17 Days Culture, Nature & Traditions of South India with Nizams

17 Days Culture, Nature & Traditions of South India with Nizams

The astounding ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire at Hampi, exquisite rock cut temples of Badami, Pattadkal and Halebeedu, and giant monolithic statue of Shravanabelagola, Karnataka will surprise you at every step of the tour by the architectural styles and extraordinary craftsmanship of ancient artisans and sculptors. After the architecture and history of Northern Karnataka, prepare to be mesmerized by wildlife and natural beauty of Southern Karnataka with the Wildlife Safaris at Kabini, the Coffee plantations of Coorg and finally ending your tour in Northern Kerala’s seaside village at Neeleshwar. This journey is a scintillating smorgasbord of culture, nature and tradition of the Southern States of Karnataka & Kerala.

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Day 01
Arrival at Hyderabad

ADHVAN Representative will receive you at Hyderabad airport and transfer to the hotel.

Check-in to the hotel and relax.

In the evening, proceed for a Heritage Walk with your private butler for an insightful and entertaining tour around the palace. You start the Champagne Palace Walk at sunset but end enlightened by the past, on this time traveller’s escape in to the Nizam’s stories. Watch history come alive.

Overnight will be in Hyderabad.

Day 02
Hyderabad

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Tour of the historic city includes Golconda Fort, a former diamond-trading center and the capital of one of India’s richest and oldest medieval sultanates, the Qutb Shahi dynasty.

Next on list the Qutb Shahi Tombs – Seven rulers from the Qutb Shahi dynasty, along with family members and courtesans, lay at rest in these mausoleums – a collection of twenty one beautifully domed granite tombs amid tranquil landscaped gardens. Don’t miss the exquisite colonnades and stucco embellishments that adorn some of these tombs.

Overnight will be in Hyderabad.

Day 03
Hyderabad – Hampi
By air

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Check out – Leave behind Hyderabad – The 600 year old kingdom of Vijayanagara awaits your arrival.

Fly direct to Hampi. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax.

Evening Tungabhadra Trek introducing you to this beautiful & ancient landscape – Enjoy an offbeat trek that takes you through giant boulders, the ruins of the Achyutaraya Temple and the famed ‘Courtesan Bazaar’. Catch a splendid view of the setting sun behind the boulder hills as you walk along the banks of the scenic Tungabhadra River.

Overnight will be in Hampi.

Day 04
Hampi

Have breakfast at the hotel.

17 Days Culture, Nature & Traditions of South India with Nizams

Morning Vitthalapura Walk with your Historian – Hampi had many suburbs or puras. They were self-sufficient settlements centered around a temple and an attached market denoting two of its core activities – worship and commerce.

Explore the Vitthalapura Bazaar that leads to the famous Vijaya Vitthala temple considered by many to represent the pinnacle of temple architecture in India. This temple is renowned for its musical stone pillars and a chariot carved in stone.

Evening The Raya Trail: This trail takes you back five hundred years and gives you a privileged peek at the life and times of the Rayas (Maharajas) of Vijayanagara. Learn about their lifestyle, culture, and the unique social & political dynamics of the period and the magnificent structures of the royal city.

Overnight will be in Hampi.

Day 05
Hampi

Have breakfast at the hotel.

This day we take you on a day trip to magnificent sites almost as old as two millenniums – Aihole, Pattadkal & Badami – These sites are considered to be the Cradle of Indian temple architecture. Witness true Indian religions Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism on the stone carved monuments – a reflection of their strong influence on early Indian Dynasties at various timelines.

Overnight will be in Hampi.

Day 06
Hampi – Chikmaglur
By road 327 km in 6.5 hrs

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Your compass pointed southwards you head out of Hampi to Hassan – the headquarters of Hoysala Empire (1000 – 1334 CE).

Check in to the hotel & relax.

In the evening trek to Mulyangiri – the highest peak in Karnataka.

Overnight will be in Chikmaglur.

Day 07
Chikmaglur

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Morning tour to witness outstanding rock architecture of Belur & Halebeedu temples that are best known temples of the Hoysala dynasty. The Belur and Halebid temples give a glimpse of Hindu temple art at its glorious best of the 16th century.

Return to the hotel for lunch. Evening will be at Leisure.

Overnight will be in Chikmaglur.

Day 08
Chikmaglur – Kabini
By road 210 km in 5 hrs

Have breakfast at the hotel.

This morning travel through the country sides to beautiful Kabini.

Enroute visit Shravanabelagola.

Continue to drive for Kabini.

Reach and check-in to the hotel.

Enjoy lunch and get to know Kabini closely with our naturalist on a tour to the interpretation centre – enjoy the evening with a lovely sunset cruise.

Overnight will be in Kabini.

Day 09
Kabini

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Early morning Safari to the Nagarhole National park with your Naturalist, Get lucky spotting the Royal Tiger or a Majestic Elephant.

This evening, a myriad of activities await you on the river bank – enjoy a coracle ride, bullock-cart ride followed by a Night Trail to close the day.

Overnight will be in Kabini.

Day 10
Kabini

Have breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning proceed for wing spotting on the banks of Kabini followed by a visit to the Tribal Village to experience the spirit of Kabini.

Later in the afternoon take the boat safari through meandering Kabini between Nagarhole & Bandipur National parks.

In the evening enjoy traditional dance by the Kadu Kurubas followed by “Tales of Kabini”.

Overnight will be in Kabini.

Day 11
Kabini – Coorg
By road 130 km in 4 hrs

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Coorg. Enjoy lovely weather & Green Canopy of Coorg awaits your arrival.

Reach and check-in to the hotel.

Overnight will be in Coorg.

Day 12
Coorg

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Set out on a Birding Tour and local Village Visit with the in-house Naturalists.

Post Breakfast – we take you Bylekuppe Tibetan Settlement – get ready to know more about the origin of Buddhism, The lamas & The Rimpoches, The Stupas, Prayer wheels & the magnificent temples, the mind blowing concept of Nirvana and Reincarnation.

Post lunch – rest & relax.

In the evening take a tour of the Coffee & Spice plantation.

Overnight will be in Coorg.

Day 13
Coorg

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Today’s highlight will be an Ain Mane Visit – Visit to the 400 year old ancestral house of the Kodavas, a 1200 year old temple followed by a traditional lunch with a Kodava Couple.

Evening will be at leisure.

Late evening soak in the essence of Karnataka with a local cultural program and story-telling.

Overnight will be in Coorg.

Day 14
Coorg – Neeleshwar
By road 150 km in 4 hrs

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Neeleshwar. Reach and check-in to the hotel and relax.

Enjoy the day at leisure.

Overnight will be in Neeleshwar.

Day 15
Neeleshwar

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy village tour in the morning.

Later in the day, try your hands in a culinary session with Chef and learn the local recipes.

A Theyyam Show would be the day’s highlights.

Overnight will be in Neeleshwar.

Day 16
Neeleshwar

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Visit to a Turtle Hatchery.

Enjoy boat cruise experience and relax by the beautiful beach.

Overnight will be in Neeleshwar.

Day 17
Neeleshwar – Mangalore
By road 90 km in 2.5 hrs

Mangalore – departure

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Mangalore.

Reach Mangalore and as per your flight timings, you will be transferred to the airport to take flight back home / onward destination with pleasant memories of your tour.

END OF THE JOURNEY

THE TOUR INCLUDES:-

  • ACCOMMODATION AT SUGGESTED HOTELS
  • DAILY BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTELS
  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS STATED IN THE ITINERARY
  • PRIVATE AC VEHICLE FOR ALL TRANSFERS & SIGHTSEEING AS PER THE ITINERARY
  • MONUMENT ENTRY FEE
  • NATIONAL PARK ENTRÉE FEE
  • LOCAL ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES FOR ALL TOURS AS PER ITINERARY
  • ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE
  • INTERNAL AIRFARE AS PER ITINERARY IN NORMAL CLASS
  • VISIT TO UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE OF HAMPI
  • DAY VISIT TO AIHOLE & PATTADAKAL FROM HAMPI
  • DAY EXCURSION TO HALEBID AND BELUR FROM CHIKMAGLUR
  • EN-ROUTE VISIT TO SHRAVANBELAGOLA
  • 01 SHARED GAME DRIVE IN NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK
  • TRIBAL VILLAGE VISIT IN KABINI
  • BOAT SAFARI IN KABINI
  • TRADITIONAL DANCE PERFORMANCE IN KABINI
  • BIRDING TOUR & VILLAGE VISIT IN COORG
  • VISIT TO BYLEKUPPE TIBETAN SETTLEMENT IN COORG
  • COFFEE & SPICE PLANTATION TOUR IN COORG
  • VISIT TO AN ANCESTRAL HOUSE OF THE KODAVAS WITH TRADITIONAL LUNCH IN COORG
  • CULINARY EXPERIENCE WITH CHEF IN NEELESHWAR
  • THEYYAM SHOW IN NEELESHWAR
  • VISIT TO A TURTLE HATCHERY IN NEELESHWAR
  • BOTTLED WATER DURING DRIVES AND SIGHTSEEING VISITS
  • APPLICABLE GOVERNMENT TAXES, ROAD TAXES, PARKING
  • DRIVER ALLOWANCES AND SERVICE CHARGES

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:-

  • MEALS NOT MENTIONED IN TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • ANY KIND OF PERSONAL EXPENSES SUCH AS TIPS, LAUNDRY, PORTER CHARGES, TELEPHONE BILLS AND ALCOHOLIC & SOFT BEVERAGES ETC.
  • CAMERA FEES (STILL OR MOVIE)
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE
  • MEDICAL & TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • VISA FEE
  • ANY SERVICE NOT MENTIONED IN TOUR INCLUSIONS

Prices are available upon request. Rates may vary based on the time of the year and the number of people traveling. Email us if you’re interested in this particular itinerary. This can further be customized according to your preferences and requirements.

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