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Spice, Temples and Coast of Karnataka

9 Nights

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

Holiday Highlights

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.

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. 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.

Day 10

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

Spice, Temples and Coast of Karnataka

9 Nights
£ 690 per person
  • All meals and stay at villages
  • B&B in hotels
  • Guide and Porter services
  • Inclusive of all taxes as applicable
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