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.

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Itinerary Summary

Day Place Highlights Hotel Options
1 - 2 Bangalore The Bull Temple, Bangalore Palace, Vishwesharaiya Museum The Gateway Hotel Residency Road Bangalore, Taj West End
2 - 4 Mysore Maharajahas Palace, Chamundi Hills, Vrindavan gardens, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Royal Orchid Metropole
4 - 6 Chikmagalur Coffee Plantations, Nature Walks, Landscape, Hills Flameback Lodge
6 - 9 Hampi Two-Storied Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Vitthal Temple, Stone Chariot Heritage Resort Hampi, Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace Hampi
9 - 10 Badami Rock Cave Temple, Aihole and Pattadakal Temples The Krishna Heritage
10 - 13 Goa Beaches, Relaxation, Local Markets, Churches Alila Diwa, Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa
13 - 14 Mumbai Gateway of India, Marine Drive or Queen’s Necklace, Dhobi Ghat, Crawford Market Marine Plaza, The Trident Nariman Point

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  • Heritage

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Bangalore

1 Day

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

City 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

The Gateway Hotel Residency Road Bangalore – Opt 1
Room Standard Room
Meals Breakfast
Style International
Taj West End – Opt 2
Room Luxury Grand
Meals Breakfast
Style Resort
Day 2 - 4

Drive from Bangalore to Mysore via Srirangapatna (150 km, 3.5 hrs)

Mysore

2 Days

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 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.

City 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

Royal Orchid Metropole – Opt 1
Room Royal Room
Meals Breakfast
Style International
Day 4 - 6

Drive from Mysore to Chikmaglur via Shravanbelagola, Belur and Halebid (220 km, 4.5 hrs)

Chikmagalur

2 Days

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

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!

Hotel Options

Flameback Lodge – Opt 1
Room Flameback-Paddy Villa
Meals Breakfast
Style Lodge
Day 6 - 9

Drive from Chikmaglur to Hampi (270 km, 7 hrs)

Hampi

3 Days

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

Heritage Resort Hampi – Opt 1
Room Deluxe Villa
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Style Boutique
Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace Hampi – Opt 2
Room Nivasa
Meals Breakfast
Style Resort
Day 9 - 10

Drive from Hampi to Badami (190 km, 4 hrs)

Badami

1 Day

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

City Highlights of Badami
Discover ancient architecture in tranquil Badami. A loacl guide will take you around impressive architecture so you can learn more about ancient art and culture at this erstwhile regal capital. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the four famous temples of Badami are considered stellar examples of Indian rock-cut architecture. The famous Bhutanatha group of sandstone shrines are worth a visit. Witness a rugged landscape stretched out before the manmade Agastya Lake at the base of the temple complex. The grand Badami Fort is perched atop a hill, just a short climb from the lake, where you will discover intricate cave temples and religious figures carved into the red sandstone. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Museum closed on Fridays)

Hotel Options

The Krishna Heritage – Opt 1
Room Executive Room
Meals Breakfast
Style Boutique
Day 10 - 13

Drive from Badami to Goa (350 km, 8 hrs)

Goa

3 Days

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

Hotel Options

Alila Diwa – Opt 1
Room Terrace
Meals Breakfast
Style Resort
Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa – Opt 2
Room Park Room
Meals Breakfast
Style Beach Resort
Day 13 - 14

Transfer from Hotel to Goa Airport

Mumbai

1 Day

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

Hotel Options

Marine Plaza – Opt 1
Room Superior Room
Meals Breakfast
Style International
The Trident Nariman Point – Opt 2
Room Nariman Point Premier Room
Meals Breakfast
Style International

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 3,293 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,265 /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 (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 13 nights.
  • Economy flights for all sectors : Goa – Mumbai
  • All activities as listed :
    • Bangalore: City Highlights of Bangalore
    • Mysore: City Highlights of Srirangapatna
    • Mysore: City Highlights of Mysore
    • Chikmagalur: Visit to Belur and Halebid
    • Chikmagalur: City Highlights of Chikmaglur
    • Hampi: Highlights of Hampi
    • Badami: City Highlights of Badami
  • 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
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes

This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, and accommodation availability.

The beautiful Queen's Necklace of Mumbai as seen from Nariman Point.
What our guests say about this trip

Because of the great experience we had travelling with Enchanting Travels in 2012, we never considered any other company when we decided to go back to India again. We especially liked the flexibility of arrangements while travelling, the constant communication with the Enchanting Travels staff during the tour, and a generosity displayed in favour of the traveller. Most of the hotels are to be strongly recommended and we have happy memories of our times there.

– John Schubert
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South India’s Hidden Jewels

14 days $ 3,293 / person

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