa is a sun-kissed state, where Indian culture mingles with Portuguese influences. If you want a break from your bustling activities and want to embrace the idyllic lifestyle, this place will be the ideal choice for you. Popular for the spectacular beaches all over the world, Goa is acquainted for the lush green mountains and clear blue water. To get a glimpse of state, visit Panjim, the capital of the city and Vasco-da Gama, the largest city.
As most of the people follow Christianity, it is the home to several churches. If you want mental peace you can come here. Spend your time to visit the wonders of the land including the Ancestral Goa Museum, Fort Aguada, Chapora Fort, The Secretariat, Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach, Church of Lady of Rosary, Candolim Beach and religious places such as Basilica De Bom Jesus, Royal Chapel of St. Anthony as well as several other churches of this state. Here, you will experience something amazing that you can cherish all through your lifetime. We can offer you good hotels in Goa. The pleasant climate will also boost up your enjoyment. End of your Hyderabad to Goa Tour.