KARNATAKA HORSE SAFARIS
Note:
a) Your travel dates for these safaris can be fixed to suit your convenience or to adjust to other travel commitments that you may have finalised.
b) You can also do the trip as a biking one as the countryside is well suited to biking trips. The itineraries will be modi fied marginally.
c). The itineraries include visits to the best nearby wildlife parks.
d) Trekking and river rafting additions can be arranged on request. There are some excellent 3 to 7 day trekking options which, having come so far, ought not to be missed. Details on request.
Note : Common aspects for all Karnataka Horse Safaris :
1. Intention : To let our love for nature and adventure empower us to ride into Karnataka’s interiors and study the terrain, culture people of this beautiful land from which so many warriors sprung up in history. To study the way of life of the simple people

2. Age : 16 upwards as per fitness.

3. Accommodation : This will be hotels at Mysore and luxury tents when on the rides. Changes can be made to suit specific participant requirements. Changes can be made to suit specific participant requirements.

4. Cuisine : Mainly local cuisine of the area, with due regard to sensitivity to spices. Continental fare is an available option.

5. Arrangements at Bangalore : Arrival at Bangalore, either from an international flight or by flight, train or road from elsewhere within India or Karnataka as per plans of the group concerned. Reception, transfer to a hotel. Departure by road for the designated location as per itinerary given below or as decided. On return from the safari a brief halt or move direct to international airport to take the return flight home or move to other places as per travel plans of the group.

6. Best time : Mid-Sep to Mar is best. Apr and may are usually warm being the summer season. June to August can see some rather wet weather, being the monsoon season.

7. Costs of Itineraries below (International airport Delhi back to the International airport at Delhi) :Our plans are all inclusive in India and based on a group of 10 or more for the basic itinerary suggested above. This includes airport transfers, costs of the horse rides, costs of bike rentals and service and maintenance throughout the trip, tips, accommodation (twin sharing), water and all meals. Travel to/out of Bangalore can be catered to if specifically requested. However international air-fares, airport taxes, visa charges, duty on any items and personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry, tobacco, telephone charges, camera charges where applicable and individual expenses incurred away from the plan for the group are excluded.

8. Accommodation : This will be hotels at Mysore and luxury tents when on the rides. Changes can be made to suit specific participant requirements. Changes can be made to suit specific participant requirements.

9. Registration : As winter is the peak tourist period it is essential that Registration be done at four to five months prior to arrival. Half the determined costs least of this Caravan to be paid on registration and the balance to be paid six weeks prior to arrival.

10. Changes in the itinerary, if requested, can be worked out and costs evaluated separately. Or, any other specified itinerary can be developed to match your interests.
Karnataka Safaris
Note:
1) These itineraries, with minor modifications to the routes here and there, are also well suited as biking routes.
2) Unless specified by the participants at the time of Registration it will be assumed that Horse Safari is intended.
3). Please note that visits to Belur, Halibedu, Shravannabalgola, etc or to Bandipur or Nagarhole National Parks or other sanctuaries have been included in the itineraries to enhance value, either before or after the safaris.
Karnataka Safari I – (Horse area, modifiable for biking).Exploring the interiors of Karnataka on horseback. A different culture, a different adventure. Visit the best known historical spots and the amazing national parks of South Karnataka. Additionally spend time riding amongst the hills of Ooty. 16 days of immense fun spent riding and in studying the deep heritage, culture, wild life and flora of Karnataka.(Refer Map) (KS 1)

1. We start from Bangalore in he early morning and spend two days in driving west and north-west to visit the world famous ancient temples at Belur, Halibedu and Shravannabalagola. Overnight at Hassan. In the afternoon/evening of the second day move by road to Mysore, the central base for horse safaris in Karnataka. Two days at Mysore where the mornings are spent in visiting the historic Mysore palace, other places of interest and the Brindavan Gardens. The two afternoons are spent in preparing for our ride ahead, meeting our horses and in practice rides to get us ready. From next morning the main safari starts.

2. Days 1, 2. We ride south to Hadinaru. The villages of Karnataka, their paddy and cane fields, numerous water channels, and a lot of greenery is what we pass by. The famous Chamnudi (a name for the universal mother) Temple is passed by. This temple is where the royal family of the Wadiyars offer their prayers. o/n in camp with special performances by local artists. The next day we ride to Nanjanagud, famous for its Shiva Temple. Folk artists further entertain us this evening in our camp.

3. Days 3, 4. The influence of spirituality and religion in the life and culture of Karnataka becomes more evident as we ride on. On Day 3 we halt at Suttur, famous for its Mutt. Mutts are institutions of spiritual learning and this Mutt is well respected and socially active. On Day 4 we arrive at Tirumakudal Narsipur. Here is a confluence of three rivers and a temple to Lord Vishnu in His incarnation as Narashima. A special theme party is arranged, the theme focusing on the bullock, backbone of farmers for centuries.

4. Days 5, 6 and 7. We next ride to Albethalli, a village of interest. We get to see many bird species and visit an ancient temple dedicated to Tribadevi, another revered form of the Universal Mother. That night a fortune teller reveals a few things to us of where we are headed. Next day, going past the Temple we head for Kestur through shrubs and jungle. The evening entertainments continue. The last day of the ride gets us to the township of Chamrajnagar, passing through more shrub and past some quarries. We lunch at Chamrajnagar. Back to Mysore by road for the night.

5. Days 8. 9 and 10. Road safaris to Nagarhole National Park, Bandipur National Park, and the Muthayan, Wynad and Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuaries. We end Day 10 at Ooty (Udhagamandalam), the most quaint hill station in South India.

6. Days 11 and 12. We have two days of exhilarating horse safaris amongst the hills at Ooty and after taking in the beauty that the blue mountains offer, apart from the salubrious climate our outing concludes.

7. The safari is finally at an end and as per our further travel plans we move on, perhaps to other places in Karnataka, or we move to Coimbatore or return to Bangalore to catch a flight to elsewhere in India or the international flight back home.