A 15 day tour starting in the ancient city of Hampi in Karnataka, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, until it was destroyed in 1565, by Deccan Sultanates. Moving south, through the Nrityagram Dance Village, home to a troupe of dancers practising a classical form of dance known as Odissi, which is over 2000 years old. From here we move onto Mysore, with magnificent palace completed in 1912 in Indo-Saracenic architectural style, with influences from Hindu, Mughal, gothic and neo-classical architecture, giving a window into the lavish lifestyle of the Maharajas up until the mid 20th Century. From the royal interiors we move onto the former hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Mysore for a safari in Bandipur National Park, which is made up of a primarily forested biosphere, with a small population of tigers and leopards, elephants, sambar and spotted deer, bison, macaques, langurs, antelope and over 200 different species of birds. From here we head up into the Nilgiri tea estates and visit the charity we will be supporting on this tour the Keystone Foundation. who support 135 tribal communities within the region. We then we head south west, to Kochi with its lively spice district, fishing port and iconic Chinese fishing nets, before ending with a Kettuvallam boat ride on the srene Keralan backwaters. If this sounds like your kind of tour click itinerary button below for a full itinerary.
Tour: Hampi & Kerala
Date: 10 - 24 Jan 2020
Duration: 15 or 13 Days (excl. Hampi)
Who are these tours for?:
These tours are suitable for all those who enjoy travelling and taking photographs. Whether you are a photography enthusiast looking for a tour built around maximising photographic opportunities and arriving before the crowds or a travel enthusiast, who has previously felt your photographs didn’t reflect your experience and are interested in exploring photography to enhance your travel ventures.
Type of tour:
These tours are a combination of a culturally immersive and a photo-centric tour, which will not only take you to key sites, but also for walks through local markets, historical districts and artisan communities to give you a sense of history and local life. For photography enthusiasts they cover a broad range of subjects within a compact time frame, including street photography, environmental portraiture, traditional architecture, wildlife and landscapes.
Photography intro (optional):
For beginners who currently photograph using the auto-settings on their camera and are not digitally processing their images, an intro to photographing in semi-manual mode (aperture priority) and digitally processing photographs using Lightroom software is available. The format will be dependant on group size, face to face during the tour for larger groups and online for bespoke or smaller groups.
Max group size: 8
12 incl. partners
For this tour we offer two levels of accommodation, a 1 - 3 Star Rate (budget to standard) and a 3 - 5 Star Rate (standard to premium). For each rate we aim to secure the best available accommodation within our budget and include local heritage hotels where ever possible.
Accommodation (incl. breakfast); All entrance and day excursion fees; Land transportation, driver, local guide and for groups over 4 a second EPT Guide.
International and internal flights to and from the arrival and departure city. Meals and drinks outside of breakfast, visa applications, criteria not listed under 'what's included'.
These tours are relatively fast paced to ensure you experience the highlights of each region, with an average stopover of 2 nights. If you are uncertain about its suitability, we advise reading the itinerary before booking. As quick guidance, so long as you enjoy being active on holiday and taking photographs, you will revel in the visual extravaganza and cultural stimulation of these tours.
No obligation registration
We understand that you may need time to think or research flights before booking a tour, therefore we offer a 2 step no obligation registration process. Step 1 involves submitting the online registration form by clicking on the 'Register' button below. Following submission, you will receive a final confirmation form, which you can choose to confirm or opt out of. Alternatively if you just have a quick enquiry you'd like answered before completing the registration form, submit your query by clicking on the 'Quick query' button below.
10% Discount Offer
15 Day Tour (incl. Hampi)
Hotel Standard: 3-5 Star
Solo Rate: £2853* (own room)
List price £3170 | Saving: £317
Shared Rate: £2421* (min 2)
List price: £2690 | Saving: £269
*Secure place with 25% deposit Solo: £793 / Shared:£673 balance payable 8 Nov 2019
12 Day Tour (excl. Hampi)
Hotel Standard: 3-5 Star
Solo Rate: £2279* (own room)
List price £2532 | Saving: £253
Shared Rate: £1933* (min 2)
List price: £2148 | Saving: £215
*Secure place with 25% deposit Solo: £633 / Shared:£537 balance payable 28 Aug 2019