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Nagarhole National Park (Kabini), Mudumalai and Ooty
06 nights & 07 days
Best season:: mid-October to March

Note: Should you choose to opt for your own dates, let us know and we will check the availability of the guide and services.
Tour Code: BSI01

Day 01: Mysore to Nagarhole
Day 02: Top Slip to Munnar
Day 03: Nagarhole
Day 04: Nagarhole to Mudumalai
Day 05: Mudumalai to Ooty
Day 06: Ooty
Day 07: Ooty to Coimbatore


Splendour of the Nilgiri Hills
Wildlife experience of sighting herds of Asian Elephants, Tiger, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Muntjac and Mouse Deer
Nilgiris' avifauna
Old British hill station of 'Ooty'.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a World Heritage Site
The Kabini River Lodge with its old world charm and splendid lakeside views
Traditional cuisine and glimpse of the culture of Karnataka


Day 01: Bangalore - Mysore
Meals: Meals payable directly.
Your flight would arrive in the morning. Your experienced bird guide will meet you outside Bangalore airport and will remain with you for the duration till your last evening in Ooty. The tour will start straight away with a drive to an area good for vultures and close by you will look for Yellow-throated Bulbul, Rufous-tailed Lark and Long-billed Pipit amongst other species. If you miss the Yellow-throated Bulbul there is another site accessed from Munnar, but it is quite a drive. Your guide will recommend somewhere on the way to stop for lunch. Then, it will be on to Ranginathittu Bird Sanctuary, a drive of approximately 80 km. Birdwatch in the grounds of this fabulous compact bird sanctuary and definitely take a boat trip on the Cauvery River where you'll get seriously close-up views of the breeding stork and egret colony, Spot-billed Pelicans and any other fly-by species. Expect to see Plain Flowerpecker, Streak-throated Swallow, White-spotted Fantail, Indian River Tern as well as stunning views of Painted, Open-billed and Woolly-necked Storks. You could also see Black Ibis and Indian Eagle Owl, but the latter is more difficult. The drive from here to Mysore will take around 2 ½ hours. Arrive at Hotel Green where you can have your evening meal, choosing from their varied menu (payable directly). Relax for the remainder of the evening.

Day 02: Mysore - Nagarhole
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The drive to Nagarhole will take two hours, with extra time spent checking out small wetlands by the roadside. Species on the journey might include Indian Grey Hornbill, Blue-faced Malkoha, Malabar Lark, Pheasant-tailed Jacana and check the wires for Blue-tailed as well as Little Green Beeeater. Check-in at Kabini River Lodge where staff will explain about the time of jeep safaris and your boat trip. Before or after lunch speak to your guide about taking a short walk in the grounds of Kabini River Lodge. Species here can include Mottled Wood-owl, Brown Fish-owl, Crested Treeswift, Forest Wagtail, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Plum-headed Parakeet, Asian Koel …. There is often a colony of Fruit bats as well. Nagarhole itself comprises a varied selection of habitats, dominated by extensive dry deciduous forests. Key species include Grey Junglefowl, White-cheeked Barbet, Indian Rufous Babbler, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Lark, White-naped Woodpecker, Changeable Hawk-eagle and the South Indian subspecies of Scarlet Minivet. Not far from the lodge the Kabini River has been dammed and the resulting lake, together with its well-vegetated margins and stark, dead, partly submerged trees. Check the dead trees for Greyheaded Fish Eagle and around the lake you should also see, Spot-billed Duck, Black-bellied Tern, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Indian Swiftlet and Ashy Wood-swallow. Malabar Pied Hornbill can also be seen here too and you may find Jerdon's Nightjar sitting on the trails at dusk. Later in the evening you could hear Collared Scops Owl or Brown Hawk Owl. Nagarhole, and the contiguous Bandipur National Parks, are a haven for mammals, though seeing the resident creatures requires a good deal of luck, especially as a third of the total area of these parks is designated a Wilderness Area from which human visitors are excluded. It is estimated that over a thousand Indian Elephants roam the mighty tracts of forest and at times large herds assemble at favoured locations near water sources such the banks of the Kabini River. The massive Indian Bison, the Gaur, is another valued resident of the Park occurring in herds of up to 20 to 30 animals, placidly grazing the emerging grasses. Wild Boar is numerous and, along with the Chital, they provide prey for a formidable trio of predators: Tiger, Leopard and Dhole. Other mammal sightings include the mostly nocturnal Sloth Bear, which can occasionally be seen digging for termites or lumbering across a clearing, Blacknaped Hares, Jackals, Otter, four species of mongoose and the constantly active troupes of Grey Langur and Bonnet Macaques. In the world of mammal-watching nothing can ever be guaranteed, but Nagarhole is a perfect place to look for some of the most impressive examples of India's diverse fauna.

Day 03: Nagarhole
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Enjoy your safari in the morning and a boat trip on the lake in the afternoon. A coracle ride might be offered, but from a birding perspective it would be best to opt for the boat trip on the lake. In between activities you could check out the grounds around the lodge. Additional species might include: Greater Racket-tailed and White-bellied Drongo, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Black-hooded and Golden Orioles, Grey-breasted Prinia, Purple-rumped Sunbird, Yellow-billed Babbler, (Southern) Hill Myna, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Large and Black-headed Cuckoo-shrikes, Small Minivet, Common Iora, and Pale-billed Flowerpecker. Pack your things this evening as it will be an early start the next morning. Night at Kabini River Lodge.

Day 04: Nagarhole - Mudumalai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The journey to Mudumalai of approximately two hours is an interesting one. On the way you can stop at a bridge which crosses a river to break the journey. Additional species might include Small Pratincole, Red Avadavat and Black Ibis, plus several others. Arid areas can be briefly checked for Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark. Stopping along the road at Mudumalai is not permitted. However, your guide knows where you can pull off the road to explore some excellent dry scrub habitat that is sure to add some new species to the list. Key species in the scrub could include Rufous-winged (Jerdon's) Bushlark, Malabar Parakeet, Black-headed Cuckoo-shrike, White-bellied Minivet (difficult) and Indian Nightjar. Also Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Yellow-billed Babbler, Small Minivet and Yellow-crowned Pygmy Woodpecker are a few others that are likely. After visiting this first scrub habitat you will drive to Jungle Hut to check-in, have some lunch and relax for a couple of hours in the heat of the day. Agree a time to visit another scrub habitat later on in the afternoon. Night stay.

Day 05: Mudumalai - Ooty
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The drive to Ooty will be approximately 2 hours and an early start is recommended. You will spend the day looking for the key species of the local area, including Black-and orange Flycatcher, Indian Blue Robin, Nilgiri Blue Robin, Nilgiri Laughingthrush, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Blue-winged (Jerdon's) Leafbird, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Malabar Parakeet, Crimsonfronted (Malabar) Barbet, Nilgiri Woodpigeon, Pacific (Hill) Swallow and Kashmir Flycatcher (difficult). Other species might include Vernal Hanging Parrot, Black Eagle, Black Bulbul, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Greenish and Tytler's Leaf Warblers, plus many others. What you don't see on this day, you will search for the next. Your guide will first take you to the grounds of a local hotel (where you might need to buy a coffee), a favoured haunt of Black and Orange Flycatcher and Indian Blue Robin and to one of the local view points to look for Nilgiri Laughingthrush where they are quite partial to popcorn (you might want to purchase a bag!). The remainder of the day will be spent checking patches of shola forest for other local species. Night at Glyngarth Villa.

Day 06: Ooty area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Spend this day checking local sites and catching up with any species that might have proved elusive from the day before. Return for a second night at Glyngarth Villa. Note: You will have the option of enjoying the toy train till Coonoor today.

Day 07: Ooty to Coimbatore
Meals: Breakfast
Leave for Coimbatore airport, or continue with the tour to Kerala (BSI02) or Andaman Islands (BSI03). Tour ends.

Services included:
-Accommodation on twin sharing basis in the hotels
-Meals as per the itinerary
-Guided birding from Day 04. The guide at Kabini will be provided by the lodge.
-Permits and entry fee
-All surface transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
-Toy Train Journey

Services not included:
-Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses.
-Tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, camera fee etc.
-International and domestic air fare, visa, insurance.

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