South India Wildlife Tours

Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days

Destinations Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Bangalore - Nagarhole - Bandipur - Ooty - Munnar - Eravikulam - Periyar - Kumarakom - Kochi


Day 01 : Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi by International flight.
A history which encompasses all the various kings and emperors who fixed their royal citadels here-- Indraprastha, Lal Kot, Quila Rai Pithora, Siri, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad, Ferozabad, Dinpanah, Delhi Sher Shahi or then Shahjahanabad. but, combined and integrated into one, these 'new cities' have always been called Delhi and howsoever many names it may have acquired, Delhi has always been intrinsically identified with power and imperial sway.

Rickshaw Tour, Old Delhi
Rickshaw Ride, Old Delhi

You will be met on your arrival by the representative of Exotique Expeditions with fresh flower garlands. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
In the afternoon you will be given the city tour of Old & New Delhi.

Old Delhi - Visit the former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the vast Red Fort, built in 1648, the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. A unique experience of taking 'rickshaw ride' from the Red Fort, through "Chandni Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the sights and sounds of this very busy avenue heading west from the Fort. Chandni Chowk - literally means "moonlit crossroads" and an area which best represents the "super-Oriental" - the glory and the guile; the grandeur and the grime, with its crowded bazaars, twisting lanes, maze of small streets strange aromas, the pungent odour of Oriental spices, the cries of shopkeepers, coolies and "rickshaw-walas" and the clatter and whirr of furious industry.

New Delhi - drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutab Minar

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 : DELHI - JAIPUR (265 Kms/165 Miles)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Leave Delhi for Jaipur by air conditioned vehicle. The historic city of Jaipur or "The City of Vicotory" was founded in 1727 A.D. by the great Kachhawah ruler Sawai Jai Singh II (1700 - 1747 A.D.), and named after him. The monarch was not only a great builder, but also a poet and an astronomer. Under his aegis, the city was designed by his talented architect Vidyadhar, who gave shape to the creative aspirations of Sawai Jai Singh in the form of the dream city of Jaipur
Arrive Jaipur and check in at the hotel.

This afternoon you will be given the city tour of Jaipur.
Tour of the Pink City - Your tour will include the imposing City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. You will also visit the Hawa Mahal, "Palace of the Winds", and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 : JAIPUR - AGRA ( 235 Kms/147Miles)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning you will be given excursion to Amber Fort. Tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.
Later leave Jaipur for Agra by air conditioned vehicle.

Agra has a rich historical background, which is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city.
Though the heritage of Agra city is linked with the Mughal dynasty, numerous other rulers also contributed to the rich past of this city. Modern Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi (Lodhi dynasty; Delhi Sultanate) in the 16th century. Babar (founder of the Mughal dynasty) also stayed for sometime in Agra and introduced the concept of square Persian-styled gardens here.

Agra came to its own when Shahjahan ascended to the throne of Mughal Empire. He marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri - Impressive sandstone fortress of Fatehpur Sikri. The fort was built in the 16th century and only occupied for a few years before being abandoned, leaving the buildings in virtually perfect conditions. Continue drive to Agra. Upon arrival in Agra - check-in at the hotel. Thereafter, visit the Red Fort, which was built by Akbar as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style
Arrive Agra and check at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 04 : AGRA - DELHI (202 Kms/126 Miles)

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning you will be given the city tour of Agra.
Visit TAJ MAHAL (Closed on Fridays) - located on the bank of Yamuna River, the most extravagant monument ever built for love. Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from it's stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

Red Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Leave Agra for Delhi by air conditioned vehicle.
Arrive Delhi and check in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 : DELHI - BANGALORE - MYSORE
Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace, Mysore

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport in time to connect flight for Bangalore.

Bangalore, is now what we call India's Silicon Valley and the country's pub capital, along with aerospace research, biotechnology and dozens of premier education institutions it is perhaps the most westernized city in India. The city has grown in magnitudes, emerging into what you see it and know it. The city has slowly found a place in the country's history and off recently a place on the world map

In Bangalore, you will be met on arrival by our representative and you will then be taken on a short tour of Bangalore.
Later you will drive to Mysore.

Mysore was the Capital City of the Wodeyar Dynasty. The name 'Mysore' has been derived from 'Mahishasurapura', name of the demon who was slained by Goddess Chamundeshwari. It has seen untold glory and the rich heritage of the Wodeyars.Mysore has retained its studiously built character of a princely city.This is confirmed by the palaces, vast gardens, shady avenues and temples which are present even today.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 : MYSORE - NAGARHOLE

Breakfast at the hotel.
Leave Mysore for Nagarhole National Park.

Nagarhole Park is counted among India's best wildlife parks. It has a large elephant and bison population. It also hosts a variety of animal species along with approximately 250 species of birds. On its northern confines is the Kabini River and on its southern fringes is the Bandipur national park. A dam on the Kabini River and its picturesque reservoir demarcates the two national parks. During the dry season (February'June), this artificial lake attracts a large number of animals, making it an ideal spot for sighting wildlife

Arrive and check in at the resort.
Later you will enjoy the Jeep Safari.

Overnight at the resort.

Day 07 : NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK
Nagarhole National Park
Leopard, Nagarhole National park

Breakfast at the hotel.
The safari tour either on elephant or jeep will take you to the core of dense forest, which will let you meet with its wild inhabitants like Tiger, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Asiatic Wild Dog, Striped Hyena, Jackal, Deer and Porcupine. Moreover the wildlife sanctuary has more than 250 species of birds like Malabar Trogan, The Indian Pitta, Green Imperial Pigeon, The Malabar Pied Hornbill, The Great Black Woodpecker and many more. Thus, by the evening, you can incessantly click your digital flashless camera and handy cam, and capture the diverse flora and fauna in your camera.

In the evening after you finish your safari tour, we will move back to our wildlife lodge where attendant will be read serving you hot and sumptuous dinner. After such an tiring day, you must be feeling very exhausted. So, after you finish your dinner, you have nothing to do but sleep for long hours, which will alleviate all your tiredness.

Day 08 : NAGARHOLE - BANDIPUR

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning you will drive down from Nagarhole to Bandipur. Bandipur National Park occupies a special place in India's efforts towards natural conservation. It was created in the 1930s from the local Maharaja Voodiyar's hunting lands, and named Venugopal Wildlife Park. Bandipur Park was expanded later in 1941 to adjoin the Nagarhole National Park, which lay towards its northern edge, and Wynad and Madumulai Sanctuaries, which lay towards its southern edge in the states of Kerala and Tamilnadu, respectively. The entire area now constitutes the vast Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, one of India's most extensive tracts of protected forest. It has been a designated tiger reserve in 1973

Arrive Bandipur and check in at the lodge.
A short jeep safari in the afternoon will give you overview of the whole park.

Overnight at the lodge..

Day 09 : BANDIPUR
Bandipur National Park
Gaur Bull in Bandipur National Park

Breakfast at the hotel.
Fully day long safari will give you opportunity to see its popular inhabitants like Elephants, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Gaur, Four Horned Antelope, Flying Squirrel, Sloth Bear and Nilgiri Langoor. The Royal Bengal Tiger is undoubtedly the best attraction that you would crave to see here.

Overnight at the lodge.

Day 10 : BANDIPUR - OOTY

Breakfast at the hotel.
Leave Bandipur for Ooty by road.

Arrive Ooty and check in at the hotel.
In the afternoon you will be given the city tour of Ooty.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 : OOTY - ERAVIKULAM - MUNNAR

Breakfast at the hotel.

Leave Ooty for Munnar. En route visit Eravikulam National Park – 15 Kilo metres from Munnar is the largest abode of Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiri Ibex).
Eravikulam National Park was established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered specie of the wild goat and the only one to be found south of the Himalayas. Rich in forest and grasses, this park is relatively new as it was in 1978 that the area was notified as a park. The park lies along the high ranges of the western coast in the Munnar Forest Division of Idukki district in Kerala. It is situated on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the north where it is extends as the Annamalai National Park

Continue your drive to Munnar.
Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - yes! Munnar has all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit - it's the place you would wish never to leave.
Arrive Munnar and check in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 : MUNNAR - THEKKADY

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning you will be visiting the tea plantation in Munnar.
Later leave for Thekkady by road.

Periyar National Park
Elephants in Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. In 1895, the British undertook water resource management plans for the area and started work on a dam and an artificial lake under the auspices of Col. J. Pennycuick. The picturesque lake in the heart of the sanctuary was originally 26 sq km but now spans an area of 55 sq km. This perennial source of water, which initially led to the submersion of large tracts of forestland, slowly attracted wild animals. Post-1975 Periyar finds itself in the enviable position of being a national park as well as a protected tiger reserve
Arrive Thekkady and check in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 : THEKKADY

Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning you will enjoy the boat cruise to view the wildlife at the Periyar National Park. In the afternoon, you will visit the spice plantation

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 : THEKKADY - KUMARAKOM

Breakfast at the hotel.
Leave Thekkady for Kumarakom by road.
When nature is all you need to recuperate, Kumarakom is undoubtedly the most invigorating, fascinating paradise in Kerala, God's own country. The slender coconut palms standing here, there and everywhere, its never ending paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters, mangroves nesting birds of a hundred varieties can peacefully calm and invigorate your mind with renewed inspiration for your vocation and life. That is the pristine beauty of Kumarakom.

Kumarakom the charming emerald peninsula jutting into the ever-effervescent Vembanad Lake takes you into the heart of the scenic lake where you'll come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake runs into the mainland making a labyrinth of lagoons, brooks, canals and waterways. The backwater houses a variety of species of both fauna and flora

Arrive and check in at the hotel.
Rest of the is free for relaxing

Overnight at the hotel.

Kumarakom Backwaters
Houseboat in Kumarakom Kackwater
Day 15 : KUMARAKOM

Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day free.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16 : KUMARAKOM - KOCHI

Breakfast at the hotel.
Leave Kumarakom for Kochi by road.

Cochin's history is a bright tapestry - many coloured threads woven through centuries together present the fabric of the present. Its involvement with the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British are evident in the architecture of city buildings, the old durbar hall is the spice in the dish! Modern day Kochi may be a busy port and shipping centre but it has many attractions for ordinary tourists.
Arrive and check in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17 : DEPART - KOCHI

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport in time to connect your onward flight.