Discover a collection of Hoysala-style temples and remarkable ancient buildings
Explore the array of architecturally impressive temples, forts, and palaces and discover a fascinating frame of ancient history on the 5-day guided Bangalore and Hoysala Temples Tour in South India.
Most of the buildings you’ll encounter on the Bangalore and Hoysala Temples Tour were crafted when the Hoysala Empire ruled Karnataka, India, from the 10th to 14th centuries. They’ve stood the test of time, enticing visitors from all over the world with their intricate architecture and unique beauty.
Get intimate glimpses of South India’s history on this informative tour that takes you to jaw-dropping sights and magnificent monuments that have survived centuries. Spend your nights lazing in total relaxation and comfortable luxury at your hotels. Connect with locals and try native cuisine- the Bangalore and Hoysala Temples Tour is the perfect way to enjoy South India.
Highlights of the Bangalore and Hoysala Temples Tour
Bangalore and Hoysala Temples Tour
Day 1 Arrive in Bangalore
Meet and greet a tour representative and transfer to your hotel in Bangalore. Admire how both modern life and technology intertwine with ancient architecture here!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bangalore
Day 2 Explore Bangalore
Enjoy a relaxing morning and a delicious breakfast before heading out on a half-day sightseeing tour of Bangalore. Expect to visit the Bangalore Fort, Bull Temple, Cubbon Park, Lal Bagh, and Vidhana Soudha. After viewing these stunning, historical sights, hop in a car and transfer to Mysore, stopping at Somanathpura en route. Admire the 13th-century Hoysala-built Chennakesava Temple. Upon arrival in Mysore, notice the collection of palaces, try some sweetmeat, and marvel at the sandalwood carvings.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Mysore
Day 3 Sightseeing around Mysore
Enjoy breakfast before heading out on a sightseeing tour around Mysore. Check out an abundance of historical, noteworthy sights. First up is Mysore Palace, one of the largest of its kind in India. Then, it’s off to Jaganmohan Palace, a converted 19th-century art gallery. You’ll see Chamundi Hill, a 12th-century relic. Then, it’s on to St. Philomena's Church, a beautiful Gothic spectacle. Finally, you’ll take in the 60 acres of the Vrindavan Gardens and Ranganathaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Mysore
Day 4 Journey to Hassan
Begin your journey to Hassan after you check out of your hotel. En route, stop at two towns that boast remarkable remains of Hoysala architecture: Halebid and Belur. Feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you meander through these towns. Admire the regal Kedareswara temple in Halebid, exquisite in its carvings. Then, see the renowned Chennakeshava temple in Belur, one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. Continue with your drive to Hassan and enjoy a relaxing night in your hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hassan
Day 5 Visit Shravanabelagola and Kaidala
Eat a delicious breakfast before beginning your drive back to Bangalore. Break up your drive with stops at Shravanabelagola and Kaidala, where ancient temples await. Marvel at the Jain temples in Shravanabelagola and the Hoysala temples in Kaidala. After, head back to Bangalore and get dropped off at the airport to start your journey home. Safe travels!
Overnight Location: None
Bangalore and Hoysala Temples Tour Price and Dates
This guided tour of South India is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price depends on the number of people in your group.
The best time to travel to India for the Bangalore and Hoysala Temples Tour is from December to February when temperatures are warm and rain and humidity are at their lowest.
Private Guided Bangalore and Hoysala Temples Tour
Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person. Please note that the prices might increase during the national holidays.
- Guided Groups of 2-10: $640 USD per person
Accommodation on the Bangalore and Hoysala Temples Tour
This tour is based in 3-5 star hotels that offer modern amenities to keep you comfortable. Do note that rooms are double occupancy, but you can always upgrade to single occupancy for an additional fee. Single travellers are also required to pay a supplement.
In some cases, the accommodation listed below may be swapped for other similar accommodations.
Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel (please inquire to find out more). It’s also possible to match single travellers up.
Hotels on Standard Tour
The Park in Bangalore ★★★★★
Laze in total luxury and comfort at this 5-star lodge, which earned TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2020 award. Enjoy the pool, spa, and swim-up bar here.
Windflower Resort & Spa in Mysore ★★★★
Feel rejuvenated and refreshed after staying in this lovely hotel. Get a massage and enjoy the spa, sauna, pool, and breakfast buffet while you’re here.
Hoysala Village Resort in Hassan ★★★
This is the perfect spot to relax! Take advantage of the pool, massage services, WiFi, and restaurant.
What’s included in the Bangalore and Hoysala Temples Tour?
4 breakfasts are included.
Accommodations for 4 nights is included.
Transportation during the Tour
Transfers to and from the airport are included, as well as transfers to pick-up and drop-off spots throughout the tour.
- English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees to special areas wherever required
- Flights to and from Bangalore
- Extra nights before or after the tour
- Tour guide gratuity
- Meals, snacks, and drinks not previously mentioned
- Single occupancy rooms
- Extra nights in Bangalore, before or after the tour
Frequently Asked Questions about Bangalore and Hoysala Temples Tour
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Rajiv has been working as a guide since 1996, and fell in love with sharing the ancient cultural and social roots of India with travellers. Rajiv believes that the diversity of India’s different regions in terms of food, language, and culture makes travelling the country an experience like no other. Rajiv runs all kinds of tours, but especially enjoys trekking tours. He’s climbed mountains up to 8,000 feet in -10 degrees with groups and considers those to be his greatest achievements as a guide.
- Q: What is your favourite trip to lead?
- A: I enjoy giving people walking tours of the city, because that’s the best way to give a vivid introduction to the country and also because there is an element of surprise on the streets. It cannot be controlled or planned, and I immensely enjoy presenting that world to them.
- Q: What is one experience anybody visiting your country should have?
- A: Learning to cook traditional Indian food.
- Q: What is one local dish or drink that visitors absolutely have to try?
- A: Masala Dosa, it’s very tasty.
- Q: What is the best part about guiding?
- A: Providing them with more than they expected and noticing and taking care of any discomforts the guests might experience. Sometimes the guests don’t say it, so as a guide you have to be very attentive to that.