From the lost civilizations of Hampi and the tranquil coffee plantations of the Western Ghats to the temples and caves of Badami, this trip is brimming with hidden jewels. End your private South India tour in bliss on the beaches of Goa.
Bengaluru, India’s answer to Silicon Valley, was ranked third in 2012 amongst the list of world’s top ten cities to visit by Lonely Planet! Formerly a ‘pensioners paradise’, the bustling city sits high above sea-level, and is blessed with pleasant weather all year round.
City Highlights of Bangalore Explore Bangalore’s most famous landmarks – the Bull Temple, Cubbon Park, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore Palace, Electronic City, the Vishwesharaiya Museum, Tipu Sultan’s Fort and Palace. Tour the Government Museum and the stunning ISKCON Temple (International Society for Krishna Consciousness).
Mysore provides you with an opportunity to step back in time into a world of regal opulence, and is often described as the City of Palaces.
City Highlights of Srirangapatna A visit to Srirangapatna reveals Tippu Sultan’s once historic capital, reverberating an ancient and chequered history with tales of valor and the struggle against British rule. Explore this island fortress town with its many temples, palaces, mosques, tombs, cenotaphs and natural landscapes as it sits on the banks of river Cauvery. See its three-layered stone fort wall with bastions and four gates. The palace remains are witness to a glorious bygone era for India’s historic leaders.
City Highlights of Mysore Visit the Mysore Mahrajah’s Palace and the temple located within the complex; the Chamundi Hills and the temple perched on top of it; marvel at the paintings at the Raja Ravi Verma Gallery in Jagmohan Palace. Visit the famous Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Vrindavan gardens, the silk factory where you can see the masters weavers at work.
Chikmagalur is a captivating natural canvas nestled in the Baba Budan Hills within the Western Ghats, best known as the life-giving spine of India.
Visit to Belur and Halebid Visit Belur and Halebid, famous for their beautifully carved, ancient temples dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries.
City Highlights of Chikmaglur Let the world drift away as you enjoy invigorating strolls and treks through coffee plantations, set against the backdrop of majestic mountain ranges; go on nature walks and listen to the sounds of nature.
Hampi is so mystical with its boulder-strewn landscapes that you might feel like you’ve landed on the moon!
Highlights of Hampi Tour the ‘king’s balance,’ the stunning ‘queen’s bath’ with its arched corridors, and lotus shaped fountains; visit the two storied Lotus Mahal, the huge Elephant Stables, the mesmerizing musical pillars at the Vitthal Temple, the awe inspiring Stone Chariot, the Virupaksha Temple and the monolith of Ugra Narasimha.
Badami: Cradle of architecture Picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills, the exquisite structures and Badami’s rust red sandstone cliffs tell many a tale of yore. Famous for its four ancient rock-cut caves replete with carved pillars and bracket figures, hewn from red sandstone on a hill.
City Highlights of Badami Visit the famous rock cut temples – dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries; experience the rich blend of Nagara and Dravidian styles of architecture in the temples and sculptures that grace Badami. EI Special Activities: Witness the masterful architectural patronage of the Chalukyas in the Aihole & Pattadakal Temples.
This was our second trip to India with Enchanting Travels serving as our local agent. I can’t say enough about the high quality of local guides and accommodations. Our local coordinator was always available and met all of our needs.