BEST OF KARNATAKA TEMPLES
10 Nights 11 Days
DAY 01 : BANGALORE - MELKOTE - SRIRANGAPATNA - MYSORE
Our representative will pick up you from Bangalore and drive to Melkote - also known as Thirunarayanapuram is located in Mandya District. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is called as Cheluvanarayana Swamy. The temple is built on granite rocky hill that comprises some of the oldest rock formations on earth known as Yadavagiri. Melkote is very well known for various famous temples and a festival called Vairamudi. On arrival at Melkote, visit the temple and get the blessings of the Lord. Then drive to Srirangapatna - the historical capital of warrior kings Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. The main attraction of Srirangapatna is ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and worshiped here in the form of Sri Ranganathaswamy. The temple is one of the five important pilgrimage sites of Sri Vaishnavism along the river Kaveri for devotees of Ranganatha. Visit the temple and then drive to Mysore. On arrival at Mysore, check in to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 02 : MYSORE - NANJANAGUDU - COORG
Morning after breakfast, check out the hotel and visit Chamundi Temple - a top of Chamundi Hills. The temple has a beautiful idol of the goddess. The Mahishasura Statue is another attraction. Then drive to Nanjangud, Hindu pilgrimage town on the right bank of river Kapila river, a tributary of the Kaveri. This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Srikanteshwara (another name for the lord Shiva, also known as Nanjundeshwara). It is believed that Lord Shiva became Nanjunda after consumption of the poison to prevent the universe. (Nanju literally means poison in Kannada Language). Then drive to Coorg - the Scotland of Karnataka nestled in the Western Ghats. Enroute visit Bylukuppe Tibettian Settlement (Golden Temple), largest Tibetan settlement holds a several monasteries and temples of all major Vajrayana (Indo-Tibetan Buddhist) lineages. On arrival at Coorg, check in to the hotel and in the evening visit to Kaveri Nisargadhama, a wonderful picnic spot situated on the banks of River Kaveri. Return to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 03 : COORG - TALACAUVERY - KUKKE SUBRAHMANYA
Morning after breakfast, check out the hotel and visit Talacauvery - located in the picturesque location of Brahmagiri hills. Talacauvery is the origin of River Kaveri, a beautiful Talacauvery Temple built around it. Then visit to Bhagamandala which is famous for the confluence of the three sacred rivers, Kaveri, Sujyothi and Kanike. Visit to the temple dedicated to Bhagandeshwara (Lord Shiva) and get the blessings of the lord. Then drive to Kukke Subramanya, a popular religious destination which is surrounded by lush green forest along with hills. It is situated on the banks of the Kumaradhara River. On arrival at Kukke Subrahmanya, check in to the hotel after some time, visit to the temples at Kukke Subramanya, first visit Adi Subrahmanya, great Valmmika (anthill) in the sanctum, then visit main temple of Lord Subrahmanya that is dedicated to the serpant God Vasuki and Lord Subrahmanya. Visit other small shrines like Uma Maheshwara Temple, Samputa Narasimha Temple, Hosaligamma and Kukke Lingas. Then visit Kashikatte Ganapathi Temple, a very ancient and Ganapathi idol installed by sage Narada and Kukke Shree Abhaya Mahaganapathi, one of the biggest monolithic statues of Ganapathi. It is 21 feet tall and the architecture of the shrine is in Nepali style. Return to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 04 : KUKKE SUBRAHMANYA - DHARMASTHALA - SRI RAMA KSHETRA - MANGALORE
Morning, check out the hotel and drive to Sauthadka Ganapathi Kshetra, a place dedicated to Vana Mahaganapathi (without any temple structure) and it is surrounded by scenic beauty. Then proceed to Dharmasthala, the holy abode for Hindu's. On arrival at Dharmasthala, visit to the Lord Manjunathaswamy Temple, the main attraction of Dharmasthala and have a darshan of Lord Manjunatha (Shiva). Then visit to Rathnagiri (statue of Bhagawan Bahubali or Gommateshwara), Bidinede (Annappa) Betta, and Sri Rama Kshetra, on the banks of river Nethravathi. After visiting these temples drive to Mangalore. On arrival at Mangalore, check in to the Hotel. Then visit Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple, Mangaladevi Temple and evening visit to Kudroli Sri Gokarnanatha Kshetra, one of the beautiful temples of Mangalore filled with lights and decorative everywhere around the temple is bliss to watch! Everyone who visits Mangalore must visit this temple. Return to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 05 : MANGALORE – KUDUPI – POLALI – KATEEL - UDUPI
Morning after breakfast, checkout the hotel and visit Kadri Manjunatheshwara Temple, a spectacular temple dedicated to Lord Manjunatha on the Kadri hills. Then drive to Kudupu Ananthapadmanabha Temple, situated in Kudupu village, which is 10 Kms away from Mangalore City (On Mangalore – Moodbidre Route). The temple is dedicated to Lord Anantha Padmanabha (another form of Lord Vishnu) and famous for serpent worship. Then drive to Polali to get the diving blessings of Goddess Rajarajeshwari. The idol of Goddess Rajarajeshwari is completely moulded from clay with special medicinal properties. The temple portrays Hindu architecture with roofs adorned with wooden carvings of gods and copper plates. Then drive to Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple, located on the banks of River Nandini. Get the divine blessings of Goddess Durgaparameshwari Temple and proceed to Udupi, a temple town and one of important Mukti stalas of Karnataka. On arrival at Udupi, check in to the hotel. Evening visit to the world famous Sri Krishna Temple and then visit nearby Anantheshwara temple and Chandramouleshwara Temple. Return to the hotel and overnight stay at the Hotel.
DAY 06 : UDUPI - MURUDESHWAR - IDAGUNJI – GOKARNA
Morning, after breakfast, check out the hotel and visit to Kadiyali Mahisha Mardhini Temple and visit Ambalapady Janardhana & Mahakali Temple at Udupi. Then proceed to Saligrama Narasimhaswami Temple and Anegudde Ganapathi temple. Then drive to Murudeshwara. Murudeshwara beach town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murudeshwara Temple. The main attraction of this place is world's second - tallest Shiva statue and 20 storied Gopura (237.5 feet) is constructed at the temple. Visit Shiva statue and Lord Murudeshwara Temple, built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. After having darshan of Lord Murudeshwara, a short break at Murudeshwar Beach then proceed to Gokarna. Enroute, visit to the Ganapathi Temple at Idagunji. On arrival at Gokarna, check in to the Hotel and relax for some time. Evening visit to the nearest beach and enjoy. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 07 : GOKARNA - SIRSI - JOGFALLS – SAGAR
Early morning at 6.30 AM, proceed to Gokarna Ganapathi Temple - with small wound on the head of the statue and it was hit by demon king Ravana. Then visit main temple Sri Mahabaleshwara Temple, a sacred pilgrimage site amongst Indian Places. The Mahabaleshwar temple enshrines the Atma Linga of Lord Shiva. Then proceed to visit Tamra Gowri Temple and return to the Hotel. After Breakfast, check out the hotel. Then drive to Sirsi. On arrival at Sirsi, proceed to visit Sahasralinga, a beautiful place in Western Ghats where hundreds of Lingas are carved in stone in Shalmala River in North Canara. Then visit to Sonda Vadiraja Mutt - surrounded with the lush greens with beauty in Uttara Kannada district. Then, visit to Goddess Marikamba Temple at Sirsi. The 16th century Marikamba temple in Sirsi is main attraction of Sirsi and it is one of the important seats of shakti worship in Karnataka. Sri Marikamba Temple houses a huge idol of Goddess, which is about seven feet tall. Then visit nearest Maha Ganapathi and Shri Gopalakrishna Temple near Marikamba Temple. Then drive to Jogfalls, Jog Falls is the second-highest waterfalls of India. Jog Falls is also called by alternative names of Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. The magnificent Jog Falls is unquestionably the grandest natural beauty in Karnataka, rich as it is in splendid scenery. Then drive to Sagar, on arrival at Sagar, check in to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 08 : SAGAR - SIGANDUR CHOWDESHWARI TEMPLE – KOLLUR
Morning after breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple, located near river Sharavathi. The location is itself very extraordinary as the temple is surrounded by greenary on one side and the river on the other. The Sigandur temple is very unique in itself, as the Goddess is self manifest and is very powerful where in prayed honestly gets results positive. After getting the blessings of Chowdeshwari Temple at Sigandur, drive to Kollur - a popular temple town lies at the foot of the Kodachadri hills in the Western Ghats. Kollur is famous for Goddess Mookambika temple, a Hindu pilgrim center on the southern bank of Souparnika River. Kollur is also regarded as one of the Shakti peetas and as well as a mukti place. On arrival at Kollur, check in to the hotel and visit Mookambika Temple, the major attraction of Kollur. The goddess is described as in the form of a swayambhu (self-born) jyotirlinga incorporating both Trimurti's and Trishakathi's. The our-handed panchaloha image of the goddess on Shri Chakra is stated to have been consecrated by Shri Adi Shankaracharya. The goddess is said to be a manifestation of trigunas or triple forms. Return to the hotel & overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 09 : KOLLUR - MARANAKATTE - KAMALASHILE - SHANKARANARAYANA - SRINGERI
Early morning after breakfast, check out the hotel and proceed to Maranakatte Shri Brahmalingeshwara Temple - on the banks of river Brahmakunda. According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Mookambika performed a Marana Homa here after killing demon Mookasura. After slaying the demon, the divine mother granted him divinity and blessed him to be known as Brahmalingeshwara. Then proceed to Kamalashile Brahmi Durgaparameshwari temple - on the banks of river Kubja. Goddess Brahmi Durgaparameshwari is worshiped in the form of a Linga, which is said to be convergence of Goddesses Mahakali, Maha Saraswathi and Maha Lakshmi. Attend the mid-day pooja and sumptuous lunch is offered as prasadam at temple dining hall. Then proceed to Sringeri. Enroute, visit Shankaranarayana Temple, considered as one of the seven Mukti places created by Lord Parashurama. This is one of the rare temples where we can see the confluence of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu and they are woshipped in form of Lingas. Then enjoy the beautiful scenery of Agumbe Ghat. Sringeri is located on the banks of river Tunga and it is the site of the first mutt established by Adi Shankaracharya. On arrival at Sringeri, check in to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 10 : SRINGERI - HARIHARAPUR - SHAKATAPURAM - HORANADU ANNAPOORNESHWARI TEMPLE
Early morning after breakfast, check out the hotel and proceed to Hariharapura. The main attraction of Hariharapura is the Adi Shankaracharya Sharada Lakshmi Narasimha Peeta, a Mutt of Goddess Sharadamba situated on the banks of river Tunga. Then proceed to visit Shakatapuram, a holy place located on the banks of river Tunga, stands the abode of spiritual power and peace. A 600 year old mutt by name Shri Vidya Peetam is located on the banks of River Tunga. After visiting temples, drive to Horanadu. Horanadu is a place of enchanting natural landscape in Chikmagalur district, ancient temple of the goddess Annapoorneshwari here has been restored and renamed the Adhishakthyathmaka Shree Annapoorneshwari. The main deity of Annapoorneshwari is made of gold. It is said that a person who seeks the blessings of Goddess would never have any scarcity for food in life. On arrival at Horanadu, check in to the hotel and evening visit Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple, offer your prayers and have prasadam (Dinner) of Goddess of Food. Return to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 11 : HORANADU - KALASA - BELUR - HALEBID - BANGALORE
Morning after breakfast, check out the hotel and visit Kalaseshwara Temple is situated in Kalasa on the banks of Bhadra River. The Shiva linga present here has been installed by Sage Agasthya himself along with the silver dome. Get the blessings and drive to Bangalore. Then visit Chennakesava temple at Belur. Then proceed to Halebid, home to some of the best examples of Hoysala architecture. Most notable are the ornate Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples. Then drive to Bangalore. On arrival at Bangalore, you will be transferred to Bangalore and drop at a designated point in Bangalore.