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Spice, Temples and Coast of Karnataka
Enjoy the rural charm of these upland hamlets, famous for hospitable people and spice-growing.
Explore the ancient palatial remains of the ‘City of Victory’ at Hampi; immerse yourself in the spice market, cycle through verdant forest, and discover the secrets of the spice plantations in the charming hamlet of Hulgol; then spend a day at the coast visiting the fishing Harbour, the local market at Honnavar. A thrilling exploration of exotic 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.
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. One one of the days , after breakfast, drive through the impressive forested slopes of the Western Ghats to visit the peaceful isolated coastal town of Kumta (3hrs). Spend a day visiting the fishing Harbour,
having a stroll in the local market and local lunch and return back to Hulgol in the evening.
Day 9. Homeward Journey
Transfer to the coastal town of Kumta for overnight train to Mumbai.
Arrive at Mumbai station, transfer to airport for homeward flight.
The temples of Hampi
Before reaching the Spice Gardens, spend a day discovering the marvelous ruins at Hampi, one of the principal areas of the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire between 1336 and 1565. Stroll through the Bazaar, explore the scattered remains of palaces and statues and visit Vittala Temple, a World Heritage Site. You are privately guided and have the option of exploring by bicycle if you wish.
Spice gardens, rivers & waterfalls
The charming hamlet of Hulgol nestles in a wooded landscape in the Wester Ghats and enjoys the pleasant sub-tropical climate of upland Karnataka.Wander through aromatic spice gardens and rice farms, enjoy picnics by tumbling rivers and admire gushing waterfalls. Borrow one of the house cycles or walk along the shady forest paths to the Shalmala river to discover the astonishing carvings on rocks in the river. Explore 10th century temples and forts.
The magic of spice and delicious food
The local food is mouth-watering and packed with flavour. The villagers take pride in preparing tasty, traditional meals for you from local ingredients, banana, mango, jackfruit, cashew along with wild fruits and herbs. They love to teach you their art and share their many recipes. Stroll through the immaculate spice gardens with the cultivaors themselves to see how vanilla, pepper, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg are grown. Visit the co-operative market to witness the colourful scene, re-enacted in Sirsi market town for centuries.
By the shores of the Arabian Sea
Wander through the palm-shaded village of Pavinakurva to the secluded sandy beach, close to the guesthouse and over-looking Basavrajadurga island. Stroll along the beach at sunset or watch the local in-shore fishermen sort their overnight catch for market in the early morning. Watch the wonderful birdlife around the village, the mangrove swamps and along the coast. Visit the bustling off-shore fishing harbour at Honnevar, as the myriad varieties of marine life are landed and enjoy delicious vegetarian and fresh fish dishes. A wonderfully relaxing end to your holiday.
Authentic Karnataka hospitality
A warm welcome by knowledgeable, considerate and attentive village hosts are a feature in Hulgol and Pavinakurva. Our cheerful guides have intimate knowledge of the local scene, the way of life of the villagers, the wildlife, and will proudly introduce you to their families and friends. Discover a rare window into traditional family life played out in a rural village setting.
Spice, Temples and Coast of Karnataka9 Nights
All meals and stay at villages
B&B in hotels
Guide and Porter services
Inclusive of all taxes as applicable
HOLIDAY PRICES per person