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Boulders and Temple, Hampi, Karnataka, India


Karnataka offers the visitor a mix of interests, in particular, the distinctive architectural styles like those found in the haunting Hampi.

With an abundance of ancient sites, scenically-diverse countryside containing lush national parks, pristine coastline and Bangalore at its core, Karnataka should not be ignored on a visit to Southern India.


It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Nagarhole National Park

Spend a few days exploring the wildlife reserve, home to Asian elephant, gaur, tiger and rumour of a lone black panther.


Visit one of the most important historical world heritage sites in India.

Hill Station of Coorg

Famous for its coffee and paddy fields, discover this hilly location with a mild climate and lush surroundings.

Explore Bangalore and Mysore

Explore two towns famous for their various temples, palaces, lakes and forts.

Badami Cave Temples

Discover the town famous for its stone temples and rock cut monuments.

Hill Station of Coonoor

Stay in Coonoor, a smaller and quieter version of the better known Ooty and enjoy the train ride between the two locations.


Explore Gokarna, known for its temples and some of the most beautiful, unpopulated beaches in India.


  • Bangalore
  • Mysore
  • Nagarhole

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

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Outlining a trip and having Joe fill in the details and make suggestions or changes meant we had a wonderful experience.


Charlotte knows India extremely well. Very happy to answer even the most trivial of questions. Nothing is too much trouble.


Joe was wonderful and very knowledgeable about India. He was patient with us as we made numerous changes to the itinerary and very quick to respond.  


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