Southern SplendorCultural Heritage, Karnataka / 17 days / View on map
We have put together the best of South Indian Destinations in this well designed slow paced tour - Southern Splendour. Starting from the land of Nizams 'Hyderabad' and making our way through the rich heritage of Karnataka. From historic 'Hampi' to the wildlife of 'Kabini' this tour includes it all and culminates in the serene natural environs of 'Kerala'.
₹ 161,258onwards / person
Traditional arts & Craft
Heritage Temples of South India
Wild Life Safaris
South India cuisine
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Arrive at Hyderabad
Upon arrival at Hyderabad airport, meet and assistance by our office representative followed by transfer to hotel for check-in. Overnight at the hotel. ( Bed & Breakfast included)
After breakfast, Sightseeing tour of Hyderabad, the capital of the State of Telengana; Before the independence of India, an important Muslim city, it was the capital of Nizam and the largest kingdom of India of that time; Today, it has developed considerably, especially in new technology. Sightseeing includes a visit to Golconda Fort, the outer fort occupies an area of three square kilometers, which is 4.8 kilometers in length. It was originally known as Mankal, and built on a hilltop in the year 1143. It was originally a mud fort under the reign of Rajah of Warangal. Later it was fortified between 14th and 17th centuries by the Bahmani Sultans and then the ruling Qutub Shahi dynasty. Golconda was the principal capital of the Qutub Shahi kings. The inner fort contains ruins of palaces, mosques and a hill top pavilion, which rises about 130 meters high and gives a bird’s eye view of other buildings. Visit to The Charminar, constructed in 1591, is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad, Charminar which stands at the heart of Hyderabad's main bazaar area, a labyrinth of lanes crowded with shops, stalls, markets and shoppers, The structure is illuminated from 7pm to 9pm. Afternoon visit the Salar Jung Museum is an art museum located at Darushifa, on the southern bank of the Musi River in the city of Hyderabad. This vast collection was amassed by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III), who was briefly grand vazir to the seventh nizam. The 39 galleries include early South Indian bronze, wood and stone sculptures, Indian miniature paintings, European fine art, historic manuscripts, a room of jade and the remarkable Veiled Rebecca by 19th-century Italian sculptor Benzoni. Overnight at the hotel. (Bed & Breakfast included)
Hyderabad to Bidar
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and take a beautiful drive to Bidar, En-route visit Bidar fort - the remnants of this magnificent 15th-century fort, the largest in South India – and once the administrative capital of much of the region. Proceed to Bidar Jungle Lodge and check-in. Evening you will be taken for a bird watching tour in the premises. Enjoy the Campfire and Dinner. Overnight stay at Hotel. (All meals included)
Bidar to Bijapur
Early morning proceed for the Blackbuck trail. Return back to hotel for breakfast, then drive to Bijapur. On arrival check-in your hotel. Overnight stay. (Bed & Breakfast included)
Bijapur to Hampi
Breakfast at the hotel, Visit NGO Sabala founded in 1986 & run by Mallamma Yalawar empowering women & generating rural employement (closed on Sunday). Visit Gol Gumbaz - Set in tranquil gardens, the magnificent Golgumbaz mausoleum houses the tombs of emperor Mohammed Adil Shah (r 1627–56), his two wives, his mistress (Rambha), one of his daughters and a grandson. Octagonal seven-storey towers stand at each corner of the monument, which is capped by an enormous dome. Also visit Bara Kaman & Ibrahim Rouza - The beautiful Ibrahim Rouza is among the most elegant and finely proportioned Islamic monuments in India. Its 24m-high minarets are said to have inspired those of the Taj Mahal, and its tale is similarly poignant. Later drive to your next stop Hampi, on your arrival, check-in hotel.Overnight at the hotel. (Bed & Breakfast included)
After breakfast explore Hampi, this UNESCO World Heritage site, is the most beautiful and evocative of all the ruins of Karnataka. Capital of one of India's most formidable empires, the powerful Vijayanagara, whose rule stretched from the Arabian Sea to the Indian Ocean was home to a population of half a million, and protected by more than a million soldiers. The ruins spread over an area the more than 26 sq.kms. Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and by rocky granite ridges on the other three sides. It may not have been military shrewdness alone that made the God-conscious Vijayanagara kings settle for this fierce landscape and build on it one of the great imperial cities of medieval times. The area had older, legendary significance as well. It was believed to have been the site of the monkey kingdom of Kishkindha associated with the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. The presence of a large number of monkeys, still considered sacred, seems to testify to that. The best way to experience this World Heritage Site is to take a leisurely stroll through the eloquent ruins. Most of the important structure and ruins are located in town areas, which are generally referred to as the Royal Centre and the Sacred Centre. The Royal Centre contains structures that seem to have been palaces, baths, pavilions, royal stables, and temples for ceremonial use. The sacred centre is situated on the banks of the holy Tungabhadra River. Visit Vittthala temple and Virupaksha Temple. Overnight at the hotel. (Bed & Breakfast included)
Leisurely explore at Hampi. Overnight stay at Hotel. (Bed & Breakfast included)
Hampi to Chikmangalur
After breakfast, proceed to Chikamagalur, Chikmagalur is a hill station in Karnataka, a state in southwest India. To the north is Baba Budangiri, a mountain range in the Western Ghats, with 3 large caves said to be holy. Trails through forests and grasslands lead up to Mullayanagiri Peak. The cascading Hebbe Falls lies in an area of coffee plantations. The forested Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, northwest of Chikmagalur, is home to elephants, tigers and leopards. Reach Chikamagalur, check-in hotel and overnight stay. (Bed & Breakfast included)
Chikmangalur to Kabini
After early breakfast, Check-out and proceed to the Kabini. On arrival check in at your Hotel. After noon, proceed for a Jungle Safari into the Nagarahole National Park, accompanied by experienced drivers and Naturalists. This area boasts of the highest density in Asiatic wildlife and is considered one of the best places in India to view the Asiatic elephants and Gaur. Return to hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at The Orange County Kabini, (All meals included).
Enjoy morning and evening safari at Kabini. Overnight stay at Hotel. (All meals included)
Enjoy morning and evening safari at Kabini. Overnight stay at Hotel. (All meals included)
Kabini to Calicut
Breakfast at the hotel and Drive to Calicut. On arrival check in at the hotel. Calicut is also known as Kozhikode, this is where Vasco De Gama is said to have landed in 1498. Today this port town is known for its historic sites and warmth of the people. Afternoon drive down town and see the 'Uru' (traditional boat) making unit, Sweet Meat Street, one of the busiest shopping streets in Calicut. Favor yourself with the “Kozhikodan Halwa” a specialty of the region and a very popular dessert/sweet eaten and enjoyed all over Kerala. Back to the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel. (Bed & Breakfast included)
Calicut to Kochi
After breakfast, drive to Cochin, Check-in your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in the streets of the colonial Fort Kochi. In the evening discover the famous dance drama of Kerala, the “Kathakali” show. This dance can be characterized by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from the epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana, Overnight stay at Hotel. (Bed & Breakfast included).
Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Kochi with a stop at the Dhobi Khana (laundry station), once throbbing with activity, it is now a picture of slow extinction. Visit to Ernakulam market and Jew street. Back to Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel. (Bed & Breakfast included)
Kochi to Marari
Afternoon check-out and proceed to Marari Beach. On arrival Check in to Hotel. Rest of the day free. Dinner and Overnight stay. (Bed & Breakfast included)
Marari Beach is dotted with a string of tranquil fishing villages along the coast. You have the morning free to familiarize with the resort activities. You will observe a nearby Fishermen village with their traditional colorful wooden boats. The older generation of local fishermen uses some areas as they have done for generations. Indulge in many of the activities organized by the front desk of the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel. (Bed & Breakfast included)
Departure transfer to Kochi
After breakfast you will be taken to Cochin international Airport to connect your flight for the onward journey.
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Monument entries/Activities as per the tour
Transportation/transfers by Air Conditioned Car
Guided sightseeing at Hyderabad, Hampi & Cochin
Daily breakfast at hotels
Meet assistance on arrival & departure by our company representative
Full Board at Blackbuck resort & Kabini Evolve Back Resort
All applicable taxes
Cultural dance show “Kathakali” at Cochin
Anything not mentioned in inclusions
Any expenses of personal nature such as shopping, tips, meals not mentioned in tour program
International/Domestic flight charges if any
|Location||Hotel||Nights||Meal plan / Room type|
|Hyderabad||Fortune Park Vallaba||2||Standard room|
|Bijapur||Sabala Heritage||1||Deluxe room|
|Hampi||Hampi Boulders||3||Gayan Cottage|
|Chikmangalur||The Gateway||1||Standard room|
|Kabini||Evolve Back Kabini||2||Jacuzzi Hut|
|Calicut||The Raviz||1||Premium room|
|Kochi||Ginger House Museum Hotel||1||Deluxe room|
|Marari||Marari Beach Resort||2||Garden Villa room|
Air Conditioned Car