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Karnataka Road Trip

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As described by the Karnataka tourism “Karnataka is a tapestry of colors, cultures, flavors, landscapes, timelessness and spectacular beauty”. Being true to its word it surely is “One state, Many wonders”. We are here to take you on a journey through the beautiful Karnataka which is filled with numerous beaches lined with coconut trees, huge mountains throughout the Western Ghats, valleys, farmlands, rivers, falls and much more. 

We strive to give you a glimpse of every landscape that Karnataka has to offer. From the architectural ruins of Hampi to the beautiful caves and temples at Badami and Pattadkal to the dense forests and soothing river, Kali at Dandeli to the sand filled beaches at Kumta and Gokarna to the beautiful Jog falls and the Sharavati backwaters. Hop on in with Plan The Unplanned to experience the best the state has to offer.

Karnataka Road Trip - An Overview

DAY 0: Overnight journey to Hampi

DAY 1: Hampi Sightseeing

DAY 2: Explore Badami and Pattadkal

DAY 3: Explore Kali backwaters and Reach kumta

DAY 4: Explore Gokarna and beach trek

DAY 5: Explore Kumta

DAY 6: Explore Jog falls and Ikkeri-Kelladi 

DAY 7: Back to Bangalore

Price Inclusions

  • 5 nights Accommodation on Sharing Basis in Homestay/Hotels/Tents
  • Transport in A/C Vehicle ( XUV/Xylo/Innova/Tempo Traveller )
  • All  Days Breakfast, 1 Night Dinner ( Sharavathi Backwaters )
  • All Entry Fees, Guide at Hampi
  • Trek Permits and Trek Assistance
  • Outdoor Leader
  • River Rafting at Dandeli
  • Ferry Rides at Hampi, Boat Ride at Tadadi Port
  • Tolls, Driver Charges 

Price Exclusions

  • All Days Lunch and Dinner
  • Airport Drop and Pickup
  • Flights to Bangalore
  • Coracle Ride, any kind of activities not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses, snacks
  • Any kind of insurance ( health, accidental )
  • Any kind of medical support due to unforeseen contingencies

Things to Carry

  • Trekking shoes: Carry waterproof trekking shoes with good grip and ankle support. Do not carry sports shoes.
  • Three layers of warm clothes: Carry two or three-layer jackets, fleece jackets and a padded jacket.
  • Two/Three trek pants: Carry light cotton trek pants. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  • Three t-shirts (collared/dry-fit): Full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sunburns on the neck and arms. Carry one or two dry-fit t-shirts.
  • Thermals: Carry thermals (top and bottom).
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses are mandatory. There will be a lot of snow on the trek and can cause snow blindness.
  • Cap: At high altitude, the sun is extra harsh so carry a cap to protect yourself.
  • Waterproof hand gloves: Carry waterproof gloves and avoid woollen gloves as they will get wet if you touch snow.
  • Socks (3-4 pairs) and a pair of woollen socks: Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.
  • Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
  • Raincoat/Ponchos: At high altitudes, snowfall and rain are quite common and it’s mandatory to carry a poncho so that you don’t get wet. The trek will continue as planned even during rainfall. Your poncho should protect you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for extra protection from rain for your belongings.
  • Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID:: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)
  • Day Pack ( Small Bag of 10 litres to carry necessary stuff for the day )


Karnataka Road Trip - A Detailed Itinerary

Day 0: Bangalore to Hampi

Gather around in the designated pick up spots to kick start our journey with the first destination being Hampi which is 350kms away from Bangalore. Get to know your fellow passengers and get a good night’s rest. 

Day 1: Hampi exploration

Hampi - Bouldering, Camping and Heritage Hike
Virupaksha Temple at Hampi

Wake up to the view of the lush green of the paddy fields and the rock boulders. We reach Hampi, which is surrounded by many monuments, beautiful temples, bustling street markets and the ancient ruins of the Vijayanagara Kingdom. A historical retreat is what defines this place and we will spend the entire day exploring and knocking on the door of the past to unravel the beauty of this place. 

We cross the Tungabhadra River from the Virupapur gadde to the main city of Hampi. We will be following the trail from Virupaksha temple to the Vijaya Vittala temple visiting a few monuments like the King’s balance, Kotilinga Temple, Sugriva cave, a Jain temple, Sacred banyan tree, ruined river bridge, Maha Nandi. Royal enclosure and the Queen’s quarters. After reminiscing with the ruins of the past we will head over to Mango to have lunch. We shall cross back to the Virupapura Gadde and go to the Sanapur Lake to beat the midday heat. Enjoy the coracle ride and jump into the cool water to refresh yourself! One thing you should not miss when in Hampi, is the gorgeous sunset. We will trek to the Anjaneya hills for sunset.  Head back over to your camps at Amaya, have dinner and get some sleep!

Day 2: Explore Badami and Pattadakal


We wake up early in the morning, freshen up and have breakfast. We will be traveling from Hampi to  Badami and Pattadakal which is at a distance of 140kms and takes roughly around three and a half hours. Pattadakal is a complex of 7th and 8th century Hindu and Jain temples.  Literally translating to ‘Coronation stone’ the temples in Pattadakal are a testament to the beautiful architecture of the Chalukyas.  Famous for its rock-cut structural temples and caves surrounding the Agastya Lake, Badami formerly known as Vatapi was the capital of the Chalukya Empire. We will have a fulfilling meal at Badami before exploring the Bhootnath temple and the Badami caves. 

Five hours away at a distance of 186kms is Dandeli which would be our next destination. We will be reaching there by night, having dinner and retiring for the nights at a homestay in Dandeli.

Day 3: Explore Kali backwaters and Reach kumta


Coracle Ride - Dandeli
Kali Backwaters

Another early rise day to head to the backwaters of river Kali. Watch the sunrise over the beautiful water and lush green forests. We return to the homestay, freshen up, have breakfast and leave from the homestay. Dandeli is known for its water activities like rafting and the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary which is home to many animals including the Black Panther, monkeys, and elephants. We shall go rafting and other water activities before we leave for Kumta. 

We reach kumta by night and retire to the homestay for the night which is where we will have our dinner as well.

Day 4: Gokarna exploration and Beach trek


Gokarna Beach Trek
Gokarna Beach Trek

Another early day, so rise and shine! We will freshen up and have breakfast, all set to explore Gokarna. 

Enjoy the scenic ocean beauty on a boat en route to Belekan Beach. We will be trekking from Belekan beach to Kudle beach. As we cross Paradise beach, Half moon beach, Om beach to Kudle, we will be greeted with a trail which is a mixture of plain lands, a cliff, forests and of course the beach sand.  We will watch the gorgeous sunset over the water on the horizon at the rock of peace. 

After the sunset, we will head back to our homestay at Kumta and have dinner post which we relax at the Bada beach. Retire to the homestay for the night.

Day 5:Explore Kumta and reach Sharavathi Backwaters


By now you’ll be used to the usual grind of waking up early, freshening up and having breakfast before we begin to explore a new place! We will be headed to the Kagal fort, which was famous for pepper exportation and the only way to reach it was through the Aghanashini River. To protect themselves from the intruders through this river, Kagal fort was built on the banks of the River Aghanashini from where you can see the river meeting the sea. 

After we are done with the fort, we will be headed to the Aghanashini Jetty where we will indulge ourselves in water activities like boating, swimming, kayaking, etc. 

Post lunch we will be leaving for the Sharavathi backwaters. Sharavati river is the only major river that originates in Karnataka. On the way to the backwaters, we will visit a hanging bridge and a Sharavathi valley viewpoint.  Enjoy the serene backwaters and camp here for the night.

Day 6: Jog falls, Ancient temples of Ikkeri and Keladi


Sharavathi Valley Trek
Sharavathi Backwaters

Wake up to the beautiful view and calm ambiance of the Sharavathi backwaters. Go for an early morning swim and a coracle ride before having breakfast and packing up your bags. Our first destination for the day would be Jog falls, which is formed by the river Sharavati. Being the second-highest plunge waterfall, it is enveloped by thick evergreen forests all around. It is divided into four magnificent cascades namely Raja, Rani, Roarer, and Rocket. 

The next destination would be the ancient temples of Ikkeri-Keladi followed by the Keladi museum. Situated in the Sagara Taluk of Karnataka is Ikkeri which translates to `Two streets”. It is famous for its Aghoreshwara Temple which is a gigantic structure built out of granite in a unique mixture of Vijayanagara architecture, The Karnata Dravida style of the Chalukya dynasty, Hoysala Empire and the Deccan sultanates. Containing many idols this place also has intricate wall carvings to be marveled at. Keladi which is also located in the Sagara Taluk is famous for its Rameshwara temple which was built by the Nayakas in a traditional malnad architecture. There are three shrines dedicated to Rameshwara, Lord Veerabhadresvara and goddess Parvathi.  At the Keladi museum, we explore the Jain idols and Inscriptions housed here. The founder Keladi Gunda Jois strived hard to preserve the rich history of Keladi.

By evening we will start our journey back to Bangalore which is about 350kms. Lunch and dinner will be done on the way.

Day 7 : (Back to Bangalore)

Welcome back to the Garden city, Bangalore. We will be wrapping up our journey and you will be dropped off at the specified drop off points along with tons of memories and new friends made.


I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.


What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 4 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

Here’s the cancellation policy for Himalayan Treks/Backpacking Trips/Road Trips

  • If you cancel before 30 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 20 -30 days – 75% % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 15-19 days – 50%  will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 7-14 days – 25 % amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0- 7 days before the departure date – No amount would be refunded.

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).


  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants, and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash the mother earth.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns expect a few delays in reaching the destination.
  • All the meals will be Veg if included
  • Plan The Unplanned will not be responsible for any loss/ hamper of your possessions. We request you to be alert about whatever you carry.
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