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South India Wildlife Tour

Duration: 16 Nights/ 17 Days
Places Covered: Chennai (Madras) - Mettupalayam - Madhumalai - Bandipur - Mukurthy - Ooty - Annamalai Sanctuary - Munnar - Periyar - Cochin

Day 1: Arrive Chennai
Begin your tour. Arrive into Chennai Welcome to Vardhman's ' Kerala Wildlife Tour Package'! On arrival in Chennai, you will be met and transferred by our Vardhman 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: Chennai - Mettupalpyam

Excursion to Vedanthagal Bird Sanctuary. Vedanthangal, the oldest bird sanctuary in India is one place, which can't easily fade off from one's memories. The sanctuary is an amazing place to be in, especially during the Sunset, as you can spot thousands of birds returning to their nests and dotting trees. You can spot several species of birds of which most are migratory. The trees are dotted with numerous nests, which contain little chicks and eggs. For over two hundred years the villagers around have zealously protected the birds in this sanctuary. It is interesting to note that the villagers protect the birds with the same zeal, which their forefathers had shown. They avoid any noisy activity near the bird sanctuary.
Later in the evening transfer to railway station to catch overnight train to Mettupalpyam. Overnight: Train

Day 3: Mettupalpyam
Arrive Mettupalpyam railway station in the morning. You will be met and transferred directly to Madumalai by our representative. Late afternoon visit Madumalai Wildlife sanctuary.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4: Madumalai

Visit to deciduous forests and Madumalai Bird Sanctuary. The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is located amidst the beautiful Nilgiri Hills. This is the point where the Western Ghats merge with the Eastern Ghats. The relief of the sanctuary is an interesting mix of plain, swamp, undulating parkland, open grassland, valleys and streams. There is a National Park measuring 103 sq km inside the sanctuary. The Mudumalai Wildlife sanctuary is home to a variety of vegetation. As a nature and wildlife lover, you will find the breathtaking surroundings of the sanctuary very appealing. The hilly terrain of the Western Ghats, with dense forests, adds to the attraction of the wildlife sanctuary. As you move on the Mysore-Ooty highway through the national Park, you will find yourself surrounded by nature all the way.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5: Madumalai - Bandipur - Madumalai

Full Day excursion to Bhandipur National Park. Nestled in the foothills of the Western Ghats mountains, the Bandipur National Park is well-known for its expansive tracts of virgin forest. Once a popular game reserve of the Mysore Maharajas, today Bandipur National Park is part of the Niligiri Biosphere Reserve encompassing the Nagarhole National Park, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.

In 1973 Bandipur wildlife sanctuary was conferred the status of a designated tiger reserve as per the ambitious Project Tiger Scheme launched by the World Wide Fund (WWF). In 1974, the Bandipur wildlife sanctuary was declared a National Park under the Wildlife Protection Act. Since then stringent anti-poaching measures have resulted in a steady increase in the big cat population.Return to the hotel in Madumalai for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 6: Madumalai - Mukurthi

This morning after breakfast drive to Mukurthy. On arrival check into your hotel. Later visit Wild life Sanctuary,
Overnight: Hotel

Day 7: Mukurthi/ Mukurthy

Explore MUKURTHI NATIONAL PARK AND MUKURTHI PEAK.Mukurthi National Park is another major attraction of the Nilgiris. It is located on the south eastern corner of the Nilgiris Plateau. The area contains a viable population of Nilgiri Thar (Hermitragus hilocrius). 27 km from Ooty and easily accessible, Mukurthi peak is certainly the most notable height of the Nilgiris. It stands 8380 feet above the sea and commands one of the most magnificent views to be seen in India. It is noticeable owing to its curious shape which is that of an acute angled triangle with one side almost vertical. The view from this peak is one of finest in South India. The Mukurthi dam has been built at the foot of this hill under Pykara hydro electricity scheme. The dam is situated at a distance of 32 km from Ooty and the peak is reached by walk for a distance of 9 km from there.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 8: Mukurthy - Ooty

Morning after breakfast, drive towards Ooty- the Beautiful leading hill resort of south India. Situated in the heart of the Nilgiris (Blue Mountains), at the height of 2287 Mtr., it lies on a plateau and looks like a vast park. Lofty hills add to the grandeur of the scenery. Its climate is similar to summer in England. The terraced beautiful gardens, which are landmark in Ooty. Ooty is also known for its tea & coffee plantations. Upon arrival check in at Hotel. Later visit the Tea plantations and cherish the scenic beauty of Ooty. Visit the lake, Botanical Gardens, Conoor Tea Gardens, Sim's Park, Dolphin's Nose. Later visit Film shooting points & other points of interest or shopping etc.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 9: Ooty - Annamalai

On the day 9 of your tour drive to Annamalai. On arrival check into your hotel. Relax for remaining part of the day.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10: Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Full day free to visit Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Anamalai wildlife sanctuary is one of the most attractive preserves of nature in Tamil Nadu. It is also called the India Gandhi national Park and located in the Western Ghats near Pollachi, about 90 km from Coimbatore. The wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of about 958-sq-kms. The Anamalai wildlife sanctuary is an ecological heaven and includes a National Park
Overnight: Hotel

Day 11: Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Trip to Anagundi and Varagaliarrain forests.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 12: Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Trip to Parambikulam wildlife Sanctuary. Overnight: Hotel

Day 13: Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary - Munnar

On the 13 of your tour, drive to the beautiful hill station of Munnar set amid Southern India's most dramatic mountain scenery and the combination of craggy Peaks, Manicured Tea Estates.Crisp mountain air makes Munnar a delightful alternative to the better known hill stations of Tamil Nadu. It is a perennial favorite of 'Honeymooners' and offer magnificent scenery and wonderful walks. At Munnar you are free to explore its beauty of nature. En-route visit Chinnar Sanctuary. The Idukki Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is a vast expanse of lush green forests spread over an area of 90 square kilometers. It is located at a height of 500-2400 meters above sea level. The Chinnar national park, Kerala was declared a sanctuary in the year 1984. The undulating terrain and velvety green cover of plants over the entire sanctuary is what makes it a haven for the animals and birds of the sanctuary.

The Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is home to the endangered species of the Giant grizzled squirrel. Besides the squirrel, one can find animals like elephants, deer, tigers, gaurs, Hanuman monkey, etc. also. A number of reptiles like vipers, kraits, cobras, pythons, etc. can also be found here. A common sight is that of beautiful peacocks walking down the pathway in the sanctuary. One can also avail the boating facilities that are provided by the concerned authorities of the sanctuary. The uneven terrain provides ample of opportunities for trekking and mountain climbing. On arrival in Munar check in Hotel for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 14: Munnar - Periyar

This morning proceed on a city tour of Munnar.
Visit Eravikulam National Park to see rare mountain goats locally called the Nilgiri Tahr, Old Munnar Town, Dairy Farm and the Mattupetty Dam. Later drive to Periyar (100 kms/03 hrs) on the way visiting Idukki dam. Check in at the Hotel on arrival.Overnight: Hotel

Day 15: Periyar

Full day free to visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Afternoon,Boat ride in Lake Periyar to watch wildlife. Sightseeing will include spotting a large variety of wildlife, which include elephants, monkeys, deer, wild boar etc.
In the evening visit Kumily spice market to see and buy spices.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 16: Periyar - Cochin

This morning after breakfast, drive towards Cochin. By far the most important place in Kerala for a commercial traveller. Kochi is the business capital of Kerala. It has a fine natural harbour & is widely acclaimed as the " Queen of the Arabian Sea". The city spreads over several Island, the chief among them being Wellingdon, Mattanchery, Vipin, Gundu & Bolgaty. The 16th century Dutch palace, the oldest Synagogue of the British common wealth. Hill palace Museum, Bolgatty Palace & Bird sanctuary. Upon arrival check in at Hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 17: Depart Cochin

This morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to catch Flight for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of your "Kerala Wildlife Tour Package" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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