Travels of South India
Duration : 12 Nights / 13
Places Covered: Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Bangalore - Nagarhole
National Park - BR Hills - Bandipur National Park - Ooty - Munnar -
Eravikulam National Park - Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Kumarakom -
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - Cochin
South India is not only known for its
coastal beauty but also for its lush green scenarios, which enclose the
wildlife sanctuaries. Kerala has got one of the best sanctuaries of India
like the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Nagarhole National Park, BR Hills,
Bandipur National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary are some of the sanctuaries that we will visit
during the South India Wildlife Tour.
Day 01 : Arrive Chennai
Arrive Chennai. The Cosmopolitan City and capital of Tamil Nadu is the main
gateway for travellers to South India. Upon arrival, you will be met by our
representative and transferred to the hotel.
Day 02 : Chennai - Mahabalipuram
The whole day is at leisure, Today we drive through the coastal route to
Mahabalipuram (64 kms). In Mahabalipuram we will visit some of the 14 cave
temples and 9 monolithic rathas (temple chariots). Pallavamala was the ruler
who made the port famous in the 7th century and was largely responsible for
building the temples. In the afternoon we will visit the St George Fort.
This fort is near the harbour area of Chennai and was built by the British
during the 17th century.
Day 03 : Chennai - Bangalore
In the morning we will drive to Bangalore (288 kms / 6 Hrs drive).
Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian state Karnataka. This former "Garden
city" Bangalore is known today as Computer City of India.
In the afternoon we drive through the garden city with its numerous avenues
of Jacaranda, Gulmohar and Cassia, We will visit the Bull temple, which is
built in the Dravidian style of architecture. This temple has a huge Nandi
Bull carved out of a single grey granite and famous Gowda Fort, which was
built by Tipu Sultan. We will also visit the Vidhan Sabha and downtown
commercial centre. This Vidhana Sabha, which is built after independence,
stands out by its imposing architecture in the neo Dravidian style.
Day 04 : Bangalore - Nagarhole National Park
In the morning we leave Bangalore to visit Nagarhole Sanctuary (80 kms / 2½
Hrs). Its dense deciduous forests are the habitat of the Tiger, Leopard,
Gaur, Elephant, Sam bar, Chital, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Langur and about
250 species of birds including the magnificent Malabar Pied Hornbill and the
Great Black Woodpecker. We will enjoy guided safari of the park. Evening
free for leisure.
Day 05 : Nagarhole National Park - BR Hills
In the morning again we can have safari in the Nagarhole National Park and
then we will drive (6 Hrs) along the forest stretch to BR Hills wildlife
sanctuary. The Biligirirangana ranges of hills are picturesquely situated
between the Cauvery & Kapila Rivers. At a height of 5091 feet above sea
level, this hill stretches from north to south for about 16 Kms. All round
are deciduous trees and roaming amidst the long grass and tall trees are
animals. We will take a stroll through the sylvan surroundings.
Day 06 : BR Hills - Bandipur National Park
In the morning again we will have a stroll through the sylvan surroundings
of BR Hills then, we will drive further (4 Hrs) to Bandipur National Park.
In the afternoon we will visit the wildlife sanctuary in jeeps. Bandipur
National Park is one the many reserves located within the forest belt
between the Western Ghats and the Nilgiri Mountains. Most of these reserves
are demarcated more by political boundaries than by truly physical ones.
Bandipur lies in the southern state of Karnataka and covers a forest area of
865 square kilometers. It was declared a National Park in 1974 and is one of
the original 9 tiger reserves under the watchful eye of "Project Tiger".
Bandipur has a sizeable population of wildlife -The Royal Bengal Tiger,
Elephant, Spotted Deer and Sambar, Gaur and Flying Squirrel, four horned
Antelope, Nilgiri Langur and Sloth Bear. Amongst the reserve's most
prominent animals are its 1900-odd elephants.
Day 07 : Bandipur National Park - Ooty
In the morning we will visit Bandipur National Park and then from the
tropical coast of Karnataka we drive (80 kms / 3 Hrs) on the serpent road
and pass through the Tea plantation and eucalyptus forests on the mountains
of Nilgiri and arrive in the city Ooty (Udhagammandulam). The British
established this beautiful hill station in the early part of the 19th
century in the Nilgiris or the Blue Mountains. Ooty lies at an altitude of
2300 m. and still has British flair. Evening free for leisure to enjoy the
lakeside or the gardens.
Day 08 : Ooty - Munnar
Ooty (also known as the queen of the Blue Mountains) is famous for its
rolling hills covered in pine and eucalyptus forests and also for its coffee
and tea plantations. In the morning we will visit the famous and most
beautiful Botanical Garden of Ooty which covers an area over 20 hectares and
is planted with more than a thousand varieties of plants, shrubs and trees
including orchids, fern and alpine. We will drive further to visit Dodabetta
peak, the highest in the Nilgiris. In the afternoon we will pass through the
betel nut and pepper plantation and drive to Munnar. Munnar lies at an
altitude of 1530m and is surrounded by Tea and Cardamom fields. Beautiful
scenery in and around makes this place worth visiting. Today we will explore
the surrounding on our own.
Day 09 : Munnar - Eravikulam National Park
In the morning we will drive to Eravikulam National Park. The Eravikulam
National Park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk of the Idukki District in
Kerala. The mountains covered with the rolling grasslands and high- level
sholas is breath-takingly beautiful.
This park spread over an area of 97 square km was established to protect
the Nilgiri Tahr also known as the Nilgiri Ibex. The Rajamala is the natural
habitat of this rare mountain goat. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1975
and it was declared as a National park in 1978. This park is divided into 3
regions -the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are
allowed only to the tourism area, which is in the Rajamala region. Besides
the Nilgiri Tahr other important fauna that we can see in this area are
Elephant, Leopard, Tiger, Malabar Civet, Sam bar, Barking Deer, Nilgai and
Day 10 : Eravikulam National Park - Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
In the morning we will visit the park for wildlife and bird watching and
then we will drive further (3 hrs) to visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. We
will start our day by having a Boat ride on the lake of Periyar. The lake of
Periyar is the central point of the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. It
covers an area of 780 square km and was designated a part of project Tiger
in 1973. After the boat ride we drive through the Park and observe the
activities of Elephants, Bison, Sambar, Wild Oxen, Wild Boar and Spotted
Deer, which are common here.
Day 11 : Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Kumarakom
In the morning we will visit wildlife sanctuary and in the afternoon we
drive through the mountains, which are full of Cardamom and pass through the
tea and coffee plantations and proceed to Kumarakom (230 kms / 6 Hrs drive).
In Kumarakom we will enjoy the Boat ride trip through the tropical
vegetation on the backwaters.
Day 12 : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
In the morning we will visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Earlier an old
rubber plantation, Kumarakom was developed into a bird sanctuary on the
banks of Vemband Lake spreading over 14 acres of land. It is now a leisure
retreat very popular with foreigners. This sanctuary is on the southern bank
of Kavanar River opposite the Coconut Lagoon. Kumarakom is home to numerous
species of birds, such as Darters, Bitterns, Teal, Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Wild
Ducks, Brahminy Kites, Marsh Harries, Teals and Herons and Siberian storks.
We will visit the sanctuary by having a boat ride.
Day 13 : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - Cochin
In the morning we will drive (3 Hrs) to Kochi (Cochin). This drive gives us
again an impression of the beautiful landscaping of this region. After our
arrival in Cochin we will get refresh and have dinner before we depart to