Best for: Culture & Beach, Cultural & Immersive, Adventure & Off-the-beaten track
This journey takes you through Central India from Hyderabad to Hampi and onto the beaches of the Indian Ocean, a classic combination of culture and beach.
Begin your journey in Hyderabad, once the capital city of the Qutb Shahi dynasty of the 16th century and a bastion of Islamic culture in south India. Hyderabad now has a vibrant cosmopolitan character and you can explore the graceful British Residency (made famous by William Dalrymple’s White Mughals). Visit the impregnable Golconda fortress with its striking ruins of old palaces and military structures.
See the old city with its iconic Charminar and the bustling Laad Bazaar. We suggest three nights in Hyderabad, and we heavily recommend you stay at the superb, iconic Falaknuma Palace. If the budget doesn’t quite stretch to this, we have a range of boutique alternatives.
You will be led around the city by Jonty Rajagopalan, possibly one of the best private guides in India. Her insight into the city is absolutely second-to-none. We will tailor your experience around four different themes: historical, culinary, local life and arts & crafts. We will then focus on what you truly want to uncover and let Jonty wow you with her enthusiasm and creativity.
There is now a new direct flight from Hyderabad to Vijaynagar Airport close to Hampi, about a 45-minute drive to the stunning Evolve Back Hampi. The hotel was established in 2017 and was the first hotel that offered a truly excellent standard of accommodation and service. We again suggest three nights here, so you have two full days of seeing Hampi. Hampi was the base of the Vijayanagara Empire, the last great Hindu empire to rule over south India (1336 until 1565). Until its destruction in the 16th century, Hampi was one of the richest and largest cities in the world. The ruined remains of this imperial city are set amidst a beautiful boulder-strewn landscape on the southern banks of the River Tungabhadra. Many consider the ruins to be the finest of their type in India, and the sunsets are spell-binding.
You then have a long drive (about 7 hours) to get to the coast. We suggest heading to Gokarna, a small temple town to the south of Goa where the superb Kahani Paradise Hotel as just opened (again the first quality hotel to open in this area). We suggest three leisurely days here, and you can, of course, extend your time. Spend your days exploring the town, the many quiet beaches and taking walks in the local area.
Drive two hours to Goa, along the coast, and conclude at the wonderful Ahilya By the Sea for some well deserved R&R with all the trimmings.
- Stay in luxury hotels and palaces in Hyderabad and Hampi, with boutique hotels to conclude on the beach
- Explore Hyderabad, one of India’s most diverse and interesting cities
- Fly to Hampi on a newly opened route, and spend three days exploring one of India’s best historical sites
- Visit Gokarna, offering some of India’s most picturesque beaches and home to temples and Hindu culture
- Conclude in Goa, where you can kick back and spend a few days reading a book, or exploring local churches, beaches, and markets.