Arrive Bangalore by international flight, after a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would assist you at the airport and transfer to hotel for check-in. Bangalore , the garden city. The spacious city has many imposing structures full of historic and modern architecture. The majestic Vidhana Soudha, a magnificent post-independence structure housing the State legislature and Secretariat, stands in the center of the city with its attractive dome and galleries.
Today we take a guided tour of Bangalore, visiting Tipu Sultan's Palace; the layout of the palace gives the idea of the ethnic Mughal lifestyle. The fort and its remains present the history of the era in which it was built. The construction of the Tipu palace was started by Haider Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan, it is now a museum. Also visit Iskcon Temple, harmonious blend of the Dravidian and modern architecture. The building has some of the modern facilities along with Vedic preaching library. Next we visit the Lal Bagh Garden, name Lal Bagh has been given to it for the wonderfully bloomed red roses that remain blooming all through the year. Haider Ali started building this garden in 1760. Later we drive to Mysore, capital city of the Wodeyars kingdom. It has always enchanted its admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad avenues and sacred temples. There's an old world charm about the city that reaches out to everyone.
Today we take a tour of Mysore, we visit the Srirangapatnam, the historic capital of Tipu Sultan known for his struggle against British rule. Several monuments relating to his rule are sprinkled across the island. Later we visit Darya Daulat, commonly known as Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan is situated amidst scenic surroundings on an island formed by two branches of the River Cauvery. We also visit Maharaja Palace, designed by British architect Henry Irwin, the Amba Villas Palace as it is also known, was completed in 1912. Chamundi Hill, which is topped with a 12th century temple of Durga with the magnificent 5m tall Nandi, Carved from single piece of granite in 1659, its one of largest in India.
Nagarhole National Park, famous for the tawny, black-striped Royal Bengal Tiger, elusive and stealthy, noble and regal. Established in the year 1955 as a wildlife sanctuary, it was designated a national park twenty years later. The park today stretches in a series of gentle hills and valleys, north of the river Kabini. The park is centered on a perennial water reservoir formed in 1974, when the Kabini River was dammed. It has all the resident wildlife of the Nilgiri hills: Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur, bison, leopard, Asian elephant, wild boar, deer, dhole (wild dog) and porcupine, besides tigers. A high canopy of trees- up to thirty meters tall in some places- harbors rare birds such as the endangered Malabar trogon, the Malabar pied hornbill and the crested hawk-eagle.
Early morning wildlife tours and bird screening in the park or a Coracle ride on the Kabini River are the engagements. Enjoy an evening jeep ride or an Elephant ride Into the Nagarhole jungle.
Today we will drive to BR Hills, Biligirirangana range of hills are picturesquely situated between the Cauvery and Kapila rivers. At a height of 5,091 feet above sea level, this hill stretches from north to south for about 16 Kms. All round are deciduous trees. And roaming amidst the long grass and tall trees are animals. Plenty of them! So if you're looking for a cool time with a little bit of wild excitement thrown in, welcome to BR Hills. Wake up to the chirping of birds and humming of bees. Breathe in fresh, clean air. Take a stroll through the sylvan surroundings. And let the cool breeze blow your cares away.
Day 07: BR Hills - Bandipur National Park (60 km - 01 hr)
Today we drive to Bandipur. Bandipur National park is one the many reserves located within the forest belt between the Western Ghats and the Nilgiri Mountains. Most of these reserves are demarcated more by political boundaries than by truly physical ones. Bandipur lies in the southern state of Karnataka and covers a forest area of 865 square kilometers. It was declared a National Park in 1974 and is one of the original 9 tiger reserves under the watchful eye of "Project Tiger".
Today we drive to Ooty (Udagamandalam), Queen of hill stations and the capital of Nilgiri district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiri means Blue Mountains. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. It was a very popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. An added attraction for the tourists is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair - raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens.
Today we drive to Munnar, located at the confluence of the mountain streams Muthirappuzha, Chanduvarai and Kundala. It is surrounded by wild Jungle, it is wet and cold for most of the season. During the British rule of India, it was developed to cultivate tea plants. It was a favorite place for those of the British who were in the know and it is sometimes referred to as the 'Switzerland of India' for its natural surroundings and Old World architecture. A picture book town, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience.
Today wetake a tour visiting the tea estate spread like a green carpet over a large area. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. Later we visit Eravikulam National Park, set up for the preservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Park has the largest known population of Tahr existing in the world and also shelters Atlas Moth, Elephants, Sambhars, Gaurs, Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri, Langur, Tiger and Leopard. It exhibits the breathtaking natural splendor of rolling grasslands and exotic flowers. Anamudi, the highest peak south of Himalayas, towers over the pride of the sanctuary. (Closed: January and February).
Today we drive to Periyar (Thekkady), one of India's most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where one can watch wildlife at close range. The vegetation, the flora and fauna and the birds are uniquely rich, vast and varied that it does not bear semblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Even a casual visitor to this place will not fail to observe the special ecological pattern. The very sound of the name conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hill and spice scented plantations. The sanctuary is one of the best in the country for watching and photographing wild life. Notable among the inhabitants are the tigers, majestic Asiatic wild elephants and distinctive Nilgiri Langur. A cruise through the waters of Periyar lake around which the wild:life sanctuary is situated, offers a soul stirring pleasant experience.
Later we explore the sanctuary to experience the beauty and ecological pattern.
Today at sun rise we take a boat ride to viewwildlife in the sanctuary on Lake Periyar. After two hours of wildlife viewing we get back to the hotel for breakfast.
Later we drive to Kumarakom, a cluster of little islands, on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Kuttanad, the 'Wonder Land' believed to have been lying below the sea level, sprang out into the marshes when the sea receded later. The land of lakes, canals and paddy fields, Kumarakom transports you to sheer ecstasy. Holiday on the houseboats, traditional Kettuvallam, are an out-of-this-world experience at Kumarakom. Furthermore Vembanad Lake is home to several types of marine life exclusively the Karimeen (Pearl Spotted Fish), Chemeen (Prawns) and Konju (Tiger Prawns).
Today we visit Kumarakom Bird sanctuary. There are two seasons for birds between October and February there are cormorants, teals, and other ducks and from February to July there are darters (snake birds), night herons, egrets, and Siberian storks. It also has golden backed woodpecker, crow pheasant, white-breasted water hen, tree pie etc.
Later we board the houseboat, locally called Kettuvallam, cruise around beautiful backwaters of Kumarakom to Alleppey to observe and experience the daily life of the villagers along the backwaters.
Today morning we disembark houseboat and drive straight for Kovalam, South of Trivandrum. There are two main beaches at Kovalam, separated by a high cliff. It is finding a new significance in the light of several Ayurvedic salons and recuperation and regeneration resorts which provide a slew of Ayurvedic.
Today we will ensure a punctual transfer to the International airport to board your flight for onward travel. Our tour concludes: Caper assists you with your transfer to the airport for boarding onward flight, thanks you for your patronage and looks forward to serving you again in the near future.