The capital of Karnataka. Founded by a Hoysala king in the sixteenth century. It later became a fortress town under
Tipu sultan and finally a British cantonment. Its economic surge began in the 60's when the Indian government set up major defence and
telecommunications establishments here.
Proceed for sightseeing tour of the city visiting
Vidhan Soudha - four storied spacious granite structure in the Neo Dravidian style housing the legislative chambers of the state government. Visit Lal Bagh - garden spread over
240 acres were laid out by Haider Ali and further developed by tipu sultan in the 18the century. It is one of the best botanical garden in India.
Morning after breakfast leave for mysore (45 kms / approximate 3 hrs drive) excursion sightseeing tour of the city mysore visiting
Palace and Museum built in the indo saracenic style standing in the heart of the city and is one of the largest of its kind in India. After lunch visit the Chamundi Hill temple of goddess chamundeshwari and tall monolith of nandi (Bull Temple) and later return back to
Saravanabelagola (90 kms/approximate – 2 hrs. drive) Saravanabelagola, the famous Jain pilgrim center & one of the oldest in India. The place is known as one of the greatest monuments of Jain art. The collosul statue of Gomateswara with a height of 57 feet is situated on the summit of Indragiri hill. It is one of the two giant sculptures in the world, after the collossus Ramses
II in Egypt.
Morning after breakfast leave for excursion tour of Belur- Halebid (approx. 222 kms / 4 hrs. drive ) enroute visiting Sravanabelagola, 18 meter high monolithic statue of Lord Gomateshwara, a Jain Saint and an object of worship for centuries, standing atop one of the hills (Indragiri) and built around 983 AD. Proceed to Belur housing the famous temples of Hoysala Dynasty built by its King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 AD, depicting outstanding carvings in stone spread over the whole temple complex. Continue the tour to visit Halebid Temple situated 8 Km away from Belur to see intrinsic temple pillars carved in black stone complementing the temple architecture of Belur, Return to Bangalore evening by 9 p.m.