Day 1: Goa - Gadag - Lakkundi - Hampi (340kms)
Your adventure begins with a pick-up from your hotel in Goa. From there, embark on a scenic drive to Hampi. Along the way, you'll explore some remarkable sites. First, you'll visit the Trikuteshwara Temple in Gadag, dedicated to Lord Shiva, featuring three lingas on a single stone. Nearby, there's a shrine dedicated to Saraswathi, adorned with intricately carved columns. Continue your journey to Lakkundi, where you'll encounter a wealth of ruined temples, including the Mallikarjuna, Virabhadra, Manikeshwara, Nanneshwara, Lakshminarayana, and Someshwara temples, each with its unique charm and architectural beauty. Finally, proceed to Hampi, check in at your hotel, and relax for the night.
Day 2: Hampi
After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, it's time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hampi. This ancient city is dotted with countless ruined temple complexes, remnants of the glorious Vijayanagara Empire, all set against the backdrop of the majestic River Tungabhadra. Your tour includes visits to the Hazara Rama Temple, the iconic Kings Balance, the impressive Mahanavami Dibba, and the Royal Enclosures. Don't miss the awe-inspiring Statue of Ugra Narasimha Temple, the grandeur of the Virupaksha Temple, and the graceful architecture of the Vithala Temple Complex. You'll also have the chance to marvel at the Lotus Mahal and explore the ASI Museum. Return to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 3: Hampi - Bijapur (220kms)
Following breakfast, depart for Bijapur, where a world of historical wonders awaits. Check in at your hotel upon arrival. Your exploration of Bijapur includes the Bijapur Fort, home to a plethora of monuments constructed during the reign of the Adil Shahi dynasty. These include the Asar Mahal, Bara Kaman, Gol Gumbaz (famous for its whispering gallery), the Jama Masjid, the colossal Malik-e-Maidan Cannon, the Mehtar Mahal, and the striking Ibrahim Rouza. After a day filled with history and architectural marvels, return to your hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
Day 4: Bijapur - Badami (120kms)
After breakfast, depart for Badami, where you'll check in at your hotel. Today's excursion takes you to Aihole, a historical site known for over 125 stunning Chalukyan temples and monuments dating from the 6th to 12th century. Important landmarks in Aihole include the Durga Temple, Lad Khan Temple, Ravanaphadi Cave Temples, Huchimalli Temple, Meganagudi group, Gowda Temple, and Huchappayyagudi Temple, among others. You'll also explore Pattadakal, a treasure trove of Hindu and Jain temples constructed in the 7th and 8th centuries CE. Notable temples in Pattadakal include the Virupaksha Temple, Jain temple, Papanatha temple, Galaganath temple, and Sangameshwara temple. Return to Badami to visit the famous cave temples, Badami Fort, and serene Agastya Lake. After an enriching day, enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 5: Badami - Goa (250kms)
Bid farewell to Badami after breakfast as you embark on a journey back to Goa. Whether you choose to be dropped off at your hotel or the airport, your memorable heritage trail comes to a close, leaving you with cherished memories of Karnataka's historical treasures.