Welcome to India. On arrival, you are received and transferred to your hotel. Hotel check-in time is 12 noon. Bangalore, known as the Garden City, is a delightful mix of the traditional and modern. The richly carved temples and the trappings of its royal past co-exist with it being a major commercial center and the Silicon Valley of India. An afternoon sightseeing tour of Bangalore begins with a visit to the Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery, established in 1886, which houses relics from prehistoric Mohenjodaro period. The tour concludes with a drive past the Vidhana Soudha, the High Court and the Nandi Bull Temple. Overnight in Bangalore
Drive from Bangalore to Kabini (225kms - 5hours). Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. The Nagarhole National Park, an enchanting 640 sq km park, has an abundance of wildlife including tiger, leopard, wild elephant, Indian wild dog and Indian bison. Other species include the spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, mongoose, civet, otter and more. The landscape is one of gentle slopes and shallow valleys. The change in terrain throughout the park in refreshing and the river system provides a unique wildlife viewing experience. Enjoy an afternoon Jungle Safari by jeep or boat, accompanied by a qualified naturalist to help you identify the flora and fauna of the region. Overnight in Nagarhole.
This morning you drive from Nagarhole to Bandipur (140kms - 4hours). Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Part of the massive Nilgiri biosphere, Bandipur National Park is an important Project Tiger reserve. The beautiful area is watered by 4 rivers - the Moyar, Kabini, Moolehole and Nugu. Afternoon Jungle Safari by jeep or boat accompanied by a qualified naturalist. Overnight in Bandipur.
Drive from Bandipur to Wayanad (170kms - 5hours). Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.A discreet hill station located in north western Kerala, Wayanad is set along the higher slopes of the Nilgiri Biosphere on the southern fringe of the Deccan Plateau. The region is a part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves in India. This is the most species-rich eco-region in peninsular India with eighty percent of the flowering plant species of the entire mountain range found here. Overnight in Wayanad.
Morning guided trek to the tropical rainforests surrounding the resort. See Nilagiri Langur, the Malabar Giant Squirrel, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Yellow Browed Bulbul besides a wide range of other species endemic to the Western Ghats. Overnight in Wayanad.
This morning you drive from Cheruthuruthy to Munnar (210kms - 5-6 hours) en route visiting Punnathur Kotta which is the largest elephant farm in India. It is home to about 62 elephants and you can witness the elephants being fed, bathed etc.Upon arrival at Munnar, check in at your hotel. Located at an altitude of 1524m in the Kanan Devan Hills, Munnar is a pretty little haven with a cool bracing climate. The important places of interest include the Kundale Tea Plantation, Rajamalai Park, The High Range Club and Eravikulam National Park. Overnight in Munnar.
Visit the Eravikulam National Park which spread over an area of 97 sq km and holds the largest viable population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrius). The Park is also the abode of the Nilgiri marten, ruddy mongoose, small clawed otter, dusky striped squirrel and many other rare species. Overnight in Munnar.
Morning drive from Munnar to Periyar (130kms - 4hours). Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats, in God?s Own Country, Kerala, is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. A picturesque lake lies at the heart of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which encompasses an area of 777 sq kms. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a permanent source of water for the local wildlife. Overnight in Periyar.
Morning and afternoon game viewing by boat. Cruise on the Periyar Lake to view the wildlife, which, often converges on the banks of the lake. The wildlife includes Wild Elephants, Indian Gaur, Monkeys, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Boar and birds of myriad varieties. Overnight in Periyar.
Drive from Munnar to Periyar (180kms - 5hours). Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Kochi (Cochin), one of India?s largest ports, has a rich trading and cultural history with the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Afternoon Proceed for the sightseeing tour of Cochin. The tour begins from the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays), also known as Mattancherry Palace, built by Portuguese in 1555 and famous for its murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. Adjacent to the palace is the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays) built in 1568. Also visit the St. Francis Church (closed on Sundays), established by the Portuguese Franciscan friars in 1503. Other attractions include a visit to the seaside where one can still see the, nearly a century old Chinese fishing nets, and the traditional fishing hamlets. Overnight in Cochin.