Overview

Flight - 1 night

Bangalore - 1 night

Mysore - 2 nights

Ooty - 2 nights

Bandipur - 1 night

Coorg - 2 nights

Hassan - 2 nights

Hampi - 3 nights

Hyderabad - 2 nights

Spendology - Widgets

Secret India

The Karnataka region reveals many hidden gems from the temples of Hampi, Mysore palaces to hill stations, national parks, the Nilgiri train and princely Hyderabad

Countless temples and royal enclosures survive at Hampi, once capital of a great Hindu empire, where in the 15th century more than 100,000 buildings were recorded and flowers and jewels were deemed daily essentials more important than food! It was abandoned after defeat by Muslim sultans, who in turn fought the British four times before Tipu Sultan’s defeat by Wellington.

Throughout, the Wadaya Maharajas survived, building Mysore Palace, complete with Durbar Hall and Jaganmohan Palace for the king’s wedding. The intricate carvings on the temples reveal many lifetimes’ work whilst the scenery is varied and dramatic.

‘Snooty Ooty’, an old British hill station claims the invention of snooker and lies on the UNESCO Heritage Nilgiri railway, featured on the BBC ‘Indian Hill Railways’ and in the film ‘A Passage to India’.

Coorg country in the Western Ghats and Bandipur National Park are natural highlights whilst a taste of modern India is provided by the capital, Bangalore, once a favoured garden city and Hyderabad, capital of India’s richest princes, the Nizams of Hyderabad.

Key Features

Culture & Countryside
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
3 UNESCO  Heritage Sites
6 Lunches & 6 Dinners 
Local Expert Guide 
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 22

 

Special Events

High Tea & Palace Lunches

Take high tea at Falaknuma Palace. Enjoy lunches at Lalitha Mahal Palace, built by the Maharaja and Fernhills Royal Palace. Take high tea at a Coorg family home. Witness the Mysore Palace Illumination.

A splendid tour, with a fascinating itinerary, well organised, and with first class accommodation. 

Nigel Morries
Secret India

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Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow direct or your chosen airport to Bangalore.

Day 2 On arrival use of wash and change facilities. Visit Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Chitrakala Parishad Art Gallery and Bull Temple. Stay overnight at the 5-star ITC Windsor Hotel. (B)

Day 3 Travel to Mysore (4 hrs) for two nights at the heritage Royal Orchid Metropole. Visit the Devyaraja market and Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna. View the evening illumination of Mysore Palace. (B, D)

Day 4 Visit Mysore Palace and Jaganmohan Art Palace. Drive up to the temple on Chamundi Hills. Lunch at Lalitha Mahal Palace and visit Srirangapatman, Tipu Sultan’s summer palace. (B, L)

Day 5 Drive up to Ooty (5 hrs) for two nights at the heritage Taj Savoy Hotel. Lunch at Fernhills Royal Palace. Visit the botanical gardens, church and local market. (B, L)

Day 6 Take the Nilgiri Toy Train (diesel locomotive) to Coonoor (1 hr). Visit a tea plantation, Sim’s Park botanical garden and villages. Lunch at the Taj hotel. (B, L)

Day 7 Travel to Bandipur National Park for overnight at the 3-star Windflower Tusker Trails. Afternoon jungle safari. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Morning jungle safari. Drive to Coorg region (5 hrs) for two nights at the 3-star Windflower Coorg. (B, D)

Day 9 Coffee plantation and spice walk. Visit the church museum and fort of Madikeri. Visit a Coorgi home for high tea. (B)

Day 10 Drive to Hassan (5 hrs) visiting en route Shravanabelagola Jain Temple and statue. Two nights at the 3-star Hoysala Village. (B, D)

Day 11 Visit the temples of Halebeedu and Belur, capitals of the Hoysala empire. (B)

Day 12 Travel to Hampi area (7 hrs) for three nights at the 4-star Heritage Resort near Hampi. Enjoy sunset overlooking Hampi. (B, D)

Day 13 Travel to the cave temples of Badami (3 hrs). Visit the temple complexes of Aihole and Pattadakal. (B, L)

Day 14 A full-day visit of Hampi including Virupaksha and Vijaya Vittala temples, Sasivekalu Ganesha, the Stone Chariot; the royal enclosure, elephant stables, Queens Bath and Lotus Mahal. (B, L)

Day 15 Travel into the less-known Telangana region to its capital, Hyderabad (9 hrs) for two nights at the 4-star ITC Kakatiya Hotel. (B, D)

Day 16 Visit Fort of Golconda, the Archaeological and Nizam Museums, passing Hussain Sagar and the High Court buildings. High Tea and heritage tour at Falaknuma Palace. (B)

Day 17 Return direct flight to Heathrow or via Dubai to your chosen airport.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

The Toy Train has no refreshments or toilets on board.

Dec 20 and Dec 18 departures includes Christmas and New Year’s Eve meals.

The Rail Museum in Mysore is temporarily closed for renovation work. Alternative visit to Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna until the Rail Museum reopens.

We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.
Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

2019

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
September 20 £2495
November 15 £2645
December 20 £2995

2020

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
January 24 £2595
February 7 £2645
March 20 £2545
September 18 £2495
October 2 £2595
November 13 £2695
December 18 £2895

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double for sole use £595 (2019 £495)

Flight Options

London-Bangalore/Hyderabad-London
British Airways World Traveller Plus from £395
British Airways Club World from £1795
Emirates from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester,
Birmingham or Glasgow – nil

Extension Options

We offer a wide variety of pre- and post-tour extensions, click here for more information.
Pre/post tour extra nights and transfers are available.

Privately Guided

2 guests - £795 per person
3-4 guests - £395 per person
5-9 guests - £175 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge

Independent Arrival

Save £600 
Arrival transfer add £22
Departure transfer add £22

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 15 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 6 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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