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Southern Wilderness Tour (11Nights/12Days)

Places covered : Chennai - Mysore - Nagarhole - BR Hills - Bandipur - Mysore - Chennai

Day 01 Arrive Chennai

Arrive Chennai during early morning.

CHENNAI: (formerly known as Madras) the capital of Tamil Nadu lies along the coast of the Bay of Bengal developed after 1639 when the British East India Company established a fort and trading post at the small fishing village of Chennai. Over the past three and a half centuries, the small fishing village has grown into a bustling metropolis which is especially known for its spaciousness which is lacking in other Indian cities. This characteristic is exemplified by the long esplanade called the Marina and which is lined by impressive buildings which remind the casual visitor of the long and inseparable association the city has had with the British. Even elsewhere in the city, one cannot fail to notice the dominant British influences in the form of old cathedrals, buildings in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, wide tree lined avenues.

Meeting and assistance on Arrival and transfer to the Hotel.

Afternoon: city sightseeing tour includes a visit to the Government Museum and Art Gallery, to see the art and bronze gallery (closed on Fridays and public holidays) and also a visit to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, sacred to Tamil Shivadieties. Non-Hindus are only allowed up to the outer courtyard. Later drive past Fort St. George, Marina Beach and San Thome Cathedral.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 In Chennai (Ex Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram (141 kms 3 and half hrs)

Morning, excursion to Mahabalipuram by surface en-route visiting “KANCHIPURAM” which is one of Hinduism's seven most sacred cities. This "Golden city of a Thousand Temples" dates back to the early Cholas in the 7th century A.D. Only around 70 temples of the original 1000 old temple complex are still intact and the most famous of them is the Kailasanatha Temple built with sandstone in the early seventh century A.D. Kanchipuram is famous for its silk weaving.

Later visit Mahabalipuram which occupies a stunning position on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon. Built by the pallava rulers in the seventh century the complex comprises of 14 cave-temples, nine monolithic "Rathas", three stone temples and two relief sculptured rock panels. These two rock-panels give a graphic description of Arjuna's penance when he prayed for the powers of Shiva and form the largest Bass Relief in the world. Particularly of interest is the shore temple built on the water's edge with an east-facing altar designed to catch the rising Sub, this has now been declared a World Heritage Site.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 03 Chennai – Mysore

Morning transfer to railway station to board the Shatabadi Express at 0600 hrs to Mysore.(Train does not operate on Tuesdays)

Arrive Mysore at 1300 hrs & transfer to hotel.

MYSORE: Mysore has been a city where all religions have co-existed in harmony for many centuries. Even when Mysore was culturally at its zenith under the Vijayanagar Empire and the Wodeyars the rulers always encouraged all religions and cultures without any discrimination. The continuous patronage and support of the Kings in every field led to the evolution of a distinct style known as the "Mysore Style" in the all the fields like painting, architecture, music, poetry etc. Over a period of time as this culture spread far and wide it was prefixed with the word "Mysore" to identify the unique cultural heritage.

Rest of the day is free.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 In Mysore

Morning visit the palace of the Maharaja. Visit the Art Gallery; drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull.

Afternoon visit Srirangapatanam,16 kms from Mysore. This fort was the stronghold of Tippu Sultan, son of Hyder Ali. Tippu made a last minute ditch against the British in 1799 before surrendering his kingdom. Among the many fort buildings still intact, are Tippu's airy summer palace and his tomb at the Darya Daulat Bagh (garden). Here, is also the celebrated Sri Ranganatha Swamy.

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 05 Mysore – Nagarhole

Drive to Nagarhole National Park. Afternoon enjoy a wildlife viewing on the afternoon jeep safari trip.

NAGARHOLE: The forest is home to animals like the four-horned antelope, sloth bear, jungle cat, civet, spotted deer, elephant, wild dog, flying fox, tiger, panther, gaur (Indian bison), sambhar, wild boar, black-naped hare, bonnet macaque, and pangolin Cobras, crocodiles, kraits, pythons, vipers, and several species of lizards are also found here. Among the 250 bird species found here, the prominent ones are the common babbler, bee-eater, bulbul, dove, crested serpent, hornbill, Malabar pied, alexandrine, peacock, woodpecker, warbler, great Indian reed, eagle, crested hawk, golden-back parakeet, and the southern tree pie

Overnight at hotel/lodge.

Day 06 Nagarhole

Early morning wildlife viewing and bird watching in the park or a Coracle ride on the Kabini River. Enjoy an evening jeep ride or an Elephant ride into the Nagarhole jungle.

Overnight at hotel/lodge.

Day 07 Nagarhole – Biligiri Rangaswamy Hills (B R Hills)

Drive to B R Hills. Afternoon trekking in B R Hills for wildlife viewing.

B R HILLS: This picturesque tourist spot is situated on the south eastern edge of Karnataka. It is at a height of 5091 ft and serves as a link between the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats. Drained by the Cauvery and Kapila rivers, BR Hills is a tourist’s paradise. The diversity of the vegetation is mind blowing. It has evergreen, deciduous, dry and scrub and even high-altitude vegetation. The rich vegetation of BR Hills in turn supports a wide variety of fauna. There are a lot of different types of animals roaming lazily through the forests of the region. The sanctuary is home to many species of wild animals. The sanctuary is teeming with varied flora and fauna. Gaurs, chitals, sambhars, bears, elephants, panthers and tigers inhabit the place in large numbers.

Overnight at hotel/lodge.

Day 08 In BR Hills

Morning and evening wildlife viewing and bird watching.

Overnight at hotel/lodge.

Day 09 BR Hills - Bandipur National Park

After early breakfast drive to Bandipur (4hrs drive.). Arrive for lunch at the resort. Afternoon visit inside the wildlife sanctuary in jeeps.

BANDIPUR NATIONAL PARK: The 874.20 sq. km. Bandipur National Park, which is also a Tiger Reserve, with its open grassy woodland, lies to the south of the Kabini River while Nagarhole, 643.39 so. km. in area, to the north of the river, has taller and denser forests.

Overnight at hotel/lodge.

Day 10 In Bandipur National Park

Morning and evening wildlife viewing and bird watching.

Overnight at hotel/lodge.

Day 11 Bandipur National Park – Mysore- Chennai (Train)

After breakfast drive to Mysore to board train to Chennai at 1415 hrs Shatabdi Express. On arrival in Chennai.

On arrival transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 Leave Chennai

In time pickup from hotel and transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.

 


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