Discover India’s most impressive wildlife reserves, travelling from Delhi to the historic port city of Kochi on India’s sultry southwestern coast. Search for magnificent Bengal tigers in Ranthambore, enjoy bird-watching at the Ranganathithu Bird Sanctuary and explore lush Nagarhole National Park. On your journey from north to south, travel by rail across the scenic Indian countryside, cruise along sleepy backwater canals, learn to cook traditional Keralan cuisine and embark on exciting safaris.
Day 1: 21 Oct
Depart Australia on Singapore Airlines to Delhi. Overnight at Le Meridien.
Days 2-4: 22-24 Oct
Journey by air-conditioned train to Sawai Madhopur, the gateway to Ranthambore, India’s most famous tiger reserve. Accommodation at Dev Vilas. BLD
Days 5/6: 25/26 Oct
Following a final morning safari, travel by road to Jaipur with a packed lunch. Check into your hotel, the fabulous Trident Jaipur, for overnight. Next morning, tour Amber Fort and India’s “Pink City” with lunch at a local restaurant. BLD
Days 7/8: 27/28 Oct
Early flight to Bangalore. Lunch at the impressive Taj Bangalore and transfer to your Mysore hotel. Conclude the day with an evening visit to the magnificently illuminated Mysore Palace. On Day 8, explore this enchanting city and the ancient ruins at Somnathpur. Overnight Royal Orchid The Metropole. BLD
Days 9/10: 29/30 Oct
Nagarhole National Park
Continue by road through lush rural countryside to The Serai, a beautiful resort in Kabini which will be your base for exploring Nagarhole. This national park is renowned for its density of wildlife including leopard, and boasts over 300 avian species. Safaris are by cantor or boat. BLD
Days 11/12: 31 Oct/01 Nov
Morning excursion before departing for Evolve Back Chikkana Halli Estate set amongst a lush 300-acre plantation paradise. Whilst at this tranquil resort, explore the picturesque landscape with a guide and enjoy the property’s great facilities which include a pool and Ayurveda wellness centre. BLD
Days 13/14: 02/03 Nov
Transfer to Calicut station for train to Kochi and check in to your hotel, the Taj Malabar, for overnight. Next morning, embark on a heritage walk and in the evening, take in a classical Kathakali dance performance. BLD
Day 15/16: 04/05 Nov
Navigate the narrow, palm-fringed canals of Alleppey by traditional houseboat with lunch on board. Disembark and transfer to Kumarakom, where the idyllic Coconut Lagoon resort at the edge of Vembanad Lake awaits. The following day is entirely yours to enjoy the history, culture, cuisine and iconic languid canals of Kerala. BLD
Day 17: 06 Nov
Kochi/Inflight to Australia
Day at leisure (with day use of your room) before evening transfer to the airport to board your return flight to Australia with Singapore Airlines. BL
Day 18: 07 Nov
Tour ends Australia
Arrive Australia where the tour ends.