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South India Architectural Tour
Architectural wonders of South India
South India Architectural Tour  (KE- 04)
Region : South India



Cost per Person

US$ 1800


Tour Overview

South India boasts a wealth of cultural and historical treasures, showcasing mesmerizing architectural monuments steeped in rich history. This journey highlights renowned temples like Belur and Halebidu near Hassan, along with World Heritage sites such as Hampi and Pattadakal in North Karnataka. Along this route, you'll encounter musical pillars, stone dancers, elephant stables, majestic temples, forts, and ancient ruins. Explore the picturesque countryside of Malanad and marvel at the awe-inspiring boulders of Hampi, making for an unforgettable exploration of South India's cultural and historical heritage.

South India Architectural Tour

Day 1: Arrival - Bangalore
Bangalore Upon arrival in Bangalore, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. No specific activities are scheduled for this day, allowing you to relax and settle in after your journey.
Day 2: Bangalore - Mysore
Start your day with an early breakfast, followed by a guided heritage walk through Bangalore. Explore the remnants of the old Bangalore Fort, the abandoned armoury, and the summer residence of the erstwhile rulers of Mysore. Visit a 300-year-old temple known for its intricate architecture, stroll through the verdant Cubbon Park, and admire various statues and memorials. Later, visit landmarks like the Legislative Building, the High Court, the cantonment church, and the majestic Bangalore Palace of the Wodeyar dynasty. After the tour, check out from your hotel and proceed to Mysore, the former capital of the Mysore kingdom (approximately 4 hours' drive). If time permits, ascend Chamundi Hill for a panoramic view of Mysore city and visit the Chamundeshwari Temple dedicated to Goddess Chamundi.
Day 3: Mysore
Immerse yourself in the regal ambiance of Mysore, renowned for its palaces and historical sites. Delve into the Amba Vilas Palace, also known as Mysore Palace, with its opulent interiors and the Gombe Thotti (Doll's Pavilion) displaying traditional dolls and ceremonial artifacts. Learn about the city's history with a visit to Srirangapatna Fort, a significant site reflecting British colonial influence and the defeat of Tipu Sultan. Your guided city tour may also include Jaganmohan Palace, Lalitha Mahal, the vibrant fruit and vegetable market, Art Gallery, and Rail Museum. Nature enthusiasts can explore Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary to observe diverse bird species in their natural habitat.
Day 4: Hassan
Depart from Mysore and travel to Hassan (approximately 3 hours' drive), a picturesque town nestled in the Malnad region of Karnataka. Upon arrival, visit the colossal statue of Gomateswara at Shravanabelagola, a revered pilgrimage site for Jains. Later, check into your resort and enjoy a leisurely evening walk through the nearby village, gaining insight into the rural life of the local farming community.
Day 5: Hassan
Embark on a cultural excursion to Belur and Halebid, renowned for their exquisite Hoysala temples. Belur, known as Southern Banaras, houses the Chennakeshava Temple, celebrated for its intricate carvings and architecture dating back to 1117 AD. Journey to Halebid, the former Hoysala Empire capital, to marvel at the Hoysaleswara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, showcasing impressive sculptural details and engineering marvels. Appreciate the fine craftsmanship and historical significance of these temples, reflecting South Indian architectural styles.
Day 6: Hampi
Travel to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire (approximately 7 hours' drive). Check into your resort upon arrival and unwind. In the evening, venture into the nearby bear sanctuary for a safari experience amidst natural surroundings.  
Day 7: Hampi
Explore the iconic ruins of Hampi with your guide, tracing the rich history and architectural splendor of the Vijayanagara kingdom. Discover landmarks such as the King's Balance, Queen's Bath adorned with lotus-shaped fountains, Lotus Mahal with its unique architectural features, Elephant Stables, Vithala Temple renowned for its musical pillars and stone chariot, Virupaksha Temple still active for worship, Ugra Narasimha monolith statue, Pushkarini (sacred pond), and Mahanavmi Dibba (platform). Delve into the cultural heritage and archaeological marvels of this ancient city.
Day 8: Aihole – Pattadakal - Badami
Visit Aihole, known as the 'cradle of Indian temple architecture,' to admire intricately carved temples showcasing Chalukyan architecture. Explore notable temples like Lad Khan Temple and Durga Temple, marveling at their historical and artistic significance. Proceed to Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its 7th and 8th-century CE Hindu and Jain temples representing a blend of architectural styles from North and South India. Visit the Virupaksha Temple, adorned with intricate carvings and monumental gateways, reflecting the eclectic artistry of the Chalukyan dynasty.
Day 9: Badami - Departure
Conclude your journey in Badami, a picturesque town nestled between rocky hills with cave temples dedicated to Hindu deities. Explore the intricately carved cave temples, including the notable Nataraja Temple showcasing Lord Shiva in various dance poses. Admire the reservoir overlooking the temples, surrounded by shrines dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. After exploring the cultural and architectural wonders of Badami, bid farewell as you depart for your onward journey, concluding your enriching exploration of Karnataka's cultural heritage.


  • Accommodation in hotels with breakfast
  • Air conditioned chauffer driven SUV
  • Entry into palaces, monuments and museums
  • Qualified guides at each place
  • Taxes

This trip can also be tailor-made to suit your interests of time and budget requirements as necessary



Route Maps




Visitors to India must obtain a Visa before departure. You can consult the nearest Indian Embassy/ High Commission/ Consular office for the same.

You will be put up in Deluxe hotels and resorts

The weather is tropical and warm. Monsoon months are July to September.

Transportation/ Guides
Aircon chauffeur driven SUV & qualified guides

First aid
Our guides have been adequately trained in first aid and always carry a comprehensive first aid kit. In case of any medical emergency we have facilities to transfer you to the nearest hospital immediately.

Food is a very important part of these journeys and we have ensured that the local cuisine is a part of this adventure. Refreshments and bottled  water are provided on all days. Any special food requirements can be met if sufficient notice is given.

• Drink plenty of fluids.
• Use only bottled mineral water provided by us.
• Carry your personal medical kit and insect repellent.

Spending money
During the trip there will be opportunities to do some shopping and money spent along the way goes directly into the hands of the local communities.

Foreign exchange
You can exchange your money at most major towns.ATMs are found in most towns.
Credit cards are accepted only at Mysore during this tour.

Minimum age: 5 years

What to bring

• Casual Shirts/shirts
• Shorts
• Caps

• Binoculars & Camera (Optional)
• Torch light
• Insect repellent
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen 
• Day pack  

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