BANGALORE- NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK- MYSORE- BANDIPUR- MUDUMALAI- WAYANAD- COCHIN- MUNNAR- THEKKADY- ALLEPPEY
Day 01 : Arrive Bangalore
On arrival at Bangalore airport meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02 : Bangalore – Nagarhole National Park, 236 km
South India Wildlife GatewayMorning after breakfast drive to Nagarhole National Park. On arrival check in at the wildlife resort. In the afternoon safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.
Fauna in Nagarhole National Park (Rajiv Gandhi National Park) -The faunas found in this sanctuary are – Four horned antelopa, sloth bear, civet cat, barking deer, mouse deer, spotted deer, wild dog, elephant, jackal, common langur, slender loris, bonnet macaque, common mangoose, small Indian mangoose, striped-necked mangoose, Otter, Pangoline, panther, wild pig, porcupine, sambhar, giant squirrel, flying squirrel, malakar squirrel, threestriped palm squirrel tiger.
The Birds in Nagarhole – Birds you will come across here are – Pea fowl, common babbler, scinaitar babbler, bea eater, red whiskered bulbul, red vented bulbul, little brown dove, ring dove, spotted dove, crested hawk eagle, crested serpent eagle, tawny eagle, malabar pied hornbill, malabar grey hornbill, loriekeet, minivet, biyth’s myna, Alexandrine parakeet, blue winged parakeet, blossom-headed and rose ringed parakeets, southern treepie, green imperial pigeon, adjutant stork, balabar trogon, great Indian Warbler, reed warbler, wood-peckers.Reptiles Common cobra, marsh crocodile (in Kabini river) Krait, Monitor Lizard, rock python, Indian python, bamboo viper, pit viper, Russell’s viper, several species of gecko, skink and agamid lizaards, etc.
Day 03 : Nagarhole National park
Morning safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. In the afternoon enjoy elephant ride & coracle ride. Overnight stay at resort.
Day 04 : Nagarhole National Park – Mysore, 90 km
Morning after breakfast drive to Mysore. On arrival check in at the hotel. In the Afternoon sightseeing of Mysore including the Palace Museum filled with memorabilia, the Sri Chamundeswari Temple on the summit of the Chamundi hills reached by 1000 steps, or car! Also see the monolithic 5 metre high. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05 : Mysore – Bandipur National Park, 80 km
Morning after breakfast drive to Bandipur National Park. On arrival check in at the wildlife resort. In the afternoon safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.
South India Wildlife GatewayFauna in Bandipur national Park – Bandipur National Park starts blooming with the arrival of pre-monsoon showers in the month of April. The resident birds starts their breeding activities. The elephants and the majestic gaurs wander freely in the grassland areas. Bandipur most fascinating between April to October, for the tourist pouring in to watch the larger mammals in their natural routines. During the summer season, when dryness exists over most parts of Bandipur, the backwaters of the Kabini Reservoir in the northwestern part of the park entertains huge gathering of large mammals, especially the elephant and the gaur. This rare character of Bandipur National Park makes an awesome view, and is almost the only one of its kind in Asia.
Birds In Bandipur National park – a sizable avian population indeed adds a new and unique charm to the varied wildlife of this sanctuary. Over 200 species of birds have already been marked and recognized in the park. And the variation is indeed proved sufficient in case of attracting ornithologists as well as general tourists to this sanctuary.
Peafowl is the bird which is most widely seen in this forest. Besides, the game birds like Grey Jungle Fowl or Red Spur Fowl are also frequently visited by the tourists.
Among the woodland birds category one can find- The Hawk Eagle, Serpent Eagle, Scops Owl, the yellow-legged Green Pigeon, Parakeets, Woodpeckers, Barbets, Hornbills, Drongos, Scarlet Minivets, and Warblers.
Day 06 : Bandipur National Park
Morning and afternoon safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.
Day 07 : Bandipur – Mudumalai National Park, 15 km
Morning after breakfast drive to Mudumali national park. On arrival check in at the wildlife resort. In the afternoon safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.
South India Wildlife GatewayFauna in Mudumalai – The fauna include Elephants, Gaur, Banner, Macaque, Common Langur, Tigers, Leopards, Chital, Panther, Sloth Bear, Python, Barking Deer, Four Horned Antelope, Otter, Crocodiles (Mugger), Giant Flying Squirrel, Sambar, Hyena, Wild Dog, Wild Boar, Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Jackal, Hare, Porcupine and Mongoose.
Birds In Mudumalai – Mudumalai bird sanctuary is very rich in birdlife suitable for bird watching by experienced and novice birders. The birds listed in this sanctuary are Peacock-our National bird, Grey Jungle Fowl, Red Spur Fowl, Grey Partridge Quails, Goggle Eyed Plower, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Large Racket-Tailed Dronge, The Magpie-robin, Spotted Babbler, Small Green Barbet, Green Pigeons, Brown Dove, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Bulbuls, Mynahs, etc. Among birds of prey, Eagles, Hawks, Buzzards, Harriers, Falcons and King Vulture are predominant, besides some migratory water birds.
Day 08 : Mudumalai National Park – Wayanad, 95 km
Morning safari to the national park for wildlife viewing. After breakfast drive to Wayanad. On arrival check in at the wildlife resort. Rest of the day free in lap of nature. Overnight stay at resort.
Fauna – With the clearing of forests, the diverse and buzzling animal life, characteristic of the forests of Western Ghats, has vanished from Wayanad. One can still see the bonnet monkeys, loris, mongooses, jungle cats, squirrels, jackals, hares, etc. in the limited forest areas. Elephant, bear and other wild animals from the neighboring wild life sanctuaries of Karnadaka and Tamil Nadu.
Flora – The flora of Wayanad are characteristic of the Western Ghats and the plantation crops grown in the cool climate. A major portion of the district is covered by coffee. Trees of the wild type like rose-wood, anjili (Artocarpus), mullumurikku (Erthrina), several species of caussia and many other non-descript varieties are still preserved here and there, to give shade to the coffee plants. These trees give a dembalance of wilderness to the landscape of Wayanad. In a majority of coffee plantations, the age-old species are replaced by the silver-oak which is suited to the cold climate. This tree grows quickly and its cultivation is widespread among coffee plantations for shade and for giving support to pepper. It is used for the plywood industry and thus is economical to the farmers. Eucalyptus grandis, a shorter variety of eucalyptus, whose fragrant smell suffuses the very air around it, is cultivated on a large scale in certain parts of the district. Eucalyptus oil is extracted on commercial basis from its leaves. Of the 20,864 hectares of reserve forest, the major portion is teak plantation.
Day 09 : Waynad
Morning after breakfast trek through steep cliffs, mountainous terrain, gurgling streams, thick forests and narrows winding paths that lead to the far beyond. One can enjoy fishing, boating, rock climbing, cultural shows and the like. Overnight stay at resort.
Day 10 : Waynad – Cochin, 200 km
Morning after breakfast drive to Cochin. On arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight stay at resort.
Day 11 : Cochin – Munnar, 120 km
Morning after breakfast drive to Munnar, enjoying the scenic beauty & the marvelous waterfalls, high mountains with the low flying clouds passing by. On arrival at Munnar check in at the hotel. In the evening you can go for sight seeing of Munnar and witness tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lust green hills, a place so difficult to describe, very low population too far from pollution, most of the covered by Tata tea. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 : Munnar
Morning visit Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, in the afternoon visit tea plantation. Overnight stay at resort.
Fauna – Eravikulam National Park harbors the largest surviving population of Nilgiri tahr (Hemitragus hylocrius). This endangered animal is endemic to the southern Western Ghats. Its nearest relative is the Himalayan tahr. The fully grown male is known as ‘saddle back’ is much bigger and darker than the female and has a silvery saddle like patch on its back. Mating takes place during monsoons and the birth season is January-February. The estimated population of tahr inside the park is about 700. Wild dog, leopard and tiger are the main predators. Apart from tahr, other little known animals such as Nilgiri marten, small clawed otter, ruddy mongoose, and dusky striped squirrel are also found. Elephants make seasonal visits.
Birds In Ervikulam National Park – about 120 species of birds have been recorded which include endemics like black and orange flycatcher, Nilgiri pipit, Nilgiri wood pegeon, white bellied shortwing, Nilgiri verditer flycatcher and Kerala laughing thrush. Endemics confined to the shola-grass land ecosystem like the red disk bushbrown and Palni fourwing are among the 100 odd butterflies listed inside the park.
Day 13 : Munnar – Thekkady, 100 km
Morning after breakfast drive to Thekkady. On arrival check in at the resort. Rest of the free at leisure. Overnight stay at resort.
Fauna – Among the 62 species of mammals, many are rare, endemic and endangered. Periyar is prime elephant country and large herbs are often sighted at the lake fringes. There is an estimated population of 900-1000 animals which is likely to overlap with the population in the adjoining forest areas.
A much disproportionate sex ratio of the elephant is found in Periyar and adult tuskers are far too few. Gaur, among the largest of bovines, occurs in all types of habitats. Gaur have staged a remarkable comeback after their near demise due to a rinderpest outbreak in the 70’s.
Sambar, the largest deer in India are extensively distributed, and constitute the principal prey base of tiger and wild dog. Wild pig, has wide distribution throughout the park. Some times these animals invade agricultural lands often leading to man-wildlife conflicts. Small relict populations of the highly endangered Nilgiri tahr are found in the high altitude grasslands of Mangaladevi.
Day 14 : Thekkady
Morning boat ride to Alleppey lake for wildlife viewing. Afternoon free to explore the sanctuary. Overnight stay at resort.
Day 15 : Thekkady – Alleppey, 155 km – Houseboat
Morning after breakfast drive to Alleppey. On arrival board the Houseboat. Overnight stay at Houseboat.
Day 16 : Allepey – Cochin, 65 km- Departure
Morning after breakfast disembarked and drive to Cochin. On arrival transfer to the airport to board the flight for onward destination.
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