Southern Jungles

Southern Jungles

India’s vast southern peninsula is a tropical paradise, with several mountain ranges carving the region into a variety of habitats ranging from pristine forest and grassy hill-slopes, to placid rivers and man-made lakes.

The World Heritage Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve covers 5,000 km2 of the Western Ghats’ moist, evergreen, dry and tropical forests. On this wildlife and birding trip, discover Bandipur and Mudumalai, two of India’s best wildlife reserves, and parts of this biosphere reserve. Visit protected regions such as Ooty and Valparai (equivalent to AONB in the UK), which also fall under this biosphere reserve. The biodiversity is so astounding that new species continue to be discovered in these forests.

The Periyar Tiger Reserve around its eponymous lake offers a unique opportunity to watch wildlife from a boat. A true birdwatchers’ paradise, sections of the forest can also be explored on foot.

For those seeking a different wildlife experience than the jungles of North or Central India, this is an ideal holiday. Families with teenage children will particularly enjoy being able to trek into the forests accompanied by our knowledgeable naturalist.

12 DAYS
FROM £2495
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WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Activities and excursions as specified
  • Entrance fees/tickets for the above
  • In-destination transfers & transport
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • English speaking guides
  • 24/7 support while you travel

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Day 1: Arrival in Bangalore - Mysore

On arrival in Bangalore, you’ll be met by our representative and transfer to Mysore.

Enjoy birding around Mysore & at the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary on boats. Get close views of the avian life, as well as the crocodiles and turtles in these waters.

Dinner
Day 2: Bandipur National Park

After breakfast, drive to Bandipur (4 hrs).

Arrive Bandipur and check in at your safari lodge.

Later, enjoy an afternoon safari in the Bandipur National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Bandipur - Mudumalai

The morning safari in Bandipur National Park is followed by drive to Mudumalai.

In Mudumalai, after checking in at your lodge, embark on an afternoon’s bird watching walk led by a local tribal guide  around the jungles of Mudumalai National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Mudumalai National Park

This morning, enjoy another bird walk with your local tribal guide.

Later, go on an afternoon Jeep Safari in Mudumalai National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Ooty-Valparai

After breakfast, drive to the lush woods of Valparai.

En-route, enjoy birding at Ooty, looking for the Nilgiri Laughing Thrush among other species.

In Valparai, search for the Lion Tailed Macaque and other wildlife on foot and by vehicle on an afternoon safari.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Valparai
Today, continue exploring the region around Valparai  on walking & vehicle safaris, looking for the Lion Tailed Macaque and other wildlife, along with the rich birdlife.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Munnar

This morning, walk in the Chinnar Forest, a haven for birds and small mammals.

Drive to the hill resort town of Munnar, offering great birding opportunities on a walk around Munnar this afternoon.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Munnar
Continue to explore the region for high altitude endemics & the endangered Nilgiri Tahr with your guide who’ll accompany you to local sites rich in birding and wildlife. There are several trails to choose from.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Periyar Tiger Reserve

After breakfast, drive to Periyar (4 hrs).

Enjoy a spot of birding at Bodi Ghats en-route.

Arrive at Periyar and check in at your lodge.

Later, embark on a forest walk at Periyar Tiger Reserve in the afternoon with your guide.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Periyar Tiger Reserve
Continue your exploration of the rich wildlife and birdlife of the jungles of Periyar Tiger Reserve on two forest walks and a boat safari on the Periyar Lake.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Periyar- Thattekad

This morning, bid farewell to Periyar Tiger Reserve on a dawn boat safari in Periyar. The dawn safari is often the most scenic, as rolling mist on the lake gives it an ethereal beauty.  Later, as the sun warms up, the mist clears to reveal herds of Elephants, Gaur and perhaps even a tiger enjoying a morning drink on the edge of the lake.

After breakfast drive to Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary(3.5 hrs).

Enjoy birding and looking for  smaller endemic mammals in Thattekad.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Departure from Cochin
As the wildlife adventure comes to an end today, after enjoying your breakfast, you’ll be driven to Cochin Airport to catch your return flight.
Breakfast
Day 1: Arrival in Bangalore - Mysore

On arrival in Bangalore, you’ll be met by our representative and transfer to Mysore.

Enjoy birding around Mysore & at the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary on boats. Get close views of the avian life, as well as the crocodiles and turtles in these waters.

Dinner
Day 2: Bandipur National Park

After breakfast, drive to Bandipur (4 hrs).

Arrive Bandipur and check in at your safari lodge.

Later, enjoy an afternoon safari in the Bandipur National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Bandipur - Mudumalai

The morning safari in Bandipur National Park is followed by drive to Mudumalai.

In Mudumalai, after checking in at your lodge, embark on an afternoon’s bird watching walk led by a local tribal guide  around the jungles of Mudumalai National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Mudumalai National Park

This morning, enjoy another bird walk with your local tribal guide.

Later, go on an afternoon Jeep Safari in Mudumalai National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Ooty-Valparai

After breakfast, drive to the lush woods of Valparai.

En-route, enjoy birding at Ooty, looking for the Nilgiri Laughing Thrush among other species.

In Valparai, search for the Lion Tailed Macaque and other wildlife on foot and by vehicle on an afternoon safari.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Valparai
Today, continue exploring the region around Valparai  on walking & vehicle safaris, looking for the Lion Tailed Macaque and other wildlife, along with the rich birdlife.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Munnar

This morning, walk in the Chinnar Forest, a haven for birds and small mammals.

Drive to the hill resort town of Munnar, offering great birding opportunities on a walk around Munnar this afternoon.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Munnar
Continue to explore the region for high altitude endemics & the endangered Nilgiri Tahr with your guide who’ll accompany you to local sites rich in birding and wildlife. There are several trails to choose from.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Periyar Tiger Reserve

After breakfast, drive to Periyar (4 hrs).

Enjoy a spot of birding at Bodi Ghats en-route.

Arrive at Periyar and check in at your lodge.

Later, embark on a forest walk at Periyar Tiger Reserve in the afternoon with your guide.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Periyar Tiger Reserve
Continue your exploration of the rich wildlife and birdlife of the jungles of Periyar Tiger Reserve on two forest walks and a boat safari on the Periyar Lake.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Periyar- Thattekad

This morning, bid farewell to Periyar Tiger Reserve on a dawn boat safari in Periyar. The dawn safari is often the most scenic, as rolling mist on the lake gives it an ethereal beauty.  Later, as the sun warms up, the mist clears to reveal herds of Elephants, Gaur and perhaps even a tiger enjoying a morning drink on the edge of the lake.

After breakfast drive to Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary(3.5 hrs).

Enjoy birding and looking for  smaller endemic mammals in Thattekad.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Departure from Cochin
As the wildlife adventure comes to an end today, after enjoying your breakfast, you’ll be driven to Cochin Airport to catch your return flight.
Breakfast

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INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

Price Includes

  • The services of an experienced Naturalist/Birding guide throughout the trip (from Day 01 till Day 12)
  • Accommodation in the named or similar hotels/resorts
  • All meals (starting from Dinner on Day 01 till Breakfast on Day 12)
  • Air-conditioned vehicles throughout your trip
  • All entrance charges to Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks
  • 1 exclusive boat safari at Ranganthittu
  • 1 jeep safari (by exclusive jeep) at Mudumalai
  • 2 jeep safaris (by shared vehicles) at Bandipur. Unfortunately, safari in exclusive vehicles are not permitted here.
  • 3 walks into Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • 2 boat safaris on Lake Periyar in Periyar National Park
  • All birding walks as in itinerary
  • All currently applicable taxes

Price Excludes

  • Any International & domestic flights
  • Tips to Naturalist & driver
  • Camera fee wherever levied
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone calls, tips etc.
  • Any other item not mentioned explicitly in the inclusions

Our prices do not include international flights unless explicitly stated.

The price shown is per person, based on two people travelling and sharing a room, outside peak periods. Prices may vary depending on the time of travel, and single supplements may apply.