Tour operator for South India ?

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1. Posted by chillicrab (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am looking for a tour operator to organise a trip from Hydrabad to Kochi for me and my wife in Febr. 2008.

We plan to visit

Hyderabad Gulbarga Bijapur Badami Pattadakal Aihole Hampi Vijayanagar Belur Halebid Mysore Somnathpur

At the end we would like to rest two days in Ooty

Do you have any good experience with tour operators in South India ?

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by anuradha (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there! You haven't mentioned the duration of your entire trip, it would be helpful to plan if you know how long you want to spend in these places. Most tour operators will have their fixed schedule, but they might be flexible if you would like it a different way. Also, Kochi or Cochin is not on your travel list.

Hyderabad is in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Gulbarga, Bijapur, Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, Hampi, Belur, Halebidu, Mysore, Somanthpur are in the state of Karnataka. Cochin is in Kerala, while Ooty is in Tamil Nadu.

The four states are close to each other and you can choose to take a plane, train, bus, or car to each of these states.
From the given list, you would need a tour operator's services only in Karnataka. All these places have stunning architecture and heritage buildings. But do be aware of touts and beggars. Do not encourage them by giving money.
While you will definitely encounter the hospitality of Indian people, stray instances of dishonesty and fleecing do occur. The latter might happen only in public places and you need not worry about being cheated by registered tour operators or those run by the state.

What is your entry and exit point in India? If you elaborate a little more on your plan, I could give you a few options.

3. Posted by chillicrab (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Anuradha for your reply.

It will be my third trip to India. We will first visit friends in New Delhi. After the tour we will visit freinds in Kolcata.

We plan to fly to Hyderabad and at the end (the tour should end in Kochi) fly to Kolcata before flying back home.

We expect the tour to be 15 days.

We assume to stay in hotels for

2 nights in Hyderabad
1 night in Gulbarga
1 night in Bijapur
1 night in Badami
2 nights in Hampi or surrounding
2 nights in Chikmaglur
1 night in Mysore
2 nights in Ooty
2 nights in Kochi

We would need an ac car with a driver and a guide for the tour (whole tour or local guides).

Thanks for your help