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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.
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Fly from London (regional connections available)
to Bengalaru (Bangalore) with British Airways. (N)
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. (L)
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*. (B)
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). (B, L, D)
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). (B, L, D)
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. (B)
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. (B, L)
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. (B)
Drive to Hampi and spend 3 nights at the
luxurious Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace.
Upgrade to the exceptional Ultimate Travelling
Camp, Kishkinda Camp (luxury suite tent) from
£395. Rest of the day at leisure. (B)
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. (B)
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
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.
Upgrade to the Taj Falaknuma Palace (luxury
room) from £695. (B)
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. (B)
Transfer to the airport for the early morning
British Airways flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
These activities can be
pre-booked or booked locally and incur an
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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