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Lead Price
From £4960pp
Duration
14 days & 12 nights
Itinerary Type
Tailor Made
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Hampi & Beyond

Uncover the culture and heritage of central India on this comprehensive tour filled with regal splendour, exquisite palaces, boulder-strewn ruins and wildlife-rich national parks. Your journey includes visits to the island fortress and maharajah’s palace of Mysore, safaris on land and water in Nagarhole National Park, tours of Hampi’s ancient ruins, and an immersive stay with a local family in Kodagu.

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly to Bangalore
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Fly to Bangalore

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

 Meal basis

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

DAY 2: Srirangapatna • Mysore
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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
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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
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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)

Accommodation: The Serai Kabini
DAY 5: Nagarhole National Park
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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)

Accommodation: The Serai Kabini
DAY 6: Kodagu
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Kodagu

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
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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: Chikmagalur
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Chikmagalur

Drive to Chikmagalur and overnight at the Gateway Chikmagalur. 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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Taj Krishna. Upgrade to the Taj Falaknuma Palace (luxury room) from £785pp. (B)

DAY 13: Hyderabad
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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
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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.

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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
Low Season
From £4,960 per person
High Season
From £5,310 per person

What's included

  • 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

Important information

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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Guideline prices
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin/double-room. Single supplement available on request. Pricing is indicative and may be subject to change due to external factors such as variable flight prices.
Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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