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South India In Style

Tailor Made Itinerary

17 Days From $6,889

Overview

A brilliant profusion of rock-cut temples, extraordinary architecture and sumptuous landscapes, South India offers up the promise of some of the most authentic cultural experiences that this remarkable country has to offer. Combine this with some of the most luxurious hotels on the Indian Subcontinent and you have an adventure filled with luxury and life changing experiences. Beginning in the city of Hyderabad, you’ll enjoy experiencing some of the splendour of the once powerful Nizams, before ...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the spectacular temples and monuments of the Vijayanagar Empire in Hampi
  • Explore the rich cultural heartlands of the Kadu Kuruba and the Kodava
  • Enjoy jeep safaris, river cruises and guided walking tours around Nagarhole National Park
  • Experience the colour and magic of a Theyyam dance performance in North Malabar
  • Stay in the grand Falaknuma Palace and luxurious collection of Evolve Back hotels
  • Relax in the tranquil Neeleshwar Hermitage, set in a remote palm fringed beach in unspoiled North Kerala

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE HYDERABAD

DAY 1: ARRIVE HYDERABAD

Arriving in Hyderabad, you will be met at the airport by a Wild Frontiers representative and transferred on to your hotel, the sumptuous Taj Fulaknuma Palace. An exquisite example of 19th-century elegance, this evening you will be invited to join the hotel's butlers on a heritage walk around the palace. Beginning at sunset, you'll wander through halls of Italian-Neoclassical design, filled with custom-made furnishings and lavish decorations, to provide a fascinating insight into the wealth and eventual fall of the once powerful Nizam of Hyderabad. 

Taj Falaknuma Palace

DAY 2: HYDERABAD

DAY 2: HYDERABAD

Once the foremost centre of culture on the entire Indian subcontinent, Hyderabad was established by the Qutb Shahi dynasty in the latter years of the 16th century. A tour of the city today will take in its historic Golconda Fort and the Qutb Shahi Tombs, whose beautifully domed granite tombs and tranquil landscaped gardens provided the final resting place for seven of the dynasty's rulers. Finish your day with a visit to the old city, home to Char Minar, the Makka Majid and the fabulous old bazaar, a labyrinth of lanes filled with fruit sellers, bangle-makers and sari embroiderers, Biriyani restaurants, and the wonderful old cafes famous for tea and Hyderabadi-style biscuits.

Taj Falaknuma Palace
Breakfast

DAY 3: HYDERABAD - HAMPI

DAY 3: HYDERABAD - HAMPI

Transferring to the airport this morning you'll fly south to Hampi, home to the medieval ruins of the once great capital of the Vijayangara Empire. Between 1336 and 1565, this small town lay at the centre of a Hindu empire that was one of the largest in all India, once believed to rival that of Rome. On arrival at the airport you will be met and driven on to your hotel.

Evolve Back Hampi
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: HAMPI

DAY 4: HAMPI

The temples and monuments of Hampi are considered amongst the finest examples of Dravidian architecture anywhere in southern India. Today you will enjoy a historic tour of some of its highlights, taking in a number of its suburbs (puras) and markets. You'll visit the renowned Vijaya Vitthala Temple, considered by many to represent the pinnacle of Indian temple architecture. You'll also take in the Royal Enclosure and stroll through the ruins of the Achyutaraya Temple, before enjoying the sight of the sunset over the scenic Tungabhadra River.

Evolve Back Hampi
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: HAMPI

DAY 5: HAMPI

Heading out after breakfast, this morning you will visit the magnificent settings of Aihole, Pattadkal and Badami, considered to be the cradle of Indian temple architecture. Spanning nearly two thousand years of history, these ancient sites encompass an array of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments that date back as far as the 4th-century BC. Aihole alone is home to more than 120 temples, whilst Badami and Pattadakal are both major centres of historically important Chalukya monuments.

Evolve Back Hampi
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: HAMPI - CHIKMAGALUR 

DAY 6: HAMPI - CHIKMAGALUR 

Your journey south continues into the foothills of the Western Ghats today, as you negotiate the long drive on to Chikmagalur. Famed for its coffee and its pleasant climate, the town lies close to the heights of Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka. Arriving later this afternoon, the rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy at your own leisure.  

The Serai Chikmagalur
Breakfast

DAY 7: CHIKMAGALUR

DAY 7: CHIKMAGALUR

Following an early breakfast, you'll drive out of Chikmagalur this morning and head for the ancient temples of Belur and Halebeedu. Stunning examples of temple architecture from the Hoysala dynasty and filled with Hindu mythology, they stand as superb testaments to the glory of Hindu temple art. Returning to the hotel for lunch, this afternoon then sees you enjoying a trek to the summit of Mullayanagiri, to enjoy the spectacular views from the top of one of the highest peaks lying between the Himalayas and the Nilgris Mountains.

The Serai Chikmagalur
Breakfast

DAY 8: CHIKMAGALUR - KABINI

DAY 8: CHIKMAGALUR - KABINI

This morning you'll set off through the beautiful Indian countryside towards Kabini, paying a visit en route to Shravababelagola, one of the most important Jain pilgrimage sites anywhere in India. A climb up the 650 steps to the top provides a chance to see the monolithic Gommateshwara Statue, one of the largest free-standing statues in the world. From here you continue on to Kabini, arriving in time for lunch, before embarking on a naturalist tour with a sunset cruise. 

Evolve Back Kabini
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9: KABINI

DAY 9: KABINI

Located on the edge of the River Kabini, in the heartland of the Kadu Kuruba tribe, Kabini borders both the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks. Home to elusive tigers, leopards, elephants and over 250 species of birds, it will be the setting of an early morning safari in the company of your naturalist guide. This evening then provides an opportunity to make the most of a myriad of activities including coracle trips, bullock cart rides and an evening's nature trail walk.

Evolve Back Kabini
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: KABINI

DAY 10: KABINI

After a chance for some early morning bird watching, you will head out to visit the local tribal village, to experience first-hand a little of the culture and spirit of traditional Kabini. Later this afternoon you will then take a boat safari through the meandering waterways that flow between the rich landscapes of the national parks. This evening there will be a traditional Kadu Kuruba dance performance, followed by an enriching collection of local stories.

Evolve Back Kabini
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: KABINI - COORG

DAY 11: KABINI - COORG

Driving up into the lush hills of the Western Ghats this morning, the next leg of the journey sees you enjoying the misty hills and verdant forests around the old hill station of Coorg. Traditional home of the Kodava people, the area is rich in rice and coffee and the drive takes you through a serene landscape of undulating hills and quaint Indian villages. On arrival at the hotel later there will be time to relax and enjoy one of southern India's most scenic landscapes.

Evolve Back Coorg
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: COORG

DAY 12: COORG

The day begins with a bird tour and a visit to the local village with your in-house naturalist. After breakfast you'll then head off to visit the nearby community at Bylekuppe, home to one of the largest Tibetan settlements in India. With several magnificent temples on show, it provides a unique insight into the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetans in southern India. Returning to the hotel for lunch, later you'll embark on an evening tour of the coffee and spice plantation.

Evolve Back Coorg
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: COORG

DAY 13: COORG

Today's highlight is a visit to a traditional Ainmane, a 400-year-old ancestral building that belongs to the indigenous Kodava. Each Ainmane belongs to an okka (patrilineal clan) and it is here that the clan gather for special ceremonies and occasions. It also acts as a community museum, helping to enrich and nurture Kodava cultural heritage. After a traditional lunch you'll return to the hotel to relax, before soaking up the essence of Karnataka culture with an evening's programme of storytelling and dance.

Evolve Back Coorg
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: COORG - NEELESHWAR

DAY 14: COORG - NEELESHWAR

Departing early this morning the drive on to Neeleshwar will take around five hours, stopping off along the way to break the journey with photo opportunities and snacks. Your destination is the Neeleshwar Hermitage, a luxurious tropical hideaway that nestles amongst palm groves beside the waters of the Arabian Sea. After checking in you will have time in the afternoon to enjoy this idyllic setting at your own pace.

Neeleshwar Hermitage Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 15: NEELESHWAR

DAY 15: NEELESHWAR

A mix of activities are on the cards for today, beginning this morning with a visit to a local village. This afternoon has then been set aside to enjoy a culinary session with an experienced chef, before an evening of Theyyam culture. A ceremonial form of worship from the northern Malabar region of Kerala, Theyyam is a form of trance-ritual unique to the Malabar region and is traditionally performed in temples, usually in front of entire villages.

Neeleshwar Hermitage Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 16: NEELESHWAR

DAY 16: NEELESHWAR

After a visit to a turtle hatchery this morning, you'll then take a cruise through the secluded backwaters, enjoying the traditional sights and sounds of Kerala as you soak up the views of the lush hills and rice paddies for the last time. This evening you can then relax by the beach and reflect on a journey of quite unsurpassed majesty.

Neeleshwar Hermitage Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 17: DEPART NEELESHWAR

DAY 17: DEPART NEELESHWAR

Depart after breakfast and drive to Mangalore Airport, arriving in time to connect with your onward flight.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

SOUTH INDIA IN STYLE (17 DAYS) $6,889

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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