Wildlife Tour South India
wildlife tour of South India
Day 01: Bangalore
Arrive at Bangalore Airport and meet the representative of
Exotic Journeys. Later transfer to the hotel and overnight
at the hotel.
Day 02 : Bangalore - Mysore
drive to Mysore (125-kms / 3 hrs.) Mysore is the cultural capital of
Karnataka. It is a majestic, mysterious and mesmersing city. Mysore
has a number of historical and heritage building. On arrival
check-into the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Mysore. Visit Mysore
Palace. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03:Mysore - Ranganathittu -Mysore
After breakfast proceed for full day
excursion to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.
This birding site lush
green islands on the river Cauvery. The is is known for migratory
birds from Siberia , Australia & south America. It's a grea place to
spot Spoon bills, Open Bill Stork, White Ibis, Little Egret, Darter,
Pond Heron, Cattle Egret, Cormorant, Wild Duck, Peafowl, large
cormorant, shags , river tern, great stone plover, kingfisher, Indian
cliff swallow and the lesser whistling teal. Also is offers a great
chance to witness Marsh Crocodiles, otters , Flying foxes , bonnet
macaque, common mongoose, palm civet. Return back to Mysore. Overnight
Day 04: Mysore –Srirangapatnam- Nagarhole
After breakfast drive to Nagarhole
National Park enroute visit Srirangapatnam, famous as the
Tipu Sultan's former capital,
Srirangapatnam is a picturesque island in the Cauvery River. The
biggest of the three islands in the River Cauvery, it is about 5 km
long and 2km wide. Continue drive to Nagarhole.
It is the largest stretch of protected forest in india, the formation
of forest is dry scrub - moist deciduous with forest of rosewood ,
sandal , Oak ,bamboo & teak. The park boosts a great variety of
wildlife including Asiatic Elephants ,tigers, leopards , Gaur ,
Squirrels, Sambar , Chittal , Monkeys , mouse deers, different species
of mongoose, monkeys , otters , Pangoline etc. Enjoy a wildlife
viewing on the afternoon jeep safari trip. Overnight at the
Day 05: Nagarhole National Park
Early morning wildlife viewing and bird
watching in the park or a Coracle ride on the Kabini River. Enjoy an
evening jeep ride or an Elephant ride into the Nagarhole Jungle.
Overnight at the wildlife lodge.
Day 06: Nagarhole-Bandipur National Park
Morning drive to Bandipur National
Park. situated among the foothills of
Western Ghat & Nilgiri
Mountains, Bandipur has remarkable variety of flora and fauna. This
place is home to Leopard , Asiatic Wild Dogs, Stripped Hyenas,
Jackals, Jungle Cats, Leopard Cats, Rusty Spotted Cats, Palm Civet,
Small Indian Civets, Otters and four different species of Mongooses
(the common stripe necked, brown and ruddy mongooses), Gaur, Sambar,
Cheetal, Muntjac, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Four-Horn Antelope,
Pangolin, Indian Porcupine, Fruit Bat, Spender Loris, Langur, Bonnet
Macaque, Wild Pig, Black Saped Hare and variety of reptiles such as
Rock Python, Cobra, Marsh Crocodile, Monitor Lizard, Rat Snake, Wolf
Snake, Common Krait, Runel's Viper Bamboo Pit Viper and Green Keel
Back are also found here. Bandipur is great destination for birding
also. Afternoon visit inside the wildlife sanctuary in jeeps.
Overnight stay at the wildlife lodge.
Day 07: Bandipur National Park
Morning & evening wildlife viewing and
bird watching. Overnight stay at the wildlife lodge.
Day 08: Bandipur National Park - Ooty
After breakfast drive to Ooty (80-kms /
Afternoon proceed for the guided sightseeing of Botanical garden,
Dottabeta Park and tea plantations. See the beautiful 'Blue hills' of
the Nilgiris, go on nature walks along winding roads, see hill slopes
covered with greenery and wild flowers, hear the silence of the
mountains broken only by the calls of birds and the chirping of
crickets, while in Ooty: Stand at the edge of a cliff and see the
astounding view of undulating hills and valleys extending as far as
the eye can see. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Ooty
breakfast drive to to Munnar, hill town of Munnar, Located at a height
of 1600mts.Munnar town was the summer resort for British. Munnar is
the highest tea estate in the world. Afternoon at leisure or free for
optional activities - explore the Tea Gardens, Botanical Garden or
Ooty Lake. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Munnar-Eravikulam National Park- Munnar
Morning Afternoon drive to
Eravikulam National Park to see the
Nilgiri Tahr. Eravikulam National Park, The area is tropical evergreen
forest. Grasslands, shrubs, and forests are what one finds throughout.
Grasslands with patches of forests known as sholas in between cover
almost the entire region. This Sanctuary is set up for the
preservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The park home to
Elephants, Sambhars, Gaurs, Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri, Langur,
giant squirrel, Tigers and Leopards. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Munnar- Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
After breakfast drive to Periyar (3
hrs.) In the lap of the mountains, the Periyar wildlife sanctuary's
environ is like a canvas of many shades. The fresh air of the moist
deciduous forest gives one a chance to experience the peace and
serenity and long to return for more. 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 elephants in the act of ablution and playfulness by
the Periyar lake.
Afternoon Nature Walk in Tiger Reserve. The birdlife comprises of
Darters, Cormorants, Kingfishers, the great Malabar Hornbill and
racket-tailed Drongoes. The reptilian population boasts Of Monitor
Lizards that can be spotted basking in the sun, on the rocks along the
lakeshore. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Morning boating in the Periyar Lake for
the best opportunity to see wildlife at close quarters. Visitors who
trek into the Periyar national park often see a Python and sometimes
even a King Cobra.
Day 13: Periyar – Alappuzha (Housebaot)
After breakfast drive to Alappuzha to
board the houseboat. Staying in this moving palace is breathtakingly
stimulating experience. While sailing through canals one sees
different scenes from the villages, paddy fields, coconut palms,
fisherman and local life. Lunch, dinner next day breakfast and tea
snacks will be provided in the boat. The cool breeze from the Lake
make you sleep early in the night after anchoring in a fancy place.
Dinner and Overnight in the houseboat.
Day 14: Kumarakoram
houseboat at Kumarakom and visit Kumarakoram Bird Sanctuary,
located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, the bird sanctuary is
spread across 14 acres. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, an
ornithologist's paradise is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like
the Siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Kumarakom-Cochin
Morning drive to
Cochin. Arrive Cochin & check into the hotel Afternoon start
sightseeing trip of Cochin: Visit Dutch Palace, with its murals from
the Ramayana, the Jewish Synagogue in Mattancherry and St Francis'
Church in Fort Cochin.
This evening enjoy a Kathakali performance,
a traditional dance form of Kerala. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16:Cochin-Onward Journey
On time transfer to airport to board
flight for home.