Explore bustling cities, exquisite UNESCO World Heritage sites and blissful beaches in South India on this leisurely journey. Begin the Hyderabad – the city of Nawabs is also for its monuments, pearls and delicious cuisine. In Hampi, discover ancient rock cut temples and in Chikmagalur, relax amid verdant valleys and rolling hills while you sip on some of the world’s best coffee! The city of Mysore is steeped in ancient legend while Goa offers bohemian charm and beautiful beaches galore. End your tour in historic Mumbai, soaking in the bustle and rhythm of the maximum city.
Hyderabad is known as the City of Pearls, given it has been a trading point for jewels within its many intriguing bazaars for centuries.
Highlights of Hyderabad Visit imposing landmarks like the Charminar; the Mecca Masjid -one of South India’s oldest mosques; view exquisite art and antiques at the Salar Jung Museum; watch as ‘bidri’ artists go about their craft in the many pearl shops; stroll through bazaars; shop for pearls and ‘bidri’ jewelry; try the sinfully delicious Hyderabadi food!
Hampi is so mystical with its boulder-strewn landscapes that you might feel like you’ve landed on the moon!
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)
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.
Highlights of Chikmagalur Cast your cares aside at beautiful Chikmagalur! Enjoy invigorating strolls and treks through rugged mountain trails, verdant coffee plantations and past rolling hills, as the rest of the world fades away in the distance. Guided by experts, let your nature walks also be an inspiring insight into local life, as this sleepy town’s economy exists on its natural wealth. Discover information about various species of indigenous trees and wildlife and spend your time looking for exotic birds and large butterflies as they flitter through tree tops. If you are lucky, the night skies may even be lit up by fireflies!
Excursion to Belur and Halebid Visit Belur and Halebid, famous for their beautifully carved, ancient temples dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries.
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.
Day Trip to Tippu 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.
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)
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay during British colonial rule, has welcomed travelers from around the world for centuries.
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).
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.
Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 14 nights.
Economy flights for all sectors : Hyderabad – Hampi, Bangalore – Goa, Goa – Mumbai
All activities as listed :
Hyderabad: Highlights of Hyderabad
Hampi: Highlights of Hampi
Chikmagalur: Highlights of Chikmagalur
Chikmagalur: Excursion to Belur and Halebid
Mysore: Day Trip to Tippu Sultan’s Srirangapatna
Mysore: Highlights of Mysore
Mumbai: Highlights of Mumbai
All airport and hotel transfers
A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with unlimited mileage and a trusted chauffeur throughout your trip, apart from during your stay at a beach/backwater resort or houseboat if applicable.
All activities described in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary