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South India off the Beaten Path Tour


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10 days
Max People : 6

A mix of UNESCO World Heritage sites, village life and beaches will give you a complete view of South India!

South India has something for everyone. We’ll show you a different side of the rich region: explore the ancient temples of Hampi and UNESCO World Heritage site, Badami Caves, and end up on one of India’s most laid back beaches. Starting from Mumbai, this 11 day tour package takes guests through some of South India’s best kept secrets–a world of history, culture and nature to discover. You’ll see why when you visit this interesting and laidback part of India.

But we’ll also take you further and deeper into South India. We’ll visit rural Karnataka where you will stay at a family home. Learn about village life as you spend over a day in this coconut and fish filled tropical paradise. We will also visit a Sidhi Community which is made up of a substantial population of Afro-descendants, with around 150,000 members living in rural areas of Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat for many centuries. We will see mix of must-see sights and numerous opportunities for local interaction make this tour the ideal choice to experience a different side of South India!

Our mission is to improve the quality of lives in the communities where we work. Like all of our tours, 80% of the profits fund Reality Gives, our education NGO based in Dharavi (Mumbai) and Sanjay Colony (Delhi). Thank you for supporting our programs by signing up for the tour!



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Private Tour

Enjoy with just your family & friends!
  • 11 days duration
  • Start in Mumbai and Finish in Goa
  • All Accommodation and Transportation included
  • Family meals and some other activities included
  • Enjoy a stress free trip as your designated Tour Guide will take care of everything
  • Video call with a Sales Team staff member and Tour Guide encouraged before finalising booking
  • Tour is fully customisable to your needs, such as adding another city, upgrading hotels etc

Day 1: Mumbai

Welcome to the cosmopolitan metropolis of Mumbai! Your tour guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Colaba. Depending on your arrival time and how tired you are, you might want to explore the surrounding area on foot on your own or with your guide, seeing places like the Gateway of India, the Prince of Wales Museum and Marine Drive.
Over a welcome dinner at a traditional Indian rooftop restaurant, your guide will go over the itinerary for the next 9 action-packed days!

– Orientation walk in Colaba
– Welcome dinner

Day 2: Mumbai

In the morning we will travel together to Dharavi, one of Asia’s biggest slums and the heart of small-scale industry in Mumbai, and experience our company’s signature tour. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Mumbai’s sights of your choice, such as Haji Ali Mosque, Mani Bhavan, Dhobi Ghat, Malabar Hill and Banganga Drive.

In the evening, you have the option to join our food tour if you have the energy!

– Dharavi and sightseeing tour

Not Included:
– Food tour

Day 3: Mumbai / Badami

We will take a morning flight to Hubli (there is an overnight train option if you wish), where we will then transfer to Badami (2 hours drive). Badami, in North-central Karnataka, is home to some of India’s most spectacular Hindu Cave temples. After checking into the hotel we’ll take you to explore the wonders of the Badami Cave complex, a UNESCO World Heritage monument with a local guide.

– Local Tour guide at Badami Caves

Not included:
– Entrance to Badami Caves: INR 600pp

Day 4: Badami / Pattadakal / Aihole / Hampi

Today we will travel by car to Hampi, departing Badami in the morning after breakfast. On the way we will see Aihole and Pattadakal Temple complexes, two more UNESCO World Heritage sites.
During the journey to Hampi, we’ll make several stops where your guide will show you many aspects of domestic and agricultural village life in Karnataka. Upon arrival in Hampi in the late afternoon, you will have free time to relax.

– Village Tours
– Local guide for Aihole and Pattadakal Temple complexes

Not included:
– Entry fee to Aihole and Pattadakal Temple complexes: INR 600pp

Day 5: Hampi

Today you will have the chance to visit the astounding ancient city and historical marvel of Hampi. You’ll learn about what makes the city of ruins and temples a UNESCO World Heritage site, taking in the fascinating history of an ancient civilisation in Karnataka. Get ready for a full day of walking and exploring! You also have an option to take a traditional boat (coracle) ride on the river.

– Sightseeing tour and local guide in Hampi
– Hike to Anjanadri hills

Not Included:
– Entry fee to Hampi Monuments: INR 500pp
– Traditional boat (coracle) ride: INR 200pp

Day 6 - Yallapur

We’ll continue south from Hampi to Yallapur (3 to 4hrs), home to waterfalls, rolling hills and mystical temples. Upon arrival, we will check in to the hotel and we will visit a Sidhi Community School and a village.

Day 7: Yallapura / Heranjalu

Today we will drive to Heranjalu (4-5hrs), the village where Reality Tours’ Founder, Krishna, is from. On the way we will stop at Murudeshwara Shiva Temple where you will see the 3rd Largest Shiva Idol in the world! When you get to the village, and after meeting the family, your guide will orient you with an introductory walk through the village where you will meet the people and learn about their lives and you’ll participate in whatever village activities are happening at the time.

Tonight after dinner, we will visit a live Yakshagana performance, (November-May) one of the most popular folk theatre forms of Karnataka, and learn about the history and beliefs of this cultural and religious art.

– All meals in the village
– Yakshagana performance

Day 8: Heranjalu

Today spend the day visiting local school, markets and a cashew processing factory. In the evening we will make sure to have Gadbad a local special Ice cream. Would like to learn some cooking,? today is the chance for you to check out a south Indian kitchen and some recipe!!

Day 9: Heranjalu / Goa

After a morning relaxing in the family home and village, after the lunch, we’ll say goodbye to the family and take an afternoon train to Goa and arrive in Madgaon.

From there we will transfer you to Palolem, known as “Paradise Beach”, in South Goa, arriving in the early evening.

The following day is your last day to enjoy the beach in true Goan fashion! Feel free to laze about, go for a dip in the Arabian sea and sip on fresh coconuts.
– Family Lunch
– Visit to Murudeshwar Shiva Temple

Day 10: Goa

This is a day where you decide to either sit on the beach, enjoying the laid back atmosphere of Palolem, or your guide can take you by car to discover the world of Old Goa in Panjim (4 to 5 hours in total). With the assistance of a local guide, you will learn about the history and the Portuguese influence in Goa, wandering through the old Latin quarters and taking in the architecture and churches that characterize the area.

– Old Goa Tour

Day 11: Goa (Departure)

This is the end of the tour, but you may decide to spend more time relaxing either in Palolem or on one of the many other beaches that Goa has to offer.


Can this tour be customised?

Yes it definitely can! Just get in touch with us at info@realitytoursandtravel.com

Can we have a private tour?

Yes, we do offer private tours, but the price will need to be increased accordingly. Please get in touch for a quote!

What is the nearest airport?

Mumbai has an international airport (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport). Domestic flights from Delhi and other major Indian cities are also available.

Is there a minimum or maximum number of people to run the tour?

Our minimum group size is 2 and maximum is 12.

What is the accommodation like?

We stay in well-appointed mid range hotels, locally owned where possible. All hotels have hot water and most have Wi-Fi. Single passengers will share a twin room with another group member of the same gender if required. Upgrades to 4* accommodation are available at an additional cost for the private tours.

Are meals included?

The tour package includes various meals including breakfast in the majority of our overnight hotels and a welcome dinner is included.

Are all of the activities included?

The package includes several activities and entry fees. We also have additional suggestions for activities that aren’t included in the tour price. Please see the itinerary tab to see the included and optional activities.

How does payment work? Can I pay online?

A deposit payment of 50% is required. Full payment is then due by at least 60 days before tour departure. Advance payment is necessary in order to confirm the booking and can be made via bank transfer or by using our online card payment system

Can we do any dates not on your website?

Yes absolutely! We can look at providing dates that completely suit you. If you are interested in a shared tour we can often also still offer your preferred dates, guarantee the tour and invite other passengers to join.

Do you arrange international flights?

We can certainly arrange for international flights at an extra cost. Get in touch for more details

Do you offer airport transfers?

All of our nearest arrival airports offer pre-paid, safe and simple taxi options to your start hotel. So we prefer to provide detailed information on this in advance rather than charge you extra unnecessarily like some operators!