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Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR) - Sengaltheri 2 Nights / 3 Days from Rs. 10,500/-

Summary

KMTR is located among the southern most ranges (Ashambu Hills) of the Western Ghats and as such, it is the southern most range of some of India’s megafauna, including the tiger and elephant. However, KMTR is better appreciated for its biodiversity rich, contiguous tracts of old-growth wet-evergreen forests and stunning, often mystical, mountain scenery.

Sengaltheri (800m), is classically KMTR - an isolated wilderness, located on a grassy hill side surrounded by evergreen and moist deciduous forest and grassland. A stroll through the vast evergreen forests of the locations could reveal real rarities such as Lion-tailed Macaque, Brown Mongoose, Brown Palm Civet, Nilgiri Marten, Jerdon’s Baza and Blue-eared Kingfisher to name a few - species generally restricted to mature, dense rainforest. The grasslands and deciduous forests offer better visibility and large mammals, including Gaur, Sambar and Elephant are often and Wild Dog and Leopard less frequently seen here. A striking variety of arboreal animals, including flying lizards, gliding frogs, snakes, squirrels and primates, adapted to life in a forests of gaint trees, are among the other highlights of this magical location.

The tour will be led by an experienced naturalist and the team will be ably guided and supported by the ‘Kaani’s’, an indigenous forest hunter-gatherer tribe who have an intimate knowledge of the reserve’s biodiversity and natural locations.

Itinerary Outline - to be confirmed

  • Day 1: AM arrive at Tirunelveli and drive to Sengaltheri and PM trek in rainforest.
  • Day 2: AM trek in rainforest and PM drive/trek in moist deciduous forest/grassland habitats.
  • Day 3: AM trek in rainforest and PM transfer to Tirunelveli for overnight train.

Facilities

Accommodation: : Simple forest rest houses with basic facilities.
Food: : Simple local vegetarian
Transport: : Train transfers in upper class A/C coaches. Road transfers in Chevrolet Tavera or similar.
Difficulty level: : Moderate for walks in mountainous uneven terrain
Dates : Download itinerary for latest schedule
Please note that we can customise schedule for independent travel
Costs : INR 10,500/person  (USD 240/GBP 155/EUR 190)
- based on minimum 4 persons traveling, ex- Chennai.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Tour costs are based on twin/triple sharing basis ex-Chennai and is all inclusive (transport, accommodation, food, personnel and all taxes and fees). Personnel includes one tour guide/ naturalist and resource persons from the local community. Please check with us on specific items to make sure if it is included in the published tour costs.
  2. Maximum group size on this tour is 4.
  3. Bookings are confirmed only upon full payment of the tour cost and at least 15 days in advance from the proposed departure date.
  4. We reserve the right to cancel the tour at anytime due to unforeseen circumstances. We will refund the entire booking amount under these circumstances.
  5. Payment options:
    1. Our preferred mode of payment is through electronic transfers into our bank account. Relevant details will be provided to you once you are ready to make the payment.
    2. Online credit card payments in USD/GBP/EUR are accepted through Paypal. Indian customers can also use a credit card to pay online through Paypal, but please be aware that you will be charged an additional currency conversion fee for the same.
    3. We accept demand drafts/cheques in INR, GBP, EUR or USD
  6. In case you want to cancel your booking:
    1. A 90% refund if cancellation requested more than one month before the proposed date of departure
    2. A 15% refund if cancellation requested less than one month from the proposed date of departure.

FYI and Guidelines

  1. Accommodation will basic, with minimal furnishing and other creature comforts. Although we will be staying in forest department tourist rest houses, we recommend that you Email: contact@ficuswildlife.net Web: www.ficuswildlife.net pack as though you were out camping, i.e. include your sleeping bags, towels etc into your backpack.
  2. Food will be simple and largely locally available vegetarian fare.
  3. Weather: Updates based on dates of travel
  4. Please bring your binoculars (at least 8x magnification, ideally 10x). While much of the biodiversity in the park can be enjoyed without a pair of binoculars, they would certainly come in handy for closer observations of fauna that do not allow close approach.
  5. A considerable amount of walking around will be involved during this tour. Some of the terrain will be mountainous and uneven. It is essential that you wear a very comfortable pair of trekking shoes and full pants during our forays into the wild. We expect that all tour participants are in good physical condition. Please be advised that we could be upto 3hrs away from the nearest medical facility.
  6. A hat and sunblock are highly recommended. We also suggest that you carry insect repellents and anti-allergy creams/medication. Please bring essential medication with you.