Karnataka & Kerala National Parks Route – 17nights 18days
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Karnataka & Kerala National Parks Route – 17nights 18days
Day 01 : Madurai Airport Arrival
Arrive at Madurai, meet representative at arrival hall and transfer to your hotel. Madurai-one of south India’s most ancient city, on the banks of the River Vaigai, has been an important center of workship and commerce for as long as there has been civilization in South India – indeed, it has long been described as “the Athens of the East”. The Meenakshi Temple in the heart of the old town is the supreme attraction here. A rightfully flamboyant example of Dravidian architecture it has gopurams covered from top to bottom with vibrant images of deities, animals and mythical figures. Overnight at the hotel in Madurai.
Day 02 : Madurai
After breakfast take a sight seeing of Madurai visiting the Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Gandhi Museum, Government Museum, Koodal Alagar Temple and Vandiyur Mariamman Teepakulam.Overnight at the hotel in Madurai.
Day 03 : Madurai – Periya
Morning drive the plain stretching west towards the blue haze of the Alagar Hills, the Vaigai plains around Madurai are broken by colossal outcrops of granite, some of them weathered into weird forms like petrified monsters. Arrive Periyar and check – in at hotel. Rest of the day free for walk around in the peaceful town known for various Spice and coffee plantations.
Day 04 : Periyar
Early morning, we will explore different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes, generally 4 to 5 km.in length. This is an interpretive programme offering excellent opportunities to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grassland.
By evening we will start our Jungle Patrol, Shepherding the Jungle. This programme is part of the regular night patrolling in the fringe ecodevelopment zones of the tiger reserve. By participating in this, one is actually helping in the protection of the forests of Periyar.
Day 05 : Periyar – Munnar
Proceed to Munnar in the early morning (110 Kms from Periyar). Munnar is situated at the confluence of three-mountain streams-Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.1600 M above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India.Munnar’s greenery and cool air mainly draws well- heeled honeymooners from Mumbai and Delhi. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Munnar also has the highest peak in south India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 M. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. Overnight stay at Munnar.
Trekking facilities is available on request. Tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi.This is also a place for adventure tourism.
Day 06 : Munnar
Munnar is particularly popular with young travelers who head up here for the excellent off-road cycling; there are no official routes, just miles and miles of hills to climb up and speed down. The hilling scene is also growing as the countryside around Munnar offers walks for all levels of fitness, from gentle rambles through the tea fields to mountain climbing, including the scenic hamlet of Top Station and Eravikulan National Park. Overnight stay at Munnar.
Day 07 : Munnar – Kozhikode ( Calicut )
After breakfast proceed to Kozhicode.The city prospered and, perhaps because of the story of the convert king, become the preferred port of Muslim traders from the Middle East in search of spices, particularly pepper. Overnight at Kozhicode.
Day 08 : Kozhikode – Wayanad
Early morning drive to Wayanad.One of the most beautiful regions of Kerala is the hill district of Wayanad, situated 70km east of Kozhicode, with tracts of forest covering the western flanks of the Niilgiris.The scenery is rich and varied, ranging from plantations of tea, spices, coffee and cocoa to the dry scruffy jungle of the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. Overnight at Wayanad.
Day 09 : Wayanad
Day is free to relax and to walk around Wayanad Trekking facilities is available on request. Tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. This is also a place for adventure tourism.
Day 10 : Wayanad – Kabini
This is an invitation to take part in one of the greatest elephant shows in Asia. This is an arena where you have not three or four or six elephants doing the star turn, but 200.or maybe 250,in just one evening….
From the giant tuskers to the mouse deer, to barking deer and chital, to herds of gaur and sambhar, to the rare but definitely ‘spottable’ tiger and pather, and the sloth bear…they are all here. But then again, Kabini is all about elephants and more elephants. Some 1,500 of them roam free in the jungles of Nagarhole alone, of which Kabini is a primary part. Overnight stay at Kabini.
Day 11 : Kabini
Quite the extraordinary thing about the Kabini area is the existence of a mind-blowing 60 sq.km of static water inside the forest precincts, the result of a dam built across the river at Beechanahalli.Glinding along the water with the thick jungles all around you, you’re able to come close to various herds of animals on the shores. Overnight stay at Kabini.
Day 12 : Kabini – Nagarhole
Once an exclusive hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Mysore, Nagarhole National Park was renamed after the late Rajiv Gandhi, but faces the same fate as Delhi’s Connaught Place and Connaught Circle which are still called by their popular old names. The park, situated in the Deccan Plateau, form an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Overnight stay at Nagarhole.
Day 13 : Nagarhole – Mysure
After breakfast checkout the hotel and drive to Mysore.A centre of sandalwood carving, silk and incense production, 159 Km southwest of Bangalore, Mysore, the erstwhile capital of the Wadiyar Rajas, is one of South India’s most -visited places. Mysore is a charming, old fashioned and undaunting town, dominated by the spectacular Maharaja’s Palace.
After lunch and relaxation, we will visit Maharaja’s Palace. Designed in the hybrid Indo-Saracenic style by Henry Irwin, the British consultant architect of Madras state. Overnight at Mysore.
Day 14 : Mysore
Day for sightseeing in and around Mysore, Jaganmohan Palace & Art Gallery, St.Philomena’s Cathedral, Chamundi Hill, Brindavan Gardens.
Day 15 : Mysure
After breakfast proceed to visit Srirangapattna, summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, is an island fortress encircled by river Cauvery, High stone walls and moats enclose temples, palaces and a great mosque. Tipu Sultan’s Srirangapatnam was largely destroyed by British, but parts of the fort area in the northwest survive, including gates, ramparts, arsenals, the grim dungeons (where chained British prisoners were allegedly forced to stand neck-deep in water) and the domed and minaret Jami Masjid mosque.
Day 16 : Mysure – Bangalore
After breakfast checkout the hotel and drive to Bangalore. After relaxation take a sightseeing trip to Lalbagh Botanical Garden and Vidhana Soudha.Overnight at Bangalore.
Day 17 : Bangalore
After breakfast take a sight seeing trip in and around Bangalore.Bangalore often referred to as ‘ The Garden City ‘ for its numerous parks and avenues of jacaranda, gulmohar and cassia is the sixth largest and one of the cleanest cities in India. Hiring a car is the ideal way to visit some of the attractions listed below.
(1) Cubbon Park & Museum
(2) Bull Temple
(3) City Market
(4) Fort & Tipu Sultan’s Palace and
(5) Ulsoor Lake.
Overnight at Bangalore.
Day 18 : Bangalore Airport Departure
After leisurely breakfast leave for Bangalore / Mumbai and drop at airport for your flight to onward destination.