Tour Code: IND17
A 9-day wildlife tour to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Periyar Tiger Reserve and beautiful Eravikulam National Park in Munnar, including an overnight houseboat cruise along the backwaters of Kerala.
9 days from
Land Only Price: £1695
The southern Indian state of Kerala is an increasingly popular destination for beach holidays, but it is also possesses an immense variety of wildlife. Beginning in historic Kochi (formerly Cochin), this natural history tour visits Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary near the city before travelling to Periyar Reserve, famed for its Indian Elephants and abundance of birds and mammals. We then head to Eravikulam National Park in the Western Ghat hills to look for rare mammals such as Nilgiri Tahr, and endemic birds. At Alleppey we’ll join a houseboat for an overnight stay, and enjoy navigating the scenic backwaters of Kerala before returning to Kochi.
All food is included, except for the main meals at Kumarakom and Kochi. The food will be a mixture of traditional Indian and Indianised Western in style.
Simple, comfortable tourist hotels and an overnight on a houseboat.
Wild Dog (Paul Reading)
Outline Itinerary Download
Munnar; Eravikulam National Park
Day 1 Depart London
Day 2 Arrive Kochi; transfer to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
Day 3 Overnight on houseboat
Day 4/5 Periyar Tiger Reserve
Day 6/7 Munnar, Eravikulam National Park
Day 8 Kochi
Day 9 Fly London
India boasts a mammal fauna of over 450 species but for many visitors the term wildlife is synonymous with the well-known national parks in the north of the country, and of course the magnificent Bengal Tiger. The allure of the Tiger is undeniable but within the Indian subcontinent this supreme predator occurs over a much wider range than might be expected and in the south of the country there are Project Tiger Reserves which also offer the opportunity to observe some of the very rare mammals found only in South India and Sri Lanka. The moist, tropical hill forests of Kerala, form a distinct vegetation zone in the Western Ghat hills which has resulted in the evolution of many bird species unique to this region of the country and a corresponding rich diversity of endemic mammals. The focus of this adventurous new tour will be the Mammals of Southern India and whilst there will be chances of seeing many of the more widespread Indian Species such as Indian Elephant, Sloth Bear, Tiger and Leopard, the itinerary also embraces Reserves where Gaur and Dhole may be encountered as well as a selection of the Endemic Mammals of South India including Nilgiri Tahr, Lion Tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Travancore Flying Squirrel, Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Stripe-necked Mongoose and Nilgiri Marten.
Sun 5th November 2017 - Mon 13th November 2017
Flights: Flights are included in the tour cost
Regional Departures: Regional Departures are available. Call 01962 733051 for details
Land only cost: £1695
Room sharing options:
Sun 18th February 2018 - Mon 26th February 2018
Sun 4th November 2018 - Mon 12th November 2018
Rajan JollyOperations Manager
A lovely holiday, well organised and the guide was very good as well.D.B., Dorset
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