Ruins amongst the Boulders – Hampi, Badami, Aihole & Pattadkal

25 –29 December, 2018 | 5 Days/4 Nights

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Take a journey back in time to an age of splendour and glory. Feel the stress of city life fade away amidst boulder-strewn hills in the most magical part of the Tungabhadra Valley.

At Hampi, the river unites two distinct cultures. We have the ancient, mysterious ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire, on the one hand, which somehow blends seamlessly with a unique hippy philosophy, on the other. Thus, music, drum circles, dance. And jam sessions add to the fun of traipsing among India’s finest ruins. In short, Hampi is not just a place to reconnect with our heritage, but also to chill and have fun in what is surely the most bizarrely stunning landscape in the entire Deccan Plateau.

Soak in the incredibly rich historical past of a forgotten civilization as we walk in the footsteps of kings, past ruins that will come alive on this unique tour.

Tales of past kings, bloody wars, triumphs, and tragic defeats will leap to life for you, unlike the pages of a dusty history book or a run-of-the-mill guided tour.

Rejuvenate your mind and spirit as you indulge in a predawn coracle ride across the Tungabhadra. Huff and puff to the top of the Matanga Hill to be rewarded with one of the best views of the rising sun that South India has to offer.

Stay at an eco-friendly hotel, set in a tiny, rustic village, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Hampi Bazaar. It is one of the best properties in the area, spotlessly clean and serene, with superlative customer service.

From here we take a day trip to go back another 10 centuries and walk in the steps of the Chalukya Kings – and visit Aihole, Pattadakal, and Badami.

Come to join us on this incredible journey to one of UNESCO’s most famous world heritage sites in South India.

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PRICE

  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transport ex Bangalore
  • Coracle ride
  • Ferry boat rides to and from Hampi Island
  • Sunrise trek to Matanga Hill
  • Services of a trip lead from Wonderful World throughout the trip
  • GST at 5%
  • All alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages (including water)
  • Tips and portages
  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • laundry, telephone, etc.
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill‐health, land blocks, bad weather, etc

ITINERARY

Day 1
Day 1 – 25th December (Tuesday) (Includes Lunch and dinner)
  • Leave from Bangalore at 10:00 a.m.
  • Pick-up @ Taj Vivanta, Yeshwantapur.
(If you are flying in, pick up from the airport. Please discuss flight options – do try and take a flight that arrives by 9:00 a.m.!)
  • Lunch en route at a Dhaba.
  • Reach Hampi and check-in.
  • In the evening, take a drive to Anjaneya Temple in Anegundi. An easy-paced climb takes one to the top for views of the setting sun and stunning views.
Dinner and overnight at the Uramma Cultural Residency
Day 2
Day 2 - 26th December (Wednesday) (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • We have an early start today. Leave the hotel by 5 a.m. to take a coracle ride across the Tungabadra. Trek to the top of the Matanga Hill to get a bird’s eye view of Hampi and its ruins at sunrise.
  • Head back to the hotel for breakfast by 9:30 a.m. and then relax for a bit.
  • Then drive down to the river, and have lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Post lunch take a motorboat across the river and visit the Royal Enclosure. We start at the iconic Narasimha Statue. The statue nearly 7 metres high is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Hampi.
  • Then we move on to the Royal Centre, an area that that houses ruined palaces, pavilions, and temples, which was used exclusively by the nobility of Vijayanagara. The landmarks here - Queens Bath, Mahanavami Dibba, Stepped Tank, Hazara Rama Temple, Zenana Enclosure, Elephant stables - give the visitor an idea of how the high and mighty of the Vijayanagara Empire lived their lives.
Dinner and overnight at the Uramma Cultural Residency
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