Day 1 : Arrival
Arrive in Mangalore, where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to you hotel. The rest if the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Mangalore.
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Starting in the lush coffee plantations of Coorg, head to the rugged wilderness of Kabini, where herds of elephants roam free. Nearby visit the lesser-known town of Bylakuppe, India's second largest Buddhist settlement, then head on to the royal city of Mysore. From there, venture north into Karnataka's cradle of stone architecture, visiting ancient temples in Hassan and Belur, as well as the iconic boulder-strewn temple town of Hampi. Continue on to the 6th century cave temples of Badami before finally boarding your train to the tiny palm-fringed state of Goa.
Mangalore - Coorg - Bylakuppe - Kabini - Mysore - Hassan - Belur - Halebidu - Hampi - Vijayanagara - Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal - Hubli - Goa
Discover colonial Kolkata and the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve
After exploring the busy cities, why not relax on one of India's beaches which are as much of a paradise as anywhere.
Visit the must-see sights and the hidden depths of India's most vibrant cities.
Escape the city and unwind among some of the most breathtaking mountain and hill scapes the world has to offer.
Marvel at India's most incredible forts and palaces
Himalayan treks, village walks and more
Travel across the spectacular Himalayan Highway
Experience the best of North and South India
Spot lemurs, tigers & orangutans
Discover iconic sights of India, Nepal & Bhutan
Get under the skin of Asia's two best wildlife spots.
Himalayan mountains, unseen tribes & amazing wildlife
Travel through the Himalayan foothills via Shimla & Amritsar to Ladakh
Experience Bhutan's rich culture, colonial Kolkata and rural life in Assam
Visit the two most populous countries on Earth.
Golden Triangle and the Himalayas
India's Golden Triangle & the best of Sri Lanka.
Nomadic tribes, traditional textiles, crafts & Mewar Festival
Aoling Festival, wildlife in Assam & natural beauty of Manipur
Fort cities, rural villages & camel fair
Tropical mountains, tea & spice plantations, and backwaters
Wildlife, tribes & rural life in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur
Experience the flavours and exotic spices of South India
Spot tigers, lions, leopards, buffalo, rhino & elephants
Perfect mix of classic sights and off-beat places for first-timers to India
Temple towns of Tamil Nadu to backwaters of Kerala
Villages, temples, salt flats & the world's last Asiatic lions
Discover Karnataka's stone temples, wildlife and coffee farms
Remote tribal cultures in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Nagaland
Uncover the religious diversity of India
Experience the thrill of the Indian jungle ...
Discover the huge diversity of North India's cuisine
Experience dramatic Himalayan scenery, Islamic & Buddhist cultures
Lucknow, Varanasi & the wonders of Madhya Pradesh
Idyllic backwaters, tropical forests & ancient temple towns
Diverse wildlife in Assam and the Sunderbans
Colonial Kolkata, Darjeeling toy train & Buddhism
Distinct tribal cultures, unique temples & traditional textiles
Explore this UNESCO biodiversity hotspot on foot
Rural villages, grand forts & wildlife
Set foot in Ladakh's hidden Himalayan valleys
Golden Triangle, tigers & exotic Goa
Discover the forts, palaces, villages and desert of Rajasthan
Tea, spices, backwaters & beaches
Waterfalls, hills and living bridges in North East India
Joan Edmunds (USA) , Tailormade India
I have been on 3 tailor made trips with Travel The Unknown and have found them to be knowledgeable and reliable. We`ve stayed in some wonderful places and have had some unusual and satisfying experiences that go beyond the standard tours.
Tracey & Gary , Tailormade India
I would highly recommend Travel the Unknown to anyone visiting India. The service we received both prior to, during and following our travels was always timely and excellent. We were able to customize our trip to our liking and to enjoy a wide variety of activities. The guides in every location were outstanding! Honestly. Having travelled through much of the world I can truly say that we have never been more impressed with the quality of the guides arranged for us in each location, as well as the service we received. Similarly, the hotels were excellent and allowed us to live very comfortably while, at the same time, enjoy an authentic Indian experience. If you haven`t already booked your trip with Travel the Unknown, then either do so now....or at least give them a chance to show you what they can offer.
Ann Holgate , Tailormade India
A really well planned trip. We experienced life in Northeast India in just the way we wanted to. We loved the game reserves and saw a rock python which thrilled our guides as it is even rarer than the tiger! We visited villages and were able to interact with local people and loved the busy markets in Delhi and Calcutta. A special highlight was the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland; shown to us by our very own Naga guide Kezo. Kezo accompanied us for 15 days of our trip and ensured that we had many very special experiences - even taking us to the home of one of his Aunts where we spent a couple of hours sitting by the bonfire chatting.
Vik , Kerala Calling, India
Thank you for organising our holiday in Kerala. I certainly wouldn`t have had the time or the knowledge to put together such a trip. Munnar was my favourite and the accommodation throughout was excellent.
Penelope Smith , Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
What an excellent service! Rahul adapted, extended and improved our trip so many times without a qualm and we ended up with the trip of a lifetime. The destinations are unusual and interesting but everything has been checked out by the team and works brilliantly. I can`t wait to do another trip.
Elaine & Neil Smith , Delicacies of North India, India
The tour was an amazing experience for our first visit to India. The country, its people and its cuisine were friendly,delightful, colourful and exceeded all our expectations. Travel the Unknown have put together a superb unique package that we have no hesitation in recommending to anyone with an interest in food and culture.
Andrew Martin , Tailormade North East India
I`m sure I could not have found a better operator for the type of complicated Indian tour I wanted to undertake on a limited budget. India is an intimidating country to visit, and I suspect that some operators look down on the first time visitor, or disparage their requirements. Travel the Unknown, by contrast, helped me all the way, and their local guides were superb.
Richard Williams , Monks, Tribes & Rhinos, India
This was a very varied and interesting trip to a forgotten part of India. If you like off the beaten track travel it is definitely worth the effort but go with an open mind and keep a smile on your face.
Keith Lewis , Monks, Tribes & Rhinos, India
This was my first experience of using Travel the Unknown having enjoyed small group adventure holidays for many years. I was attracted to the company because it seeks out the more unusual and lesser known areas of a country and I was not disappointed by my visit to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. There is a clear contrast between the people and the scenery of these two regions and we saw very few western tourists particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. The tour was well organised with plenty to see and do.
Nigel & Margaret Turner , Tailormade India Wildlife & Birding tour
This trip was very well put together and ticked all the boxes that we had requested. The accommodation throughout the tour was of a high standard and our experiences in the national parks was wonderful spotting many different animals including tigers, leopards, sloth bears, lions, jungle cat plus countless number of birds. Thank you Rahul for tailoring this trip to our requirements.
Catherine Crawford , Kashmir & Ladakh Explorer, India
Another great trip from Travel the Unknown. I would recommend this company to anyone who wants to move outside the boundaries of the usual tourist itinerary.
Rachel , Spirit of South India, India
We went on the Spirit of South India Tour and had a great time on our honeymoon. There was a good variety of places visited and the hotels, drivers and guides were all very good. We would definitely recommend this tour.