Holi festival in India

Culture, Cuisine & Wilderness Tour of South India

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Bangalore, Hassan, Mysore, Kabini...

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Suggested Duration

12 Days

The majesty of India’s deep south comes from ancient cities and secluded jungle, flavorful cuisine and immaculate beaches. On this custom tailored tour you will lounge in a private plantation surrounded by tranquil jungle and cruise along a river in search of elephants and tigers. Relax in a private resort on the golden sands of the Arabian Sea and experience the locals’ grand smiles and gregarious lifestyle. You can watch the sun peek through forests and reflect off of the sea. It shines on palaces...

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the exquisite décor and architecture of Mysore Palace
  • Traverse the combination of cosmopolitan luxury and ancient history in the city of Bangalore
  • Witness the incredible size of the Jain statue of Shravanabelagola
  • Venture through the wilderness of Nagarhole National Park on a game drive in search of elephants and tigers
  • Find tranquility and solitude in the far reaches of the jungle at Fringe Ford plantation
  • Indulge in the delicious cuisine and serene atmosphere of the Neeleshwar Hermitage
  • Taste the remarkable flavors of Southern Indian cuisine 

Detailed Description

The wonders of India’s deep south are lavish and historic, colorful and flavorful. On this 12-day tour, best experienced from October to March, you will find comfort and luxury, history and culture. Leopards linger in the trees of Nagarhole National Park. The Jain statue at Shravanabelagola shows ancient devotion to the religion as it towers over the temple. From the elegant and opulent Mysore Palace to the extraordinary landscape at Fringe Ford, the natural and the manmade, the temples and cities, the people and the cuisine will all mesmerize you.  

Your fantastic journey through Southern India begins with your arrival in Bangalore. The city is a stupendous mixture of modern and historical architecture and culture. The skyline hovers over the tree line that dots various neighborhoods. Enjoy a tour of the city with a private guide who will take you through the spectacular history of the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and show you the cosmopolitan hangout of Brigade Road. The following day you will venture to Shravanabelagola to see the incredible statue of Jain.

In the evening you will settle in a charming rural village lodge in Hassan. After you visit the ancient temple complexes you will come to Mysore and the spellbinding Devaraja Market where the colors of flowers, spices, and kumkum are unparalleled. In the morning you will witness the spectacular Mysore Palace before reaching Kabini, a wildlife sanctuary at the edges of the Nagharhole National Park. Spend two days exploring the fabulous waterways and forests that are home to exceptional wildlife, including elephants, tigers, leopards, and sloth bear.

On the eighth day you will find yourself at Fringe Ford, a secluded plantation located on the cusp of the Wyanad and Tholpetty wildlife sanctuaries. Trek through the jungle and along the mountains before arriving at Neeleshwar Hermitage in Nileswaram. You will have two days to enjoy the indulgent cuisine and spectacular beachside location. On your final day your private transfer will escort you to the Calicut airport for your journey home.  

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Starting Price

$2,335 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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