Undiscovered South India
Lotus India Adventures
Lotus India Adventures is unlike other tour companies. We like to keep group sizes small, we prefer "off the beaten track" destinations and choose mostly family run, boutique, and wherever possible, eco hotels. Specialising for the last ten years only in India travel - we aim to give you an authentic 'hands-on' experience of India's extraordinary culture, spirituality, history and wildlife. We like to keep our tours as relaxed as possible and aim to give you the sense of adventure, freedom and wonder you would experience as an independent traveler. Perhaps this is why most of our travelers have come back with us a second time.
Hari and carrie who lead the journeys have been living, studying and working in India for many years. They are holistic therapists and also run The Lotus Retreat - a yoga centre and India boutique in Oxfordshire.
Lotus India Adventures is a subsidiary of the Glorious Adventure Company www.thegloriousadventurecompany.com
Undiscovered South India
6th February - 18th February 2019 (fully booked)
5TH - 17th NOVEMBER 2019
Join us on a journey that traces India’s Western Ghats from Kerala to Goa. On a trip of a life time, experience the luscious beauty of north Kerala’s backwaters, sleep in a tree house in the remote Wayanad Highlands, wander amongst the ruins in the lost kingdom of Hampi, and stay in a bamboo cottage on one of south India’s most beautiful beaches. Your tour starts in north Kerala, where we spend a night on a houseboat cruising through Kerala’s most unspoiled backwaters and stay at an eco homestay in the Wayanad Highlands surrounded by spice and coffee plantations, rice paddies and dense emerald forests. We then head north, via Mysore, to the fascinating town of Hampi with it’s World Heritage monuments and magical boulder strewn landscape, here we take three days to explore the ancient Vijayanagar kingdom’s temples before heading back to the Arabian Sea. Your journey ends in south Goa on the tranquil Talpona Beach, famous for its nesting turtles and deserted palm fringed sands where we stay in charming wooden cottages just yards from the sea.
This tour will be lead by holistic therapist and India enthusiast Carrie Rossiter and Hari Lambani. They also run the Lotus Retreat - a holistic centre and India boutique in Oxfordshire.
highlights of our ITINERARY
Communing with nature in the Wayanad hills.
Wandering the ancient kingdom of Hampi.
Enjoying an Ayurvedic treatment at Ravis Spa and Resort.
Watching the sunset at Monkey Temple, Hampi.
A day on a houseboat cruising through the Keralan backwaters.
Relaxing on the golden sands of south Goa.
cost and what's included
£1750 (flights not included)
All transport between destinations.
9 breakfasts, 8 dinners and 7 lunches.
Guided tours of Hampi and Mysore.
Jungle trek and campfire picnic in Wayanad.
Houseboat trip in Kerala.
day by day ITINERARY
Late morning you are met at Calicut’s International Airport and transferred to the luxurious Ravi’s Resort and Spa. Set amidst 9 acres of garden and coconut palms, on the banks of the Chaliyar River, this stunning hotel makes the perfect place to rest and acclimatise after your flight. After an afternoon to enjoy the pool, Ayurvedic spa and yoga facilities, we watch sunset at the nearby Kadalundi bird sanctuary before dinner at the hotel’s fabulous riverside restaurant.
After a buffet breakfast on the terrace we head north by minibus to the unspoilt beaches of northern Kerala where we check into the Blue Mermaid - a family run guesthouse overlooking the Malabar sea. After lunch there is time to relax and swim in the sea followed by a village performance of the enthralling Theyam ritual for which this region is renowned. Dinner is in the beautiful garden, expect a fabulous home-cooked Keralan feast and some lively conversation with our hosts.
After breakfast and perhaps an early morning dip in the sea. we depart for the remote north Keralan Backwaters. We spend the day cruising through this magical ecosystem, watching the birdlife and riverside villages drift past. We enjoy drinks, food and sunset aboard our boat before returning to Kannur for dinner.
DAYS FOUR & FIVE
We head east by minibus for the beautiful highlands of Wayanad. This glorious, unspoilt region is dotted with emerald rice paddies, spice and coffee plantations, forested hills and nature reserves. After a stunning journey through the Western Ghats, we arrive at the Jungle Retreat - an eco homestay in the heart of the Wayanad forests with panoramic views, cozy cottages overlooking the nature reserve and a pool. After an afternoon’s nature trek we will enjoy home-cooked Keralan food on the terrace.
Day five starts with a sunrise bird spotting excursion followed by river swimming and a picnic. There is the option of an afternoon jeep safari through the nearby Nagarahole national park (at a small supplement) or enjoy an afternoon exploring the Jungle Retreat’s 10 acres of farmland and jungle with your guide. Take time to sit on your veranda and soak in the abundance of wildlife. you can expect to spot buffaloes, wild elephants and over 50 types of rare bird - a nature lovers’ paradise.
DAYS SIX - NINE
We leave the jungle retreat and travel east to Mysore where we have an afternoon to discover it’s fabulous palace and wander through it’s markets famous for sandalwood, spices and silk. Early evening we board the Hampi Express night train and travel north (in the comfort of 2 tier AC) to Hari’s home town - the ancient kingdom of Hampi. This makes the perfect location to stop for three nights and take time to explore at leisure. Hampi - once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire and a World Heritage Site - is one of India’s highlights. Our hotel - Hampi Boulders - is located on the banks of the river Tungabhadra, it has a natural swimming pool, acres of grounds and morning yoga. This beautiful eco resort will make a perfect platform to explore the rich culture, wildlife and history of Hampi. The day of our arrival is spent bird-spotting before sunset and panoramic views at the nearby Monkey Temple.
The following two days are at leisure to explore the ancient town of Hampi and it’s beautiful surroundings by foot, bicycle or rickshaw. Visit the majestic Virupaksha Temple and Hampi Bazaar - a great place for a chai and a little retail therapy, wander the ancient ruins, or relax at the hotel.
DAYS TEN - TWELVE
We leave early, wending our way through luscious jungle and stunning mountainous roads to south Goa in time for an afternoon swim in the Arabian Sea before dinner sunset drinks and dinner. Here we stay at the Peace Garden on secluded Talpona Beach. Expect deserted palm-fringed beaches, fresh sea food and charming, rustic accommodation overlooking the ocean. The Peace Garden is also well known for its excellent yoga and massage facilities. Take time at the end of your journey to relax at the Peace Garden and explore the abundance of waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries and beautiful beaches in this area. Choose from the nearby deserted Turtle Beach or Patnem and Palolem Beach with their relaxed beach bars and colourful markets.
We get you back to Goa’s airport in plenty of time for your return flights home.