Karnataka holidays, tailormade, India

“Travel by chauffeur-driven car to locally owned hotels and family homestays. Plenty of time in each destination ensures a relaxing and immersive travelling experience. Good mix of wildlife watching and cultural sightseeing, too.”


Bangalore | Mysore | Coorg | Two safaris in Nagarhole National Park | 1st class sleeper train to Hampi |

Description of Karnataka holidays, tailormade, India

Come and discover the southern India state of Karnataka where UNESCO sites, hill stations and coffee plantations bring bygone days bursting back to life.

This two week tailor made tour places you in the chauffeur driven passenger seat with two or three nights in each carefully-chosen destination inviting a more immersive experience as well as a good choice of hotel, resort and homestay accommodation.

This is your chance to have your cake and eat it with heritage sites in Hampi, safaris in Nagarhole National Park and classic Kodagu culture in Coorg inviting a variety of experiences to complement the laid back and relaxed travelling pace.

Karnataka’s landscapes are just as eclectic as the cultural heritage sites with forested mountain slopes and exciting urban areas, such as Mysore and Bangalore, bound to resonate with travellers looking to experience life in southern India from all angles.

Overland transfers keep you in the comfortable manner for which you’ve become accustomed with air-conditioned chauffeured cars ensuring you arrive at your next port of call in style. The same can certainly be said for this itinerary's classic Indian railway experience, too, as you travel in a first class sleeper compartment on the overnight journey from Mysore to Hampi.

Whatever the season or time of year Karnataka never fails to deliver with perhaps the best time to visit being from November to March so as to avoid the heat of April and May and the rain of September and October.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor-made to suit your dates, budget and requirements
Holiday type

Tailor made holiday

The tour operator offering this holiday is a British company with an intimate knowledge of the destination. All their holidays are tailor made which means that they can create a unique holiday for your individual requirements. They offer a range of accommodation from guesthouses and homestays to the more luxurious hotels. Where possible they use properties that are heritage or characterful. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips. They are licenced to sell flights from the UK and will search for the best airfare for your dates. If you book flights with them, then the whole holiday will be protected by ATOL. This tour operator is also a member of ABTA – this means that all their holidays adhere to the ABTA Code of Conduct, their finances, insurances etc are checked regularly and if you have a complaint that cannot be resolved there is an arbitration scheme available to you.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

By 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.

1 Reviews of Karnataka holidays, tailormade, India

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2019 by

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.

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