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Uncover the cultural highlights and scenic beauty of South India on this private trip. Witness typical, tranquil villages, visit ancient temples and bustling markets in Mysore, and wander amid verdant coffee and spice plantations in Chikmagalur. Gaze in awe at majestic monuments from bygone eras at Hampi and Badami. Top it off with a peaceful stay on the golden beaches of Goa where you while away time sunbathing or set out to explore the region’s Portuguese heritage.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2BangaloreThe Bull Temple, Bangalore Palace, Vishwesharaiya MuseumThe Gateway Hotel Residency Road Bangalore, The Taj West End
2 - 4MysoreMaharajahas Palace, Chamundi Hills, Vrindavan gardens, Ranganathittu Bird SanctuaryRoyal Orchid Metropole, Royal Orchid Metropole
4 - 6ChikmagalurCoffee Plantations, Nature Walks, Landscape, HillsFlameback Lodge, Trivik Chikmagalur
6 - 9HampiTwo-Storied Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Vitthal Temple, Stone ChariotHeritage Resort Hampi, Evolve Back Resort Kamalapura Palace, Hampi
9 - 10BadamiRock Cave Temple, Aihole and Pattadakal TemplesThe Krishna Heritage
10 - 13GoaBeaches, Relaxation, Local Markets, ChurchesAlila Diwa Goa, Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa
13 - 14MumbaiGateway of India, Marine Drive or Queen’s Necklace, Dhobi Ghat, Crawford MarketPresident Mumbai, Taj Mahal

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

We will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel.

Bangalore

1 Night

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.

Included Activities

Highlights of Bangalore

Experience historic landmarks amidst the cosmopolitan chic. Venture to 16th century blackened Dodda Ganeshana Gudi (Bull Temple) dedicated to the sacred bull Nandi. Venture to the imposing Vidhana Soudha, a Neo-Dravidian building that houses the seat of state legislature. Tour Bangalore Palace, still owned and inhabited by the erstwhile royal family of Mysore. Visit Bangalore’s British colonial gardens – Lal Bagh, which includes a Victorian glasshouse replica of London’s original Crystal Palace, and Cubbon Park. Explore Tipu Sultan’s Fort and Palace, and the Government Museum, one of the oldest museums in India and home to many artifacts from the Neolithic period.

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
The Taj West End – Opt 2
RoomLuxury Grande
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 2 - 4

Your chauffeur will drive you from Bangalore to Mysore in a private vehicle. Enroute you will visit Srirangapatna (Duration without stops: 3.5 hrs)

Mysore

2 Nights

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.

Included Activities

Day Trip to Tipu Sultan’s Srirangapatna

Discover Tipu Sultan’s historic city! En route to Mysore, embark on a tour of Srirangapatna, which was once the historic capital of a powerful empire and dates back to around 9th century The island fortress town offers plenty of attractions for history buffs, from temples and mosques, to palaces and cenotaphs (tombs). Explore the exquisite three-layered stone wall of the fort with its bastions and gates, which protected the rulers from many an invasion and is still an emblem of a glorious bygone era. Stop by the banks of Cauvery River and witness stunning views of the natural landscape.

Culinary Treasures of Mysore

Discover the various culinary delicacies of Mysore! Begin the food walk by visiting local favorites and authentic hole-in-the-wall joints to sample delicacies such as Mysore masala dosa, Mysore Pak – a famous Indian dessert, filter coffee and more. Learn about the fascinating stories behind the creation of these lip smacking dishes as you savor their many flavors. If you take your food seriously, you should know you’re in good hands! (Half Day, Time of Day: Evening; Best time to travel: October-March; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Moderate)

Highlights of Mysore

Return to the regal era at Mysore! Visit the Maharajah’s Palace which artistically blends Indo-Saracenic style with foreign elements such as Scottish steel and Victorian-Edwardian era furniture. Every Sunday, visitors gather to to see the palace brightly lit up. Drive up to the Chamundi Hills to be blessed alongside hundreds of jubilant pilgrims at the Chamundeshwari Temple. On your way back, visit Sri Nandi Temple to be blessed by Hindu God Lord Shiva’s faithful gatekeeper Nandi, the decorated bull. Guide your steps towards the Famous Jagmohan Palace where exquisite artwork awaits you at the Raja Ravi Verma Gallery. Tour the scenic Brindavan Gardens which is built alongside a dam on the Kaveri River. There is also opportunity to meet master weavers at a silk factory close at hand. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Mysore Palace is only light up at night on Sundays; Please bring socks as footwear is not permitted inside temples)

Hotel Options
RoomRoyal Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomMaharaja Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 6

Your chauffeur will drive you from Mysore to Chikmagalur in a private vehicle. Enroute you will visit Shravanabelagola (Duration without stops: 4.5 hrs)

Chikmagalur

2 Nights

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.

Included Activities

Day Trip to Shravanabelagola

An interesting excursion takes you to Shravanabelagola, a Temple City and important Jain pilgrim center lying between Indragiri and Chandragiri hills. ‘Bel’, meaning white and ‘kola’, pond, are an allusion to the beautiful pond in the towns midst. Marvel at Indragiri’s 1000 year old statue of Bhagavan Gomateshwara Bahubali. Standing at 57ft, it is considered the world’s largest monolithic stone statue. Shravanabelagola has over 500 inscriptions and sculptures that highlight history back to the Indus Valley Civilization.

Excursion to Belur and Halebid
Visit Belur and Halebid, famous for their beautifully carved, ancient temples dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries.

Hotel Options
Flameback Lodge – Opt 1
RoomPaddy Villa
MealsFull Board
StyleLodge
RoomGarden View Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 6 - 9

Your chauffeur will drive you from Chikmagalur to Hampi in a private vehicle (Duration: 7.5 hrs)

Hampi

3 Nights

Hampi is so mystical with its boulder-strewn landscapes that you might feel like you’ve landed on the moon!

Included Activities

Highlights of Hampi

Prepared to be bowled over by the mesmeric boulders of Hampi! Navigate through giant rock formations to witness stellar examples of Dravidian architecture. Constructed by the last great Hindu dynasty, some of these architectural marvels date back to the 14th century and are scattered amid the craggy hills and plains. From the historic King’s Balance to the stunning Queen’s Bath, the grand Lotus Mahal (palace) to the colossal Elephant Stables, there is much to discover. Envision the former glory of the musical pillars of Vitthal Temple, standing tall in the heart of an erstwhile bazaar and see the awe-inspiring Stone Chariot. Virupaksha Temple, the principal place of worship, is close at hand. Venture past lush paddy fields and lethargic water buffaloes to see the curious monolith of Ugra Narasimha with its bulging eyes and ample mane. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Villa
MealsHalfboard (Breakfast and Dinner)
StyleBoutique
RoomNivasa
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
StyleResort
Day 9 - 10

Your chauffeur will drive you from Hampi to Badami in a private vehicle (Duration: 5 hrs)

Badami

1 Night

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.

Included Activities

Half Day Tour of Aihole and Pattadakal

Discover an ancient temple complex in the heart of Karnataka! A drive away from Badami lies the historic Aihole village. Home to a majestic temple complex, the serene village is popular with architecture enthusiasts. Explore Aihole’s 125 stone temples constructed by the legendary Chalukyan dynasty in the 5th century. Travel onward to Pattadakal, set on the left bank of the serene Malaprabha River. From intricately carved temples, numerous shrines and a grand complex await you at this UNESCO World Heritage site. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Travel time to activity: one hour drive; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time)

Hotel Options
RoomExecutive Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 10 - 13

Your chauffeur will drive you from Badami to Goa in a private vehicle (Duration: 8 hrs)

Goa

3 Nights

Goa’s legendary allure is its white sandy beaches and glittering blue seas.

Included Activities

Markets of Goa Visit

Enjoy vibrant Goan markets held on different days of the week. Delight in the Anjuna Flea market, reminiscent of ‘Hippie days’, find interesting handicrafts, get tattooed, stroll the colorful maze of humanity and watch the sunsets. The Saturday night Arpora market is the place to see and hear Goa’s most talented live musicians; taste blends of International, Indian and fusion cuisine and shop. Visit the traditional Friday market at Mapusa where craftsmen and farmers come to sell the products.

Hotel Options
Alila Diwa Goa – Opt 1
RoomTerrace
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
RoomSuperior Room Garden View with sit out
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 13 - 14

You will be transferred from your hotel to Goa airport in a private vehicle

Board your flight from Goa to Mumbai (Flight duration: 1.5 hrs)

You will be transferred from Mumbai (International) airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

Mumbai

1 Night

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries.

Included Activities

Half Day Highlights of Mumbai

Venture to the waterfront and witness the historic Gateway of India, built during the British rule. Drive by the world’s most expensive real estate along Marine Drive, also known as the Queen’s Necklace, as the streetlights resemble a string of pearls at night. Discover the plethora of colonial architecture including the High Court, Mumbai University, Flora Fountain, Asiatic Library, Prince of Wales Museum, Municipal Corporation Building and the fascinating, fully-functioning Victoria Terminus Railway Station. Whilst the building is closed to the public, you can glimpse the Parsi Tower of Silence with its circling vultures. Unwind amidst the topiary of the Hanging Gardens, or in Kamala Nehru Park and Horniman Circle. Learn more about Mahatma Gandhi at Mani Bhavan, a museum and reference library. (Duration 4 hours).

Hotel Options
President Mumbai – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Taj Mahal – Opt 2
RoomSuperior City View Tower Wing
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage

You will be transferred from your hotel to Mumbai (International) airport in a private vehicle

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,790 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 6,390 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals, as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions, as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation services, as specified in the itinerary
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact supporting you during your trip
  • Carbon emissions offsetting for your trip

Not Included

  • Entrance fees and meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary description
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visa and tourism fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare
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14 days $ 4,790 / person