Gateway to India and South
GoaTrip’s Gateway to India and South tour is a journey to the western coastline of India including, of course, Goa. The itinerary has been carefully selected and features stays at some of the most popular hills and beaches on the west coast. Start with Mumbai and proceed towards Goa for a 4 day stay. Don’t get too comfortable as we then take you on a whirlwind trip to heritage destinations such as Hospet, Hassan and Madikeri. The 15 nigh, 16 day tour is the perfect mix of different holiday themes – beach, heritage and luxury.
Day 01 – Arrival at Mumbai
On arrival you will be met by our representative & transferred to a prebooked hotel, where we will be holding the rooms on ready occupancy basis. After traditional welcome check in into hotel. Overnight to be spent at hotel.
Day 02 - Mumbai
The stone archway designed by Wittett in the 16th century Gujarati style. Elephanta Caves 9 kms by sea. These 7th century rock-cut cave temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are situated a top a hill on the island. With everlasting memories of the day spend night at hotel.
Day 03 - Mumbai - Goa
Transfer to Airport for flight to Goa. On arrival, transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is to be spent at your discretion. You can just laze around in your rooms or venture out on a little exploratory tour of Goa by yourself. Today can be a good time to visit Goa’s flea markets or sample the delicious fish curry or the spicy Prawn Balchao. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - Goa
Day 04 is reserved for watersports and there are lots, really! Scuba diving, parasailing, jet skiing, water scooters and what not. Saunter on the sandy beaches, make sandcastles, get a temporary henna tattoo or just be a beach bum.
Day 05 - Goa
On Day 5, check out the various attractions of Goa. Visit the colonial Portuguese settlements in Velhas Conquistas – reminiscent of the 18th century. Notable attractions to be visited include the Bom Jesus Basilica, Aguada fort and the Mangueshi Temple. After evening, check out Goa’s much talked-about nightlife and hit Goa’s most popular nightclubs (at own expense). This being your final night in Goa, make the most of it!
Day 06 - Goa - Belgaum - Badami
Today after breakfast drive to Badami enroute visiting Belgaum - a total picture of contrasts. On one side is the old town area and modern on other, in the heart of Belgaum is the Fort. Inside it are most famous Kamal Basti, the Jain Temple & the Jama Masjid. The Kapileshwar Temple, the Ananthashayana. Later, proceed to Badami and stay overnight at our listed hotel.
Day 07 - Badami
Visit Rock cut cave Temples, Gateways, Forts, Inscriptions, Sculptures that seem to come alive before your eyes. Badami has to be seen to be believed. Climb a flight of steps to reach the ancient caves . All hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. Also a must see are Bhutanatha temples that lend their names to the lake just beneath the cave temples. Take a dip in this green tranquil river. It is said to have the healing properties. Badami also has the eighteen inscriptions ranging from 06th to 09th century. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal - Hospet
Today is your lucky day as you are going to Hospet enroute visiting Aihole and Pattadakal, and for that nothing can be said as everything is self explanatory. Aihole which is famous as the "cradle of the Indian Architecture". You will also visit Pattadakal . Situated on the left bank of the Malaprabha river, a world heritage center, has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture, later continue towards Hospet. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 - Hospet
Come with us this morning to explore the beautiful world of Hospet. The touristic importance of this lies in its proximity to Hampi, the site of the medieval Vijaynagar empire, (13 kms) is the most evocative of all the ruins in Karnataka.. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - Hospet - Hassan
Have your breakfast and head towards the destination that has it all. Yes! You guessed it right. We are going to Hassan. Set and refresh into hotel. Take an excursion to Belur & Halebid, a beautiful example of Hoyasala’s architecture. Visit the famous Chennakeshava Temple : which took 103 years to complete. The temples of Halebid bear mute testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnataka. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Hassan - Shravanabelagola - Hassan
Today you will see the splendor of Shravanabelgola, 51 kms south-east of Hassan, one of most important Jain Pilgrim centres. Here is the 17m high monolith of Lord Bahubali, the world’s tallest monolithic statue. The rest of the day you will remain free to explore the surroundings. Spend your night at hotel.
Day 12 - Hassan - Madikeri
Today morning we will be going to Madikeri, a place which is called as the "Scotland Of India". On arrival set yourself in the hotel, refresh yourself and come with us to visit Madikeri Fort , Abbey Falls , Nisargadhama . Known for its calm, serene beauty, this place is an ideal picnic spot visited by hundreds of tourists throughout the year. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 - Madikeri - Mysore
Today morning have your breakfast & ride with us to the exclusive locales of Mysore. On arrival, check in into hotel. Refresh yourself & go to visit :Mysore Palace, Chamundi hills . Towering over the city, these hills are 13 kms away from Mysore. Halfway up is the Nandi bull, a 4.8m monolith. Brindavan Gardens . A site to be loved. The musical fountains & colorful lights transform this place into a fairy land. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 - Mysore
Get up & get set for your visit to: Sri Jauyachamarajendra Art Gallery . Housed in the Jagmohan Palace, the gallery has a collection of exquisite paintings. In the afternoon visit Somnathpur. It is a little village where you can see the famous 13th century temple well known for its great architectural beauty. The star shaped temple with three shrines is the latest & well preserved heritage of Hoyasala architecture. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 - Mysore - Srirangapatnam - Bangalore
Today morning, you are free to explore the beautiful surroundings. Afternoon drive to Bangalore enroute visiting Srirangapatnam, the capital of the warrior King Hyder Ali & his son Tipu Sultan, has magnificent monuments that are well worth a visit. In the evening, drive to Bangalore. On arrival check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 - Bangalore - Mumbai
Today morning come with us to explore the "city of gardens" . We will take you to Vidhan Saudha . It houses the State Legislature and Secretariat, Nandi Temple . One of the oldest temple, popularly known as the Bull temple. In the evening take your flight to Bombay. On arrival transfer to hotel where we will be holding the rooms for wash & change. Enjoy your dinner. Later, departure transfer to International Airport for flight back home.
- Popular Mumbai attractions including Elephanta Caves
- Watersports such as Parasailing, Wind Surfing and Jet Skiing at Goa beaches
- Nightlife in Goa (payable separately)
- Guided Tours to Belgaum Fort, Kamala Basti, Jain Temple and Jama Masjid in Belgaum
- Temple tours to Pattadkal, Aihole and Hassan
- Local attractions in Mysore, Srirangapatnam, Madikeri and Bangalore