Bewildering Ruins Trail - 7 Days

Bewitching Ruins Trail is a 7 day tour from Bangalore to Hampi. Key highlights include climbing the magnificent Chitradurga Fort, visit to a unique Sloth Bear sanctuary, exploring the ruins of Vijayanagar empire at Hampi, hitting the Ramayana trail at Kishkinda, village experience at Anegundi on a bullock cart, riding a coracle on the Tungabhadra river and exploring the caves temples of Badami, Aihole & Patadakal.
 
This is an all-inclusive trip covering food, stay, activities, private vehicle and services of a full time tour guide. The tour can be customized for guests in terms of duration as well as nature of activities.  Guests can choose from SUV, Car, Coach and classic Royal Enfield 500 cc motorcycles as mode of transport.
 

Day 1 – Chitradurga

The tour starts from Bangalore at 7 am. 
Chitradurga, the fort town located 200 KMs away. We take a short break after a drive of 70 KMs for breakfast at Tumkur, town famous for  growing coconuts, millets, rice, pulses, arecanut and oil seeds. We will reach Chitradurga around 1130 am. Chitradurga is an ancient town and was part of the Mauryan Empire under Ashoka the Great, in the 3rd century BC. Chitradurga Fort covers an area of 1500 acres and its walls cover a distance of 8 KMs.  It is a fascinating experience to explore this fort with its seven concentric fortification walls, 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, 35 secret pathways, four invisible passages, water tanks and 2000 watch towers! 
 
Post lunch, we do 122 KMs to reach Hadagali, our abode for the night. We will stay in tents in a farm house in a village on top of a hill with great views.
 

Day 2 –Bear Sanctuary Hampi

After breakfast we leave the village and ride 92 KMs to reach Hampi by noon. We check into our Hotel and have lunch.
After some rest we drive again for 20 KMs to a fascinating sanctuary for the Indian Sloth Bear at Daroji. Spread over 5500 hectares Daroji Bear Sanctuary was created in 1994 and is the first of its kind in Asia. Other than 150 Bears, other inhabitants of this reserve are Leopards, Hyena, Jackals, Wild boars, porcupine, Pangolins, Star tortoise, Monitor lizard, Mongoose, Pea fowls, Partridges, Painted spur hen and Quails.
 

Day 3  Sacred & Royal Trails in Hampi

Today we spend half a day walking around the sacred area along the Tungabhadra River. This region has held religious and cultural significance long before the Vijayanagara kings came here to establish their capital. We will cover all the important monuments spread across the southern banks of Tungabhadra river.
Lunch will be served in a Banana Plantation.
Post lunch, after a bit of rest we head towards the Royal structures of Hampi. Over the next couple of hours we will explore the courts and military structures of the once mighty Vijayanagar Empire.
 

Day 4 – Kishkinda Trail

Today we start early at daybreak at 545 am. We ride to Anjanadri hill, the birth place of  Lord Hanuman,  for a  glorious sunrise. After breakfast we start the tour of Kishkinda, the legendary monkey kingdom mentioned in the great epic The Ramayana. A guide will show us where all the key events of Ramayana happened at Kishkinda. He will tell us stories and legends pertaining to the places we visit. In fact it is here at Rishyamukha hills that Lord Rama meets Hanuman for the first time as he is looking for his kidnapped wife, Sita. Pampa Sarovara is another highlight of this tour where Rama met the old woman Shabari who advised him to seek Hanuman. We will also see the legendary Sugreeva’s cave where an interesting episode happened in Ramayana which altered the course of events to follow.
 

Day 5 – 380 KMs of riding, Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal

Today we will see the legendary cave temples built by the Chalukyas at Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal. Dating back to the 6th century, these are considered one of the best remnants of temple art in India.
 
After breakfast we do 150 KMs to the erstwhile capital of the Chalukya Kings,  Badami. Located in a ravine at the foot of red sandstone hills Badami looks mesmerizing surrounded by the Agastya lake. The cave temples are made of made of red sandstone and feature a hall with numerous pillars and a square shaped sanctum. Paintings cover the ceiling. A must look out is the pose of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvathi with a coiled serpent. An 18 armed lord Nataraja in 81 dancing poses is the other item of interest. Badami is also famous for its inscriptions. An important inscription to look out for would be the first Sanskrit inscription in old Kannada script, on a hillock dating back to 543 CE.
 
We go from Badami to Aihole, located 34 KMs away. There are more than a hundred stone temples from 5th century onwards to see. After Aihole, we move to Pattadakal located 14 KMs away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an epitome of the Visara style of architecture. The grandest of all temples here was built in 8th Century by Queen Lokamahadevi in 745.
 

Day 6 – Village experience

We spend the day at a leisurely pace around the 29 villages surrounding the ruins of Hampi. People have been living in this area for over 5000 years. We will get to see the life in a typical Indian village. We will ride on bikes and bullock carts as we explore lakes, canals and cave paintings in Anegundi village and other parts of the countryside. You will also be able to look at the local handicrafts which keeps the livelihood going for these folks.
 

Day 7 – Bangalore

We commence the final leg of this tour after breakfast and go back to Bangalore. The distance of 340 KMs would be covered in 7 hours including a Lunch break. We would reach Bangalore by around 4 PM. End of Tour.
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Note: The tour can be customized in terms of duration as well as nature of activities. Guests can choose from SUV, Car, Coach or  classic motorcycles.


    Cancellation Policy

  • In the event of cancellation of tour / travel services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reason/s we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: 60 days prior to arrival: 10% of the Tour / service cost 45 days prior to arrival: 20% of the Tour / service cost 15 days prior to arrival: 25% of the Tour / service cost 07 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour / service cost.
  • Less than 72 hours or No Show: No Refund In case of Special Trains Journeys and peak season hotel bookings a separate cancellation policy is applicable (which can be advised as and when required).
    Some cancellation and refund policies are out of our tender: Refund for hotel payment will follow the hotel’s cancellation policy Train tickets cancellations will follow the Railway’s policy Flight tickets cancellations will follow the airlines company policy In case you cancel the trip after commencement, refund would be restricted to a limited amount only which too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers/ contractors we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation & missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.
  • Our Liabilities & Limitations: Please note that after the finalization of the Tour/ service cost, if there are any Hike in entrance fees of monuments


    Note

  • Rates are valid till 31st May.
  • Rates are not applicable for the long weekends, Public Holidays.
  • Minimum 2 pax require.
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