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Tiger Safari Holidays India Bandhavgarh Kanha Taj Varanasi Khajuraho

India Tiger Safari: Bandhavgarh + Kanha + Kerala


IRK14M
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,990
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This classic India tiger safari combines jeep safaris in two of the country's most famous tiger reserves - Bandhavgarh &  Kanha. Afterwards fly to beautiful Kerala in southern India, with its tranquil lakes & backwaters. Visit Kumarakom & stay overnight on a traditional rice houseboat. Complete your holiday relaxing on warm Kovalam beach. All transfers & jeep safaris included.
India Tiger Safari Bandhavgarh Kanha Kerala Kumarakom Houseboat Kovalam
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India Tiger Safari
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Mumbai
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Kanha Tiger Reserve
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Jeep Safaris
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Bhandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
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Kerala
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Cochin
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Kumarakom
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Rice Houseboat
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Kovalam Beach
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India Tiger Safari
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Mumbai
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Kanha Tiger Reserve
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Jeep Safaris
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Bhandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
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Kerala
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Cochin
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Kumarakom
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Rice Houseboat
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Kovalam Beach
Day 1
You will be met at Mumbai Airport and transferred to your hotel near the airport.
 
Formerly known as Bombay, this is the most populous city in India and its commercial capital, as well as the home of the Bollywood film industry.
Day 2
This morning transfer to Mumbai Airport for your flight to Nagpur, where you will be met and transferred 6-hours to Kanha National Park, one of the largest and most scenic national parks in India and an ideal habitat for tigers and their prey.
 
Five times the size of Bandhavgarh, Kanha's mixed forests are interspersed with vast meadows known as maidans. Perennial streams run through these, providing a source of water for wildlife even in the hot summer months. As a result hundreds of chital deer graze on carpets of green grass, against a backdrop of majestic sal tree forests. Check into your lodge close to the entrance to this premier wildlife sanctuary.
Days 3 To 4
Rise at dawn to track wildlife in Kanha National Park, which is particularly well known for its endangered swamp deer (or hardwater barasingha) which live on large open grassy meadows amongst the lush sal and bamboo forests. Brought back from the brink of extinction, these handsome animals are a remarkable conservation success story.
 
Early morning is the best time to track tigers and other wildlife, but be aware that it is extremely difficult to find tigers in the jungle and sightings are never guaranteed. Best viewings are generally at the end of the dry season (March to May, although it is extremely hot from April onwards), when the tigers search out the waterholes - but you need to take at least 4 game drives for a good chance of a sighting. Sloth bears are also found in this park.
 
Two shared jeep safaris per day are included - one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon.
 
Note: This tiger reserve is closed every Wednesday afternoon, when only a morning game drive is offered. The park is also closed during the Holi & Diwali festivals, as well as during the monsoon season (July to early October).
 
Please note we always try to book jeep safaris, but these can only be reserved 120 days in advance and cannot be guaranteed - in which case your game drive will be in a 20-seater canter. In the winter months, morning safaris require warm clothes including woolly hats and gloves to protect you from the wind chill in your open vehicle.
Day 5
Today leave Kanha and transfer 5-hours to Bandhavgarh National Park - once the hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa and today one of the most famous tiger reserves in the world.
 
Covering 168 sq miles (437 sq km) of bamboo, grassland and deciduous forests in the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh, this reserve is where the white tigers were discovered. Check into your lodge and relax in this wonderful wildlife sanctuary.
Days 6 To 7
Today is devoted to the wildlife of Bandhavgarh National Park on a shared jeep safari.
 
Early morning is the best time to track tigers and other wildlife, but be aware that it is extremely difficult to find tigers in the jungle and sightings are never guaranteed. Best viewings are generally at the end of the dry season (March to May, although it is extremely hot from April onwards), when the tigers search out the waterholes - but you need to take at least 4 game drives for a good chance of a sighting.
 
In the afternoon return to the park for another shared jeep safari before dinner. There are many bird species as well as mammals such as sloth bears, langur monkeys, wild boars, wild dogs, mongoose and three types of deer - chital, sambar and barking.
 
Note: This tiger reserve is closed every Wednesday afternoon, when only a morning game drive is offered. The park is also closed during the Holi & Diwali festivals, as well as during the monsoon season (July to early October).
 
Please note we always try to book jeep safaris, but these can only be reserved 120 days in advance and cannot be guaranteed - in which case your game drive will be in a 20-seater canter. In the winter months, morning safaris require warm clothes including woolly hats and gloves to protect you from the wind chill in your open vehicle.
Day 8
Transfer 4-hours to Jabalpur Airport for your flight to Mumbai and onward connecting flight to Cochin in the beautiful southern state of Kerala - fondly called "God's own Country".
 
This Arabian seaport, now known as Kochi, was at the centre of the spice trade for many centuries.
 
In the evening a special treat awaits - a performance of the famous Kathakali classical dance.
Day 9
This morning your driver will collect you from your hotel in Cochin and introduce you to the beauty of rural Kerala, as you travel 2.5-hours to the small town of Kumarakom, situated on Vembanad Lake - the largest backwater in India.
 
Check into your hotel and relax surrounded by these tranquil waters.
Day 10
At leisure to relax and enjoy the leisurely lifestyle and wonderful food of Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake - an important habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and shrimps.
 
Kerala is famous for yoga and ayurvedic spa treatments. Bird watching is also outstanding, with nearby Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary offering a safe refuge for many migratory birds. Sunset boat rides, pedal boats and fishing are available from some hotels  (pay locally).
Day 11
This morning board your air-conditioned Rice Houseboat set on Vembanad Lake. This network of backwaters, lakes and rivers stretches over 930 miles (1,500 km) and provides a vital waterway for transporting people and their produce, once used to transport goods from isolated interior villages to the larger towns but now largely used for pleasure.
 
As the water is level with the land here, spend the afternoon relaxing and watching the agricultural lives of the people who live along the canals and work in the rice paddy fields, as you cruise through the Kerala Backwaters.
 
In the evening see the sun setting over the tranquil backwaters and enjoy dining on delicious local Kerala cuisine prepared by your chef.
Day 12
After breakfast disembark at the merchant town of Alleppey and transfer 5-hours to Kovalam (meaning "a grove of coconut trees").
 
Check into your beach hotel and relax on the shores of the Arabian Sea.
Days 13 To 14
At leisure to relax on the beautiful beaches of Kovalam on the Arabian Sea.
 
Three beaches, separated by rocky outcrops, form a magnificent crescent-shaped beach - popular Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach (also known as Eve’s Beach) frequented by fishermen in the early mornings, and the much quieter Samudra Beach.
 
When you return from the beach you can shop for local handcrafts, enjoy a variety of Ayurvedic spa treatments for which this region is renowned, participate in daily yoga sessions and dine on delicious (but spicy) southern Indian cuisine.
Day 15
Transfer 30-minutes to Trivandrum Airport for your flight home.
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