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Just like an artist would treat his bestselling work, Nature sketched Western Ghats with the highest degree of creativity and brilliance, painted them with the most fascinating greens and bejeweled them with incredible vistas. Here, the nature’s best kept secrets like the beautiful bracket fungi, the fearless Bengal tigers, the multihued hornbills and the weird vine snakes are revealed through the thrilling jungle safari in India. As one decides to delve deeper into this spectacular mountain range in the Indian peninsula, some of the world’s most astounding lakes, rivers, waterfalls, eco-regions and tribal areas and treasures of biodiversity get unveiled.
The World Heritage-listed Ghats are also one of the world’s eight biodiversity hotspots. The British set their summer retreats in the Ghats that today have a count among the world’s top hill stations. Among the many moods and facets that the mountains put on display, the lush green and aromatic tea and coffee estates and spice plantations create unsurpassable magic on Western Ghats. Many of India’s premium national parks and wildlife sanctuaries roll the green carpets for the adventurers and constitute the best place for safari in India. And then there are hilltop forts, temples, churches and some exhilarating adventures like trekking, rafting, rock-climbing and camping that summon the tourists in flocks.
This itinerary borrows the most alluring shades from the colorful palette of Western Ghats and would inspire you to plan many more tours to this landscape-rich paradise of Mother Nature.
Arrive at Bangalore Airport from where we escort you to Nagarhole, one of the many wildlife reserves that constitute the enchanting Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is home to the majestic Bengal tigers and huge numbers of Indian elephants and bison, along with leopards, jackals, hyenas and bird species like oriental white ibis and Malabar grey hornbill. Check in at the resort and enjoy the night stay.
Enjoy a thrilling elephant safari to meet the jungle denizens. Bid adieu to Nagarhole as we drive you to Mudumalai, a national park in the shadow of the captivating Nilgiris (Blue Mountains). The jungles here are abode to leopards, tigers, elephants and gaurs and primates like bonnet macaque and birds like black-and-orange flycatcher, rufous-bellied hawk eagle and oriental honey-buzzard. Spend another memorable night at the booked resort in Mudumalai.
Start the day with an early morning jungle safari. Leave Mudumalai and travel to Ooty, the extremely pretty hill town in the Nilgiris. Explore the top tourist hotspots like Ooty Lake and Government Rose Garden and enjoy a glimpse into the invigorating tribal culture at the Tribal Research Centre Museum. From Ooty, we drive to Parambikulam Tiger Reserve. Retire to the booked resort and enjoy the stay on arrival.
Parambikulam hosts heart-warming tribal culture along with some great dam sites and the wildlife attractions like lion-tailed macaques, Bengal tigers, Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiri marten, elephants and more. We hire a tribal naturalist, who will guide you through stupendous viewpoints, dams like Parambikulam and Thunacadavu and Tribal Heritage Centre. One of the main highlights would be Asia’s largest (450 years old, believed as the world’s oldest) teak tree called Kannimara. Spend night at the resort after this fun-filled day.
Drive from Parambikulam to Chinnar where panthers, spotted deer, elephants, tigers, rusty-spotted cats, grizzles giant squirrels and other species reside. As many as 34 species of mammals, 245 species of birds and more than 50 types of reptiles make it a treasure trove of diverse life forms. You will be thrilled to discover the likes of mugger crocodile and Indian star tortoise. Apart from that, trekking, ecotourism, waterfalls and aromatic sandalwood forests are other attractions here. Check in at the resort and enjoy the overnight stay.
Located in the region are among the world’s few remaining sandalwood forests of Marayoor. Trek through Chinnar to explore these treasures of sandalwood and you may come across the megalithic dolmens found here. Enjoy unforgettable sunset views before retiring to the resort.
Take the route to Munnar, the spectacular hill station with cool ambiance and vast stretches of tea gardens. Make a stop at Eravikulam National Park, home to Anamudi Peak, the highest in the Ghats. Watch the fascinating landscapes of mist-laden blue slopes and unending tea estates from the park. You may also get lucky to find Neelkurinji Flowers that blossom just once in 12 years. Finally arrive at Thattekad and stay overnight.
Indian peninsula’s richest bird area, Thattekad is home to Indian pitta, Ceylon frogmouth, orange-headed thrush, drongo cuckoo and many other feathered creatures. Apart from bird-watching, river kayaking and village visits are other exciting activities you will enjoy here. Overnight stay will be at Thattekad.
Drive to Kumarakom and embark the houseboat which slowly drifts over the fairy-tale Kerala Backwaters. Make it the most pleasant night of the life as you enjoy the romantic journey and mouth-watering Kerala cuisines onboard.
Get ready for another awesome wildlife rendezvous at Periyar Tiger Reserve. Boasting of lavish greenery contributed by the trees like teaks, sandalwood and rosewoods and teal, coffee and cardamom plantations, the place is no less than a paradise. Choose among jeep and elephant safari to tigers, sambar, Indian giant squirrels, stripe-necked mongoose and other animals. Later, proceed to Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, yet another dwelling place of the wild. Retire to the forest rest house on arrival.
Kick start the day with jungle safari at Kalakad in the search of tigers, leopards, brown mongoose, lion-tailed macaques, sambar, slender loris and many other wild attractions. Then, we drive to Arippa where you will love to soak in the serene surroundings with rich flora and a variety of birds all around. Finally, drive to Trivandrum and check in at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport and board the scheduled flight back to home with so many cherishing memories.
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