Nature Walks, Birding & Wildlife Safaris-Western Ghats
Our New Series “Nature Walks & Wildlife Safaris” Tours are specially designed for the Nature enthusiasts who wish to explore a bit of extra than ordinary. The banks of backwaters in Kerala are the most enchanting picnic spots. The below tour is a good mix of short Nature walks and wildlife safaris ideal for small groups. Individual tours also possible with our local guides in many of the destinations.
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Day 01 – Cochin
On arrival at Cochin Airport, you will be met & transferred to your hotel. Afternoon for free walks in Fort Cochin Area, watching Black kites, Bhraminy kites , terns and few migratory birds like Western reef egret. The estuary is an ideal habitat of Dolphins (Bottlenose). Evening, enjoy a live Kathakali performance, which is the dance drama of Kerala. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 – Cochin
Morning, after breakfast, proceed for a village backwater Cruise with lunch. Afternoon return to Cochin for a guided tour of Cochin. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03 – Cochin-Alleppey Houseboat
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Alleppey Backwaters to board your exclusive Houseboat for a cruise through Vembanad Lake followed by overnight stay on board. Your meals will be freshly cooked and served on board. Evening your crew will guide you for a village walk. You will get a chance to watch many water birds during your cruise through the backwaters. Overnight on Houseboat.
Day 04 – Alleppey-Periyar (4.5 Hrs )
After breakfast on board, you will be transferred to Periyar, the famous wildlife destination of Kerala. Afternoon visit a spice farm. Evening for free walks near to the Tiger Sanctuary. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05 – Periyar
Full day explore the wildlife of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Go for a full day jungle activity which includes guided trekking in the wildlife park. You will also do a bamboo rafting in the Periyar Lake. Lunch will be served inside the Sanctuary. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 06 – Periyar-Munnar (3 Hrs)
Morning, after breakfast, proceed to Munnar, known as nature lover’s paradise. On arrival at Munnar, check into your Resort. Afternoon go for a guided plantation walk and birdwatching... Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 07 – Munnar
After breakfast, drive to Kundala and Pampadumchola for short treks for bird watching. You will also walk through the Tea Plantations. Overnight at the Resort.
Day 08 – Munnar -Marayoor-Chinnar
After breakfast at the Hotel, go for a full day guided explorations covering Eighth mile shola, Marayoor & Chinnar. This trip will be a mix of safari through National Park, trekking in Dry Forest, tribal village visit etc. Traditional lunch will be served at the village. Return to Munnar for overnight stay.
Day 09 – Munnar-Thattekkad (3 Hrs )
After breakfast, drive to Thattekkad Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, one of the low altitude evergreen forests, situated by the banks of River Periyar. On arrival, check into your hotel and later go for a birding trek at Thattekkad and Urulanthanni rain forest patches. Overnight at your hotel in Thattekkad.
Day 10 – Athirappally, Sholayar, Valparai-Sethumadai (Topslip)
After an early breakfast, drive to Athirappally forest to watch the amazing waterfalls inside the forest. You will be taken for a birdwatching walk through the banks of Athirappally River. Later continue drive through Sholayar Forest ranges to Sethumadai through Valparai, the beautiful tea garden route. Overnight stay at a farmsaty set on a private estate growing vanilla, banana & coconuts, in the edge of Anamalai Tiger Reserve.
Day 11 – Anamalai Tiger Reserve (Sethumadai)
Anamalai is located in the foothill of Anamlai Bio-sphere and the highest mountain in South India. This day is for a visit to Anamalai Tiger Reserve, sharing flora and fauna with Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. Walking safari through Maruthum Koodam moist deciduous forest and Kariyanchola Rainforest for wildlife and birds (GPH, SFG etc). Early morning go for a safari at Anamalai Tiger Reserve and later a walking tour at Parambikulam Tiger Sanctuary. Today we will go with packed lunch. Early evening return to your farm stay to go for a Nature trail through the estate to try sighting butterflies, Paradise flycatchers and blue-winged parakeets. Later in a dusk walk we can try owling for mottled wood owl. Overnight at Farm stay.
Day 12 – Sethumadai-Ooty
After breakfast, drive to Ooty which is a nice climb through the Nilgiris. Afternoon visit Botanical Garden. Overnight at Hotel
Day 13 – Ooty-Bandipur
After breakfast, drive to Bandipur Forest. You will be driving through Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. On arrival check into your resort set on the borders of the Sanctuary. Evening go for a guided safari through the Sanctuary. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 14 – Bandipur
Early morning and evening guided safaris inside the sanctuary. During daytime, go for short walks around the resort to spot birds and other wildlife. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15 – Bandipur-Kabini (Nagarhole)
Morning, proceed to Nagarhole National Park, where former Maharajahs of Mysore used to go for hunting. This deciduous forest patch inhabits Tigers, sloth bears, leopards, elephants, different monkeys, Malabar trogon and Indian pitta. On arrival, check in at the Hotel. Evening go for a safari. Overnight at the Hotel in Kabani.
Day 16 – Kabini
Early morning go for a guided Jeep Safari through the National Park. Evening go for a boat safari through Kabani river. Day time for visiting local tribal village and birding spots. Overnight at the Hotel in Kabani.
Day 17 – Nagarhole-Mysore
Early morning go for a final safari. Later after breakfast, drive to Mysore. After lunch, visit to Mysore palace, Devaraja Vegetable, flowers and fruits market. Mysore is known as the city of Palaces and the entire architecture and decorum of the place is in harmony with the Royal style for which Mysore is known. The still existing colonial buildings add charm to the Royal city. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 18 – Mysore-Kokkerebellur-Bangalore
After breakfast, drive to Kekkerebellur Pelicanery. You may stop at Maddur village entrance on the highway to have your lunch before driving to Bangalore. Later drive to Bangalore for overnight stay.
Day 19 – Bangalore
Morning go for a short orientation tour of Bangalore. Afternoon at leisure. You may opt for shopping on your own. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 20 - Bangalore Departure
Today you will be transferred to Bangalore International Airport to connect your flight home.
Tour Cost Includes:
19 Nights stay at designated hotels/Homestay/Forest Lodges
Daily breakfast at Staying places
All meals on Houseboat
Breakfast & Dinner at Sethumada, Bandipur & Nagarhole
Kathakali dance at Cochin
English speaking local guides at sightseeing places
Aircon SUV for transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary
Meet & Assistance on arrival
Spice farm visit in Periyar
Full day Jungle trekking/rafting etc in Periyar National Park
Guided activities in Munnar as explained in the itinerary
Farm lunch in Marayoor village
03 Guided safaris in Bandipur National Park
03 Guided Safaris in Nagarhole National Park
All Entrance fees as per itinerary
Hotels Opted-Middle Class
Cochin: Fort Abode
Periyar: Pepper County Homestay
Thattekkad: Bluewings Homestay
Sethumadai: Cotsvilla Resort
Ooty: Sullivan Court
Kabini: Red Earth
Mysore: Gitanjali Homestay
Bangalore: Lemontree Ulsoor Lake
Hotels suggested above are subject to availability at the time of booking. If the proposed hotels are not available, we will be providing similar hotels with your approval.
Tour Price Per Pax on Double/Twin Sharing