TIGER PARKS OF INDIA KABINI BLAK PANTHER LEOPARD TADOBA ANDHERI TIGER PARK

Information

This is an excellent tour for rich bird list and scoring endemic bird species of Southern India. This tour passes through some of the birding hot spots of India in the south like Kabini, Masinagudi, Valpari, Annamalai, Chinnar and Munnar to name a few. This tour also has a couple of cultural highlights like Hampi, Bangalore, Hassan, Belur, Shravanabelagola etc.

We have designed the tour to visit Daroji Bear Sanctuary as well to see the black beauty in the natural habitat. Our excellent ground guide team and co-coordinators will work tirelessly to make your tour a fantastic experience.

This tour is full of walking, lots of birding, mammal sightings, general and wildlife photography and a unique experience of being in south india and learn a little about the history of the region and its rich and colorful culture.

Important

Good time to operate this tour is from November thru to March and booking well in advance provides us time to book the desired hotels/lodges strategically located to maximise our bird species and wildlife moments.
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Dates and Prices

Departures are available every month for this tour. Please write to us for the dates that suit you.

Please write to us for very attractive prices.

Miscellaneous

Please write to us for Bird and Mammal list for this tour. Also let us know if you require details of clothing recommendations, equipment etc.
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Itinerary

Click on a day below to see what will be taking place.

Day 01 – Arrive Bangalore

Upon arrival at Bangalore international airport out ground staff will meet and assist and transfer to the hotel in Bangalore city. Bangalore is a big city and an Information Technology (IT) hub. It is also the capital of Karnataka state with a population of 8.426 million (2011 Survey)

Day 02 - Bangalore to Hampi

In the morning visit the famous "Cubbon Park" and Lal Bagh Botanical gardens and later visit to the Vidhan Sauda. Later board an overnight train to Hospet.

We may also visit "Kokerebellur Pelicanery" depending upon the time we have at hand.
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Day 03 - Arriva Hospet and transfer to hotel.

Arrive at Hospet and upon arrival transfer to a hotel for wash and change and later visit Hampi for full day exploring the UNESCO world heritage site……the capital city of the famous Vijaya Nagar Empire. Return to the "Sloth Bear Resort" next to Daroji Bear sanctuary for night stay.

Hampi
The first historical settlements in Hampi date back to 1 CE. Hampi formed one of the core areas of the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire from 1336 to 1565, when it was finally laid siege to by the Deccan Muslim confederacy. Hampi was chosen because of its strategic location, bounded by the torrential Tungabhadra river on one side and surrounded by defensible hills on the other three sides.

The site is significant historically and architecturally. The topography abounds with large stones which have been used to make statues of Hindu deities. The Archaeological Survey of India continues to conduct excavations in the area, to discover additional artifacts and temples.

Hampi is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, it continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi. The name is derived from Pampa, which is the old name of the Tungabhadra River on whose banks the city is built. The name "Hampi" is an anglicized version of the Kannada Hampe (derived from Pampa). Over the years, it has also been referred to as Vijayanagara and Virupakshapura (from Virupaksha, the patron deity of the Vijayanagara rulers).

Day 04 – At Daroji

A full day excursion to Daroji bear sanctuary and the villages nearby for birding. A unique landscape and very good habitat for endemic bird species.

Day 05 - Hampi to Hassan

After breakfast drive to Hassan. The drive often passes through small towns and villages……interesting tea stops and chance to mix with the locals. Upon arrival at Hassan transfer to the hotel and later visit the famous sites of Belur/Halebid and Sharavanabelagola.

Hassan - the main city in the Hassan district, which has an area of 6814 sq.km dates back to the 11th century, during the Hoysala dynasty, which lasted from the eleventh to the fourteenth century. Their capital was at Dwarasamundra (Dwaravati-pura), the ruins of which are still to be seen scattered round the town of Halebidu. The earlier kings were of the Jain faith, but the finest temples were dedicated to Shiva by the later monarchs in the dynasty. While the Hoysalas were at the zenith of their power, much of southern India was under their influence.

Belur is one of the famous historical sites near Hassan. Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire. With Halebiddu which is only 16 km away, this is one of the major tourist destinations in the state of Karnataka. The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakesava temple complex which contains the Chennakesava Temple (dedicated to god Vishnu) as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana.

Shravanabelagola is most important Jain pilgrim centers. It reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Gangas of Talakad. The 57 feet monolithic statue of the Bhagavan Gomateshwara Bahubali is located on the Vindyagiri hill. It is considered to be the world's largest monolithic stone statue and was erected by Chavundaraya, a general of King Gangaraya. The base of the statue has an inscription in Prakrit, dating from 981 AD. Every twelve years, thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the Mahamastakabhisheka, a spectacular ceremony in which the statue is covered with milk, yogurt, ghee, saffron and gold coins. The next Mahamastakabhisheka will be held in 2018.

Day 06 - Hassan to Coorg

After breakfast drive to Coorg via the interesting country side. Upon arrival at Coorg transfer to the resort. Later in the late afternoon bird walk around the resort. Coorg is one of the most beautiful places in Karnataka with fields of coffee plantations, green cardamom and black pepper plantations. Natural beauty in abundance.


Day 07 - Coorg to Mysore

In the morning we will enjoy walk through coffee plantation and visit some famous sites and later in the afternoon we will drive to Mysore. Upon arrival in Mysore transfer to the hotel.

Our visit to coorg is to witness its natural beauty and taste the delicious food that it is popular for. A coffee plantation trek will be organized today with a local guide and we will learn about the flora and fauna and culture of Coorg. Kodagu, also known by its anglicized former name of Coorg, is an administrative district in Karnataka, India. It occupies an area of 4,102 square kilometres (1,584 sq mi) in the Western Ghats of southwestern Karnataka. Kodagu is well known in the world for coffee and its "brave warriors". Madikeri is the headquarters of Kodagu. The district is bordered by Dakshina Kannada district to the northwest, Hassan district to the north, Mysore district to the east, Kannur district of Kerala to the southwest, and the Wayanad district of Kerala to the south.

Day 08 - Mysore to Kabini

Travelling South-West into the Ghats to enter the Nilgiri Biosphere and biodiversity hotspots, a scenic two hour drive brings us to Nagarhole National Park, former hunting reserve of the Maharajahs of Mysore, where deciduous forest along the Kabini river harbors Big cats, sloth bears, leopards, elephants and monkeys, as well as the rare Malabar trogon and Indian pitta. Enroute we will pass through numerous lakes and sacred groves rich in birds. We have time to rest before lunch and settle into comfortable jungle lodge. An optional bird watching walk and a three hour early evening boat ride on the lake in search of wildlife. Overnight in hotel.

Day 09 - Kabini NP

We have the choice of a jeep safari before breakfast, with the naturalists guiding us, or a relaxing start watching birds, butterflies. The village and the bushes around the resort is very rich in bird life. Visit to Denukurumba village and tribal hamlet before lunch. In the late afternoon we again go for a jeep safari or boat safari for more wildlife.

Day 10 - (140km) Kabini to Masinagudi

Setting off around 8am, we have a long, but extremely picturesque drive through the plateau towards South east section of Nilgiri bio reserve, where Bandipur National Park and Mudumalai Tiger Reserve is located. The route is through Nugu reservoir. Enroute depends on climate and time we will visit Gopalswamypet, a hillock in Bandipur National Park for landscape photography and birding. Lunch enroute. Reach Mazinagudi through Bandipur National park. Rest and evening birding or owling. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 11 - Masinagudi

An early morning jeep safari through Mazinagudi visiting Zingara and Moyar forest for birds and animals. Return to the resort. After lunch proceed to Bandipur National park. Afternoon wildlife safari through the park for wildlife. Return to hotel

Day 12 - (30km) Masinagudi to Ooty

Setting off around 8 am, a picturesque drive from 800MSL to 2000MSL through Kaikatty Ghat road in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, watching the landscapes, waterfalls (seasonal), birds and farms. visit to shola patches for birds in Ooty before settling in the hotel (This drive is possible only with cars, jeeps or SUV, no big vans are allowed, In this case we will bring the guests by jeep to Kaikatty junction where the regular road meet the ghat road) Afternoon visit to a Thoda Tribal village, their rainbow temple, birding in sholas and visit to Botanical garden. Overnigh at hotel in Ooty.

Day 13 - Ooty to Anamalai

Today we have a long drive. Take the morning blue mountain train (Heritage train) from Ooty to Coonoor (18km). There we will meet our driver and proceed to Anamalai through Mettupalayam Ghat road and Palakkad gap, biggest gap in Western Ghats. Anamalai is located in the foothill of Anamalai Bio-sphere and the highest mountain in South India. It is our destination for the next 2 nights in a welcoming farmsaty set on a private estate growing vanilla, banana & coconuts, at the edge of Anamalai Tiger Reserve. After a late lunch we have a butterfly and bird watching walk on the estate, looking for Paradise flycatchers and blue-winged parakeets moving through the forest. In a dusk walk we can try owling for mottled wood owl. Stay the night at Farm at Anamalai.

Day 14 – Anamalai

This day is for a visit to Annamalai Tiger Reserve, sharing flora and fauna with Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. Walking safari through Maruthum Koodam moist deciduous forest and Kariyanchola Rainforest for wildlife and birds Great Pied Hornbill and Srilankan Frog Mouth etc. Visit to an elephant orphanage inside Anamalai Tiger Reserve can be arranged in the evening. Return to resort. Overnight stay at a Farm at Annamalai…..Banyan Tree Farm.

Day 15 - Anamalai to Valpari

A full day to explore Valpari for Lion Tailed Macaque, birds and Cliff landscape, tea plantation and a drive through the highest Ghat road in South India. Return to farm stay.

Stay here at Briar Tea Bunglow.

Day 16 – Valparai to Chinnar

After morning birding and breakfast proceed to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, through Amaravathi Reserve of Annamalai Tiger Reserve. Check in to the jungle camp at Chinnar. The Jungle camp in Chinnar is accessible only by foot. The camps are located inside the wildlife zone. The accommodation is basic, sleeping bags, sheets, mattress, toilet paper and blankets will be provided. Freshly cooked dinner and breakfast will be served in the camp. The Chinnar camp is ideal for Walking Safari. There is immense scope for walking and wildlife tracking. The sanctuary is famous for its undulated landscape, White Wild Gaur, Grizzled Giant Squirrel, yellow throated bulbul, forest eagle owl, Oriental fish owl, white rumped shama etc. Overnight in camp. No night walk is permitted here. We can visit a Malapulaya Tribal settlement.

Day 17 - Chinnar to Munnar.

Check out from jungle camp after morning walking safari. Proceed to Munnar through Marayur. Visit to the village and Dolmen mount. After an early lunch proceed to Munnar through Anamudichola National Park, Kundala dam, watching birds and fabulous landscapes. Check in to a Hotel in Munnar.

Day 18 - Munnar to Kochi airport for flight out

Timely transfer to the Kochi airport for flight to next destination.

TOUR PLACES

Below are the places that are visited on this specific tour

EXTENSION TOUR

THATTEKAD OR SALIM ALI BIRD SANCTUARY

We highly recommend a three night and four days stay at Thattekad and visit the renowned bird sanctuary. Thattekad is a birding hotspot of Kerala with more than 250 bird species have been recorded in this area. Our services will include stay at a bird resort, transport, birding guide and rafting/kayaking on Periyar River.

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Please get in touch with us for your requirement and we will be happy to assist you and design a program as per your need and provide all tour related services from your arrival to Departure. Arrival/Departure assistance, hotel and jungle resort booking, inland transport and transfers, Jungle safaris, guides, drivers, entry fees, specialist naturalists, particular specie target, highly professional services will be provided. Our team has an experience of over hundred years collectively in client service and we enjoy very high reputation.
 

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