Destinations : Bengaluru - Mysore - Hassan - Belur - Halebid - Sravanbelgola - Bengaluru
Situated in the southern part of India, the province of Karnataka spreads over the Deccan Plateau. At 300B.C., it had formed the southern tip of Mauryan empire. Its boundaries enlarged or receded swaying to the drum beats of history & today it accounts for a sixteenth area of India & has a population of about 45 million. Its language is Kannada & its people are known as kannadigas. The three distinct regions are a narrow coastal area along Arabian Sea; high hills, the Western Ghats; & sprawling plains towards the east.The State is bounded by Maharashtra and Goa States in the North and North-West; by the Arabian sea in the West; by Kerala and Tamil nadu States in the South and by the State of Andhra Pradesh in the East. The State extends to about 750 km from North to South and about 400 km from East to West, and covers an area of about 1,91,976 sq.km.
The name of the land Karnataka has come from `Kari-nadu` meaning the land of black soil say the scholars, & some others hold that `Karunadu` also means beautiful country; either way the land is celebrated as beautiful throughout its ancient literature.
The water-soaked western strip across the Arabian sea is humid & warm in summer, water-soaked in monsoon, profuse with coconut grooves & paddy fields criss crossed by strips of silvery streams & sparkling stretches of sand.
The hilly uplands of Malnad, One of the wettest regions of the world, where the bamboo flourishes wild & areca, teak, rosewood & matti are grown. It is also the home of the stately gaur & langur. In its southern reaches frequent kheddas are held to capture roaming groups of elephants. Also the swift deer & the deadly tiger, whose eyes burning bright in forest night roam animatedly in the forests.
The east of the ghats is strikingly bare. This elevated stretch is supposed to be the oldest land on the earth where ancient rocks of earth are seen jutting in & out odd shapes. Rivers like Cauvrey, Sharavathi & Ghataprabha pass through upgraded valleys & resulting in water-falls & occasional rapids. The torrental fall of these rivers have been harnessed to generate hydro-electric power in an area where black coal is scarce.
The Capital par excellence Bengaluru today has become an Industrial Metropolis. It is also called India`s science city. Sophisticated industries in the public sector employ thousands and thousands of workers. It is also called the Electronics city because most of the country`s basic electronic industries are based here. It is the fastest growing city in Asia.
Aircraft-building, telecommunication, aeronautics, machine manufacture, etc., have taken giant strides here. Bengaluru was known for its salubrious climate which however is now being debated because of the accelerated progress of modern industry. It was called an air-conditioned city and a pensioner`s paradise but with these advances it is to be seen how long it could retain these epithets.
Karnataka popularly known for Karnatic Music through out the World has given much more to the World than Carnatic Music, a unique form of Classical Music patroned by many across the continents. Karnataka with all its Richness in Culture and Traditional Grandeur is also one of the fastest growing States in terms of Industries and Facilities. Karnataka is also known as the Capital of Agarbathi (Incense Sticks), Arecanut, Silk, Coffee and Sandal Wood. All this is apart from the fact that it has been the Culture Center for hundreds of years and its testimony stands spread across the State pulling millions of Tourists from all parts of the World to Karnataka.
Day 1 - Arrive Bengaluru
Arrive Bengaluru and transfer to the hotel.Afternoon sightseeing tour.
Day 2 - Bengaluru - Mysore
Drive to Mysore visiting Srirangapatnam enroute.Check-in at the hotel for overnight.
Day 3 - Mysore
Morning sightseeing tour of city.Afternoon visit Somnathpur Temple.
Day 4 - Mysore - Hassan
Drive to Hassan.Afternoon visit Belur & Halebid Temples.
Day 5 - Hassan - Banglore
Drive to Bengaluru enroute visiting Sravanbelgola.On arrival, transfer to the airport for flight to onward.