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Hampi & Beyond

Private Travel | General interest 14 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £3075

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • 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
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bangalore

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bengalaru (Bangalore) with British Airways. (N)

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. (L)

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*. (B)

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). (B, L, D)

Day 5: Nagarhole National Park

Morning 4×4 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 4×4 safari (optional). (B, L, D)

Day 6: Kodagu

Day 6: Kodagu Drive to Kodagu (Coorg) for 2 nights at the Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, set on a hillside and surrounded by a 72-hectare rainforest. This afternoon take a guided tour of the estate. (B)

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. (B, L)

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. (B)

Day 9: Hampi

Drive to Hampi and spend 3 nights at the luxurious Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace. Rest of the day at leisure. (B)

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. (B)

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 sun set over Hampi. (B)

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. Upgrade to the Taj Falaknuma Palace (luxury room) from £785pp. (B)

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. (B)

Day 14: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for the early morning British Airways flight to London. (B)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information *Optional activities:

These activities can be pre-booked or booked locally and incur an additional charge.

Superior tour:

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Serai Kabini
    The Serai 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 interiors and feature a quaint sit-out area to relax and watch wildlife. The restaurant serves a wide range of multi-cuisine delicacies or, if you prefer, private dining or picnics in the reserve can be arranged. Activities such as kayaking on the river and cycling can also be arranged directly with the hotel.

  • Taj Falaknuma Palace
    Taj Falaknuma Palace

    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, an outdoor pool and luxurious Jiva Spa.

  • Raddisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore
    Raddisson 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. Superior rooms are sleek and modern in design with free high speed wireless internet and most offering a view of the Chamundi Hills or Mysore Golf Club. With a fine dining restaurant and outdoor pool, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is the perfect tonic after a day of sightseeing.

  • Park Hyatt Hyderabad
    Park Hyatt 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. Features: 185 rooms, 4 restaurants, spa & fitness centre, swimming pool, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, tea & coffee facilities, safe, minibar.

  • Hoysala Village
    Hoysala Village

    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. Facilities at the resort include a multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, an outdoor swimming pool, Ayurveda centre, and volleyball and badminton courts.

  • Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace
    Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace

    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. The two restaurants offer a fine selection of continental and Indian cuisines and are primarily inspired by the Vijayanagara empire. Features: 46 rooms, 2 restaurants, swimming pool, spa, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe.

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Dates & prices

HBY2022

Guideline Prices

Low season from £3075 per person

High season from £3195 per person

 

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • Meal as per the itinerary
    • Direct international flights with British Airways
    • Internal flights as specified
    • Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicles: 3 people: AC Toyota Innova Crysta4-6 people: AC Tempo Traveller
    • Experienced, English-speaking local tour guides
    • 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
    • Porterage at airports & stations

Destinations on this tour

  • Mysore

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  • Madikeri (Coorg)

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  • Hampi

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  • Hyderabad

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  • Hyderabad

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