Uncover the rich culture and heritage of central India on a comprehensive tour filled with regal splendour, exquisite forts and palaces, boulder-strewn ruins, rolling hills and national parks teeming with wildlife.
- Watch the sun set over the mystical ruins of Hampi
- Lunch with a local family in Kodagu (Coorg)
- Search for tigers in Nagarhole National Park
- Explore the monumental Golconda fort in Hyderabad
- 4- & 5-star accommodation
- Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
- Small group size - maximum 20 people
- Direct international flights with British Airways
- Internal flights as specified
- Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Experienced local tour manager
- 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
- Porterage at airports & stations
Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, Hampi
Recreating the architectural heritage of the Vijayanagara empire, the Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, which opened in 2016, blends historical elegance with modern luxury. The 46 rooms are split into four suite types, all elegantly designed and permeating the resort's Indo-Islamic style and the secular architecture of Hampi.
Hoysala Village Resort, Hassan
Set amidst landscaped garden, Hoysala Village Resort is built in traditional style and reflects the simplicity of Malnad (Malnad roughly translated means hill country) Villages. All of the 33 rooms and suites are spacious and rustic, but comfortably furnished.
Park Hyatt Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Set between the residential districts of Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills, the Park Hyatt Hyderabad is a large luxury property with striking architecture, a grand atrium and carefully curated artwork. The four restaurants offer an array of fine-dining options and the living room lounge is a great place to enjoy afternoon tea or an evening night cap.
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Mysore
Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Chamundi Hills, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is a 140-room property lying in close proximity to Mysore's most famous attractions including the opulent Mysore Palace and the bustling city markets.
Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
A rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture, Taj Falaknuma Palace was originally the royal guesthouse of Nizam of Hyderabad. Ten years of sensitive restoration have converted the property into a palatial luxury hotel. The hotel features 60 stylish rooms and suites overlooking the gardens and two speciality restaurants.
Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Madikeri (Coorg)
Perched on an idyllic hillside near Madikeri town, Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa sprawls across a rugged mountain on an 81-hectare private coffee estate in supreme isolation.
The Serai Kabini, Kabini
Located in the small village of Karapura, between Nagarhole National Park and Bandipur National Park, the Serai Kabini is a brand new property offering luxury cottages and a serene and tranquil ambience. The spacious riverbank cottages all have cosy warm interiors and feature a quaint sit-out area to relax and watch wildlife.
Day 1: Fly to Bangalore
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bengalaru (Bangalore) with British Airways.
Day 2: Srirangapatna • Mysore
On arrival in Bengaluru, transfer to the LaLit hotel for an early lunch. Continue to Mysore, visiting the island fortress of Srirangapatna en route. Stay 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Plaza.
Day 3: Mysore
Morning exploration of the Maharajah’s Palace, which displays a synthesis of Hindu and Saracenic architecture. This evening take an optional walking tour of Mysore and learn about the opulent lives of the Maharajas*.
Day 4: Nagarhole National Park
Travel to Kabini to explore Nagarhole National Park, home to over 400 tigers and the world’s largest congregation of Asiatic elephants. Take a boat safari on the Kabini river. Stay 2 nights at Serai Kabini (or similar).
Day 5: Nagarhole National Park
Morning 4x4 safari to explore the park further. As well as the sizeable tiger and elephant populations, leopards, dhole and sloth bears also reside in the park along with over 300 species of birds. In the afternoon, take a further 4x4 safari (optional).
Day 6: Kodagu
Drive to Kodagu (Coorg) for 2 nights at the Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, set on a hillside and surrounded by a 180-acre rainforest. This afternoon take a guided tour of the estate.
Day 7: Kodagu
Immerse yourself further in the culture of Kodagu by spending the day with a local Kodava family, a community which is known for its expertise in agriculture, warfare and sports. Enjoy a traditional lunch and interact with your hosts in an authentic home overlooking verdant plantations and valleys.
Day 8: Chikmaglur
Drive to Chikmaglur and overnight at the Hoysala Village Resort. Visit the Hoysala temple complexes of Belur and Halebid, some of the finest examples of Hindu artistic and cultural development in India.
Day 9: Hampi
Drive to Hampi and spend 3 nights at the luxurious Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace.
Day 10: Hampi
Visit the ruins of the Vijayanagara empire at Hampi, once the capital of one of the largest Hindu empires in Indian history. The ruins are set in a mystical boulder-strewn landscape interspersed with groves of coconut palms.
Day 11: Hampi
Explore the quaint village of Anegundi, known for its artisans and social enterprises. Climb Anjaneya hill, allegedly the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, and visit the monkey temple. Afternoon at leisure. Head to Hemakuta hill in the early evening to watch the sunset over Hampi.
Day 12: Hyderabad
Take an optional sunrise climb of Matanaga hill, which offers superb views of Hampi. Rest of the morning at leisure. This afternoon fly to Hyderabad for 2 nights at the Park Hyatt.
Day 13: Hyderabad
Visit the monumental Golconda fort, originally built in 1518. Later explore the old city of Hyderabad; highlights include the magnificent Chowmahalla Palace complex, the lively Laad bazaar and the Char Minar, a masterpiece of Qutub Shahi architecture.
Day 14: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport for the early morning British Airways flight to London.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
32 Years experience
9.8 out of 10 on Trust Pilot