This two week holiday, begins in Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley and moves to Mysore, the city of Palaces, then on to Southern India’s famed wildlife sanctuaries of Nagarhole National Park, BR Hills and Bandi blessed with amazing wildlife such as the protected leopards, the Tigers, antelopes , sambhar, deer’s, bison and large Elephants. The trip then moves to the British inspired hill station of Ooty and then moves towards calming Kerala. In Kerala, you relax in the hills of Munnar, enjoy the Wildlife of Periyar, then the calming backwaters of Kumarakom and conclude your tour in the harbor town of Kochi, also the capital city of Kerala
Morning: On arrival in Bangalore, assistance at the airport by our representative and drive to Mysore and on arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon, proceeds for sightseeing tour of Mysore with your guide, visiting Brindaban gardens and Mysore palace. Known as the ‘Sandalwood City of India’, the city of Mysore presents a host of spectacular tourists attractions that can be visited by the tourists. The Mysore Palace is an exponent of the Indo Saracenic style of architecture. Once the residence of the royal family of the Wodayars, the palace still retains the regal air with which the royal family reigned in the Durbar Hall, Kalyana Mantap and the Golden Royal Elephant Throne. The Brindavan Gardens is situated at a distance of 19 kilometers from the center of the city. The garden is elaborated with fountains that dance to the sound of music in the evenings. The garden is placed close to the famous KRS Dam that was designed and engineered by Sir M. Vishvesvariah.
After breakfast drive to Nagarhole National Park and on arrival check in at a jungle resort. Afternoon enjoys a safari in the park. Nagarhole national park (NNP), the enchanting 247 square-mile park in Karnataka has an astonishing abundance of wildlife including large mammals such as tiger, leopard, wild elephant, dhole (Indian wild dog), and gaur (Indian bison). Other species present have chital spotted deer, muntjac (barking deer), mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, mongoose, civet, otter, and more. The landscape is one of the gentle slopes and shallow valleys. Dry deciduous forest trees are leafless in the summer rather than in the winter. There are grassy swamps where the soil is clayey, perennially moist, and which support a luxuriant growth of green grass all year. The change in terrain throughout the park in refreshing and the river system provides a unique wildlife viewing experience.
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.
Morning drive to B R Hills. Afternoon trekking in B R Hills for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay in tents. Nestled in the deep forest and lofty hill ranges wildlife in B.R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary attracts animal lovers to spend some time in the serenity of the forest. The Wildlife in B.R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary serves as a connector between the Eastern and the Western Ghats. These forest associates the largest population of the Asian Elephants and Tigers of Southern India. In fact, the herds of the Elephants are the most noticeable of the lot. This forest is the largest reserve for these pachyderms to be found in large numbers
Morning and evening wildlife viewing and bird watching. Overnight stay in tents.
After breakfast drive to Bandipur and on arrival you will check in at a jungle resort. Afternoon enjoys a safari in the park.
Morning & evening wildlife viewing and bird watching.
After an early breakfast drive to Ooty, an on arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free in Ooty to explore the town on own.
Morning your guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of this beautiful hill station including a short ride in the world heritage toy train. Ooty also was known as Udhagamandalam is the Queen of hill stations and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist hill stations in India. Nilgiris means the 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 Udhagamandalam 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. The afternoon is at leisure.
After an early breakfast drive to Munnar and on arrival check in at the hotel. Later you will drive to Eravikulam National Park to see the Nilgiris Thar. Eravikulam National Park is 97 sq. km. in extent, situated along the crest of the Western Ghats in the High Ranges of Idukki district of Kerala state, India. The Park holds the largest viable population of the endangered (IUCN) Nilgiris Thar (Hemitragus hylocrius). Apart from Thar, the Park is the abode of other little-known fauna such as Nilgiris marten, ruddy mongoose, small clawed otter, dusky striped squirrel etc.
Today morning you will be visiting some tea plantations and the Tea factory where you will witness the process of the tea leaves being turned into the high-quality tea that lands in your daily cup of brew. Later drive to Periyar (2 hrs) on the way visit spice plantations. There are over twelve varieties of spices are cultivated in this region such as cardamom, pepper, vanilla, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ayurvedic herbs etc. The trip also passes through coffee and tea plantations. On arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free in Kumily spice market to see and buy spices.
Early Morning: Guided hiking in the forest. Afternoon enjoys a boat cruise and witnesses the wild elephants frolicking in the lake or go bird watching. This 777 sq km national park is home to the Asiatic elephants and Royal Bengal tiger along with other animals, birds, and reptiles. The boat cruise is the best way possible to explore the park and to watch the wildlife from close quarters.
After an early breakfast drive to drive to Kumarakom (3 hrs) and on arrival check in at a lake facing resort. Rest of the day is at leisure (optional visit to coir village).
Morning enjoys the morning backwater cruise. Afternoon visits the Kumarakoram Bird Sanctuary.
In time you will be transferred to Cochin airport (2 hrs) in time to board onward flight home…
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