Package Description South India Wildlife Tour
10 Days 09 Nights
Book Now! Bengaluru - Bannerghatta - Mysore - Ranganathittu - Nagarhole - Bandipur - Bengaluru
Day 01 Arrive Bengaluru
Welcome to Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley of India! India's IT capital is surrounded by hidden jewels, namely, untouched nature and untamed wildlife. The Pearl Luxe Representative will be waiting for you at the airport in this once upon a time pensioner's paradise. Upon your arrival in Bengaluru, you will be escorted to the exquisite The Leela Kempinski to relax for the night.
Day 02 Depart Bengaluru, discover Bannerghatta
A breezy one-hour drive away from the hustle-bustle of the city is Bannerghatta National Park, a mere 22 Kilometers from Bengaluru. Spread over 25,000 acres of land, the dense forest and scrub land is home to many endangered species. Bannerghatta National Park is easily one of the richest zoological reserves in India; you can find white tigers, lions and spotted deer, neel gai and black buck in its virgin forests. If you look carefully, you can see a leopard with spots melting away in the bush; or a bison dash for safety; or a wild boar slink away. Try to espy elephants, foxes, three striped palm squirrels, and even slithery reptiles. After a fruitful day of animal spotting, retire to your hotel for the night.
Day 03 Discover Bengaluru and Srirangapatnam, arrive Mysore
Today you will discover the soul of Bengaluru city! Post breakfast take a city tour. The first stop on the tour is one of the oldest temples of Bengaluru - the glorious Bull Temple, dedicated to Nandi Bull, the mount of Lord Shiva.
The visit to the Garden City will be incomplete without visiting the Summer Palace of the Tiger of Mysore, Tipu Sultan, one of the greatest rulers of the Kingdom of Mysore. An elegant escape fit for a king, the two-storied ornate wooden structure now houses a museum, containing rare finds from that era.
The stately Vidhan Soudha houses the State Legislature and the Secretariat of Karnataka, and is a fine example of traditional Dravidian architecture with a contemporary feel. Look carefully at its doors – they are made from Sandalwood, fragrant wood that's revered in India.
Post lunch you will be driven to Srirangapatna, the Island Fortress of Tipu Sultan, en route to Mysore. The citadel was stormed by the British in the 18th century, and the mighty warrior King laid down his life defending his kingdom, an event that marked the start of the British Rule in South India.
After walking down the annals of history, it is time to put your feet up and rest in the elegant Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden in the city of Mysore.
Day 04 Discover Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Today we explore the labour of love of India's bird man, the great ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali. A short drive from the city is Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. He observed that the meandering Cauvery River, flowing around a string of emerald islets, formed a perfect nesting ground for the waterfowl. On his proposal, the Maharaja of Mysore declared it a protected area.
Float through the rippling waters on a small boat, past the yawning jaws of the marsh crocodile and chirping birds. The sanctuary is a busy place during the nesting season between June and November, and is also a preferred retreat for migratory birds.
Keep your binoculars handy along with a copy of the essential Indian bird bible, The Book of Indian Birds, penned by Dr Salim Ali, to correctly identify the cormorants, darters, white ibis, spoon billed and open billed storks, painted storks, white neck storks, kingfishers and sandpipers. After a day of bird watching, return to the hotel for a restful night of sleep.
Day 05 Discover Mysore
World renowned for its mystical dussehra celebrations, Mysore will enchant you with its ethereal beauty. Mysore has many unique facets. It's home to one of the world's oldest zoo, the Mysore Zoo, and the city is also a popular yoga center. Start your exploration of the city at the grand Mysore Palace, the official residence of the former royal family of Mysore, the Wodeyars. This magnificent Indo-Saracenic styled, 3-storied palace is embellished with marbled domes, towering colonnades, and graceful arches. The most stunning artifact in this gilded kingdom is the jewel studded golden throne that occupies a place of pride in the opulent palace, a part of the latter which still remains as the residence of the former Maharaja. The next stop for the day is the summit of the towering Chamundi Hills. From afar you can see the Gopuram (tower) of the Sri Chamundeswari Temple reaching for the sky. Pay your respects to the Goddess – the family deity of the Maharajas and the city dwellers. But mountains and Maharajas are not the only things larger than life in Mysore. The five meter high Nandi Bull, Lord Shiva's vehicle is a stunning example of granite carving, and is a popular pilgrimage site.
After a long day of sightseeing, feast your eyes on a sea of green – the exquisite Brindavan Gardens. No visit to Mysore is complete without strolling through the lush pathways of this oasis laid across the River Cauvery, spread over a lush 150 acres. Stroll through its manicured lawns, hear the tinkle of its lilting fountains and see the breeze caress the flowers. Just yonder is the roaring Krishnaraja Sagar Dam that envelopes you with a mist of fine water if you venture too close.
When you've had your fill of the the gardens, take a ferry to the delightful dancing fountains that sway to the tune of Tamil melodies and other popular songs, illuminated in colors of the rainbow. Return to your luxury hotel for the night.
Day 06 Depart Mysore, arrive Nagarhole National Park
Rise and shine! A two hour drive from Mysore is Nagarhole, the erstwhile hunting reserve of the Mysore royalty, and now, a National Park. En route to the park, visit St. Philomena's Church, built in Neo-Gothic style, inspired by the glorious Cologne Cathedral. Check into the Orange County Resort, a luxury resort reminiscent of a tribal village. You can relax for the day if you wish, but we recommend you head out for a safari to explore the wilderness. At night, under the starlit sky, soak in the silence and watch the fireflies make merry before you call it an early night.
Day 07 Discover Nagarhole National Park
The shimmering dance of a peacock. The velvety skin of a panther. The graceful leap of the sambar. Nagarhole Sanctuary, with lush deciduous and tropical forests, was the perfect setting for royal hunts. Its untouched natural habitat is ideal for animals to melt away in, far from the human eye. The naturalists are however experts in spotting animals hidden in the thick deciduous forests, where lights and shadows play games. Hark! Is that a tiger? Spot elephants, panthers, bison, spotted deer and fox. Many deer can be found too. Look for the gaur, sambar, deer, chital, and the four horned antelope. The skies are full of promise too. You'll find noisy woodpeckers; preening peacocks; sly hawks and cheeky parakeets flapping about.
Next morning, after a hearty breakfast, you set off to discover the glorious Bandipur National Park, a two hour drive through lush landscape. On arriving at the Park, check into a rustic luxury getaway. This grand national park was created by the Maharaja of Mysore. Located in Karnataka, Bandipur touches Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. This fertile swathe of land is blessed by three rivers - the Moyar, Kabini and Nagur. The adventurous visitor can set off on lesser explored trails of discovery: boating, fishing, bird watching and trekking, giving better chances of spotting wildlife in the dense vegetation. If you're visiting in the heart of summers, between March and June, your chances of spotting wildlife grows manifold, as they emerge out of their dens in search of water.
Set off for a safari in the afternoon and you might just chance upon a snoozing tiger. Spend the night in the Cicada Resort in the heart of the jungle.
Day 08 Arrive Bandipur National Park
Next morning, after a hearty breakfast, you set off to discover the glorious Bandipur National Park, a two hour drive through lush landscape. On arriving at the Park, check into a rustic luxury getaway. This grand national park was created by the Maharaja of Mysore. Located in Karnataka, Bandipur touches Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. This fertile swathe of land is blessed by three rivers - the Moyar, Kabini and Nagur. The adventurous visitor can set off on lesser explored trails of discovery: boating, fishing, bird watching and trekking, giving better chances of spotting wildlife in the dense vegetation. If you're visiting in the heart of summers, between March and June, your chances of spotting wildlife grows manifold, as they emerge out of their dens in search of water. Set off for a safari in the afternoon and you might just chance upon a snoozing tiger. Spend the night in the Cicada Resort in the heart of the jungle.
Day 09 Discover Bandipur National Park
Early morning, when the jungle is quiet, is the best time for a safari, as animals rouse out of slumber.The well-trained guides can decipher every murmur, recognize every pug mark and sense the presence of animals.
The roar of a tiger; the bark of the barking deer; and the chirping of warblers; Bandipur National Park is home to tigers, elephants leopards, sloth bear, sambar, chital, wild boar, barking deer, hyena, gaur and the four-horned antelope.
It's a bird watcher's paradise too: kingfishers, wood peckers, warblers, drongo and weavers flooat through the thick forest. If you're lucky – you can spot both the amber eyed feline and the ambling pachyderm in their natural habitats.
In the afternoon too head out for a safari to catch a glimpse of the diverse fauna. After a long day of animal spotting, return to the resort and relax for the night, sharing tales over dinner.
Day 10 Depart Bandipur National Park, arrive Bengaluru
Set off on the last safari of a memorable holiday. A qualified guide will escort you deep into the jungles. Keep your eyes peeled open for your last chance to observe the king of the wild, the tiger, in his natural habitat. After a hearty lunch, you will be driven back to Bengaluru, a five and a half hour drive, for your journey homewards. On arriving in the bustling metropolis the Pearl Luxe representative will escort you to the Bengaluru's swanky International Airport. Take home with you memories of nature, raw and untamed.