The tour takes you on a discovery of the lost kingdoms of the Deccan Plateau and the exciting beaches of Goa.
For centuries, kingdoms great and small rose, flourished and fell in the harsh environs of the great Deccan Plateau in the southern enclaves of the Indian sub-continent. Peppered with tales of heroism and battles galore of treasures & cultural folklore, even today the Deccan Plateau remains a mysterious wonderland for travelers seeking new horizons to explore. The port town of Madras along the famous Coromandel Coast of south eastern India, steeped in history itself, is an excellent base for exploring the heritage offerings of the Deccan region.
Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram, within easy access, open up a treasure trove of ancient temples by the sea and a textile heritage dating back several centuries. Leaving the sea behind and moving past the verdantly picturesque hinterland set out for deep countryside to the city of Mysore which showcases its historic past in its stunning palaces and temples. To the north, wonder at the great temple sites at Belur and Halebid, and the baroque stylistic explorations situated in the Hoysala’s great temple ruins.
At Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marvel at the expanse brooding ruins of the capital of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire. Journey into the heartland of the Deccan to Bijapur, the walled Islamic enclave of power and glory, before heading out to the Chalukyan seats of power at Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal.
The architectural diversity and splendour of these excellently preserved sites document the Deccan’s fabulous past. Admire these awesome sites then head off for Goa for a leisurely sojourn amongst the tropical sands and the balmy sea breezes.