The Spice Gardens of Karnataka

Short breaks for guests based in India

The famous Western Ghats  are designated as one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, with the natural forests, cultivated lands, wet lands and scrub lands harbouring a huge assemblage of plant and animal species, many being endemic. Hulgol is a typical Western Ghat village, well known for agriculture and horticulture (especially spice-growing) and forestry. It lies close to the important but peaceful market town of Sirsi.

Your stay in Hulgol

We find the Sirsi and Hulgol area delightfully peaceful: a secret undiscovered corner of Karnataka. The communities are welcoming and the farming is vibrant. Explore the fascinating hamlet and spice gardens with your own guide, trek to local temples and enjoy picnics by tumbling rivers and admire gushing waterfalls. Borrow one of the house cycles or walk along the shady forest paths to the Shalmala river to discover the astonishing carvings on rocks in the river. Explore 10th century temples and forts.


The Hulgol Community

The Hulgol hamlets are dispersed around the spice gardens. Homesteads are shaded by tall forest trees, with crop drying areas and neatly maintained cattle sheds. The people are peace loving and coexist in perfect harmony with nature. It is a rare and inspiring opportunity to spend a few days with these people. Endowed with rich resources, Hulgol and the surrounding villages exude a quiet rural charm combined with a vibrant farming system based on spices and tropical fruits. Peppercorns, vanilla, areca (betel) nuts, cinnamon, cardamon and nutmeg abound, as well as jackfruit, bananas and coconut. The diversity of the flora and fauna is fascinating: a wide variety of birds, small mammals, butterflies and fireflies flickering at night. The guesthouse, on the fringes of the hamlet, is a comfortable traditional style bungalow, with three twin-bedded rooms, where you can be sure of a warm welcome.

Ancient ruins

To the east of Hulgol lie the remains of the ancient city of Vijayanagara. Sprawled across the landscape you will find magnificent architecture juxtaposed with unusual, delicately-balanced boulder formations. Stroll through Hampi Bazaar, explore the scattered remains of palaces and statues and visit Vittala Temple, a World Heritage Site.


Travelling to Hulgol

Your Village Ways holiday includes return road transfer from Kumta to Hulgol village (3 hours).  All meals are provided at Hulgol; meals during your journey are at your own expense. We can also make arrangements for you train travel from Mumbai or elsewhere in India if you wish.

Tailor-made holidays

Our holidays are tailored to your exact requirements, allowing you to make the most of your time in the Spice Gardens. A typical stay might include 3 nights in Hulgol, to provide a good balance between activity and relaxation. Why not  add on a visit to the fascinating ruins at Hampi? Our specialised team are happy to talk you through the options.

Contact our bookings team

We put together carefully-selected, customised itineraries that allow our guests to make the most of their time in the Spice Gardens. All of our holidays for guests based in India are priced in INR and can be tailored to your exact requirements - please contact us to create your ideal trip.


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