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Karnataka - The Jewel Of South India

time-raw2 weeks
Starting point
Bangalore Airport

Discover why Karnataka is termed as the jewel of South India on a tour to this spectacular region. Explore the HAMPI, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which now hosts a bazaar that includes lodges, restaurants, shops, and a towering Virupaksha Temple. Marvel at the rock-cut cave temples and sandstone cliffs of Badami. Embark on a wildlife safari at Kabini national park and elephant watching as well as riding at Dubare Elephant Camp.

What to expect?

BEST SEASON: Round of the year

ACTIVITY: Cultural, Historic, Ancient Temples, Picturesque Landscape


  • Visit Dubare Elephant Camp, Raja’s Seat & Omkareshwara Temple.
  • Visit Bylekuppe Buddhist Monastery, Madikeri Fort (Coorg)
  • Visit Lakkidi view point (Wayanad)
  • Visit the famous Kabini national park
  • Visit Edakal Caves &BansuraSagar Dam (Wayanad)
  • Visit to Pookode Lake
  • Visit to Vittala and Hazara Rama temples
  • Ramachandra temple & Lotus Mahal.
  • Visit Fort at Chitradurga
  • Enjoy a visit to Hindu and Jain temples in north Karnataka
  • Explore the Badami Fort, Mahakuta Temple & Banashankari Temple (Badami)
  • Visit to Mahabaleshwara temple (Gokarna)


Day 1: Arrival at Bangalore Airport, overnight stay at Bangalore.

Day 2: Drive to Coorg (265kms/ 6hrs).

Day 3: FULL DAY IN COORG to experience emerald landscapes and hectares of spice & Coffee plantations.

Day 4: Drive to WAYANAD (137Kms/ 4Hrs). Enjoy the fantastically unspoilt landscape remote forest reserve.

Day 5: Day trip to KABINI wildlife sanctuary (232Kms/ 5Hrs) -beckons with the promise of elephants, gaur, deer and a rumour of tiger. Located on the southern fringes of the Nagarahole National Park.

Day 6: Drive TO HASSAN (205Kms/ 5Hrs) - eventful and rich history of the rule of the Hoysalas.

Day 7: Day trip to BELUR & HALEBID (85Kms/ 2Hrs). Visit 12th-century Hindu temples, best examples of Hoysala architecture.

Day 8: Drive to CHITRADURGA & HOSPET (328Kms/ 8Hrs)- Visit the Chitradurga Fort.

Day 9: Visit HAMPI - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 14th century temples. Chronicles left by Persian and European travellers, particularly the Portuguese.

Day 10: Visit HAMPI.

Day 11: Visit AIHOLE, PATTADKAL and drive to BADAMI (271Kms/ 6Hrs) – visit the historic site of ancient and medieval era Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments, 7th and 8th century CE Hindu and Jain temples.

Day 12: FULL DAY AT BADAMI – the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples.

Day 13: DRIVE TO GOKARNA (250Kms/ 6Hrs).

Day 14: FULL DAY AT GOKARNA Beach - scenic, with the rocky mountains and Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other.


What is included?


  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in unique and experiential 4/5 star hotels
  • Meal Plan as per the itinerary
  • All sightseeing and transfer by standard vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Local guides

Is this experience for me?

  • This tour is appropriate for most people

What do I need to bring?


  • Approximately 50 - 60 liters personal rucksack/ duffel bag
  • Approximately 25 liters small knapsack to carry essentials (like water bottle, rain protection, electrol powder, medicines, torch, Sun glasses, Wind-proof cheater, camera and accessories etc) We recommend to invest in LifeStraw water bottles which are perfect for converting any kind of available water into potable safe water. It removes bacteria, protozoa, and it incorporates a carbon capsule that reduces chlorine, bad taste and odor.
  • Plate, spoon, mug
  • Personal sleeping bag (Can be provided on request)
  • Carry mattress for camping (Can be provided on request)
  • Pairs of clothing (cotton shirts/T-shirts, cotton pants)
  • Full sleeve sweater/ fleece jacket -1
  • Hollofil fiber filled Jacket -1
  • Water-proof wind cheater
  • Woolen Cap / Hat
  • Strong walking boots with hard rubber soles (If possible Vibram)
  • Floaters/ sandals with back strap
  • Pairs of cotton socks
  • Hand gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Poly bags 10 kgs x 5 no. for packing things for rain protection
  • Flashlight/ Head Lamp (with extra cells)
  • Personal Rain protection - Water proof sheet/ poncho
  • Plastic cord (for packing)
  • Dark Sun glasses (not blue)
  • Light towel, personal medicines, toilet kit, toilet paper roll, writing material, cold cream
  • Mosquito repellent, thread, needle, safety pins, buttons, rubber bands, peppermints, small knife
  • Salt, sugar, lime juice, glucose powder etc.
  • Dry ration like toffees, chocolates, namkeen, dry fruits etc.
  • Sun block factor 70
  • Personal medication/ first aid kit
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory card
  • Altimeter / Thermometer

Additional information

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
    • Cancellation Policy: For a full refund, please cancel at least 1 week in advance of the start of the experience.
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