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Karnataka Kaleidoscope

Day 01: Bangalore - Hassan

Depart by surface for Hassan. Upon arrival at Hassan, check-into your hotel. Hassan was under the control of great Hoysala Empire during 11th to 13th century AD. This was the period when the great temples of Belur and Halebid were constructed. The region of Hassan was also greatly influenced by Jainism and later it became a well-known centre of Jain literature.  Rest of the day is for leisure. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 02 : Hassan - Mysore

Breakfast at the hotel.In the morning proceed for day excursion to Belur and Halebid. Belur is situated around 38 km from Hassan. The Channekeshava Temple at Belur is the only Hoysala site still in use. The construction of this temple started in AD 1116 to commemorate the victory of the Hoysalas over the Cholas at Talakad. It took around hundred years to complete the work, famous for its Hoyasaleswara temple. The construction of the Hoyasaleswara Temple started in AD 1121 and continued for around 90 years. but it was never completed. Thereafter, transfer to Mysore. Arrive in Mysore and check-into your hotel. The Maharaja's Palace is one of the important sights in Mysore. Built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, the Palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Intricately carved doors open on to luxuriously furnished rooms. The majestic Durbar Hall has an ornate ceiling and many sculpted pillars. The magnificent jewel studded golden throne of the Wodeyars is displayed here during the Dassehra festival. Illuminated on Sundays and public holidays, the palace presents a spectacle of breathtaking beauty. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 03 : Mysore

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit the Chamundi Hills which overlook the Mysore city. Chamundi Hill can be reached by a 13 km road or by climbing up the 1,000 steps laid out by the Mysore Maharaja in the 17th century. Halfway up along the stone steps is Nandi, Lord Shiva's Bull, a majestic 4.8 meters monolith. In the evening you would be driven to the outskirt of the city to see the illuminated Brindavan Gardens. Located at the KR Sagar Dam (Kannambadi), Brindavan Gardens is one of the best gardens in South India. Spread over 150 acres, Brindavan Gardens has since the 1960s provided the backdrop for many Indian films. Special attractions include the 'Dancing Fountains'. Brindavan garden is located 12 kms northwest of Mysore city and has rows-of colourful fountains. The dam is over 3 Kms long and is constructed at the junction of three rivers - Kaveri, Hemavati and Lakshmanathirtha. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 04 : Mysore - Ooty

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Ootacamund popularly known as Ooty. Arrive Ooty and check-into your hotel. All over India the British located idyllic spots for hill resorts so as to get away from the heat of the plains in summer. In the South, in the Nilgiri or Blue Mountains, they selected three spots, one of which is Ooty Its beautiful gardens, wooden rolling hills, pine and eucalyptus forests and cool climate has earned Ooty the name, Queen of Hill Stations. The Nilgiris are known for their tea and coffee plantations and for the eucalyptus oil used as base for medicines for coughs and colds. Enjoy a ride on the 'Toy Train' from Ooty to Coonoor and back.  Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day : 05 Ooty — Nagarhole

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is for leisure. Opportunities exist to explore this hill station on your own. Visit the Government Botanical Gardens, laid out in 1847, the most beautiful jewel on the crown of the "Queen of Hill Stations". There are over 650 species of plants in the garden. The fossil of a tree trunk believed to be 20 million years old is preserved here. The graveyard of St Thomas Church, built in 1870, overlooks the lake and has a huge pillar surmounted by a cross over the grave of William Patrick Adam, the Governor of Madras Presidency. This pillar is the tallest memorial in Ooty. The small gothic-style St Stephen's Church, built in 1829 and situated northwest of Charing Cross, is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiri Mountains. The attached cemetery contains the grave of John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty. In the afternoon, depart by surface for Nagarhole. Upon arrival at Nagarhole, check-into your hotel. Nagarhole is named after Nagarhole (Cobra river in the local language, Kannada), a winding river which runs eastwards through its centre. It is situated in the districts of Mysore and Kodagu in the state of Karnataka. The birth of Nagarhole National Park can be traced to the notification of 285 Sq. km. Game Reserve way back in 1955, which included the reserve forests of Arkeri, Hatgat and Nalkeri in Kodagu. Subsequently, In 1974, reserved forests from the adjoining Mysore district were ridded to the Nagarahole Game Reserve, which was upgraded to the status of a National Park covering 643 sq. km. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day : 06 Nagarhole

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a morning and an afternoon jungle safari to view the wildlife inside the park. Perhaps nowhere else in India can one see so much wildlife. Sighting of elephants, sambhar, spotted deer, gaur, wild boar, sloth bear, wild dogs, etc., are almost assured, while if one is lucky, a tiger or a panther too, could be sighted. Our clients are permitted to shoot, not with guns but with camera and video. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 07 : Nagarhole – Bangalore

Breakfast at the Hotel.  Transfer to the Bangalore Airport for your flight back home.

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