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South India Wildlife Tour

Duration

12 Nights / 13 Days

Places Covered

Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin - Ooty - Mysore - Bangalore

Overview

South India Wildlife Tour

Periyar National Park - Idukki, Thekkady, Kerala

Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats, in Kerala, is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. The park 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 perennial source of water for the local wildlife.

Herds of elephant and sambar, gaur and wild pigs wander down to the lakeside and can be observed from the launches that cruise the lake. In March and April, during the driest period here, the animals spend a lot of time near the lake and the elephants can be seen bathing and swimming in the reservoir.

A glimpse may be had even of the tiger during this season, as it comes to the water. Periyar also harbors the leopard, wild dog, barking deer and mouse deer. On the rocky outcrops along the lake, monitor lizards can be seen basking in the sun. Visitors who trek into the Park often see a python and sometimes even a king cobra. Among the unusual species found at Periyar are the flying lizard and the flying snake. With wings of orange or yellow, the flying lizard is seen as it glides from one tree to the other. The flying snake is also brilliantly colored in yellow and black with a pattern of red rosettes. The lake attracts birds like the darter, cormorant, grey heron and ibis and they are seen perched on the snags of dead wood that dot the lake. The great Malabar hornbill and grey hornbill are often seen flapping their ponderous way between trees.

There are kingfishers, ospreys and kites as well as orioles, hill mynas, racket tailed drongos, parakeets, including the unusual blue winged parakeet and fly catchers. The liquid notes of the Malabar whistling thrush and the loud call of the hornbills are distinctive amid the normal sounds of the jungle.

Four species of primates are found at Periyar - the rare lion tailed macaque, the Nilgiri langur, common langur and bonnet macaque. Though this is also the habitat of the Nilgiri tahr, this elusive goat is rarely seen. The animals are viewed from motor launches on the lake and from watchtowers. A summer palace of the former Maharaja of Travancore, set along the lake, is a hotel and a fine place to stay.

General Information :

Best Time to Visit : October to April.
Nearest Town : Kumily (4 km)
How to Get Here : Air: Cochin (200 km) , Rail: Kottayam (114 km)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Madras/Chennai

Begin your Tour.
Arrive into Chennai
Welcome to Vardhman's "South India Wildlife Tour"!!!
On arrival in Chennai, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Relax for a while and later proceed for sightseeing of Chennai.
Visit museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). Drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court, Fort Museum, Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral and Snake Park.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2 Madras - Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram

Today morning leave for Mahabalipuram. Enroute visit Kanchipuram (64kms from Chennai (Madras), which was the capital of the Pallava dynasty and has about 1000 temples and many of them are in use to this day. Some important temples include Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy. Knachipuram is well known for its silks.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3 Jaipur - Ranthambore

After breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort.
At a distance of 11 kms from Jaipur, Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fort began in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Elephant ride from the foothills of the Aravallis to the fort entrance, city tour of Jaipur.
Visit the City Palace which has museum having an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamel ware and weapons; Jantar Mantar - the observatory built my Maharaja Jai Singh in 1728 and the façade of Hawa Mahal.
Later drive to Ranthambore. Upon arrival at Ranthambore check into your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4 Ranthambore

After breakfast proceed for full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris)
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5 Ranthambore

This morning after breakfast proceed for full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris)
Overnight: Hotel

Day 6 Ranthambore - Agra

This morning after breakfast visit drive to Agra enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri .Upon arrival at Agra check into your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel


Day 7 Agra - Umaria (Bandhavgarh)

This morning after breakfast proceed on a city tour of Agra.
Visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday), Red fort & Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. Later you will visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in Agra which offers an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop!
In time transfer to the railway station to catch train for Umrai.
Overnight: Train

Day 8 Bandhavgarh

Reach at UMARIA and transfer to Bandavgarh.
Bandavgarh is justifiably famous for its Tigers, but it has a wide range of other game. The undergrowth is not as dense as in some northern terai forests, but the best time to see the park inhabitants is still the summer months when water becomes more scarce and the undergrowth dies back.
A full day game viewing inside the jungle.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 9 Bandhavgarh

This morning after breakfast proceed for full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris)
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10 Bandhavgarh

After breakfast proceed for full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris)
Overnight: Hotel

Day 11 Bandhavgarh - Kanha

Today after breakfast drive to Kanha. Upon arrival at Kanha check into your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 12 Kanha

After breakfast proceed for full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris )
Overnight: Hotel

Day 13 Kanha - Nagpur

Today morning proceed for the safari into forest.
Later drive to Nagpur. Upon arrival at Nagpur check into your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 14 Nagpur - Delhi

After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch flight for Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi check into your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 15 Delhi

This morning after breakfast transfer to the Delhi airport to catch flight for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of "North India Wildlife Tour" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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