17 Days |
What tour can be a more adventurous and relaxing both at the same time, than the one which would take you through the flora and fauna and some beautiful and mesmerizing beaches. Join us on this wonderful and fascinating trip to catch a glimpse of the wildlife of Central India and the beauty of “God’s Own Country” - Kerala. Cherish the possibility of finding Tigers and other rare animals in the Kanha, Pench and Bandhavgarh National Park and then experience the backwaters and beaches in the beautiful state of Kerala. All these beautiful experiences should surely give your mind the peace and calm it needs.
All three National Parks - Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench are one of the most promising National Parks in Central India. Bandhavgarh is associated with a rich historical background and the tiger population density in this region is the highest in the world. Kanha National Park has a rich variety of Flora and Fauna due to its forests being moist and wet. In Pench National Park, you will experience the original backdrop of Rudyard Kipling’s novel - “The Jungle Book”. Be one with this iconic novel at the place of its inspiration.
After the wildlife tour, your next destination will be the beautiful land of Kerala. Often known as “God’s Own Country” because of its mesmerizing scenic beauty, Kerala should leave you awe inspired after your visit here. You get to see the beautiful mountains situated in Munnar and the spice gardens also situated here. You even get to stay in a house boat and see the waterways of Alleppey. And lastly you will get to relax yourself at the warm beach of Kovalam on the coast of Arabian Sea.
Visit to Kanha National Park to see the magnificent flora and fauna in the region.
Visiting Pench Tiger Reserve to catch a glimpse of the Indian Tigers.
Visit to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve to see some more Tigers and Bandhavgarh Fort.
Experiencing palm tree lined beaches at Kovalam.
Capturing the scenic beauty of high altitude Munnar.
Experiencing Backwaters in the town of Alleppey and a night in houseboats.
On day 1, your journey will start at the Delhi Airport, where you will board a flight to Jabalpur. Jabalpur is the closest airport to Bandhavgarh National Park. It will be a morning flight which will take you to the “Heart of India”. Meal will be provided inside the flight itself so that post landing in Jabalpur, you can continue your onward journey to the Tiger Reserve. Once you reach Jabalpur Airport, you will be greeted by your driver who will take you for a 4-hour drive to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. The car will be loaded with all the essential snacks like juice, fruits and water to make your travel more comfortable and keep you rehydrated. It’s a 4 hours’ drive from Jabalpur to Bandhavgarh. The roads are usually a bit busy but they turn rural and empty once you get closer and closer to the Tiger Reserve. Once you reach Bandhavgarh, you will be checked in to your lodge which is resting at the edge of the Tiger Reserve. Every evening you can hear sounds of Deer’s alarming you of Leopard spotting. Your first day should end giving you time to relax with some drinks and a hearty dinner. Stay overnight at Bandhavgarh Tigeer Reserve.
You will be woken up in the morning to a bed coffee/tea as the day here starts early. The tea/coffee should help you kick out the sleep and refresh yourself. After having tea/coffee and some breakfast, you will board a 4x4 jeep and start for a journey towards the National Park. Food will be loaded in the jeep so you munch along the nature. On your journey you will find various fascinating animals like sloth bear, jackal, Indian Fox and wolves. Other than these animals you can even find different species of mongoose, palm squirrels and common langurs. You can also spot different types of birds which can surely tantalize your senses and awaken the bird watcher inside you. The main highlight of this park out of all is the opportunity to photograph and experience the Tiger Population. Your first day will end with an overnight stay here at Bandhavgarh
On day 3, you will experience more of Bandhavgarh. This park helps you get closer than ever to the big cats. Be one with the nature and watch these magnificent big cats wander in the wild. After the morning safari, you will be back in your lodge by 11 am as the park closes at this hour till late afternoon post which you can again leave for another tour through the National Park. The Safari is also a good place to go to if you want to go bicycling or for a walk. You will be accompanied by a local guide who will show you around the park and you can experience the nature even more intimately. You can get to know the locals around this place and if you are lucky enough you can even catch a glimpse of the Chinkara Antelope. If all that seems very tiring you can even rest in your camp’s veranda with a book in your hand and be amidst the silent nature. Overnight stay here.
Once you are done with your breakfast you will hop on into the car for your next location – Kanha National Park. It is a 6 hours’ drive to Kanha National Park from Bhandhavgarh, through the rural India. The scenic beauty of rural India is quite magnificent. Once you reach Kanha, you will be checked in to your accommodation which is a luxurious tent, with canvas wall and strong foundation. The tent has ensuite bathroom. We make sure that locals are employed for service here in accommodation to create employment for them. At the centre of the of the camp is a water reserve which acts like an attraction to birds like kingfisher. Once you have checked in, relax in your camp and you can even go for bird watching. Catch some sleep as you will need some energy to go around Kanha National Park. You can retreat to your beds for overnight stay at Kanha.
Just like any other wildlife park, you will greet your mornings pretty early here also. You will be served with tea or coffee as per your liking. This will refresh you for your morning Safari in Kanha National Park. Breakfast will be carried along during the safari to give you the experience of a picnic in the National Park itself. You will get the opportunity to have your meals under the canopies of the forest and in the middle of nature. After the morning safari, you will return back to your accommodation by late morning to grab some rest before leaving for an evening safari to spot more wild animals in the National Park. You will retreat to your accommodation post a hectic day at Kanha. Overnight stay at Kanha.
On 6th day you will see more of the National Park. The Kanha National Park is unique in the number of different species of birds and animals you can spot here. Around 22 different big mammals 250 different species of birds can be found in this region. Enjoy a walk in this park to spot the most fascinating of creatures and the mesmerizing flora. You can even get a chance to meet the local tribal community of Kanha. Overnight stay at Kanha National Park.
Once you are done with your morning safari again at Kanha, you will start your onwards journey to Pench Tiger Reserve. This tiger reserve is the background for Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel – “The Jungle Book”. The travel to Pench will take you 3 hours. You will arrive in Pench by evening. You will be taken to your beautifully designed Camp which will act as your accommodation. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included in the itinerary. Overnight stay at Pench Tiger reserve
Pench Tiger Reserve is located in the Satpura Hills. The tiger reserve is covered mostly by teak trees and have a beautiful and scenic look to it. Pench is known all over the world for its high density of Deers found here. It is home to a large population of Deers. Due to this high population of Deer species, it acts as an attraction to the carnivorous animals too thus you can expect to see a lot of carnivorous animals in this region. Different species of Deers like the Sambhar and the spotted Deer can be found in this region. You can even spot the Gaur or Indian Bison also here. Other than these animals, the main highlight of this National Park are the big cats found here like the leopard and tigers. These animals are sure to take your breath away by their magnificent looks. Other than these animals, Pench is home to 39 species of mammals and 13 species of reptiles. You can enjoy your day here by either spending your day in the lodge watching the local wildlife or by going on a game drive deeper into the forest. Overnight stay here.
You will leave Pench early morning to Nagpur Airport which is a 2-hour drive. You will catch a flight from here to Mumbai, where you will change your flight to board the one that will take you to Cochin. Once you reach Cochin, you will be greeted by your driver who will accompany you to your accommodation. You have an option to extend your stay at Cochin to catch the local sightseeing here in Cochin. You can visit the Mattancherry Palace or the Cochin Museum, walk by the beach side to relax yourself and then retreat back to your accommodation to take some rest. Overnight stay here.
Once you have a hearty breakfast in the morning, you will embark on your journey to Munnar which is 1800 meters above sea level. Once you will reach Munnar, you will be transferred to your hotel for accommodation. Here in Munnar there are plenty of things you can do such as going to Eravikulam National Park which is full of Tea Plantation and scenic beauty. You can visit the Tata Tea Plantation where you will learn everything about how tea is packaged. Retreat back to your accommodation to get some rest. Overnight stay at Munnar.
On the second day here in Munnar, you can visit the Thirumeny Cultural Centre to watch Kathakali and Indian form of Martial Arts – Kalaripayattu. Later in the evening visit the beautiful Attuckal Water Falls and then retreat to your room. You can explore more of Munnar's natural beauty by visiting waterfalls and forests. Stay overnight at Munnar.
After your trip in Munnar, you will start your journey forward to the city of Alleppey after a hearty breakfast in the morning. Alleppey is small laidback town in Kerala, about 4 and a half hours drive from Munnar. Here in Alleppey you can experience the awesome moments of relaxing on a houseboat and experiencing palm trees and Ayurveda Massage. Go on Kayaking in the narrow backwaters of Alleppey. Your stay and dinner will all be inside the houseboat itself which is a quite unique experience in itself. Overnight stay at Alleppey.
After you are done with your breakfast, the boat will land at the dock where you will meet your driver who will drive you to Kovalam. Here in Kovalam, your stay will be in a beach resort. Kovalam is known as the beach town. You can experience the serenity and beauty of the beaches here and the Palm trees lining the beaches here. Relax yourself in the resort and play with the tides at the beach here. Stay overnight at Kovalam.
In Kovalam you will experience various leisure activities to do. You can have a full body massage done here. You can even experience Catamaran cruising and special cultural programs which will help you get a cultural insight of Kerala. Visit the local market and discover the shopper in you. Stay overnight at Kovalam.
Get yourself tanned a bit by the tropical sun overhead and relax in the beaches. The city of Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala and only 16km away from Kovalam. There are great many things to do here as well. Explore the city for yourself. Overnight stay at Thiruvananthapuram.
You can visit the Napier Museum and Padmanabhswamy Temple. If you are a cultural enthusiast, you can even visit the SMSM Institute which runs a state owned handicrafts emporium. Overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day 17 will be your last day of the trip. You will be transferred to Trivandrum Airport where you will catch a flight to New Delhi.