Begin your tour,Arrive into Chennai Welcome to Vardhman’s “South India Wildlife Tour”!!!On arrival in Chennai, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman’s representative to your hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
DAY 2 - Chennai
Morning proceed for the sightseeing tour of Chennai including. The St. George Fort, built in 1653, is currently used as the state government’s secretariat. Santhome Cathedral was built around 14th/15th century and is another colonial structure worth visiting. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeshwar Temple is the oldest temple in Chennai. Another important temple in the city dedicated to Lord Krishna is Parthsarthy Temple, Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world.
DAY 3 - Chennai / Bangalore (by train)
Early in the morning you will be transferred to the railway Station to board train # 2007 Shatabdi Express for Bangalore (06:00 hrs / 10:50 hrs). Upon arrival at Bangalore Railway Station you will be met and transferred by our representative to your hotel. Later in the afternoon proceed on a city tour Bangalore.Visit Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Cubbon Park, Vidhan Soudha, Venkatappa art gallery, Mahatma Gandhi road, vishveshwarah museum, Ulsoor Lake, Bull temple and Tipu’s Palace.
DAY 4 - Bangalore - Mysore
This morning drive to Mysore. On route to Mysore, visit island fortress of Srirangapatnam, the capital of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, Tipu’s Palace, Gumbaz, Tipu’s Summer Palace.On reaching Mysore, transfer to a hotel and visit illuminated Vrindavan gardens and Krishnarajasagar dam in the evening.
After breakfast proceed on a city tour of Mysore. Visit Maharaja Palace built as recently as 1897, which is one of the biggest in India;St Philomena’s Church etc.; Sri Jauyachamarajendra Art Gallery housed in the Jagmohan Palace, which has a collection of exquisite paintings, Folklore museum.Later in the afternonn dive to Nagarhole. On arrival, check in at Hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 6 - Nagarhole National Park
Morning and afternoon jungle visit to the Park. Overnight at the hotel in Nagarhole.
Morning drive to Bandipur. On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon jungle visit to the park.
DAY 8 - In Bandipur
Full day free to visit the Banipur Wildlife Sanctuary.
DAY 9 - Bandipur - Ooty
On the day 9 of your tour drive to Ooty. Upon arrival check, into your hotel. Relax for a while and later visit the Botanical gardens and Toda tribal village. Evening at leisure to stroll around the lake.
DAY 10 - Ooty - Cochin
Early morning drive to Dodabetta peak the highest in the Nilgiris. Later in the afternoon drive to Cochin. Upon arrival in Cochin, check into hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 11 - Cochin
Morning after breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Cochin which includes visit to Fort Cochin , The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town . The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India . The Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders.
DAY 12 - Cochin - Alleppey and board Houseboat )
Morning drive to Alleppey and upon arrival, board the houseboat. Staying in this moving palace is breathtakingly stimulating experience. While sailing down a maze of canals one sees different scenes from the villages, paddy fields, coconut palms, fisherman and local life. Lunch, dinner next day breakfast and tea snacks will be provided in the boat. The cool breeze from the Lake make you sleep early in the night after anchoring in a fancy place.
DAY 13 - Disembark Houseboat at Kumarakom
Morning disembark the houseboat at Kumarakom after breakfast and drive to your hotel. Relax for a while and later visit Kumarakom Bird sanctuary, noted for migratory birds even from Siberia. Also find time to visit coconut and mangroves.
Morning drive to Periyar. Upon arrival check in at Hotel. Afternoon enjoy boat cruise (at your own cost) on Lake Periyar in the National Park, known for herds of wild elephant, bison, deer and spectacular bird life. Evening proceed to visit the spice market.
Morning drive to Munnar, the famous hill station of Kerala. Visit of Eravikulam National Park,the best place to see Nilgiri Tahr ( Hermitragus Hylcrious) -the mountain goat of South India. Also visit tea plantations.
DAY 16 - To Cochin - 130 kms - 03 hours drive
Later in the afternoon transfer to Cochin airport or railway station to board flight or train for your onward journey to backhome with sweet and unforgettable memories of your “Kerala Wildlife Tour” escorted by Vardhman Vacations.