Holidays in Karnataka

Deep woods, fertile gardens and palm-fringed beaches. Southern Indian warmth combined with scents of spices, fruits and coconuts. Ancient ruins and hidden villages. Warm hospitality in specially built guest-houses where you learn about and savour the traditional dishes of South India. These are the ingredients of a trip to this magical corner, so perfect for a winter holiday. There are ancient temples, rock carvings, waterfalls and gardens plus a wealth of birdlife all waiting for you to discover. Experience the charms and rhythms of life in the spice gardens, visit the plantations and walk through magnificent forests, relax on a secluded beach, watch the fisherman land their catch and marvel at traditional boat building.

Spice gardens and coast

A night train journey from Mumbai to Kumta and you are transported to a land where lush vegetation reveals its scented harvest. Karnataka lies on the Malabar coast of south-west India, with Goa to the north and Kerala to the south. As well as the sprawling forests and plantations of the Western Ghats, Karnataka also boasts spectacular beaches on the Arabian Sea and captivating ruins and carvings left from the numerous kingdoms and cultures which have passed through this intriguing state. You stay in the Spice House guesthouse in the charming hamlet of Hulgol, set amid spice plantations. Discover the magic of spice as you explore the plantations and visit the thrilling spice auction at the nearby market town of Sirsi, enjoy walks and cycle through the lush forest, to find waterfalls and ancient river carvings and immerse yourself in village life. Then journey to the Karnataka coast to the unspoiled beaches and the enchanting fishing village of Pavinakurva, nestled amid coconut palms and acacia. Explore the Tarabagli estuary where the river meets the sea, watch the traditional craft of the boat builders, help with the cashew harvest and relax in the afternoon warmth. Why not combine a stay here with a visit to neighbouring Kerala? 

Coast, Spice and Temples, 12 night holiday from £819


Explore the ancient palatial remains of the 'City of Victory' at Hampi; immerse yourself in the spice market, cycle through verdant forest and discover the secrets of the spice plantations in the charming hamlet of Hulgol; then relax on the secluded beaches at the fishing village of Pavinakurva. A thrilling exploration of exotic Karnataka.

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Spirit of the South, 16 night holiday from £1,067


With two new communities joining Village Ways this season, you have the chance to be among the first guests to relax on the unspoiled beaches of Pavinakurva on the Karnataka coast and explore the rubber plantations and banana groves of Mothakkara in the Wayand hills. Add to this the spice gardens at Hulgol and a stay on the community houseboat for an enchanting discovery of the magical South.

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Pavinakurva Short Escape, 3 nights


For guests who have existing travel plans in place or have limited availability, we offer short stays in our communities. Enjoy three nights in the secluded coastal village of Pavinakurva for a relaxing break. Prices for short escapes include accommodation, meals and private guiding; travel can also be arranged if required.

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Hulgol Short Escape, 3 nights


Discover the secrets of the spice gardens and enjoy local forest walks with a three night stay in the charming hamlet of Hulgol. Prices for short escapes include accommodation, meals and private guiding; travel can also be arranged if required.

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