Wild Karnataka and Beach
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Info : Wild Karnataka and Beach

This exciting off-the-beaten track overland trip takes you on a journey through Karnataka, visiting the key cities of Mysuru and Hampi - both with their own world heritage sites - and then getting away from it all at two beautiful boutique hotels in the plantation areas of Coorg and Chikmagalur. A stay at Nagarhole National Park also offers plenty of opportunity for wildlife experiences. You’ll round off your overland adventure with some relaxation at the beach in Goa.

Uniquely, this holiday is designed using alternatives to domestic flights. This makes for a fantastic way to absorb the atmosphere and scenery of the country in a way that many visitors miss out on.

Highlights include:

  • Rattling through wild Karnataka on a local train journey from Hospet to Goa, a great opportunity to meet people!
  • Walking around the first coffee plantation in India in rural Chikmagalur
  • Bumping around in a jeep as you explore the inner depths of Nagarhole National Park with its herds of elephants and deer
  • Watching incredible sunsets and relaxing in a lovely quiet beach hotel in Goa

 As with all of our suggested itineraries, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your budget, style and expectations. Find out about our exclusive ‘Journey Planner’ here. 

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for this holiday is £3342 per person inclusive of flights from the UK. Prices will be less in low season and may be higher in peak season. Child discounts apply.

For an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates.

Please call our India experts on 020 7924 7133 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates.

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Your personalised quotation with Experience Travel Group will include:

  • International Flights (which can be omitted from your quotation if you prefer)
  • Accommodation as described
  • Privately guided tours and transfers
  • Original Experience Travel Group "Signature" experiences
  • Full financial protection (full ABTA and ATOL bonding)
  • Meals as described
  • 24 hour in-country backup whilst away
  • Your own dedicated travel expert in the UK

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Day-to-Day Itinerary : Wild Karnataka and Beach


Today you will fly overnight to India

 DAYS 2 - 4 Mysore World heritage opulence

On arrival at Bangalore airport you’ll be picked up by your driver who will be travelling with you until you reach Goa. All costs for the driver such as food and accommodation are included  and if you have a day at leisure during your trip, your car is still available for use at no extra charge.

You will drive to Mysuru (Mysore) which will take about 4 hours. If you wish you can stop at Srirangapatna, the de facto capital of Mysore, en route.  Check in to your centrally located hotel on arrival and this evening we can organise dinner at Lalitha Palace; its lovely views will give you a charming introduction to this area of India.

During your stay in Mysuru you will have a walking tour, unravelling the story of the city's heart where Maharajas lived a truly opulent lifestyle. As well as visiting the most iconic monuments, you’ll also have a chance to explore the surrounding area like Chamundi Hill and Devaraja market.

DAY 5 – 6 Nagarhole National PArk Karnataka wildlife

The trip to Nagarhole National Park takes 2 hours and is well worth it. The park was declared a tiger reserve in 1999 and is a key part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Tigers are still incredibly elusive, but the elephants are relatively plentiful and this lovely park is home to much more wildlife besides. 

Over the next few days you’ll enjoy a boat ride on the reservoir as well as both a morning and a late afternoon game drive in an open-top jeep. You’ll see the park from lots of different perspectives and there will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy in the gorgeous lodge.

DAY 7 & 8 Coorg time out in the western ghats

Today you’ll journey into the Western Ghats to the pretty area of Coorg. It will take around 4-5 hours through vast coffee, cardamom and ginger plantations. You’ll be staying at a beautiful hotel, where there is a chance to relax and to experience a rural way of life. For those wanting more activity, you can take part in some trekking around the Dubare reserve or go fishing on the river Cauvery.

DAY 9 & 10 Chikmagalur coffee plantations and temples

Drive through the remote Karnataka towards Chikmagalur; the home of the very first coffee plantations in India.

Here you’ll be in the countryside in a stunning, surprisingly modern hotel for its remote location. You’ll have time at leisure to go for a walk, a bike ride or even do some archery! The following day takes you on a guided tour of Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid.

DAY 11 - 13 HAMpi UNESCO world heritage sites

Journey to the ancient village of Hampi, the highlight of many people’s trips for the sheer beauty of its cultural sights. You will stay in cosy cottages on the banks of the Tungabhadra river, close to many of the must-see spots.

Over the next few days you will explore some of the key temples and monuments of the UNESCO world heritage site. The highlights include the 15th century temples of Virupaksha and Vittalla, the Elephant Stables and the Royal Enclosure.

DAY 14-16 Goa Train ride to relaxation

A short drive takes you to Hospet train station where you will say goodbye to your driver and board the train for your day's journey to Goa’s Madgaon station. Here you’ll be met and transferred to a lovely boutique hotel for a 3 night stay.

DAY 17 FLy home (or Stay!)

You’ll be picked up and driven to the international airport for your flight home. Or you might like to stay longer at the beach; please just let us know.

It’s easy to change any of the above itinerary to suit your needs as all our tours are private and tailormade. Do just give one of our India specialists a call on 0207 924 7133.

Customer Feedback
Eastern India is a great holiday - Calcutta vibrant, the Sunderbans peaceful, the mountains majestic and the monasteries interesting. I won't mention the roads!

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