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Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destinations: Cochin – Thattekad – Periyar – Munnar – Coonoor – Mudumalai – Mysore – Bangalore
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Detailed Tour itinerary for South India Bird Watching Tour Package-
Arrive Cochin Airport. Transfer to your hotel in Fort Cochin for 02 nights. Enjoy a sunset cruise to see the Chinese fishing nets, an auto-rickshaw ride through the spice bazaars of the old town, visit the Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church and the Dutch Palace.; enjoy a Kathakali dance performance.
Proceed to Thattekad, by far the best birding sot in South India. In an area of approximately 25 sq kms over 270 species have been recorded. Stay for 02 nights at the Hornbill Camp.
Drive to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary; one of the best kept wildlife sanctuaries in South India. With over 320 bird species identified and a leading habitat for the Bengal Tiger; this sanctuary is an ideal destination of the tour. Enjoy treks on jeeps and foot for wildlife and birding; enjoy boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot wild elephants.
After breakfast, you will set out for an adventurous short trek in the Letchmi hills of Munnar enjoying beautiful sights on the way. You may even see the highest peak in south india, anaimudi. You will have lunch during the trek only and you might get a chance to spot some endemic birds of Western Ghats. After reaching the highest point, you will board your vehicle to return to the hotel. Enjoy sound sleep overnight at the hotel.
After delicious south Indian breakfast, you will set out towards Periyar which will take approximately 4 hours. Later in the afternoon you can enjoy a short elephant ride to the spice market where a plantation expert will join you to acquaint you with the local variety of spices, their harvest and cultivation. Relax overnight at the hotel.
Proceed to Munnar, a major tea-producing region via the Ghats visiting Cumbam enroute. We will go birding in the sholas and grasslands. Stay for 02 nights at your resort in Munnar.
Start early in the morning for birding in Chinnar. Take a long drive to Coonoor to reach by evening. Overnight at the resort.
After birding at Coonoor, make our way to Mudumalai located at the foot of the Nilgiri Hills. The terrain is varied with hills, valleys, ravines, watercourses and swamps, moist deciduous forests, dry deciduous forests and scrub forests and hence an ideal birding country. Overnight at the resort.
Proceed towards Mysore, birding along the way near the Bandipur Reserve. Stay for two nights at your hotel in Mysore. Visit the famous heronry on the islands of the Cauvery River at the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary. Visit Mysore Palace, Srirangapattanam, Chamundi Hill, Nandi Bull and the colorful Devaraja Market.
Late morning drive to Bangalore. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city. Overnight at the hotel.
Departure transfer to Bangalore Airport to board your return flight.