Two Kingdoms separated by half a millennia played pivotal role in shaping the history of South India. On this trip we take you through a journey to learn about Chalukyas of Badami and Vijayanagaras of Hampi. The main focus is on learning the evolution of temple art in India, architecture and history. We start our trip by exploring Hampi and then move to Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal. All the sites we are covering are protected UNESCO world heritage sites.
Pickup from Bus Stand or Railway Station & Transfer to Hotel on Arrival. The Hotel check-in time is 1.00 PM, subject to availability we will arrange early check-in. Freshen up at hotel, leave your luggage and have breakfast.
9:30 AM: Pickup from your hotel for days tour
10.00 AM – 5.00 PM: Heritage Hampi Tour – History, Architecture & Monuments
We will be joining other fellow travellers on an immersive tour of Hampi’s UNESCO world heritage site. On the tour we will explore the rich history of Vijayanagara empire, learn about unique architecture of various monuments, hear stories of victories and defeat. This is a tour for all history lovers. We will attempt to cover all the important monuments in the Sacred and Royal center areas. In the morning we will first cover the Sacred Center. Sacred Center as the name suggests is the religion center of Hampi, a number of ancient temples and structures are in this area. After lunch break we continue our exploration with the Royal Center area. This area was the Citadel of the Vijayanagara kings, it encompasses courtly and military structures of the core zone.
6.00 PM: Drop to your hotel
9.30 AM – Checkout of your room
10.00 AM : Day tour of Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal
The town of Badami, the nearby villages of Aihole and Pattadakal in Malaprabha valley of central Karnataka, are celebrated for their magnificent rock-cut shrines and structural temples. These Hindu and Jain monuments are associated with the Early Chalukyas who reigned over this part of Deccan during 6th – 8th Centuries. Together these temples and shrines may be considered among the earliest, best preserved remnants of temple art in India.
On this day tour, we will get a glimpse of magnificent group of monuments in the Malaprabha valley, which stretches some 25 Kilometers along the Malaprabha river flowing in a northeasterly direction. Temple architecture in Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal is characterized by a remarkable variety of styles and construction techniques. This high concentration of multiple styles within confines of a limited zone like Malaprabha valley is to be found nowhere else in India. The Early Chalukya monuments bridge the transition from rock-cut excavation to free standing construction. Construction began with cave temples at Badami and Aihole built in mid 6th Century CE with large scale sculptural compositions on the walls and monolithic columns. Then moved to dravidian style structural temples in first half of 7th Century. The earliest example of dravidian style structural temple in all of South India is found in Aihole built in 634 CE. Though the dravidian style was a Early Chalukya invention it eventually spread across all of South India and since then got influenced by Cholas, Pallavas, Hoysalas, Gangas and Vijayanagara styles. Pattadakal is a unique meeting place of distinctive Dravida and Nagara building traditions of Southern and Northern India respectively. Not only are these discrete styles represented in temples built side by side, attributes of both these styles even came to be incorporated within individual monuments, resulting in a unique hybrid style.
5.00 PM: Drive to Hampi (3 Hours) and transfer to Hospet station or the Bus Stand
Accommodation is available in four categories as shared below. Remember to choose an accommodation category when you fill up your enquiry form. Based on your enquiry we will send you detailed price quote.
The location of this property is most convenient, just outside of the core zone of Hampi in a village called Kamalapur. All rooms are air-conditioned. There is a inhouse restaurant, room service and laundry services also are offered. Kamalapur is well connected to Hospet (10 Kms).
One of a kind properties that will add to your overall experience of Hampi. Tastefully decorated cottages, each cottage unique in its own way. High standards of hygiene and cleanliness are maintained. Local staff are involved in running and maintaining the property. If you are expecting amenities like reliable internet, laundry, 24 hour room service then this is not for you. But if you enjoy staying at unique properties that reflects the local ethos and culture then this is for you.
In this category you know what you are getting, because the quality of property and service will be standard. Run mostly by well established hotel conglomerates or chains like the Royal Orchid and Hyatt.
Entry fee to the monuments is not included. You will have to pay this directly at the counter, your guide will help facilitate this. The reason we don’t include this is to keep the pricing for Indian and Foreign nationals same.
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