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WILDLIFE TOUR – SOUTH INDIA

Departure Date

Monday

Duration

16 Days/15 Nights

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16 DAYS & 15 NIGHTS

BENGALURU I MYSORE I NAGARHOLE I BR HILLS I BANDIPUR I OOTY I MUNNAR I ERAVIKULAM I PERIYAR I KUMARAKOM I KOCHI

 

South India has many wildlife sanctuaries and bird sanctuaries. In this tour we would take you the most important ones which house the most endangerous species like the mountain goat at Devikulam Park in Kerala.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01Arrive/Mumbai by Int’l flight

Arrive Bangalore International Airport

Meet & assistance on arrival by our travel executive

Transfer to your Hotel.

Briefing of the tour by the executive

The Silicon Valley and IT Capital of India, Bangalore is a combination of sorts. Popularly known as the Garden City, Bangalore derives its name from 'Bendakaaluroo,' a name fondly given by King Ballala of the Hoysala dynasty. The name went through a number of transformations, before it landed in its present form. This hip cosmopolitan city has grown in leaps and bounds in the last couple of years. However, it has maintained its essence and roots, adapting well to the needs and norms of growth and culture. The pulse of the city can be felt along the upmarket streets of Mahatma Gandhi Road (M.G.Road), Brigade Road and Commercial Street.

Overnight at hotel

Day 02Bangalore

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for half day sightseeing tour of Bangalore visiting

Vidhana Soudha - The legislative House of the State of Karnataka, this granite building was built by Sri K. Hanumanthaiya, Chief Minister of the then Mysore state 1951 to 1956. The then Prime Minister Sri Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru laid the foundation on 13th July 1951. It was built at an expenditure of Rs 1.84 crores. Marvel of neo-Dravidian architecture and one of the most imposing buildings not only in Bangalore but in India. One of the interesting features of this building in grand stairs in its front. The grand stairs has a flight of forty-five steps 62 m (204 ft) wide 21 m (70 ft) deep giving a direct access to the foyer of first floor leading to an Assembly Chamber. The architecture of the building is based on Dravidian style, comprising richly carved bases and capitals for pillars, deep friezes, kapotha cornices, chaithya arches, heavy pediments domical finials, etc; At the same time, the construction has been on modern designs, making use of the present-day materials like steel, reinforced cement concrete glass, plastic, etc.

Bull Temple

The Bull Temple, located in Basavanagudi, is a typical Dravidian style temple, and is famous for its mammoth bull statue that was carved from a single boulder. Legend has it that the temple was built to appease a marauding bull that stole local crops, and that the offering was effective with the bull subsequently leaving the area. Since then, local farmers have held an annual festival to express their gratitude.

Also visit Viswesevariah Memorial Museum.

Afternoon is free to relax

Overnight at hotel

Day 03Bangalore/Myosre via Srirangapatna by road (140kms/3.5hrs)

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Depart for Mysore en route visiting Srirangapatna – situated on the Cauvery River, the island-fortress of srirangapatna is famous as the former capital of the great kings, Hyder Ali, and his son, Tipu Sultan, the 'Tiger of Mysore'. The ruins of the magnificent fortress that stands here is the main tourism attraction. The small size of this island greatly belies its immense historical significance as it was the site of several battles fought against the British. Known as srirangapatna under British rule, the island was initially named after the srirangapatna Temple, one of the many ancient structures found here.

Continue your drive to Mysore and check in at Hotel.

Mysore is famous for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives a large number of tourists. Mysore also lends its name to the Mysore mallige, Mysore style of painting, the sweet dish Mysore Pak, Mysore Peta (traditional silk turban) and the garment called the Mysore silk saree.

Mysore Palace

Afternoon you will be taken on a half day sightseeing tour of Mysore visiting

The Palace of Mysore is a palace situated in the city of Mysore.. It is the official residence of Wodeyar's -the erstwhile royal family of Mysore, and also houses Two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court). Mysore has a number of historic places, and is commonly described as the City of Palaces. However, the term "Mysore Palace" specifically refers to one of within the old fort. The palace was commissioned in 1897, and its construction was completed in 1912. It is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in Mysore.

Also visit Mysore Art & crafts center & The Nandi Bull.

Overnight at hotel

Day 04Mysore/Nagarhole National park by road (75kms/1.5hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Nagarhole National park and check in at hotel

This park was declared the thirty seventh Project Tiger tiger reserve in 1999. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Western Ghats Nilgiri Sub-Cluster of 6,000 km2 (2,300 sq mi), including all of Nagarhole National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. The park has rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls. The park has a healthy tiger-predator ratio, with many tigers, Indian bison and elephants.

In the afternoon you will be taken into the park for game viewing

Overnight at hotel
Day 05Nagarhole

Morning & evening Jeep safari into the park

Overnight at hotel

Day 06Nagarhole/BR Hills by road 9150kms/3hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for BR Hills and check in at hotel

The B.R Hill Sanctuary is also known as the Biligirirangaswamy Temple Hill Sanctuary (B.R. Hills). It is situated in the B.R. Hill range of Chamrajanagar district in Karnataka, bordering the state of Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary was created around the Biligirirangaswamy temple region in 1974, and covered an area of 322 sq km (s quare kilometers). It was enlarged to 539.52 sq km in 1987. The sanctuary is at the confluence of the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats. It is thus home to ecosystems that are unique to both mountain ranges. To the south, the hills are contiguous with the Satyamangalam range in the Erode District of Tamil Nadu. The B.R hills also link the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats, allowing animals to move between them. This linking facilitates gene flow between the populations of species in these areas. Thus, the sanctuary serves as an important biological bridge for the ecosystem of the entire Deccan plateau.

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at hotel
Day 07BR Hills

Morning & evening wildlife viewing & bird watching into the park

Overnight at hotel

Day 08BR Hills/Bandipur by road (60kms/2hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Bandipur and check in at hotel

Bandipur National Park is a beautiful forest reserve located in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. This national park occupies a special place in India’s efforts towards natural conservation. It was created in the 1930s from the local Maharaja Voodiyar’s hunting lands, and named Venugopal Wildlife Park. Bandipur National Park was expanded later in 1941 to adjoin the Nagarhole National Park, which lay towards its northern edge, and Wynad and Madumulai Sanctuaries, which lay towards its southern edge in the states of Kerala and Tamilnadu, respectively.

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at hotel
Day 09Bandipur

Morning & evening wildlife viewing and bird watching

Mammals at Bandipur National park

Bonner Macaque Nilgiri Langur (adjoining areas) Dhole Smooth-coated Otter Common Palm Civet Stripe-necked Mongoose Jungle Cat Tiger Wild Boar Chital Gaur Indian Palm Squirrel Grizzled Indian Squirrel Liontail Macaque Golden Jackal Sloth Bear Indian Grey Mongoose Striped Hyaena Rusty-spotted Cat Ratel Indian Spotted Chevrotain Sambar Nilgiri Tahr (adjoining areas) Indian Porcupine Hanuman Langur Bengal Fox Eurasian Otter Small Indian Civet Ruddy Mongoose Leopard Cat Leopard Indian Elephant Indian Muntjac Four-horned Antelope Indian Pangolin Indian Hare Red Giant Flying squirrel Indian Giant Squirrel.

Overnight at hotel

Day 10Bandipur/Ooty by road (50kms/1hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Ooty and check in at hotel

Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the "Queen of hill stations" and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. Used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. An added attraction for the tourists to Udagamandalam is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens.

Botanical Garden

Afternoon sightseeing tour of Ooty visiting Botanical Garden – the Government Botanical gardens, which were laid out in 1847.The picturesque gardens that are maintained by the Horticulture department of the state, cover an area of about 22 hectares. The Gardens have well over 650 species of plants and trees, including a fossil of a tree, which is believed to be more than 20 million years old. The garden is very popular with nature lovers and those who long to walk among greenery and see rare ferns and shrubs up close. If you are in Ooty in the month of May, then you can also be a part of the summer festival, which is held here annually. The festival holds flower shows and various cultural programs showcasing the talent of the locals and the renowned artists.

Ooty Lake

If you love the outdoors, Ooty lake is a must see for you. It was built in 1825 and is about 2.5 km long. Visitors to this lake can go for boating on the lake or enjoy their favorite outdoor activity of fishing. If the latter really appeals to you then remember to get fishing permission before you head to buy baits!

Overnight at hotel

Day 11Ooty/Munnar by road

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Munnar and check in at hotel

Munnar is Kerala’s premium hill station. A hill station transcending excellence – Munnar is surrounded by gently undulating hills swathed in the soothing green of vast tea estates makes it perfect tourist destination in south India. Situated at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level, its bracing climate with the laidback atmosphere and its delightfully refreshing colonial air makes it the most sought-after destinations.

Eravikulam National Park

Afternoon you will be taken to visit Eravikulam Sanctuary

The Eravikulam National Park was established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr, endangered species of the wild goat and the only one to be found south of the Himalayas. Rich in forest and grasses, this park is relatively new as it was in 1978 that the area was notified as a park. The park lies along the high ranges of the western coast in the Munnar Forest Division of Idukki district in Kerala. It is situated on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the north where it is extends as the Annamalai National Park.  
The national park has a large variety of flora and fauna with over 26 species of mammals, 132 species of birds, 101 species of butterflies, 19 species of amphibians and 20 species of orchids already registered in the park books.

Overnight at hotel
Day 12Munnar/Periyar by road (118kms/3hrs)

Morning visit to the park for wildlife and bird watching

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Periyar wildlife sanctuary and check in at hotel

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats, in God’s Own Country, Kerala, is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Periyar wildlife sanctuary has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a permanent source of water for the local wildlife. Though its a Tiger Reserve, tourists come here to view the Indian Elephant in the act of ablution and playfulness by the Periyar lake.

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at hotel

Day 13Periyar

Breakfast in the hotel

Morning you will be taken into the park for the most thrilling and ideal way to move into the park is by a boat cruiser. The boat cruiser will allow you harmonize with the natural surroundings of the Periyar Sanctuary.

Overnight at hotel
Day 14Periyar/Kumarakom by road (122kms/3hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Kumarakom and check-in at hotel

Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen (Pearl spot (Etroplus suratensis) the bird sanctuary extends over 14 acres (57,000 m²), and came into existence following preservation efforts from the government. If you are lucky you will chance upon a Siberian Crane, a special visitor during the migratory season. It is a very beautiful place to live. It is a major tourist attraction

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at hotel
Day 15Kumarakom

Breakfast in the hotel

Enjoy the backwater cruise

In the evening visit Kumarakom bird Sanctuary

Overnight at hotel

Day 16Kumarakom/Cochin by road (62kms/1.5hrs), Depart/Cochin by International flight

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Cochin airport en route sightseeing tour of Cochin

Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday & Saturday)

Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday & Saturday) – built in 1568 the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth stands, adorned by hundreds of exquisite hand – painted Chinese tiles in blue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town lies the synagogue of the white Jews near Mattancherry palace. The synagogue is now a fascinating mixture of shops, warehouses and spice auction rooms. The Great Scrolls of the Old Testament and the Copper Plates recording the grants of privilege made by the Cochin rulers to the Jewish community are displayed here.

Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays)

The Dutch palace at Mattancherry was actually built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in AD 1555. The palace acquired its present name in 1663 when the Dutch carried out some extensions and repairs in it. The main attractions of the palace lie in its wall murals that depict the scenes from the Ramayana.

Chinese Fishing Nets

Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi
 The chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.

St. Francis Church

St. Francis Church- it is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that, his burial spot inside the church has been clearly marked out.

After finishing the tour transfer to Cochin airport in time to connect your onward flight to next destination

  Tour Includes

 

   Share twin accommodation with breakfast
   Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
   Services of English speaking local guides
   Guided nature walk & Safari into Bandipur Tiger Reserve
   Safari into Nagarhole National Park & Coracale Ride
   Guided nature walk & Safari into BRT Wildlife Sanctuary
   Boat ride on Lake Periyar
   Lunch & Dinner during stay at Nagarhole, B R Hills & Bandipur
   Back water cruise in Kumarakom
  Present Applicable taxes as on 15th Oct 2017

  Tour Excludes

 

   Entrance tickets to Monuments/National Park
   International Airfare
   Domestic Airfare
   Visa fee & Insurance
   Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc

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