GoaHighlights

  • Hospet
  • Raghunath Temple
  • Vithala Temple
  • Vijayanagar Empire

DAY 1

Hospet

Arrive at Hospet railway station and transfer to hotel. Hospet, a small dusty town in Northern Karnataka, was once the seat of the powerful Vijayanagar Empire. Its importance lies in its nearness to Hampi, the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagar rulers. Check in at the hotel. After lunch proceed for city tour of Hospet a little away from Hospet lies the Tungabhadra Dam (6 km), which was completed in 1953 to provide electricity for irrigation in the surrounding districts.

Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 2

Hospet / Hampi

After breakfast, leave for an excursion to Hampi – The excavations at Hampi carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India in collaboration with the Karnataka Government in 1976 have revealed the ruins of a rich and flourishing empire. Today the ruins lie sprawled over a large area of 26 square kms.

Hospet – The fort is situated at Chitradurga around 290 km south of Hospet on the Bangalore-Hospet road. Also known as the Fort of Seven Rounds, it was built in the 17th century by the Nayak Poligars. Hampi – Hampi is a world Heritage Site and the erstwhile capital of the Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar. This ruined town is guarded by rivers and granite ridges. The travellers from Europe who visited the place at the height of Vijayanagar Empire wrote that the city was as large and as beautiful as Rome

Queen’s Bath – This 15-metre square bath is enclosed with gallery, verandas and overhanging Rajasthani balconies. The minor waterfall inside the bath was once poured with cool, perfumed water that flowed out through an underground drain

Vithala Temple - A World Heritage Site, the temple is located 2 km east of Hampi Bazaar. It was built in the 16th century and displays the architectural splendour acquired by the artisans of Vijayanagar Empire.

Virupaksha Temple – One of the oldest monuments in the town, this 15th-century Virupaksha Temple is part of the Hampi Bazaar area. The principal deity is Virupaksha, one of the many forms of Lord Shiva. Rising to a height of 50 metres from the ground, the temple belongs to the later Vijayanagar period.

Raghunath Temple – Located on a hilltop, the Raghunath Temple is known for its Dravidian style

King’s Balance – Situated near the Vithala Temple, the King’s Balance has a golden past. According to legend, this balance was used to weigh the rulers against gold, jewels, and food that were later distributed to the Brahmins.

Lotus Mahal - The Lotus Mahal is an exquisite pavilion located in the walled area of zenana near Hazara Ram Temple. The pavilion derives its name from the lotus bud that is carved on its dome and vaulted ceiling. A fine blend of Indo-Islamic architecture.

Royal Residence - Situated to the west of the Hazara Rama Temple, the Royal Residence has been unearthed from recent excavations.

Museum & Art Gallery - The museum run by the Archaeological Survey of India has a very good collection of sculptures belonging to the Vijayanagar Empire. It is situated at Kamalapuram VIJAYANAGAR EMPIRE – Founded by the legendary brother princes Harihara and Bukka in 1336, the Vijayanagar Empire was once the mightiest kingdom of the South. It looks quite strange that a kingdom can perfect the art of building construction while fighting throughout their reign.

DAY 3

Hospet

After early breakfast, proceed for full day excursion to JSW Steel plant at Vijayanagar which is located 50kms/02hrs approx from Hospet The JSW Steel Vijayanagar plant is the first integrated steel plant to reach 10 MTPA capacity in a single location. It is the first in India to use the Corex technology for hot metal production. The first hot strip mill at Vijayanagar was commissioned in 1997. Since then it has grown exponentially and now has an installed capacity to produce 10 MTPA of steel. Located at a remote village Toranagallu part of under developed North Karnataka in the Bellary-Hospet iron ore belt of Karnataka, the fully integrated steel plant, is well-connected with both the Goa and Chennai ports.

Overnight at hotel

DAY 4

Hospet/Goa

Today after early breakfast, checkout and depart for Goa by road which is approx 310kms/08-09hrs.

Arrive in Goa and check in at the hotel. Beautiful views of golden sand on the beaches, blue waters of the sea, the sylvan forests, Palm-swathed hills, islands, and riverine waters are some of visual wonder which Goa generously and continuously keeps unfolding. Add to this the tang of fish-curry rice, the pleasure of discovering a crab under a stone, the moistened sips of cocum, and walking on a beach full of crisp seashells. This is where the mind stops thinking and the heart begins to talk! In monsoon this hundred-kilometre coastline becomes a fantasyland.

On one side stands the palm trees swaying in the wind, and on the other is the vast Indian Ocean greeting you. This and much more is the attraction of Goa. Situated on the western coast of India, Goa is split into North Goa with Panaji the capital city and South Goa with Vasco da Gama and Margao in it. Historically, a part of the Mauryan Empire in the 3rd century BC, it has been under the influence of Satavahanas, Adil Shahi Dynasty of Bijapur, Chalukyans, Vijaynagar, and finally under Alfonso de Albuquerque the Portuguese who invaded Goa in 1510. They ruled till 1961, when the Indian forces liberated it amd made it a part of the Republic of India.

Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 5

Goa

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for full day city tour of Goa – OLD CITY & CHURCHES – Old Goa, nine kms east of Panaji, was founded in 1510 by Alfonso de Albuquerque as the capital, is replete with churches like Se Cathedral the Convent, Professed House and Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi (largest church in Asia), the Church of St. Cajetan, the Church and Convent of St. Monica and the ruins of Church of St. Augustine. PANAJI – Small and mellow for a state capital, Panaji is located on the south bank of the Mandovi River. It became capital of Goa in 1843.

The city is charming with an evident colonial effect to its landscape. In Panaji, the church devoted to our Lady of Immaculate Conception, and the Chapel of St. Sebastian are worth visiting. The Goa State Museum, the Secretariat, the statue of Abbe Faria are popular amon artlovers. Visit a Goan market to discover the essence of the land. Fish, woven baskets, earthen pots, tender coconuts and bananas, pickles and preserves, and, even blue china and bronzed candelabras! Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 6

Goa

After breakfast, checkout and transfer to Goa airport your onward journey.