Temples and local tastes are both on the cards on this trip. One of the region’s most-visited Hindu places of worship – the Udupi Sri Krishna Matha – is up first. Ornate columns and carvings adorn the entrance, and you’ll have a chance to check out the inside, as well. Next, you’ll head to the Gomateshwara Temple, which has been voted one of the Seven Wonders of India. Its standout feature is a 45-foot statue of ancient religious icon Bahubali, which rises up from an enclosed courtyard. For lunch, you’ll make a stop at Soans Farm. Stroll through orchards of pineapple plants, before sitting down for a traditional bite to eat. You can pick from the likes of mutton stew, coconut-sprinkled chicken and kasha halwa – a pumpkin and sugar dessert.
Shorts and skirts aren’t allowed at sacred sites. Women have to cover their shoulders, too, and you’ll need to take off your shoes before entering the temples.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.