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Day 1: Arrive Bengaluru and drive to Kabini (218 Km / 5 hours drive)

Arrive Bangalore you will be meet by 'AN INDIAN ESCAPE' representative on arrival. Our vehicle will transfer you to Kabini.

Kabini is one of the most popular wildlife destinations of Karnataka, probably because of its easy accessibility, lush green landscape surrounding a large picturesque lake, and fantastic sightings of large herds of Elephants & rich bird life.

Day 2: Kabini

The forest reserve of Kabini is spread over an area of approximately 55 acres of lush green floating: Apart from enjoying wildlife safaris, one can also choose to take a cruise down the Kabini River. One can see fabulous sceneries, feasting the eyes for a lifetime memories with the flora and fauna around the lusting greeneries, atop of the boat to spot the animals which move slowly and steadily and fulfil the adventurous dream of an Elephant Safari. If any animal rules Kabini, it is the elephant. In summers when all the water bodies become dry one can see the largest congregation of Asiatic Elephants near the Kabini River. Also seen are the highly endangered birds like White-Rumped Vulture, Yellow-throated Bulbul, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, White-bellied Short wing, Malabar Tragon, Malabar Pied Hornbill and Nilgiri Laughing thrush.

Day 3: Kabini - Pollachi (270 Km / 5 hours)

Overnight stay at homestay in Pollachi.

Day 4: Pollachi - Thattekad (87 Km / 2 hours)

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, also known as the Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in honour of the pre-eminent birder of all times in India, the sanctuary was notified in 1983 based on a recommendation made by Dr. Salim Ali many years previously. He described Thattekad in the 1930's as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India, a glimpse of the rich bird diversity with its over 270 species in a relatively small area of 25 sq. kms. One should see the rare Mottled Wood Owl, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Malayan Night Heron, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Grey-headed Bulbul and the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon.

Day 5: Thattekad

Full day birding, some of the birds you commonly see are, Indian Roller, Cukoo, Common Snipe, Crow Pheasant, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Brahminy Kite, Grey Drongo, Malabar Trogon, Woodpecker, Large Pied Wagtail, Baya Sparrow, Grey Jungle Fowl, Indian Hill Myna, Robin, Jungle Babbler, Ceylon Frogmouth, and Darter. Visit Orullathany for more bird watching near the river for Woodpeckers, Raptors, kite, owls, and babblers, Grey Hornbill, Tree pies and Munias etc.

Day 6: Thattekad - Kumarakom (56 Km / 2 hours)

Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam in Kerala, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. Birds here are especially prevalent and of particular interest, there being a mix of both indigenous and migratory species. A boat trip around the sanctuary is the ideal opportunity to see not only birds but plant and marine life also.

Day 7: Kumarakom

Take a boat trip to the nearby Kaipuzha Muttu, Pathiramanal, Narakathara, Thollayiram Kayal and Poothapandi Kayal to watch local birdlife and migrants which could easily be more than a hundred species. Like Pintailed duck, Garganey, teal, Spot-billed duck, birds of prey like Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Steppe Eagle, etc.

The sanctuary is spread over 14 acres (57,000 m²) on the southern bank of the Kavanar River. It has well laid out paths for moving around within the sanctuary. Beyond the sanctuary enjoy a boat ride in Vembanad Lake or along the Kavanar River.

Day 8: Kumarakom - Kochi (56 Km / 2 hours) Depart Kochi

The tour finishes on arrival in Kochi at the drop off point.

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