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KVT Holidays

  • India
Destinations

Destinations

India,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Independent

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

The tour begins from one of the most attractive old cities in the country, Mysore. From here travel up into the verdant Western Ghats and undertake game drives to explore the rich flora and faunal collections of Nagarhole and Bandipur National Parks. Then spend a couple of nights at the beautiful colonial hill station of Ooty and enjoy a ride on the UNESCO World Heritage Nilgiri Toy Train. Finally the tour descends to Gods Own Country, Kerala. Here explore the ancient city of Kochi, search for the wildlife at Periyar and finally relax on a houseboat cruise on the backwaters.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Birding Safari, Guided Safari, Jungle Safari, Tiger Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Wildlife:
    Panna National Park, Van Vihar National Park
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Boat Cruise
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Vehicle, Transfer Vehicle, Train
  • Start/end:
    Start in Bangalore, end in Kochi

Highlights

  • Historical monuments at Mysore
  • Safaris in search of wildlife at Nagarhole & Bandipur
  • Toy Train ride at Ooty
  • Nature Walk and Boat Safari at Periyar
  • Houseboat cruise on backwaters
  • Flexible tailor-made booking options

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 1,492 per person, based on 2 people travelling, twin sharing *

From USD 1,324 per person, based on 3-4 people travelling, twin sharing *

Single Room Supplement: on request

* These are guideline rates – please request actual rates from us 

What's Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in Mysore, Ooty, Kochi & Thekkady, twin sharing basis, including breakfast only
  • 3 nights accommodation in Nagarhole & Bandipur, twin sharing basis, including breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • 1 night stay in Houseboat including all meals and cruising on the backwaters till sunset
  • All monument entrances during sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • 2 Shared Jeep Safaris and 1 Shared Boat Safari at Nagarhole
  • 2 Shared Jeep Safaris at Bandipur
  • Nature Walk and Shared Boat Safari at Periyar National Park
  • Toy Train ride at Ooty
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with driver, fuel and road taxes
  • Arrival/departure transfers as per the itinerary
  • Train ticket in AC Chair Car for travel Coimbatore/ Ernakulam
  • Mineral water available in vehicle throughout the day
  • Applicable Government service taxes

What's Excluded

  • International and domestic flights
  • Tips for local staff, guide
  • Soft or alcoholic drinks
  • Any meals (lunches / dinners) not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Laundry
  • Travel insurance covering emergency evacuations due to sickness, natural disaster or any other health problem
  • Expenses of personal nature

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘KVT Holidays
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • KVT Holidays‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Arrive at Bangalore on your international flight. After assistance on arrival at the airport, drive to Mysore (3–4hrs drive). On arrival check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day to relax at the hotel or explore the surroundings on your own.

Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Nil

After breakfast set off on a Mysore sightseeing tour. Drive to Srirangapatna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit Dariya Daulat Bagh, the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, built of teak wood in Indo-Muslim architectural style within a well-manicured garden. Also visit Ranganathaswamy Temple, an intricately carved temple dedicated to Shri Ranganathaswamy, presiding deity of Srirangapatna. We return to Mysore and visit Mysore Palace, a historical palace and royal residence of Wadiyar Dynasty, a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Later visit Chamundi Hills, a Hindu pilgrimage centre. Rest of time is free to explore the local market.

Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast drive to Nagarhole National Park (1.5–2.5hrs drive). Check in to the hotel and in the afternoon proceed for a shared jeep safari in the national park in search of the flora and faunal collections of the park.

Nagarhole National Park is one of the premier tiger reserves of the country along with its neighbor Bandipur National Park, part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The park has rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls and home to a large variety of wildlife including Bengal tiger, elephants, Indian leopard, dhole (wild dog), gaur, boar, various species of deer, slow loris, macaque, langur and more. The park also inhabits around 270 species of birds like oriental white-backed vulture, lesser adjutant, spotted eagle, nilgiri wood pigeon, darters, oriental white ibis, greater grey headed eagle, red-headed vulture, malabar grey hornbill and more.

Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today proceed for the secong game drive by shared jeep in the national park. In the afternoon enjoy a shared motor boat safari, cruising through the serene backwaters of the River Kabini, viewing sleepy crocodiles, birds  and a variety of wildlife, especially the elephants which come down to the river to bathe or drink.

Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast drive to Bandipur National Park (2–3 hrs drive), check in to your hotel on arrival. In the afternoon head in to the national park for a game drive by shared jeep and discover its wealth of wildlife.

Bandipur National Park, one of the country’s premier tiger reserves along with its neighbor Nagarhole National Park. It’s also part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and has many types of biomes, but dry deciduous forest is dominant. Known for its wildlife, Bandipur supports a good population of Indian elephants, gaurs, tigers, sloth bears, muggers, Indian rock pythons, four-horned antelopes, jackals, dholes, gray langurs, Indian giant squirrels and many others. The park is also home to around 200 species of birds including peacock, drongos, honey buzzards, red-headed vultures, Indian vultures, flower-peckers, hoopoes, Indian rollers, brown fish owls, crested serpent eagles, changeable hawk-eagles, bee-eaters and many more.

Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6:  Bandipur morning safari, drive to Ooty

Early morning proceed for another game drive by shared jeep in to the national park in search of the animals residing in the forest. Later, after breakfast, drive to Ooty (1.5–2.5hrs drive) and check in to your hotel on arrival. The rest of the time is free to relax at the hotel or to explore the hill station on your own.

Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast you will be transferred to Ooty railway station to board the UNESCO World Heritage Nilgiri Toy Train. We will enjoy a 45 mins Toy Train ride to Wellington. Later drive back to Ooty for sightseeing, visiting the Botanical Gardens and Doddabetta Peak, the highest point of Nilgiri Hill, and a Tea Plantation.

Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Morning drive to Coimbatore Jn. Railway station (2–3hrs drive) to catch day train Ernakulam Exp (12:55 / 16:55 hrs) to Cochin.You will be assisted at Ernakulam Railway station and transferred to hotel.

Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast start a city tour of Kochi. Visit the Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, later renovated by the Dutch (closed on Fridays). See the Jewish Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations (closed on Fridays & Saturdays) and St. Francis Church, one of the oldest churches in India built by Europeans. Walk through Fort Kochi and see Chinese fishing nets, a unique cantilever fishing technique. Later we will drive to Thekkady (3–4hrs drive) where you check in to your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

In the morning set off on a jungle walk in Periyar National Park while in the afternoon take a shared boat safari on Periyar Lake. Both Jungle walk and boat safari provide opportunities to see the animals which inhabit this park.

Periyar National Park, located high in the Cardamom Hills and Pandalam Hills of the south Western Ghats, is a notable elephant reserve and home to rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna. It forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar and the Pamba. Home to Indian elephants, gaur, sambar, Indian giant squirrel, travancore flying squirrel, sloth bear, nilgiri tahr, lion-tailed macaque, nilgiri langur, Bengal tiger, stripe-necked mongoose, nilgiri marten and more. It is also home to around 266 avian species including malabar grey hornbill, nilgiri wood pigeon, blue-winged parakeet, nilgiri flycatcher, crimson-backed sunbird, white-bellied blue flycatcher, eagle-owl, nilgiri thrush, rufous-bellied hawk-eagle, brahminy kite and great hornbill.

Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

In the morning drive to Alleppey (3.5–4.5hrs drive) where you board a houseboat. Start cruising through the backwaters of Kerala, exploring the rural life and daily activities of the people surrounding the backwaters, while relaxing on the sun deck of the houseboat. The houseboat will cruise till sunset.

Overnight: Houseboat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast disembark from the houseboat and drive to Kochi airport (2–3hrs drive) to board the flight to your next destination.

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