Day 1: Goa - Gadag - Lakkundi - Hampi (340kms)
Your expedition begins with a pickup from your hotel in the picturesque state of Goa. From there, you'll embark on a captivating journey to Hampi, a land of ancient wonders. Along the way, you'll make enriching stops:
Gadag: Your first stop is the Trikuteshwara Temple in Gadag, a divine tribute to Lord Shiva. This sacred temple is renowned for its uniqueness, featuring three lingas mounted on a single stone. Delve deeper into its spiritual ambiance as you explore the shrine dedicated to Saraswathi, adorned with intricately carved columns.
Lakkundi: The journey continues to Lakkundi, a hidden gem replete with the echoes of a bygone era. Lakkundi is a treasure trove of ruined temples, each telling its own story. Explore the mystical Mallikarjuna, the divine Virabhadra, the sacred Manikeshwara, and the ancient Nanneshwara. Marvel at the intricacies of Lakshminarayana, Someshwara, Nilakanteshwara, and many more. Lakkundi's temples stand as silent witnesses to a glorious past.
After your enlightening exploration, the road leads you to Hampi. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and unwind in the serenity of this ancient town. Overnight stay in Hampi.
Day 2: Hampi
Wake up to a delicious breakfast at your hotel and prepare for an immersive exploration of Hampi's UNESCO World Heritage site. The day's highlights include:
Hazara Rama Temple: Begin your day by visiting the Hazara Rama Temple, a sacred site adorned with intricate bas-reliefs narrating the epic story of Lord Rama.
Kings Balance: Witness the historical Kings Balance, a colossal stone scale used to weigh kings against precious materials, symbolizing equitable distribution among the people.
Mahanavami Dibba: Explore the grandeur of the Mahanavami Dibba, a towering structure that served as the royal seat during the Vijayanagara Empire's grand celebrations.
Royal Enclosures: Visit the Royal Enclosures, a complex of palace-like structures that once hosted royalty.
Statue of Ugra Narasimha Temple: Marvel at the colossal statue of Ugra Narasimha, a monolithic sculpture depicting Lord Narasimha in a fierce form.
Virupaksha Temple: Discover the intricate architecture of the Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Vithala and Lotus Mahal: Explore the Vithala Temple Complex and the charming Lotus Mahal, renowned for their architectural brilliance.
Don't miss the opportunity to visit the ASI Museum, where history comes alive through a collection of artifacts. After an enriching day, return to your hotel in Hampi for a restful overnight stay.
Day 3: Hampi - Goa (340kms)
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Hampi, and then embark on a scenic drive back to the idyllic shores of Goa. Upon arrival, you will be dropped off at your hotel or the Goa airport, marking the end of your unforgettable journey through ancient ruins and cultural treasures.