Mangrove Forest and Temple Tour

Wildlife ToursMangrove Forest and Temple Tour

The great escape from old colonial port to Mangrove forest to discover the Royal Bengal Tigers, famous temples Dolphins, Saltwater Crocodile, Olive Ridley sea turtles and Birds. The Great Sundarbans Mangroves forest is the largest Mangroves region in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sundarbans region is densely covered by mangroves, its a National Park, Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve Park of India. Smlipal National Park thick and green forests, extensive grassy lands and meadows, precipitous and sparkling waterfalls, meandering rivers are the home for roaring tigers and trumpeting tuskers, fleeing deer and flying squirrels, talking myna and dancing peacocks. Bhitarkanika Mangroves is India’s second largest forest, located in Odisha. Bhitarkanika is created by the two river delta of Brahmani and Baitarani river and one of the important Ramsar Wetland in India. Chilika Lake is a brackish water lagoon, on the east coast of India. It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the second largest lagoon in the world. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. The lake is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals.

  • Days: 11 nights / 12 days
  • Cost: Please enquire
Day 01: Arrive Kolkata
 
Day 02: Kolkata – Sunderban National Park
 
Day 03: Sunderban National Park
 
Day 04: Sunderban National Park – Kolkata (150kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Day 05: Kolkata – Smlipal National Park (250kms/ 6hrs approx)
 
Day 06: Smlipal National Park
 
Day 07: Smlipal National Park – Bhitarkanika (250kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Day 08: Bhitarkanika
 
Day 09: Bhitarkanika – Puri (110kms/ 2hrs approx)
 
Day 10: Puri - Chilika Lake (at Satpada) - Puri (45kms one ways)
 
Day 11: Puri – Bhubaneswar (64kms/ 2hrs approx)
 
Day 12: Bhubaneswar – Kolkata – Home
 

 

 
Day 01: Arrive Kolkata
 
Arrive at Kolkata International airport by flight. Meet & greet with our office representative. Assistance and transfer to hotel. Room on immediate occupancy.
 
Breakfast at hotel, half day city tour of Kolkata Visit Calcutta’s historical landmarks - the magnificent Fort William still out of bounds for visitors. Victoria Memorial: The Victoria Memorial reflects colonial power in Calcutta, once the capital and most profitable center of British rule in India. The monument dates from the early twentieth century and is today a museum for relics of the Raj. At one end of the Maidan (An open pitch of huge dimensions was kept as a free fields of fire for Fort William's guns. It is still a favourite area for thousands in the early morning) is Calcutta's most imposing and monumental 'dream in marble'. It is a treasure trove of Raj relics and offers tree-lined walks in splendid parks and houses a number of superb statues including that of Queen Victoria. Howrah Bridge: Calcutta's most enduring symbol, and a very important communicatin link acrross the banks of Hooghly is the Howrah bridge, the largest cantilivered structure in the world and built in 1941. Zoological Gardens: the creation of Sir Richard Carnac Temple who was Governor of Bengal from 1874 to 1877. It was opened on Jan 1st 1876, by the Prince of Wales. The 16 hectare grounds house a wide species of animals & birds including the rare white Bengal Tiger. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 02: Kolkata – Sunderban National Park
 
Breakfast at hotel drive to Sunderban National park till Sonakhali by car (140Kms/ 3Hrs). From Sonakhali Transfer toSajnekhali Tourist Lodge by Motor fitted Country Boat (another 2.30hrs. by boat) Check in to Tourist Lodge.
 
Sunderban; Just where the mighty Ganges meets the sea forming thousands of deltas and islets, Sunderban - the world's largest mangrove forest stands proudly guarding the secrets of an undiscovered land. The natural abode of the famous Royal Bengal Tigers and numerous crocodiles, snakes and deer, this forest with entwining rivers is one of the last strongholds of the wild world.
 
Evening at watch tower near the lodge to watch Deers, birds etc. Overnight at Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge.
 
 
Day 03: Sunderban National Park
 
Breakfast at lodge, a whole day launch safari at core area and visit watch towers like Sajnekhali watch tower, Sudhyankhali watch tower, Do-banki watch tower, Netidhopani watch tower. River cruise with packed dry food and fruits, Halt at Sudhanyakhali watch tower (possibility of Royal Bengal Tiger sighting) and watching the Mangrove forest from the creeks & canals. Overnight at Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge
 
 
Day 04: Sunderban National Park – Kolkata (150kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, morning free to visit the park, cruising game viewing etc. Afternoon drive to Kolkata check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 05: Kolkata – Smlipal National Park (250kms/ 6hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Simlipal National Park, check in at hotel.
 
The Simlipal National Park the former hunting place for the Maharajas of Mayurbhanj was established as a tiger reserve in 1956 and in 1972 it became a part of the Project Tiger Scheme followed by the attainment of the national park status in 1979. This national park and tiger reserve in northern Orissa is covered with the wide stretches of sal forests. The national park is home to twelve rivers and innumerable waterfalls and the native Santhal tribes of Orissa. The important and major rivers amongst these are Burhabalanga, Palpala Bandan, Kahairi and Deo. Besides tigers the other animals found at the Simlipal National Park include chausingha, sambhar, mouse deer, chital, leopards, elephants, langurs, spotted deer, barking deer or munjtac, wild dogs, wild boars, sloth bears, gazelles, nilgai, ratels, rhesus macaque, chinkaras, chevrotains, jungle cat, elephants, hyenas, porcupines, monkeys, jackals, gaurs, black-faced langur monkey, mugger crocodiles, turtles, snakes, bison, monitor lizards, panthers, flying squirrels, mongooses and other animals. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 06: Smlipal National Park
 
Breakfast at hotel, full day to explore the Simlipal National Park. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 07: Smlipal National Park – Bhitarkanika (250kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Bhitarkanika, the place is a must-visit for the nature-lovers. It houses a wide range of plant and animal life. On arrival check in at Forest Rest House at Dangamala.
 
Bhitarkanika; is home to about 170 different varieties of migratory birds. Some of the most well known birds that are found here are kingfishers, sea eagles, open-billed storks, sand pipers, kites, whistling teals, darters and sea gulls. The Bhitarakanika provides shelter to a variety of wild animals. Some of the major wild animals found here are crocodiles, pythons, king cobras, rhesus monkeys, wild pigs, spotted deer and sambars. There is a farm for breeding crocodiles in Bhitarakanika. The white crocodile sankhua, a rare species of crocodile is found here. Bhitarakanika is the second biggest mangrove ecosystem in the entire country of India. It can also be termed a national park and a sanctuary. The total area of the Bhitarakanika in Orissa is 600 square kms. This sanctuary houses many varieties of evergreen mangrove plants. There are over 60 different types of mangrove plants. The journey of lakhs of olive ridley sea turtles to Gahirmatha in the months of January to March every year is a fascinating phenomenon of the place. There are two 19th century religious structures, which add to the tourist value of the place. This place is surrounded by rivers on three sides and sea on the remaining side.
 
 
Day 08: Bhitarkanika
 
Breakfast at hotel, full day to explore the Bhitarkanika. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 09: Bhitarkanika – Puri (110kms/ 2hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, morning free to explore the park. Afternoon drive to Puri. Overnight at hotel in Puri.
 
 
Day 10: Puri - Chilika Lake (at Satpada) - Puri (45kms one ways)
 
Breakfast at hotel, Breakfast at hotel, visit Jagannath Temple: A visit to Puri is incomplete without a visit to the Jagannath temple, one of the four sacred dhams in the Hindu religion. The magnificent temple is dedicated to the Lord of the Universe. Built in the 12th century, it is considered to be one of the tallest (65m) temples in India. Modeled along the Kalinga style of architecture, the temple consists of the Jagmohanor hall and the Deul or the main shrine, in front. The Nata Mandir and the Bhoga Mandir were built much later in the 14th and 15th century, in the classic Orissa style. Gundicha Ghar: The Gundicha Ghar having been the house of Lord Krishna's aunt, Gundicha is another important site to visit in Puri. It is believed that, the Lord stays here for 9 days during the famous Rath yatra or chariot-pulling festival of Puri. On the day of the Rath Yatra, Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are ceremoniously taken around in gorgeously decorated wooden raths (chariot) all the way from the Jagannath temple to the Gundicha temple where they are welcomed by their aunt by feeding them padoapitha (rice cakes). 
 
Later excursion to visit Chilika Lake (at Satpada), boat cruise inside the lake, get a chance to see the Dolphins.
 
Chilika Lake: is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. The lake is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals.  The lake is an ecosystem with large fishery resources. It sustains more than 150,000 fisher-folk living in 132 villages on the shore and islands. The lagoon hosts over 160 species of birds in the peak migratory season. Birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Kirghiz steppes of Mongolia, Central and southeast Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas come here. These birds travel great distances, but it must be stressed, that the migratory birds probably follow much longer routes than the straight lines, possibly up to 12,000 km, to reach Chilika River. Overnight at hotel in Puri.
 
 
Day 11: Puri – Bhubaneswar (64kms/ 2hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel and proceed to Bhubaneswar. Enroute visiting Konark Sun Temple. Situated on the coast, site consists of little more than the mighty temple and a handful of shops, stalls and palaces to stay. The temple of Sun God was constructed in the 13th century. It has been in ruins for centuries but until the early 1900's it was simply an interesting ruin of impressive size. Then the debris and sand was clared from around the temple base and the sheer magnitude of its architect's imagination was revealed. The entire temple was conceived as a chariot for the sun God, Surya. Around the base of the temple there are 24 gigantic, carved stone wheels, seven mighty horses haul at the temple and the immense structure is covered with carvings, sculptures, figures. If the temple was completed  it would have soared to 70 meters high . Three images of Surya still stand and are designed to catch the sun at dawn, at noon and at sunset. Also visit ASI museum.
 
Arrive Bhubaneswar check in at hotel. Later visit Nandankanan Zoo, located in the midst of greenish environment of Chandaka Forest, has credited with some rare species of animals. Nandankanan is composed of a botanical Garden, a sanctuary and a zoo and is in the shore of picturesque Kanjia Lake. Nandankanan, literally means Garden of Heaven, was established during 1960 and declared open as a sanctuary and zoo in 1979. The spectacular animals in the zoo include the rare species of white tigers. The zoo is also a home to the Captive Gharial Crocodile breeding center, first in the country. Overnight stay at hotel
 
 
Day 12: Bhubaneswar – Kolkata – Home
 
Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Bhubaneshwar the capital of the ancient kingdom of Orissa, and is famous as the temple city of India. Travel through Orissa is a melange of art, architecture and long-established customs. City tour of Bhubaneswar, which has some stunning temples clustered around the Bindusagar Tank. Of the original 7000 only 500 remain dating from the 7th century to the 11th century AD. Of these the most outstanding is the 11th century Lingaraja Temple, which celebrates the zenith of Orissa art; and the late 10th century beautifully decorated  Muktesvara Temple, which marks the end of the phase of temple building in Orissa. Outside the city limits are the Udayagiri and Khandgiri caves, harking back to the time of Jain and Buddhist occupation of this region in the 2nd century BC. The Jain caves are among the earliest in India and all the caves were built or excavated during the 150 years before Christ. In contrast to the stark décor of the Jain caves, the Buddhist caves are decorated with excellent friezes and sculptures.
 
Later transfer to airport to board flight for Kolkata. From Kolkata board connecting flight for your home country.