Karnataka and the Deccan

Karnataka is one of India’s hidden secrets; a corner of India that few tourists tend to reach, yet is hugely rewarding if you can fit it into your tour of India. To the north you have the Deccan, an area packed with ancient cities and staggering attractions such as Hampi, home to the Vijayanagar Kingdom, Badami and Bijapur. To the south of that you have find the Hoysala dynasty cities of Belur and Halebid. Mysore was home to wealth Maharajas who were the thorn in the side of the British East India Company until Tipu Sultan was defeated in his fortress at Srirangapatna in 1799. Karnataka and the Deccan also has amazing diversity. Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks are home to huge numbers of wild elephant, tiger and leopard, and the hills of the Western Ghats in Coorg are known for their natural beauty and coffee plantations, perfect if you want to include a light trekking element when you are on holiday in India.

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Karnataka and the Deccan Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

A journey through Northern Kerala & Karnataka

Mysore - Wyanad - Nagarhole National Park - Coorg - Kasaragod - Bangalore  

Northern Kerala and southern Karnataka are fast becoming the destinations to visit, a blend of history, culture, coffee hills, wildlife and fantastic beaches.

13 days from £2470 p. p.

Karnataka and the Deccan Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Orange County Hampi, Karnataka, India | Luxury Hotel in Hampi, India

Orange County Hampi

$ $ $ $ $ Karnataka and the Deccan  

Inspired by the splendid palaces of Karnataka’s Vijayanagara Empire, Orange County Hampi offers the most luxurious way of experiencing incomparable Hampi.

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Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India | Luxury Palace Hotel

Falaknuma Palace

$ $ $ $ $ Karnataka and the Deccan  

The Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad is one of South India’s finest hotels, and a stay here will transport you to the golden age of nizams and begums.

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Taj West End, Bangalore, India

Taj West End

$ $ $ $ $ Karnataka and the Deccan  

The Taj West End in Bangalore is a deluxe heritage hotel, combining a palpable sense of history with twenty-first century comforts and magnificent gardens.

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Orange Country Kabini, Karnataka, India | Luxury Wildlife Lodge

Orange Country Kabini

$ $ $ $ $ Karnataka and the Deccan  

Undoubtedly one of India’s top wildlife lodges, Orange County Kabini is a luxury Karnataka eco-retreat ideal for safaris in nearby Nagarhole National Park.

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Orange County Coorg, Karnataka, India

Orange County Coorg

$ $ $ $ $ Karnataka and the Deccan  

One of India’s top off-the-beaten-track plantation retreats, Orange County Coorg offers peace, luxury and cultural adventure in Karnataka’s coffee lands.

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Vivanta by Taj Bekal, Karnataka, India

Vivanta by Taj Bekal

$ $ $ $ $ Karnataka and the Deccan  

Located in the sleepiest reaches of northern Kerala, Vivanta by Taj Bekal is a stylish beach and spa hideaway offering blissful seclusion and relaxation.

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Vivanta by Taj Madikeri

Vivanta by Taj Madikeri

$ $ $ $ $ Karnataka and the Deccan  

Set in the rainforest of Karnataka’s Western Ghats, Vivanta by Taj in Madikeri, Coorg, is a heavenly spa retreat offering killer views and utter serenity.

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Karnataka and the Deccan Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.