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DAY 01: Panaji / Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary (130 Kms / 03 Hrs)

Kali Wilderness CampPick up from Airport or Hotel and proceed to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary on arrival check in to Kali Wilderness Camp - Tucked away close to breathtaking gorges, valleys and lush greenery, Kali Wilderness Camp, Dandeli, represents the ultimate paradise for nature lovers. Lunch at about 1 pm in the Ghol Ghar. A short nap and a refreshing cup of tea will precede the evening jungle safari into Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. While on the safari our driver could stop to walk you up to Syntheri Rock, the 300-feet tall monolithic granite rock formation. Later in the evening after you're back at the camp relax with a drink beside a campfire. Dinner will be served at the Ghol Ghar. Overnight.

DAY 02: Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary / Badami (210 Kms / 04 Hrs)

North FortMorning starts early with guests taken on another jeep safari. You would also be taken on a coracle ride down River Kali. While on the boat ride, chances of spotting crocodiles, herons, egrets, cormorants, kingfishers, lapwings, water hens, teals and grebes are high. After the ride, get back to the camp for a filling breakfast and check-out at 11am and proceed to Badami, on arrival check in to hotel, lunch. Afternoon visit Badami Caves - Picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills, the exquisite sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs of Badami tell many a tale of yore. Climb a flight of steps to reach the four ancient rock-cut caves replete with carved pillars and bracket figures, all hewn out of red sandstone on the precipice of a hill. The largest of them is the third cave, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The first sculptural embellishment to dazzle the eye is the 18-armed Nataraja striking 81 dance poses in the first cave. Overlooking the caves is the Agastya Theertha Tank, its banks dotted with a cluster of Bhoothanatha temples. North Fort - This is the largest enclosure, including two major platform structures, an underground chamber which must have served as a treasury or private audience hall, several other platforms, double fortification walls and several other interesting architectural elements. Banashankari - is a quaint hamlet taking its name from the goddess Banashankari. Built in the Dravidian style, the temple is dedicated to Banashankari, a form of Parvati highly revered by the weaver community. The idol depicts the powerful eight-armed goddess seated on a snarling lion. There is a large pond in front of the temple called Harida Theertha, which is enclosed on three sides by stone mantapas with inner colonnades. The annual temple festival in Banashankari is more than a religious event. During this time, the streets around the temple are taken over by a huge fair, marked by colour and gaiety and attended by thousands of devotees. Overnight.

DAY 03: Badami / Aihole (46 Kms / 1 Hr)

AiholeMorning breakfast and visit Mahakuta (14 kms.) - Once a great centre for the Shiva cult, Mahakuta is surrounded by hills. The Mahakuteshwara Temple dedicated to Shiva is built in the Dravidian style and features a natural spring pond called Vishnu Pushkarni. The temple is surrounded by several small shrines with a wealth of carving on their walls. There are also a few Shiva temples in Mahakuta dating back to the Chalukyan era. Later on proceed to Aihole - A tranquil village on the banks of the Malaprabha river, Aihole is acclaimed as the cradle of Hindu temple architecture. There are hundreds of temples in the villages and fields nearby. The most impressive one is the Durga Temple with its semicircular apse, elevated plinth and the gallery encircling the sanctum. The Lad Khan Temple - which is one of the earliest temples, was originally a royal assembly hall and marriage mantapa chosen as the abode of a Muslim prince, Lad Khan. The Huchimalli Temple - with a sculpture of Vishnu sitting atop a large cobra, the Ravalphadi Cave Temple celebrating the many forms of Shiva, the Konti Temple Complex, the Umamaheswari Temple, the Jain Meguti Temple and the two-storied Buddhist Temple are other sights worth seeing. Return back to Badami and overnight.

DAY 04: Badami / Pattadakal (30 Kms / 1 Hr)

PattadakalMorning breakfast and proceed to Pattadakal - With its beautifully chiselled temples, this World Heritage Site on the banks of the Malaprabha river bears testimony to the richness of Chalukyan architecture. Pattadakal reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings and was once used as a ceremonial centre where kings were crowned and commemorated. It has a cluster of 10 major temples, each displaying interesting architectural features. At the entrance of the site, you can see the 8 th century temples of Jambulinga, Kadasiddeshvara and Galaganatha with their curvilinear shikaras or spires. The biggest temple, dedicated to Virupaksha, has a huge gateway, several inscriptions and a profusion of friezes from the epics. Facing the temple is a pavilion containing a massive Nandi. The Mallikarjuna Temple is similar in design to Virupaksha Temple, but smaller in size. The Ornate Papanatha Temple is yet another impressive piece of architecture, with delicately chiselled ceilings and a 16-pillared main hall. The Sangameshwara Temple dating from the reign of King Vijayaditya (696-733 AD) is the earliest temple in this complex. Return back to Badami. Over night.

DAY 05: Badami / Hampi (140 Kms / 03 Hrs)

Queen's BathMorning breakfast and check out of the hotel and proceed to Hampi - the World Heritage Center, is the most beautiful and evocative of all the ruins of Karnataka. Capital of Vijaya Nagar kingdom is full of delightful surprises. On arrival check in to Hotel, Lunch and relax. Later on sight seeing, visit to King's Palace - This is the largest enclosure, including two major platform structures, an underground chamber which must have served as a treasury or private audience hall, several other platforms, double fortification walls and several other interesting architectural elements. Mahanavami Dibba - Equally impressive is the massive Mahanavami Dibba, where the kings once sat on gem-studded golden thrones and watched processions pass by. The platform sports densely carved bands of horses, soldiers and depictions of the various aspects of courtly life. Queen's Bath - This structure has a very plain exterior but the interior is stunningly ornate, with graceful arched corridors, projecting balconies and lotus-shaped fountains that used to spout perfumed water for the ladies of the court. Return to hotel and overnight.

DAY 06: Hampi

Elephant StablesMorning breakfast and full day sight seeing, visiting to Lotus Mahal - This visually appealing structure has two levels, with open pavilions at the bottom and balconies above. An elegant example of the fusion of the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture, the Mahal derives its name from its beautiful, geometrically arranged cusped arches that resemble the petals of a flower opening to the sun. Elephant Stables - An imposing edifice with arched entrances and many domes that once housed the magnificent state elephants. Pushkarni - This stepped water tank, excavated in the mid-1980s, was originally a part of the palace complex. Almost lyrical in its beauty, the tank is a tiered structure crafted from rectangular pieces of granite. Hazara Rama Temple - This was a royal temple reserved for ceremonial use. The entire temple is embellished with bas-relief's depicting scenes from the epic 'Ramayana'. The walls of the enclosure are richly carved with friezes depicting processions of horses, elephants, dancing girls and soldiers attired in splendid weaponry. Inside, four exquisitely sculpted granite pillars add to the beauty of the ardha mantapa. Overnight.

DAY 07: Hampi / Chitradurga (110 Kms / 02 Hrs)

Chitradurga FortMorning breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Chitradurga, on arrival check in to hotel and lunch. Relax and later on visit to Chitradurga Fort - on the highway linking Bangalore with Hospet, is famed for its massive Kallina Kote (Palace of Stone) fort, a marvel of military architecture made impregnable by the Nayak Palegars. It has 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, a palace, a mosque, granaries, oil pits, four secret entrances and water tanks. Amidst rocky surroundings inside the fort complex on the hill are many temples. Ekanatha Temple and Chandravalli Caves are worth visiting. Return back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 08: Chitradurga / Bangalore (200 Kms / 04 Hrs)

Morning breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Bangalore. Tour Ends

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