Located 15 kms from Hospet and 350 kms from Bangalore the world heritage site of Hampi is a village in northern Karnataka. The approach to Vijayanagara shows little sign of habitation, small towns and fields small rock formations do not actually speak of the lost splendor of the once prosperous Vijayanagara empire and the city of Hampi within it. As one approaches Hami we find the city in ruins - pillars, crumbled halls and naked foundations make it hard to imagine what it had been earlier.
The lands once ridden by formidable armies is now traversed by the world's unique luxury train. The Golden Chariot beckons you to discover worlds that are enriched with history and culture. Recline and relax as the magnificient scenery unfolds outside your window with luxury inside, thus far reserved for royalty. The golden Chariot a fine balance between a glorious yesterday and on omnipresent tomorrow in a magical land..Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry on the following itineraries. The Golden Chariot is run by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation. There are 2 itineraries which include :
Pride of the South (7 nights and 8 days) - Bangalore - Kabini - Srirangapatnam - Mysore - Shravanabelagola - Belur - Halebid - Hampi - Badami - Pattadakal - Goa.
The forests of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary provide the perfect setting of a dream destination, with River Kali and its tributaries, wildlife, trekking trails, Supa dam, Virnoli rapids, Kavla caves, Nagajhari viewpoint and more. 580 kms from Bangalore, spot crocdiles in Kerwad just outside Dandeli town. View birds like comorants, kingfishers, egrets a plenty here. The black panther big cats, elephants, gaurs, sambhars, flying squirrel, flying snake, loris, flying lizards are seen here.
Karnataka derives its name from a kannada word `Karunudu' or the elevated land and has a rich historical background. On the western coastland of India it has many beaches lining the Arabian sea. Rich in temples, sandalwood forests and many hill stations. Karnataka is a state where tourism is much developed. Bangalore is the capital city.
Karnataka, with its capital at Bangalore, is home to a fascinating legacy of richly carved temples, imposing mosques and trappings of a royal past. Bangalore, with its many hotels and fine restaurants, is a good base for exploring the state. At once a modern industrial city, a shopper’s paradise and a gracious legacy of the British. Mysore, the capital of the erstwhile princely state, has a profusion of palaces and museums. Nearby Srirangapatnam is linked to the memory of one of the old state’s best known rulers – Tipu Sultan.
The best time to visit Karnataka is during the months of October to March.
June to October is a season of incessant rains. Bengaluru is plesant throughout the year, most cultural events and shows take place in winter season. In September you can watch the Kali Podu in Coorg. Summer lasts from April to June, Monsoon from June to September and Winter from December to January. The end of monsoons is the best time to view waterfalls in Karnataka. Beaches lie Malpe, Karwar, Marwanthe can be best enjoyed from August to March.
Coorg is very close to Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu and Waynad in Kerala so you can club your visits to these places too. Even in peak summers, the climate is mild and cosy here. Known as the Scotland of India the place is rich in cardom and coffee. Madikeri is the capital of Coorg. The Abbi's falls, Mercara Fort, Omkareshwara temple, the Tibetan settlement of Bylekuppe are some places can be visited.
Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve was established in 1931, and later became Veerappan's haunted jungles for ivory. The Bandipur and Mudhumalai in the Nilgiri biosphere just 12 kms apart and is India's best elephant country.
The slender loris seen after sunset here.
The Golden Chariot
Mysore, located around 150 km from Bangalore, is the second largest city and a prime tourism destination of Karnataka. The city is also the administrative headquarters of Mysore district and an emerging IT/ ITES destination.
Mysore is one of the largest tourism centers in the state contributing more than 25% of the tourist arrivals to Karnataka. Some of the major tourism destinations in and around Mysore include:
Ambavilas Palace (Mysore Palace) – one of the most visited monuments in India
Mysore Zoo and museums such as the Regional Museum of Natural History, Railway Museum, Folklore Museum etc
Krishnarajasagar Dam and Brindavan Gardens (22 km)
Historical destinations such as Srirangapatana (20 km), Somanathapura (35 km) and Talakad (50 km)
National Parks at Bandipur (79 km) & Nagarhole (89 km) & bird sanctuary at Ranganathittu (19 km)
Mysore also serves as a stopover for tourists visiting holiday destinations such as Coorg, Kabini, Wayanad & Ooty.
Mysore is also part of the itinerary of the Golden Chariot luxury train of Karnataka Tourism.
Located around 400 km from Bangalore and 100 km from Shimoga, The Jog Falls, falling from a height of 253 meters (829 ft) from the Sharavathi River is the highest plunge waterfall in India.
Other important tourism destinations around the location include Agumbe (one of the highest peaks in Karnataka), Sirsi (a hill station), Linganamakki dam, Banavasi (ancient temple town), etc.
Bangalore is booming, and a look at some of its nicknames says why: "India's Silicon Valley," "Fashion Capital of India," "The Pub City of India," and on. Home to well over 6 million people, and a base for 10,000 industries, Bangalore is India's fifth largest city and the fastest growing city in Asia.The capital of the state of Karnataka, Bangalore is situated halfway between the coasts in southern India. The city was founded in the 16th century, and witnessed great southern dynasties like the Kadambas, the Hoysalas and Vijayanagar emperors. Legend has it that the name Bangalore comes from "boiled beans" (Benda Kaluru), which were served by a humble old lady to a hungry ruler in the 10th century.
Mangalore, located around 350 kilometers from Bangalore, is the largest coastal city and the only Major Port of Karnataka. The city is also the administrative headquarters of the Dakshina Kannada district. Mangalore serves as the hub for visiting tourism destinations along coastal Karnataka, including beaches & religious destinations. Some of the major tourism destinations in and around Mangalore
Beaches - Panambur (12 km), Tannir Bhavi (10) km, Suratkal (20 km), Ullal (12 km), Kaup (50 km) and Malpe & St. Mary’s Isle (65 km)
Religious destinations - Udupi (60 km), Dharmasthala (75 km), Sringeri (98 km), Kukke Subramanya (104 km) & Kollur- Mookambika (136 km)
Others - Pilikula Nisarga Dhama (12 km), an eco-tourism theme park, along with water theme park, golf course and heritage village