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Hampi and Deccan Plateau Tour

Duration:
15 days / 14 nights
Destinations:
Hyderabad, Bidar, Gulbarga, Bijapur, Hampi, Badami, Goa
Price Guide:

Price guide for this 15 day Deccan Plateau Tour:

  • £1530 Low Season
  • £1650 High Season

based on two people travelling.

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Overview

The Hampi & Deccan Plateau tour begins in the former princely city of Hyderabad, a predominantly Islamic city offering a compelling combination of monuments, museums and shopping opportunities. It’s endless lively bazaars, eclectic Salar Jung Museum and the mighty Golconda Fort nearby make it an enticing place to spend a day or two.

Continue your journey to see the 15th to 17th-century mosques and mausoleum complexes of Bidar, Bijapur and Gulbarga, which are regarded as some of the best examples of Islamic architecture in South India. 

The second phase of the journey takes you to the intrinsically Hindu collection of temples at Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal and on to Hampi and the ancient Vijayanagar Empire to see some of India's most intricate historical stone carvings. After exploring through regions rich in history, unwind in Goa, renowned for its endless beaches and relaxed pace of life.

Highlights Of Hampi & Deccan Plateau Tour

 

  • Hyderabad – Southern India’s principal Muslim city boasts a wonderful mosque, the Charminar and Golconda Fort.
  • Bidar – Rarely visited Muslim outpost in the remote northeast of Karnataka, famed for its bidri metalwork and magnificent medieval monuments.
  • Bijapur – Known as the “Agra of the South” for its splendid Islamic architecture including the huge, domed Golgumbaz.
  • Badami – A centre of Chalukyan cave art.
  • Hampi – A UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the remains of the Vijayanagar kingdom, scattered among fertile plantations punctuated by extraordinary rock formations.
  • Goa – Known for its mesmerising beaches, bustling markets, and Portuguese style homes and churches.

Hampi and Deccan Plateau Tour - 15 Days / 14 Nights

The Hampi & Deccan Plateau tour includes fascinating cities to explore, temple tours, and the laidback beaches of Goa.

Visit Southern India’s principal Muslim city Hyderabad to see the Charminar and Golconda Fort, remote Bidar with its magnificent medieval monuments and Bijapur, the “Agra of the South” with its impressive Islamic architecture.

Then venture on to Badami to see Chalukyan cave art, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi with its amazing ruins and rock formations before ending your tour in Goa with its chilled-out beaches, bustling markets, and Portuguese-style buildings.

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Day 1 - Arrive at Hyderabad International Airport

You will be met at Hyderabad International Airport by your Authentic India Tours representative and will be taken to your hotel by a private car transfer. This will take about 45 minutes.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy the facilities of the Fortune Park Vallabha hotel, or explore the local area.

Accommodation: Fortune Park Vallabha
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Day 2 - Hyderabad

Today’s sightseeing tour of Hyderabad starts with a visit to the magnificent Golconda Fort which covers a vast area and is one of India’s finest fort complexes. Nearby are the well preserved Qutub Shahi tombs which were erected in the memory of the departed kings of Golconda.

After lunch, your guide will take you through Laad Bazaar where you’ll have the chance to be dazzled by the shiny lac bangles that Hyderabad is known for and explore the small lanes to meet the master craftsmen who reside there. Walk into the chaos of fluttering pigeons in the Mecca Masjid courtyard and then onto the simplicity of Nizam's tombs.

Accommodation: Fortune Park Vallabha
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 3 - Hyderabad

This morning you continue to discover Hyderabad with a visit to the Chowmahalla Palace and a tour around the palace complex to see the opulence with which the Nizams of Hyderabad lived and ruled. Explore the imposing Durbar Hall and the various rooms where the family has recreated a slice of life from the past. You can also visit the Salar Jung Museum which houses an extensive art collection.

The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy some shopping or explore the area further.

Accommodation: Fortune Park Vallabha
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 4 - Hyderabad - Bidar - Gulbarga

After breakfast, the journey to Bidar which is hidden away in Karnataka’s far northeastern corner will take about 3 hours. Here you’ll discover the amazing ruins and monuments of the once-mighty Bahmani Kingdom. This old walled town was the first capital of the Bahmani kingdom and later the capital of the Barid Shahi dynasty, and has a rich Islamic Indian history. Explore the impressive ruin of Mahmud Gawan’s Madrassa, whose single minaret soars high above the city centre and the Muslim quarter that holds many mosques, havelis and monasteries. 

After lunch, we continue to Gulbarga.

Approximate travel time and distance: 2 hours 30 min, 119 km

Accommodation: Citrus Hotel, Gulbarga
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 5 - Gulbarga - Bijapur (Vijayapura)

The morning is set aside to explore the fort and the tombs of the Bahmani kings. Enjoy a half-day tour, including a visit to the Bhwaja Bande Nawaz tomb whose design exquisitely merges Persian and Indian architectural styles.

This is followed by an afternoon drive through rural India to Bijapur.

Approximate travel time and distance: 3 hours 20 minutes, 151 km

Accommodation: Kyriad Hotel, Vijayapura
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 6 - Bijapur

You will be met by your guide and taken on an exciting full day tour of Bijapur today.

Bijapur also known as Vijaypurura is a historic city epitomising the Deccan’s Islamic era. Boasting some of the Deccan’s finest Muslim monuments, Bijapur is often referred as ‘The Agra of the South’. On your tour you will visit the most important sites including the Gol Gumbaz, which houses the tomb of Mohammad Adil Shah which is one of the most impressive structures built during the era. Then you’ll continue to the beautiful tomb named Ibrahim Rouza which was built by Adil Shah II for his queen, followed by the architecture marvel Gagan Mahal (also known as the Sky Palace), the Sat Manzil (seven-storied palace), Jala Manzil (water pavilion), Bara Kaman (twelve arches) and Jama Masjid, the mosque built by Ali Adil Shah I.

Accommodation: Kyridad Hotel, Vijayapura
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 7 - Bijapur - Hampi

This morning you’ll continue your journey with a drive to what many regard as India’s most atmospheric ancient site – the ruined city of Vijayanagar, near Hampi in central Karnataka

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours 16 minutes, 216 km

Accommodation: The Heritage Resort, Hampi
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 8 - Hampi

Over the next two days, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore the ruins and monuments in Hampi which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once the capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire, it was an Imperial city to rival Rome with its palaces, temples and sculptures. As one of the largest Hindu empires to have ever existed, the ruins at Hampi are extensive and, in many cases, exceptionally well preserved. Established in the early 1300s, there is an impressive array of palaces, temples, structures and ruins to visit including the Vitthala Temple, Stone Chariot, Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables and Queen's Bath.

Accommodation: The Heritage Resort, Hampi
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 9 - Hampi

Start your final day’s sightseeing at Hampi with a pre-dawn walk to Matanga Hill to watch the sunrise. Jump on a coracle across the Tughabadhra River to reach the hilltop ‘Monkey Temple’, a fabulous viewpoint, or follow the sandy tracks east through fields littered with chunks of carved masonry and discarded colonnades to discover forgotten cave shrines and reliefs sculpted from giant boulders.

Accommodation: The Heritage Resort, Hampi
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 10 - Hampi - Badami

Today’s adventure takes you to Badami via the ancient Chalukyan temples at Pattadakal and Aihole  The journey is quite long across one of the emptiest regions of the Deccan Plateau but the ruins of ancient Badami fully warrant the trip

Pattadakal is located on a bend in the Malaprabha River and is believed to have been the place where the Chalukyan kings staged their coronations. UNESCO World Heritage Site status has been conferred on its main temple complex. More than a hundred ruined temples, dating from the 6th to 12th centuries, litter the fields and rock outcrops around the village of Aihole. If time permits, you can also visit nearby Mahakui, a tiny, forgotten pilgrimage spot featuring a spring fed bathing tank and a cluster of 6th and 7th century Hindu shrines – a heavenly oasis.

Badami, a former Chalukyan capital is best known for its Hindu and Jain cave temples that occupy a spectacular setting cut into the cliff face of a sandstone hill that looks over this ancient village.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours, 139 km

Accommodation: Hotel Badami Court
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 11 - Badami

During your morning visit in Badami, you will visit the Badami Cave Temples which are thought to date from the second half of the 6th century AD. Ranging from rock-cut cave shrines to structural temples and forts, they were the work of the Chalukyas, and are scattered across a gorge between two steep, rocky hills, divided by a large water tank. The cliffs provide an epic backdrop to the Bhuthanatha Temple, whose finely carved towers and pillars are reflected in the green waters at its feet.

Accommodation: Hotel Badami Court
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 12 - Badami - Goa

After breakfast, you will travel to the famous beach destination of Goa for a wonderful relaxing end to your holiday.

Approximate travel time and distance: 5 hours 50 minutes, 243 km

Accommodation: Coconut Creek Beach Resort
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 13 - Goa

Day at leisure relaxing on the beach, enjoying a bit of shopping or discovering the local sights

Accommodation: Coconut Creek Beach Resort
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 14 - Goa

Day at leisure.

Accommodation: Coconut Creek Beach Resort
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 15 - Transfer to Goa Airport - Fly to London

You will be transferred to Goa International Airport in plenty of time to board your return flight.

(Check-in 3 hours prior to the estimated time of departure.)

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

Accommodation on this Highlights of Hampi & Deccan Plateau Tour includes a variety of superior grade hotels.

Fortune Park Vallabha, Hyderabad

The fantastic Fortune Park Vallabha is located in the urban Banjara Hills and is furnished in a contemporary style with a range of facilities. There are 68 elegant rooms in the hotel which can be king-size or twin, offering a wide choice of amenities for a comfortable stay. Hyderabad Deccan Railway Station and a shopping centre are a short distance away.

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Citrus Hotel, Gulbarga

The Citrus Hotel is centrally located in Gulbarga (Kalaburagi) making it the perfect base to explore local attractions including the Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple and Gulbarga Fort. The hotel has 25 rooms and modern amenities - all you need for a comfortable stay. 

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Kyriad Hotel, Vijayapura

The contemporary Kyriad Vijayapura is the perfect place to relax after a busy day of exploring the sights of Vijayapura (Bijapur) including Golgumbaz, Ibrahim Rouza and the Gagan Mahal. This boutique hotel offers multi-cuisine and vegetarian restaurants, along with a bar to unwind in with a refreshing drink after a long day. Rooms are equipped with modern amenities and 24-hour room service is available. 

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The Heritage Resort, Hampi

Located a short distance from the iconic monuments of Hampi, The Heritage Resort is built on nine acres of coconut and mango plantations. With a modern style inspired by the traditional local architecture and a peaceful setting, the resort is surrounded by the sights and smells of untouched landscapes and its own organic farm. Accommodation ranges from a choice of modern and stylish villas whilst Kishkinda, the resort's own multi-cuisine restaurant, offers guests a dining experience to remember.

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Hotel Badami Court, Badami

Stay in the serene Hotel Badami Court and experience a breathtaking view of the sandstone mountains of Badami. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool, unwind in the beautiful gardens and sample the delights in the multi-cuisine restaurant. Then at night, you can relax and recall the adventures of the day in your deluxe room air-conditioned room.

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Coconut Creek Resort, Goa

Coconut Creek Resort is a well-established family-friendly resort delicately entwined into the surrounding coconut plantation. With twenty private air-conditioned rooms, the villa-style accommodation has large windows and ceiling fans either with bathtubs or wet room facilities. All rooms have views of the gardens or the lagoon pool. Award-winning service, excellent cuisine and a choice of international drinks to accompany it ensure the resort has all the ingredients needed for a wonderful holiday.

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Destinations

Hyderabad

The capital of Telangana, Hyderabad is a technology hub and home to numerous upscale shops and restaurants. There's still plenty of old world culture, including the Golconda Fort, previously a diamond-trading center, and Charminar, a 16th-century mosque with 4 towering minarets.

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Bidar

Explore the walled town of Bidar, hidden away in Karnataka’s far north eastern corner, where you can learn the fascinating history of the Bahmani Kingdom. Discover the magnificent Bidar Fort with its panoramic rooftop views, and step back in time at the remains of Khwaja Mahmud Gawan Madrasa where tens of thousands of Islamic scholars would have studied. See the paintings on the walls of the Bahmani Tombs or wind your way past the mosques, havelis and monasteries in the Muslim quarter.

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Gulbarga (Kalaburagi)

Also known as Kalaburagi, Gulbarga is the largest city in the Hyderabad-Karnataka (known as Kalyana-Karnataka) region of North Karnataka. Gulbarga lies 623 km north of Bangalore and 220 km from Hyderabad, and is home to many religious places including the Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah, and Sharana Basaveshwara Temple. Don’t miss out on a visit to the imposing Gulbarga Fort, where you can see impressive gun towers and the world’s largest canon.

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Bijapur (Vijaypurura)

Often referred to as the ‘Agra of the South’, fascinating Bijapur epitomises the Islamic Deccan era. Also known as Vijaypurura, this historic city contains some of the Deccan’s finest monuments, including fortifications, mausoleums, mosques and palaces. Key attractions include the cavernous Golgumbaz housing the tomb of Mohammad Adil Shah, the beautiful Ibrahim Rouza tomb built by Adil Shah II for his queen, and the impressive Gagan Mahal (also known as the Sky Palace).

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Hampi World Heritage Site

The ancient ruins and temples of Hampi are surrounded by paddy fields, banana plantations and surreal hillsides littered with large, rust-coloured boulders. Despite the village’s small size, there’s a lot to see at this UNESCO heritage site. One of the most intriguing is the Virupaksha Temple, which dates back to the 7th Century.

In Hampi Bazaar you’ll find gorgeous handwoven fabric and other traditional handicrafts for sale. To find a quieter side to Hampi, take a traditional coracle ride across the River Tungabhadra, where you can hike up to Sunset Point for a view of these awe inspiring surroundings.

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Pattadakal, Karnataka

Pattadakal is a complex of 7th and 8th Century Jain and Hindu temples, built from the red sandstone rock that surrounds them. This UNESCO heritage site provides an excellent example of the eclectic architecture of the Chalukya dynasty, which combined aspects of North and South Indian styles. The most awe-inspiring of these Indian landmarks is the Virupaksha Temple, built by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband’s victory in battle.

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Aihole, Karnataka

Aihole is a small village in the fertile Malaprabha River Basin, surrounded by red sandstone hills. The village is a site of huge archeological importance, housing around 120 temples, all built between the 4th and 12th centuries. Viewing these temples in such close proximity allows you to see the developments in the architecture of these Indian landmarks. Visit the iconic Durga temple and marvel at the ornate carved stone interiors. Make sure you take a trip to the Ravanaphadi temple complex, a series of caves carved into the sandstone cliffs.

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Badami

This former capital of the ancient Chalukya Empire is located on the shores of Agastya lake, and surrounded by striking red sandstone cliffs. As you wander the narrow backstreets of Badami you’ll catch sight of ruins and carved wooden doors, vestiges of this ancient civilization. Here you’ll also find Badami’s famous rock cut cave temples, which were carved into the rock in the 6th and 7th Centuries. In the evening, the last rays of sun tinge the entire landscape a deep golden colour. The Bhutanatha temple is the perfect location to watch the sunset.

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Goa

Goa is India’s smallest state, yet it boasts over 100km of coastline. It’s well known for its golden sand beaches fringed with coconut palms, and for its legendary nightlife. But there’s far more to laid back Goa than this.

Formerly a Portuguese colony, Goa is an intriguing melting pot of Indian and European cultural influences, which is reflected in its colonial architecture and unique cuisine. Inland you’ll find lush jungle, spice plantations and waterfalls, making Goa a state where you can get in some beach time along with your culture fix.

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Pricing & Inclusions

Price guide for this 15 day South India tour is:

  • £1530 in low season (May 2020 - September 2020 inclusive)
  • £1650 in high season (October 2020 - April 2021 inclusive)

The prices do not include flights.

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. Some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times which is normally from mid December to mid January. 

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.

Included with this tour are the following:

  • Authentic India Tours meet & greet assistance on arrival
  • All transfers and sightseeing tours using air-conditioned car
  • Accommodation for 15 nights on twin sharing basis
  • Standard category rooms at all hotels unless otherwise mentioned
  • Meal plan: Bed & breakfast elsewhere
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing tour
  • Entrances at all national parks, museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance & Visas
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera & video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

Prices mentioned above are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For a quote based on your dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or changes to this itinerary, please call Authentic India Tours on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com