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South India Wildlife Tour
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Destinations Covered : Bangalore - Mysore - Nagarhole - BR Hills - Bandipur - Ooty - Munnar - Periyar - Alappuzha - Kochi
Day 01 : Bangalore
On your arrival at Bengaluru (Bangalore) airport on the first day of your South India Wildlife Tour, you will be assisted at the airport and will be transferred to your hotel. You will also get assistance during check in formalities. Rest of the day will be at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Bangalore
Day 02 : Bangalore - Mysore / 150 km - 4 ½ hrs drive
On the second day of our South India Wildlife Tour, You can visit the following destinations of Bangalore:
Bangalore Palace - Bangalore Palace is situated at the heart of the Garden City of India in the state of Karnataka. Built in 1887 by the Wodeyar dynasty, Bangalore Palace is a smaller replica of the Windsor Castle in England. Bangalore Palace is mainly constructed with wood and boasts of beautiful carvings and paintings. With its fortified towers, Gothic windows, battlements and turrets, Bangalore Palace attracts a huge number of tourists round the year.
Attara Kacheri - Made in the Gothic style of architecture, Attara Kacheri building houses the High Court of Karnataka. Built during the rule of Tipu Sultan in 1867, the two storey building is a classical example of European architectural style. It got this name as it used to house eighteen offices of the kingdom and general secretariat during the reign of Tipu Sultan.
Ulsoor Lake - Located near the city center of Bangalore; Ulsoor Lake is a major tourist attraction. The lake was built by Kempe Gowda II whose father was gifted the village of Halasuru by the rulers of Vijayanagara Empire. The lake is dotted with islands and one can also enjoy pleasure boat rides in Ulsoor Lake. It also serves as the venue for celebrations of Ganesha Festival.
You can also visit Tipu Sultan's Fort, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Cubbon Park, Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. We will leave for Mysore Dinner and overnight stay will be at hotel in Mysore.
Day 03: Mysore - Nagarhole / 85 km - 02 hrs drive
Mysore has a very great historical importance and on third day of our South India Wildlife Tour, we will visit the following destinations of Mysore:
Mysore Palace - One of the most famous tourist destinations of South India, Mysore is also called "The City of Palaces" and Mysore Palace is just like a jewel in its crown. Mysore Palace is a must see for every visitor to Mysore and especially on Sundays and during festive occasions the palace comes to its full glory when it is illuminated with thousands of bulbs. Located in the heart of Mysore city, Mysore Palace is one of the most visited monuments in India. A part of the palace is now converted into museum that houses a huge collection of paintings, souvenirs, jewelry, costumes and other items that were once possessed by the rulers of Mysore - The Wodeyars. Mysore Palace is open for visitors between 10. 00 hrs to 17.30 hrs and you will have to buy tickets to see its internal grandeur.
Chamundi Hills - Located close to the Mysore city, at a distance of around 13 kilometers are the Chamindi Hills which are famous for the ancient Chamundeshwari Temple. The temple is dedicated to Devi Chamundeshwari, the titular deity of the royal family of Mysore. As per legend, the buffalo headed demon was killed by Chamundeshwari Devi in these hills after a fierce battle. With an average elevation of around 100 meters above the sea level, Chamundi Hills also offer a panoramic view of the Mysore city to the tourists.
Brindavan Gardens - Completed in 1932, Brindavan Gardens is one of the major tourist attractions near Mysore. Located at a distance of 19 kilometers from the city centre just below the Krishnasagara Dam on river Kaveri, Brindavan Garden is famous for illuminated dancing fountains that come to life after sunset.
After visiting Mysore Zoo, St.Philomena's Church, Jaganmohana Palace, Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion and Lalitha Mahal Palace, we will head for Nagerhole, Have dinner and overnight stay will be at a resort in Nagarhole.
Day 04: Nagarhole
After early breakfast at the resort, we will enjoy the sightseeing of the wildlife of Nagarhole. Today we are going to visit-
Nagarhole National Park - Nagarhole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park is located in Kodagu district of the south Indian state of Karnataka. Declared a Project Tiger Reserve in 1999, the park has rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls. Spread over an area of 247 square miles, Nagarhole National Park is a paradise for wildlife lovers. Nagahole is abundant in wildlife and one can easily spot a tiger, elephant, leopard, wild dogs, Indian Bison, Sloth bear etc. in Nagarhole National Park.
Brahmagiri Sanctuary - Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of Western Ghats in Kodagu district of Karnataka. The sanctuary derives its name from the highest peak, the Brahmagiri Peak, standing tall at 1607 meters in the sanctuary. Located a distance of 243 kilometers from the state capital Bengaluru (Bangalore), Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 181 square kilometers. Mainly covered with evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, the sanctuary is home to a wide variety of wildlife that includes Elephant, Gaur, Tiger, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, Wild Pig, Sambar, Spotted Dear, Nilgiri Langur and so on. It is also a home for some endangered species of reptiles like Pythons, Cobras and King Cobras.
Irpu Falls - One of the major tourist attractions of the region, Irpu Falls are 60 meters high fresh water falls in the Brahmagiri range. Irpu Falls are also known as Lakshman Tirtha Falls and a river by the same name flows nearby which joins the river Kaveri along its route. Rameshwara Temple, a famous Lord Shiva temple is also a popular destination near Irpu Falls.
Dinner and overnight stay will be at a resort in Nagarhole.
Day 05: Nagarhole - BR Hills / 80 km - 02 hrs
Our next destination of South India Wildlife Tour after Nagarhole will be BR Hills. We will stay for two days here and enjoy the natural beauty, the flora and the fauna of the place. We shall see the following tourist attractions during the day:
Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple - Located in the midst of BR Hills at the confluence of Eastern and Western Ghats, Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Lord Ranganatha. Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple is unique because of the fact that Lord Vishnu's idol in the temple is in rare standing position. The temple is also famous for its annual car festival which is celebrated her during the Hindu month of Vaishak.
Dodda Sampige Mara - Dodda Sampige Mara is a must see during the visit to BR Hills. It is believed to be two thousands year old tree and when translated into English means - "Big Champak Tree". The tree stands tall at 34 meters with a 20 meter thick trunk. The tree is considered holy as it lies in the temple complex with many lingams around it.
Diner and overnight stay will be at the hotel in Nagarhole.
Day 06: BR Hills
On the sixth day of our South India Wildlife Tour, we will continue our exploration of BR Hills.
BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary - BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected reserve located at the confluence of Eastern and Western Ghats in south eastern state of Karnataka. The sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2010. BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a must for all wildlife lovers because of its unique blend of wildlife sanctuary and a resort like ambience. It is rich in flora and fauna and one can easily spot a wide variety of animals like Gaurs, Cheetals, Sambars, bears, tigers, elephants and panthers here. Visitors of the sanctuary can also enjoy river rafting, amateur fishing, bird watching, camping, trekking and professional angling. Dinner and overnight stay will be at a hotel in BR Hills.
After an early breakfast in the morning drive to Bandipur in Karnataka. The place is known for its exotic wildlife and natural beauty. We shall see the following destinations today:
Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta - Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is an extensively wooded hill situated at a height of 1450 meters in Chamarajanager district of Karnataka. It is located in the core area of Bandipur National Park and is the highest peak of the park. One can expect good wildlife sighting through the peak as the hill is frequented by the wild animals. A visit to the nearby temple of Venugopalaswamy would provide you a soul uplifting experience. After dinner overnight stay will be at a jungle resort in Bandipur National Park.
Day 08 : Bandipur National Park
After breakfast at the resort we will go for Jungle safari in the Bandipur National Park.
Bandipur National Park - Located in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka, Bandipur National Park is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Bandipur national Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries and Tiger Reserve of India that attracts huge number of tourists from around the world. Spread over an area of 865 square kilometers, Bandipur National Park is extremely rich in flora and fauna and fascinates all wildlife lovers. Dinner and overnight stay will be at resort in Bandipur National Park.
Day 09: Bandipur - Ooty / 100 km - 03 hrs
After seeing the exotic wildlife of Bandipur, next you are going to see the "Queen of hill stations", Ooty. After early breakfast you can drive to Ooty and watch the following attractions of this lovely hill station of South India:
Ooty Lake - The famous Ooty Lake is a major tourist attraction in Ooty. It is an artificial lake constructed in the year 1824 by the British settler John Sullivan. You can enjoy pleasure boat rides in the serene waters of Ooty Lake.
The Mukkurthi Peak & National Park - Mukkurthi National Park is situated in the hills of Western Ghats in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Spread over an area of 78 square kilometers, the National Park is home to a variety of endangered wildlife including the Royal Bengal Tiger and Asian Elephant. Mukkurthi Peak is one of the highest peaks of the national park and has a height of 2554 meters.
Government Botanical Garden - The Botanical Garden of Ooty is spread over 55 acres and was laid in the year 1847. It has well maintained lawns, rare tree species, Italian style garden, a 20 million year old fossilized tree and a variety of flowers. The garden holds Summer Festival every year during the month of May. It is open from 8 AM to 6 PM and you can view its rare plant species by paying a petty entrance fee. Mini Train, Deer Park, Rose Garden and Avalanche are few more interesting places which we will visit today. Dinner and overnight stay will be at a hill resort in Ooty.
Day 10: Ooty - Munnar / 300 km - 07 hrs
After enjoying the natural vistas of Ooty, we will leave for the enchanting Munnar hill station on the tenth day of our South India Wildlife Tour. We shall visit the following attractions of Munnar during the day:
Doddabetta - Doddabetta is a popular tourist destination near Ooty and is also the highest peak in the Nilgiri Hills. The peak offers a panoramic view of the whole area to the visitors.
Emerald Lake - Emerald Lake is one of the major tourist attractions and a beautiful picnic spot. One can also enjoy a spectacular sight of sunrise and sunset here.
Kalhatty Water Falls - Located at a distance of 13 kilometers from Ooty, Kalhatty Waterfalls are a tourist landmark of Tamil Nadu. With many waterfalls and rivulets, the entire place gives a feeling of paradise to the visitors.
Glenmorgan, Hindustan Photo Film and Ketti Valley View are also immensely beautiful places which we are going to visit before retiring to our resort for dinner and overnight stay.
This day, we will continue our exploration of the Munnar attractions:
Tata Tea Museum - Tata Tea Museum in Munnar is a delight for every tea lover and attracts huge number of visitors. The demonstration room in the museum where visitors can taste several varieties of tea is also very popular with the visitors. Time for visitors: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM, Monday closed. Ticket Fee: Rs 50 for adult, Rs 25 for children.
CSI Church - CSI Church or the Christ Church was built by the British in 1910. It has un-plastered walls which are built with rough-hewn granite. It is one on the must see places in Munnar, both for the tourists and religious travelers.
Rajamalai National Park - Eravikulam or Rajamalai National Park definitely deserves a visit during a trip to Munnar. The national Park is home to endangered species of mountain goat - The Nilgiri Tahr. Rajamalai National Park is also home to rare species of flora and fauna. Visitors Time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Closed during the month of February and March for breading season) Ticket Charge: Rs 10 for adults, Rs 5 for children. Photography / Videography permitted with fee.
We will see Top Station, Marayoor, Anamudi, Marayoor, subject to the available time. Dinner and overnight stay will be at a resort in Munnar.
Day 12: Munnar - Periyar / 140 km - 04 hrs drive
On the day 12th of our South India Wildlife Tour, we will have our breakfast early at the resort and head for Periyar, which is known for its rich bio diversity. We will reach Periyar in four hours and following are the places we are going to visit today
Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary -The protected area is located in Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala. Spread over an area of 925 square kilometers, this Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. The flora of the Periyar National Park comprises mainly of marshy grass lands and its fauna includes 62 different kinds of mammals like the Indian Elephant, Tiger, Gaur, Bison, Barking Dear, Mongoose, Foxes and Leopards.
Periyar Lake - Periyar Lake was formed by the construction of Mullaperiyar Dam and is spread over 26 square kilometers. Visitors can enjoy boating, guided wildlife safari and bird watching in the Periyar Lake and its surrounding areas. You will be back to our resort for dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Periyar
Day 13: Periyar - Alappuzha (Alleppey) 160 km - 4hrs drive
This day we will leave for Alleppey which is a favorite tourist destination for backwater lovers. It is also known as "Venice of the East". We will see the following destinations of Alleppey:
Ambalapuzha Temple - It is a Hindu temple located in Alappuzha (Alleppey) district of Kerala. Believed to be built in 790 AD, the temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and attracts religious visitors in huge numbers.
Aranmula Temple - Aranmula Temple is one of the most visited temples in Alleppey. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it is believed to be built at the time of Mahabharata. The temple is also associated with the world famous Snake Boat Race or the Nehru Trophy Boat Race.
Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple - Mannarasala is one of the most ancient and legendary pilgrimage centers for the devotees of Serpent God. Childless women come to pray in the temple and wish for children.
Kuttanad Region, R Block, Kayal, Champakulam Church are few more places that we are going to visit on the day. Dinner and overnight stay will be on board a luxurious house boat in the lovely Alleppey backwaters.
(The houseboat check in time is 12 Noon and after boarding the houseboat the boat will anchor at 5PM.
Day 14: Alappuzha (Alleppey) - Kochi / 65 km - 02 hrs drive
After having our hearty breakfast on board the houseboat, we will leave for Kochi and view its following attractions:
Dutch Palace - Dutch Palace is also known as Mattancherry Palace. It was built by the Portuguese in traditional Kerala style and was presented to the Raja of Kochi. Dutch renovated the palace in 1663 and since then it is known as the Dutch Palace. (Closed on Friday)
Santa Cruz Basilica- Santa Cruz Basilica is the oldest church in India and is one of the eight Basilicas in India. It was built by the Portuguese. Pope Paul IV elevated it to the status of cathedral in 1558.
Jewish Synagogue is a main sightseeing spot (Closed on Fridays & Saturday)
We will also see Cherai Beach, St. Francis Church, Thampuran Museum near Durbar Hall Ground and Chinese Fishing Nets or China Vala during the day. Dinner and overnight stay will be at a hotel in Kochi.
Day 15: Kochi - Departure
This day our staff will help you in checking out formalities from your hotel and will drop you at the Kochi airport/ railway station. Board in for your next destination to home.
Tags : Nagarhole National Park, Wildlife In South India, BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park, Rajamalai National Park
South India Wildlife Sanctuary Tour ends with sweet memories!!
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