Karnataka tailormade holiday, India
Valid from 1 Oct 2020 - 30 Sept 2021.
During peak season (approx Dec to Feb) the price will be higher.
Description of Karnataka tailormade holiday, India
This two-week Karnataka holiday promises a sublime mix of culture, wildlife-watching and relaxation, with plenty of views that you’ll no doubt remember for a long time to come.
Travel in a private, air-conditioned and chauffeur-driven car from Mysore to Coorg and then Nagarhole Tiger Reserve, followed by a sleeper train to the UNESCO-listed Hampi, with two or three nights in each destination allowing you to gain a deeper appreciation of life in Karnataka.
Get your bearings in the majestic city of Mysuru (Mysore) a three-night homestay here ideal for sightseeing around key locations such as the Mysuru Palace, and the Devaraja Market, a must for photographers and anyone with a passion for Indian spices and scents.
From Mysuru continue on to the gorgeous hill station of Coorg. Waterfalls tumble in this laidback paradise of forests, coffee plantations and rice paddies, and the panoramas from the famous Raja’s Seat are nothing short of spectacular.
A change of scenery, and a change of pace, as you next spend a few nights at a luxurious safari lodge in Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. Here Asian elephants and tigers wander the forests, and you’ll enjoy excellent opportunities to see both thanks to the efforts of expert guides, who nevertheless ensure the animals’ welfare is paramount.
Taking the overnight train to Hampi, you’ll explore this majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site in the company of a local guide who will bring the ancient temples, monuments and fortresses here to life with stories of their past.
All the way round, you’ll stay in carefully chosen accommodation, from hotels to resorts to homestays, that place a strong focus on environmental protection and employing people from the local community. Each provides another window on the unique culture of this region, as well as a memorable taste of luxury, on an India tour that’s as stylish as it is comfortable.
1 Reviews of Karnataka tailormade holiday, India
Reviewed on 26 Feb 2019 by Malcolm Bulloch
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Visiting Hampi was probably the highlight, but all of our destinations were memorable.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Sit back and enjoy. It couldn't get much better.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
India seems to be more aware of environmental issues than we are in the west. Plastic bags were not much in sight, recycling was a common practice and everywhere we saw signs warning against the impact of abuse to our planet. Overall our experience was extremely positive, and we look forward to our next
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Everything was well organised and coordinated, with a huge variety of experiences and places to visit. The train journeys were wonderful, and the local people that we met couldn't have been more welcoming and open. We do not eat any meat so the local food was always fantastic, whether it was from a stall on the street, a local restaurant or hotel.
Planet and peopleBy supporting locally owned hotels and homestays we are helping to provide employment for local communities. All of the hotels on this tour are extremely proud of their strong policies regarding the environment and ecotourism.
Gitanjali Farm – this homestay with a delightful family is just 5 km from Mysore city centre at the foot of Chamundi Hill (and near the Lalitha Mahal – which was the Maharaja of Mysore’s summer palace, now a hotel). The family are originally from Coorg so offer traditional Kodava food as well as Indian and Western cuisine (the homemade marmalade is very popular). The 4 guest rooms are independent of the main house giving visitors some independence and privacy. The family are very keen to promote responsible tourism – they practice rain water harvesting, use solar power to heat the water, segregate their waste and minimise the use of plastics. They do not use any pesticides in their garden, which has encouraged bird and insect life. Cultural events (Kodava dancers and Indian music) are arranged on request.
Evolve Back. These resorts were previously called Orange County. This group has a comprehensive list of responsible tourism initiatives. All their resorts aim to create local employment, promote local products, minimise consumption of water and energy etc. The group own a windmill which produces so much electricity that after they have taken what they need to run their resorts they have some left over to sell to the grid. To prevent the use of plastic water bottles they provide a Reverse Osmosis machine in every room. Their policy also includes a wide range of initiatives to help the local economy, society and environment as well as a fair trade policy and a ‘conservation through education programme’.
KAAV Safari Lodge has just six guest rooms (four in the main building and two tents). This lodge is so close to Nagarhole that the gardens border the park (the boundary fence is visible from the deck). Safaris and various activities are arranged by the lodge. Bicycles are also available.
It also includes an overnight train which reduces your carbon footprint.
The ground handling of this tour is provided by our local agent and we supply him with more than 90% of his turnover. All of the drivers and staff are local people. Thus we have fifteen local families that are directly financially reliant upon us. Our drivers have a contract and are paid a monthly wage. This is very unusual in South India where most drivers are normally employed on a commission-only basis (not easy for such seasonal work).
Tailor-made holidays cater for couples or small groups and this means that our customers have the opportunity to interact with the locals. All of the guides we use are local.
All of our customers are supplied with detailed information about their holiday. We supply general advice relevant to all customers as well as more specific facts about your particular tour. These documents offer our customers lots of advice and guidance including how to obtain an Indian Visa, which immunisations are recommended, how much to tip people, how to dress appropriately and how to behave in National Parks.