Southern India’s Vijaynagar Empire

  • Discover the city of Bangalore with its 16th-cnetury Tipu’s Palace, the original mud-brick fort built, and Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, regarded as one of the most richly diverse botanical gardens in South Asia; and experience Mysore during a bicycle tour along the narrow alleyways through neighborhoods and past historic colonial structures
  • Take in Chikmagalur, the first area in India to plant coffee and it offers the best of the Western Ghats
  • Explore the rich history of Hampi, seat of the fabled 14th-century Vijaynagar Empire, which created an epoch in South Indian history that transcended regionalism
  • See the fascinating Cave Temples of Badami, dating from the late 6th to 7th centuries; and visit the small town Aihole, featuring about 125 stone temples dating from 5th century
  • Delve into the local cuisine of Goa, where food is a way of life, and this culinary adventure helps you understand the basics of this renowned cuisine, the spices that go into making each flavorful and well-known fish curry or vindaloo