Wildlife Of Southern India

Overview

Spot the wildlife in the dense jungles of Kerala and Karnataka. Also uncover ancient temples and enjoy a walk in the colorful bazaars of Madurai.

Package Includes :

Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days

Destinations Covered : Mumbai ➜ Madurai ➜ Periyar ➜ Thattekkad ➜ Nagarhole ➜ Bandipur ➜ Mysore ➜ Bangalore

Tour Highlights :

  • Mumbai Sightseeing
  • Meenakshi Temple
  • Periyar Lake
  • Bamboo Rafting
  • Houseboat
  • Jeep Safari
  • Silk Factory

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Arrival at Mumbai

On arrival at Mumbai international airport, you will be assisted & transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

During the day visit notable attractions of the city which includes Dhobi Ghat, Crawford market, Marine drive and old mansions of Colaba area. Overnight stay in Mumbai.

DAY 2 : Fly to Madurai

Transfer to Mumbai airport to board the flight to Madurai.

Flight Details

Flight Name/Number : Air India/IC 671
Departure from Mumbai : 0940 hours
Arrival in Madurai : 1305 hours

On arrival at Madurai, you will be picked up and transfer to hotel for check in. Day is free to visit the Meenakshi temple – a superb example of Dravidian architecture and sculpture, the focal point around which the city has developed.

Also visit the Tirumal Nayak Palace constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style in 1639 AD. The curved dome, standing without the support of a girder or rafter, is an architectural feat Pass by the Mariamman Teppakulam – the tank with a mandapam in the center. Visit Tirumangalam, 19 kms from Madurai.

Late evening attend the very special ‘night ceremony’ at Shree Meenakshi Temple. The ceremony takes place every evening at 9 PM, when the temple bronze of Lord Shiva is carried to the bedchamber of Parvati. The procession is accompanied by religious prayer and enchanting temple music. Stay overnight at your hotel.

DAY 3 : Drive to Cardamom House (1½ hrs Drive)

Drive to Cardmom House. Day at your discretion.

DAY 4 : Drive to Periyar (3 hrs Drive)

Drive to Periyar. Take a boat ride over Periyar Lake to see wild animals congregating over Periyar Lake. You have the option to take a 03 hours night patrolling trip in the jungle. On this trip you will be walking with a short group of wildlife enthusiasts exploring the periphery of the jungle in the guidance of an armed forest guard.

DAY 5 : Full day sightseeing Periyar

In the morning leave for the Bamboo Rafting. An exciting opportunity to see the animals in a combination of rafting and trekking in the forest!

‘Bamboo Rafting’ is a day long activity. The full day bamboo rafting trip in Periyar involves 03 hours of Rafting over the lake and 06 hours of trekking. There are 02 rafts made of Bamboo which are joined together. Every raft could accommodate maximum 05 tourists. The party is accompanied by 01 armed forest guard and 04 guides. Light breakfast, packed lunch and tea and snacks are provided during the trip. You shouldn’t expect any kind of comforts during this tour as this is an out and out adventure activity. The tour starts at around 0800 hours in the morning and culminates by 1700 hours. The trip provides good chances of seeing wild animals like elephant, bison and sambhar while rafting close to the edges of the lake.

Evening is proposed at leisure. Stay overnight at Periyar.

DAY 6 : Drive to Thattekad (3 hrs Drive)

Transfer to Hornbill Camp at Thattekad Bird sanctuary. Day at your discretion.

DAY 7 : Full day sightseeing Thattekad

Day at your discretion.

DAY 8 : Houseboat

Board the houseboat. Day at your discretion.

DAY 9 : Drive to Kochi (1½ hrs Drive)

Transfer to Kochi . Guided sightseeing tour. Kathakali dance performance.

DAY 10 : Fly to Nagarhole

Transfer to airport to board the flight to Bangalore.

Flight Details

Flight Name/Number : Jet Airways Konnect/9W 2306
Departure from Kochi : 0830 hours
Arrival in Bangalore : 0940 hours

Pick up at Bangalore airport and rive to Nagarhole National park in your exclusive vehicle. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel to check in.

Take an evening safari to the jungle. Get back in time to enjoy your dinner.

DAY 11 : Full day sightseeing Nagarhole

At 05.30 A.M. you will be given a wake up call with the morning tea/ coffee. After morning ablutions join the safari vehicle going to the jungle at 06.00 AM.

Return back to the resort by 09.30 AM. Take your breakfast. Day is free till the lunch time. After lunch, evening tea and daily briefing start for the motorboat safari (suggestive in nature, the tour will depend upon the program of the lodge) on the backwaters of Kabini.

In the evening drive back to your lodge. After dinner retire to your bed for much needed rest.

DAY 12 : Drive to Bandipur National Park (2½ hrs Drive)

After morning safari drive to Bandipur National Park . After lunch take a tour of the jungle.

DAY 13 : Full day sightseeing Bandipur National Park

Enjoy the morning and afternoon safari inside the jungle.

DAY 14 : Drive to Mysore (1½ hrs Drive)

After breakfast drive towards the throbbing cultural city of Karnataka known as Mysore . Half day sightseeing of the Palace and Chamundi hills. Also visit Brindavan gardens or sandalwood oil factory & a silk factory.

DAY 15 : Drive to Bangalore (3½ hrs Drive)

Take a morning tour of Devraja flower market. After a leisurely breakfast drive to Bangalore international airport to board the flight to onwards destination. The Tour Ends.