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Coast, Spice, and Temples of Karnataka.

9 Nights

Enjoy the rural charm of these upland hamlets, famous for hospitable people and spice-growing.

Holiday Highlights

After a visit to the majestic temples and palaces at Hampi, taste life amongst spice plantations from the wonderful ‘Spice House’ at Hulgol village. Enjoy the rural charm of these upland hamlets, famous for hospitable people and spice-growing. Descend to the coast to experience the life of fisher-folk from a village guest-house by the shores of the Arabian Sea. See the fishermen set out at dawn and the sun go down over the ocean. The best of Karnataka.

Itinerary | Day by Day

DAY 1 | Outward Journey

Welcome at Mumbai airport, transfer to city centre. Overnight Mumbai guesthouse.


A full day to explore the bustling city of Mumbai, before a transfer to the station to catch the overnight Express to Hubli.

Day 3

Day 3 Arrive Hubli; lunch in Hubli before transfer to Hospet (3 hours).Overnight in Mallagi Hotel in Hospet (10km from Hampi) 

Day 4 | Around the Ruins

Spend the day exploring the nearby ancient site of Hampi, once flourishing city and imposing capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is an awe-inspiring and important cultural and religious site with ancient remains of palaces, forts and temples spreading over a vast area. Magnificent architecture juxtaposed with unusual, delicately-balanced boulder formations creates a surreal landscape. Stroll through Hampi Bazaar, explore the scattered remains of palaces and statues and visit Vittala Temple.

Guided tour and option to explore by bicycle. Return to Mallagi Hotel for a second night.

Day 5 | In the Spice Gardens

Transfer from Hospet to Hulgol (5 ¼ hours). Lunch and relax at Spice House guesthouse; introduction to the area. Your guide will meet you to plan and help you make the most of you stay. The ‘Spice house’ village guest-house is set in seclusion at the forest edge. Built around an enclosed courtyard, the house offers three attractive twin bedrooms. It combines a traditional design with simple, modern facilities.

Day 6 - Day 8 

With four nights in the Spice House you will discover the magic of spice as you explore the plantations and the auction market in Sirsi, enjoy guided walk or cycle through the forests, discover the astonishing rock carvings in the river and get to know the charming community. A fort ascribed to Tipu Sultan is an easy walk from Hulgol, or travel further to the famous Banavasi temple complex.

Day 9 | On the Coast

After breakfast, drive through the impressive forested slopes of the Western Ghats to visit the peaceful isolated coastal village of Pavinakurva (3hrs). The  village of Pavinakurva is reached over the Badgani river, across the community-built suspension bridge. Lunch, relax and introduction to the area.

Day 10 - Day 11 

With three nights in Pavinakurva, you will have time to unwind on the secluded beach, explore the Tarabagli estuary, watch the fisherman land their catch and join in a local game of cricket. Stay in simple twin rooms with breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner. 

Day 12 | Homeward Journey

Transfer to the coastal town of Kumta for overnight train to Mumbai.

Day 13 

Arrive at Mumbai station, transfer to airport for homeward flight. 

Please note, your stay in Hulgol and Pavinakurva can be done in either order and will be arranged according to availability at the guesthouses. You will be notified of this at the time of booking.

Coast, Spice, and Temples of Karnataka

9 Nights
£ 650 per person
  • All meals at Khali Estate and in the villages
  • B&B in Delhi Guest house
  • Guide and Porter services
  • Picnic lunches
  • GST
 PARTY 4-6










01/05/22- 31/5/2022






"One of our personal highlights was meeting all the local people in the Binsar Sanctuary. Everyone at Khali estate, our guides and all the local villagers were extremely welcoming, generous, kind and informative. We felt extremely well looked after, with no shortage of amazing food and tea. Meeting all these people really made the trip an amazing experience for us."

Moderate walking


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