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Southern India - Birding and Wildlife of the Western Ghats

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 12 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3575 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3575 US Dollar (USD)

Hemming the rugged lands of southern India are the impressive Western Ghats Mountains, a land of endless valleys, rolling tea estates and breath-taking highland vistas, well known for harboring a superb range of highly localized endemic birds and a host of special mammals. This comprehensive tour showcases many of these special creatures: the gorgeous Indian Pitta, scarce White-bellied Minivet, Black-chinned Laughingthrush, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, the rare Sri Lanka Frogmouth, exquisite Malabar Trogon, Malabar Whistling Thrush and Heart-spotted Woodpecker are just some of the incredible birds we will search for, while Indian Elephant, Gaur (Indian Bison), Wild Boar and Smooth-coated Otter are potential mammal highlights. Join us for an unbeatable birding exploration to the southern part of this immense and extremely rewarding nation!
THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…

DETAILS
Tour Dates - 8th to 19th January (12 days)
Tour Price - US$ 3,575 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size - 12 participants and 1 travel leader & 1 local birding leader

THE ITINERARY
8th January - Bangalore to Mysore
9th January - Mysore to Mudamalai
10th January - Mudamalai
11th January - Mudamalai to Udhagamandalam (Ooty)
12th January - Ooty to Top Slip (Anaimalai)
13th January - Top Slip
14th January - Top Slip to Munnar
15th January - Munnar
16th January - Munnar to Periyar
17th January - Periyar
18th January - Periyar to Kochi
19th January - Kochi and depart

THIS TOUR CAN BE LINKED WITH
Sri Lanka – Endemic Birds & Big Game I
19th to 29th January (11 days) - US$ 3,400
Northern India – Birds & Tigers I
30th January to 16th February (18 days) - US$ 5,400

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for the Southern India - Birding & Wildlife of the Western Ghats tour, from Bangalore to Kochi, is US$ 3,575 per person sharing.
A single supplement of US$ 975 will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.
Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euros (€), or South African Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.

This includes:
• All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 12;
• Bottled drinking water;
• All lodgings during the tour;
• All ground transportation;
• All national park and other reserve entrance fees and
• All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

This excludes:
• ANY flights;
• Visa fees;
• Any drinks;
• Special gratuities; and
• Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate domestic flight and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.

b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 7 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.

c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.

d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.

Please Note:
•It is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage.

•Fitness: This Southern India tour does not require a high level of fitness, but participants should be in good general health and reasonably fit as most of the birding will be done on foot, and may require walking for several hours at a time. Some of these trails can be quite steep and slippery, especially after rain. Clients will be notified prior to such a walk. Should you have any physical limitations or medical conditions please notify us in advance of departure. Please note that for much of this tour you will be far from modern medical facilities.

•Accommodation throughout the trip is in comfortable to rather basic hotels and lodges. There is no camping on this trip. Please note that accommodations used are of the best quality that the area has to offer but are, at times, well below the standard of what you may have come to expect from the developed world.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. The tour will depart from Bangalore on day 1 by 8am. Please arrive in advance of this time or the day before. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude by mid-morning in Kochi on Day 12. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance or advice in this regard, kindly contact the office.

FLIGHTS:
Bangalore is the starting point for this tour of Southern India. Bangalore is regularly serviced by domestic flights from Delhi and Mumbai, which are generally the main ports of entry. Kochi is the departure point for this tour and is serviced by many of the world’s major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Note: Tour price fixed in US Dollars, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Excludes flight costs.

About This Supplier
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Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2007
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M17026 is one of the world’s longest established and most highly regarded birding tour companies. Based in South Africa with satellite offices in USA, Australia and New Zealand, their team of professional tour leaders and dedicated office support staff arrange and guide more than 250 annual birding and wildlife tours...

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