Traveler $2,970

Next trips depart on:  20-Nov-2016 | 24-Dec-2016

Beaches, incredible nature, temples of varied religions, a spectacular range of culture and food, palaces, and exploring old Hindu rituals -this trip has it all to satisfy your culture taste buds!

Is this trip for me?

Cultural shockSoftTravel StyleCultural Tour
Local ReligionChristian, Hindu, Jain, Tibetan Buddhist, TribalTour TypeSmall Group
Tour GuideLocalRegionsGoa, Karnataka, Kerala
Landscapeseashore, mountain, jungleAccommodation LevelSuper Comfort

Trip description

South India Culture Tour

This expedition is extremely special as it is rich in culture variety; Jain, Tibetan, Buddhist, tribal rituals, and so much more. Of course, relaxation is key when enjoying a culture tour like this one, so we visit the likes of many lovely beaches in Goa for you to indulge on and let your hair down.

We have 17 amazing days ahead of us: nature and jungles in the geological miracle of Hampi, crazy Indian culture, churches, Hindu temples of Badami, Hampi, and Gokarna. Jain temples of Shravanabelagola, Tibetan Buddhism in Bylakuppe, Mysore city and Maharaja Palace, Theyyam Hindu rituals, churches of Goa, and so much more! Take a breath, and let’s dive in!

What’s included

  • Accommodation – 16 nights’ accommodation in Hotels (With double rooms) For a single room there is an extra price of $715.
  • Meals – While in Goa ( 6 days in total ) Only breakfast is covered, as there is a great range of seafood and other specialties available so people are free to choose what they desire for lunch and dinner
  • While on the road ( 10 days in total ) All breakfast and dinner with non-alcoholic beverages are included.
  • Transportation – All the tour transportation is included in comfortable tourist vans
  • Activities’ – Monument entry fees, and all visits and entry tickets to temples, forts, etc throughout the whole tour
  • Other service included – English speaking tour guide and arrival/departure airport assistance

Itinerary

Day 1  Goa

Flying independently to Goa, meet up in the hotel in Benaulim (South Goa)

Day 2  Northern Goa

Day trip Exploring North Goa sea line – Panjim, Old Goa, Anjuna

Day 3  Northern Goa

Relaxing free day. You can go to the beach, visit markets, sight-see, eat at restaurants

Day 4  Karantaka

After breakfast, leave the Goan sea view to go to rural Karnataka stat. Going to Badami, explore the caves and the town and sleep there over night

Day 5  Hampi

Morning drive to Hampi via Aihole and Pattadakal Temples, spend the night at Hampi

Day 6  Hampi

Explore the town, temples, rivers, lakes and scenery of Hampi. Spend another night at Hampi

Day 7  Hassan

Leaving Hampi, to drive to Hassan. Explore Hassan and spend the night there

Day 8  Halebid and Belur

After breakfast we go to a circular day trip to Halebid and Belur. After lunch, we visit the Jain centre of Shravanabelagola and then back to Hassan for the night

Day 9  Kushalnagar 

We leave Hassan to go to Kushalnagar through the Tibetan Buddhist center of Bylakuppe. We will spend the night in Kushalnaga

Day 10  Mysuru

In the afternoon w leave to visit Mysuru, and will spend the day exploring and sight seeing

Day 11  Mysuru

Exploring Mysuru, visiting the Maharaja Palace, Museums’, Architecture, Temples and urban exploration

Day 12  Kannur

Leave Mysore to drive to Kannur. Explore the city and spend the night

Day 13  Murudeshwar

We will go from Kannur to Murudeshwar, staying the night in Murudeshwar exploring the city

Day 14  Gokarne 

Going to the coastline to Gokarne for a visit, then back to where we started – Goa. Spend the night at Benaulim Beach

Day 15  Benaulim

Relaxing free day on the beach, time to explore, shop, eat, and meet people. Spend the night at Benaulim

Day 16  Margao

Visit and shop in the typical Goan town of Margao, spend another night at Benaulim. Farewell dinner before returning home

Day 17  Benaulim

Last Goan breakfast before flying home or to your next destination

What our explorers are saying

“A celebration of colors!”

“So many cultures is one place! It was amazing to see all the different temples. We got visit and mingle with all the different tribes, I even received a bracelet from one of the girls! And the marketplaces were a site for sore eyes! A must trip for all culture lovers”

Suzy Hirsch

“Completely unique”

“An absolutely special experience. Our tour guide was full of knowledge, he took us to all the cool secret places in the cities, like narrow alleyways and backyards of some unbelievably welcoming people.  ”

Adam Heart

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