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Be inspired by Hyderabad’s “White Mughals”
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Sample delicious snacks on a curated Mysore street food tour
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Marvel at the exquisite sculptures of India’s most impressive temples
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Explore Hampi’s dramatic boulder-strewn ruins away from the crowds
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Relish sumptuous accommodation

India’s Hidden Southwest

Nov 21 - Dec 03, 2020

13 days | India | Cultural Explorations

Lewie is always on the look out for new and interesting ways to experience India, so when Manoj Abraham, who heads our operational office in Delhi, suggested a trip to Karnataka, we pounced. We were thrilled with what we found – authentic, little-touristed, with world class (read UNESCO World Heritage) sites, the luscious landscapes of a hill station plantation paradise, and the soothing sanctum of the Malabar Coast.

Start in Hyderabad, steeped in history with a masala mix of colour and spice. It was here that in the 1800s that the Indian conquest of the British imagination began. We may have to shoehorn you out of your hotel (the fabulous former palace of the Nizam) to continue your trip, but your next three-night stay at our luxury hotel in Hampi will similarly soothe your senses. Here, discover a forgotten kingdom with its stories carved in stone. Our walk through the boulder strewn landscape with a local historian reveal the ruins of one of the largest and richest cities in the world with over 500 monuments including beautiful temples, palaces, royal pavilions, and markets. A day trip to Badami introduces the cradle of Indian temple architecture. There are similarly beautiful temples at Halebid and Belur, examples of the apex of one of the most artistically exuberant periods of ancient Hindu culture.

Our cultural exploration continues in three very distinctive and less-travelled settings. Mysore is home to a lavish palace, wide airy boulevards, and a colourful market filled with flowers, fruits, and wandering cows. Coorg is coffee and spice plantation country. Here we’ll be surrounded by stunning scenery of an almost-unbelievable green as we cycle and walk in the fields and villages. Conclude our trip in the hidden tropical setting beside the Arabian Sea.

We have selected some particularly gorgeous accommodation for you. Whether you’re an India enthusiast looking for a new experience or intrigued by a relaxed exploration of less travelled but no less grand sites, this is the trip for you.
Cultural Explorations President's Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
US$8295
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants
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What’s included: Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; meals as indicated in the itinerary; regional flight: Hyderabad to Hampi; all internal transportation by comfortable, air-conditioned private coach; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities and entrance fees; taxes and gratuities for guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants; fully escorted by Lewie Gonsalves

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Hyderabad
2The story of the White Mughals
3Fly to Bellary, drive to Hampi
4Fabulous temples, stone chariots, and singing pillars of Hampi
5Excursion to Aihole, Badami, and Pattadakal
6By road to Hassan
7Belur's most impressive 12th century Channakseshava Temple
8Mysore's history and food
9Green countryside and the scenic hills on the road to Coorg
10Coorg's village life
11Drive to Neeleshwar for its little-visited Malabar Coast
12Neeleshwar
13Drive to Mangalore and depart
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Lewie Gonsalves, our peripatetic president, has over  40 years’ experience researching and organizing trips throughout the world. As well as designing and leading our President’s Tours, Lewie is also chief designer of our Private Journey collection of tailored tours.

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Cultural Explorations President's Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
US$8295
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; meals as indicated in the itinerary; regional flight: Hyderabad to Hampi; all internal transportation by comfortable, air-conditioned private coach; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities and entrance fees; taxes and gratuities for guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants; fully escorted by Lewie Gonsalves

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