Karnataka Tour Package
Duration – 05 Nights 06 Days
Exploring Karnataka: A Land of Diversity and Enchantment
Welcome to Karnataka, a captivating state in southern India that offers a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty. From the bustling city of Bangalore to the ancient ruins of Hampi, and from the serene beaches of Gokarna to the majestic waterfalls of Jog Falls, Karnataka has something for every traveler. In this blog, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of the highlights of Karnataka, showcasing its unique attractions and experiences.
Day 1: Arrive Mysore
On arrival in Mysore, check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Mysuru(Mysore) was the political capital of the Wodeyar Dynasty which ruled Karnataka for some 150 years till the independence of the country from the British. It was the Wodeyars who instituted the tradition of the grand celebration of Dasara festival, the 10-day festivities that celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2010. The kings, great patrons of art and culture, developed Mysuru as an important centre of religion, education and culture. Today, Mysuru is a city of palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples and retains some of the charm of the old world while stepping into modernity with enthusiasm.
Overnight stay in Mysore
Day 2: Drive from Mysore to Chikkamagaluru
After breakfast, take a tour of the Mysore city. Start your day with a visit to the Chamundeshwari temple located atop the Chamundi Hill. Sri Chamundeshwari temples is famous not only in India but also abroad. ‘Chamundi’ or ‘Durga’ is the fierce form of ‘Shakti’. She is the slayer of demons, ‘Chanda’ and ‘Munda’ and also ‘Mahishasura’, the buffalow-headed monster. She is the tutelary deity of the Mysuru Maharajas and the presiding deity of Mysuru. For several centuries they have held the Goddess, Chamundeswari, in great reverence. Further, visit the Mysore Palace. Designed by the English Architect, Henry Irwin, the Mysuru Palace dominates the skyline of Mysuru. A three storied structure in the Indo-Saracenic style built between 1897-1912, the palace has beautifully designed square towers at cardinal points, covered with domes.
The Durbar Hall with its ornate ceiling and sculpted pillars and the Kalyanamantapa (Marriage Pavilion) with its glazed tiled flooring and stained glass, domed ceiling are worth noting. Intricately carved doors, the golden howdah (elephant seat), paintings as well as the fabulous, jewel encrusted golden throne (displayed during Dasara) are amongst the palace’s other treasures. The walled palace complex houses the Residential Museum (incorporating some of the Palace’s living quarters),temples and shrines including the Shwetha Varahaswamy temple. After the above visits, drive to Chikkamagaluru (approximately 4 hrs). On arrival, check-in at your luxury hotel and relax for the day. Chikkamagaluru is a peaceful, beautiful town with hills, valleys, streams and coffee plantations. It is believed that Chikkamagaluru was given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the Chief of Sakrepatna kingdom. Chikkamagaluru has taken its name from Chikka magal-uru which means “Younger Daughter’s Village“. Karnataka’s coffee industry is in Chikkamagaluru and that makes it even more special. The Coffee seed was planted here for the first time in India in the Baba Budan Giri hills. Coffee seeds were brought into the region by Baba Budan, a Muslim saint, after his visit to Arabia in 1670 AD. The beans that were planted by him on the hill slopes of Chikkamagaluru flourished, and the famous Indian Coffee Industry was born.
Overnight stay in Chikkamagaluru
Day 3: A day in Chikkamagaluru
Explore the many wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, ancient temples and forts nearby the place. Enjoy a walk through the coffee plantations and catch a magnificent sunset. Experience the best of the Western Ghats here in Chikkamagaluru.
Overnight stay in Chikkamagaluru
Day 4: Drive from Chikkamagaluru to Madikeri
After breakfast, drive out to Madikeri (approximately 4 hrs). On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Madikeri, located in Coorg in Karnataka, is a quiet, relaxed hill-town that can rejuvenate the soul. Mudduraja Keri was the capital of the Kodagu King Mudduraja in 1681. Later it came to be known as Madikeri. Madikeri is famous for its coffee and oranges. Kodavas are believed to be the descendants of the soldiers of Alexander the Great who invaded India in 327 BC. The soldiers married into the local population and migrated along the coast. Having maintained a separate identity, this warrior like clan is fiercely independent and was never conquered by either Tipu Sultan or the British. The rest of the day is free to relax and experience the facilities and amenities the hotel has to offer.
Overnight stay in Madikeri
Day 5: A day in Madikeri
Places to see in Coorg, range from the sprawling & luxuriant coffee plantations, scenic waterfalls like Chelavara & Mallalli Falls, high peaks, national parks and serene lakes. The place also attracts tourists for its ancient mythic landmarks like the revered Omkareshwara Temple and Talacauvery.
Overnight stay in Madikeri
Day 6: Madikeri – Mysore – Delhi
After breakfast, leave for Mysore airport visiting Bylekuppe enroute (approximately 4 hours including visits). Bylekuppe- One of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India, it is known for its monasteries, handicrafts, carpet factories, and incense factory. The landscape is dotted with several monasteries, but be sure to visit the most important amongst these – the Great Gompa of Sera Jey and Sera Mey. The Mahayana Buddhist University is located here. It also has an enormous prayer hall. The other important monastery in the neighbouring settlement of Bylekuppe is TashiLhunpo renowned as the seat of the Panchen Lama. On arrival at Mysore airport, board your flight back home.