Tamil Nadu – Hills & Wildlife

Duration: 5 Nts / 6 Days

Places: Madurai  → Kodaikanal → Ooty → Mudumalai → Kabini → Bangalore

Day 1: Madurai

Madurai boasts of a cultural heritage that goes back 2500 years and has functioned as an important commercial center as early as 550 AD. Madurai was the capital city of the Pandya kings of South India. The Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple, which stands today as one of India’s cultural and architectural landmarks, was originally built by the early Pandya King Kulasekara. The ancient city of Madurai was supposed to be laid out in a lotus-like formation with the temple at the center and streets and main thoroughfares layered one after the other in a concentric fashion.

Day 2: Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is one of India’s finest hill stations, situated at 7,200 feet above sea level amongst the picturesque Nilgiri Hills. The cool climes of Kodai offer holiday makers respite from the steamy plains of Tamil Nadu and other neighbouring states. Encompassed by verdant slopes that are punctuated by waterfalls and cascades, Kodaikanal presents some awesome scenic views of the plains below. The surrounding forests provide great trekking trails for the outdoor enthusiast and if you are not too adventurous, the Kodai Lake located at the heart of the town is the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll or boat ride.

Day 3: Ooty

Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the “Queen of hill stations” and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level and is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Ooty used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. An added attraction for the tourists to Ooty is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens.

Day 4: Mudumalai

The Famous Mudumalai wild life Sanctuary is situated at an elevation of 1000 metres and extends over an area of 321 square metres. This sanctuary lies between the states of Kerala and Karnataka. Nature has been lavish in providing this sanctuary with thickly wood hills, plateaus, deep valleys, waterfalls, rivers, marshes and streams. The Mudumalai Sanctuary, rich in bio-diversity and dense vegetation, is sandwiched between the Bandipur and Annamalai sanctuaries, and together, the three of them form the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats.

Day 5: Kabini

Kabini is one of the most popular wildlife destinations, probably because of its easy accessibility, lush green landscape surrounding a large picturesque lake, and fantastic sightings of large herds of elephants. It is 80 km away from Mysore and 205 km from Bangalore, and comprises the south-eastern part of Nagarole National Park. Situated on the banks of River Kabini, this forest reserve is spread over 55 acres of forestland. It was once a private hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Mysore. Now it is considered to be one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India, famous for its spectacular wildlife and bird life.

Day 6: Bangalore

Transfer to Bangalore and proceed to onward destination.

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