Ever-regarded as a vicious and aggressive snake, King Kobra usually found in deep, dense forest and mild cool climates with a lot of humidity. Though it usually tries to escape when disturbed, when angered it stands menacingly with one-third of its body erect, and its hood spread.
The King Cobra is among the most poisonous snakes in the world, and with length of up to 5 m. The large head of the giant King Cobra is little wider than the neck. The head scales are edged with black and the overall color varies from yellowish to deep olive-green but the tail if often jet-black. The underside is a lighter shade of the body color. King Cobras are the largest venomous snakes in the world and mostly feeds exclusively on other snakes and sometimes on monitor lizards.
One of its special characteristics is that the female remains with the eggs till they hatch, though in most other species of snakes, the mother lays the eggs and goes away. It is the only female snake in the world that binds its own nest. Made of earth and leaves with coils of its body, the female lays the eggs and guards them till they hatch. The average life span of a King Cobra is between 12 - 15 years.
Duration : 12 Nights & 13 Days
Destinations : Kolkata - Sunderbans - Baripada - Simlipal - Chandbala - Bhitarkanika - Bhubaneshwar - Nandankana - Konark - Puri - Kolakata - Delhi
On arrival at Kolkata airport meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Today after breakfast will start our journey to the mangrove of Sunderbans for our very first day in search of the vicious King Kobra & other deadly reptiles. Travelling through beautiful countryside and rural bazaar, by the noon we will arrive at Gothkhali Jetty (Travel by land ends here), where you will be greeted by your local guide and provided refreshments onboard your cruiser. We cruise through rivers Gomor, Durgadhwani to enter river Pitchkhali on banks of which lies the resort.
On your arrival you will be greeted by our team and checked into your cottage followed by a hot lunch. Your afternoon entails observing the number of reptiles which is found in excellence while you cruise through the creeks and canals of the Sunderban Tiger Reserve forest to Sajnekhali Watchtower. Some of the most commonly seen are - Olive Ridley Turtles, Sea Snakes, Dog Faced Water Snakes, Green Turtles, Estuarine Crocodiles, Chameleons, King Cobras, Salvator Lizards, Hard Shelled Batgun Terrapins, Russels Vipers, Mouse Ghekos, Monitor Lizards, Curviers, Hawks Bill Turtles, Pythons, Common Kraits, Chequered Killbacks and rat Snakes etc.
As the sun sets in the distant horizon we return to the resort to refresh and join us for Hi-Tea with Snacks by the evening (Optional bonfire to view Adibasi dance performed by the tribal's of Sunderbans. The folklore depicts their century old cultural in its true native form. They showcase happiness and hardships in their lives through dance and recitals of their folklore). Dinner and over night stay.
As you wake up to the chirping of birds and morning wake up bell, a hot cup of tea is served in your balcony. Refresh and board a thrilling cruise towards Do-banki Watch Tower as we move into the Sunderban Tiger Reserve Forest through creeks and dense forest and numerous rivers. Monitor lizard basking by the sun as well as monkeys and wild boars may be sighted nearby. The canopy walk at Do-banki Watch Tower inside the forest sends chills down your spine (experience the life in which caged animals live in, while getting a 360° view of the forest). Here we will counter with some of its fishes and amphibians like Saw Fish, Butter Fish, Electric Rays, Silver Carp, Star Fish, Common Carp, Crabs, Prawn, Shrimps, Gangetic dolphins, Skipping Frogs, Common Toads and Tree Frogs etc.
We will also visit the spotted deer rehabilitation centre after which we cruise back through Matla - Sea Face (the point from where Bay of Bengal can be seen) back to the Resort for lunch.
In the afternoon you will experience the true Sunderbans, as you walk through the native village of Dayapur. You will encounter many wonderful sights as you learn about the lifestyle, local crafts, cuisines, and way of life of the local villagers. Observe their indigenous farming methods and how their houses are completely mud made with small entrances. Your tour will pass through the village market. Dinner & overnight stay at resort.
We will be ready for our third day Reptile tour to Sunderban national park, after breakfast we depart for Netidopani Watch Tower, which is located deep inside the Sunderban Tiger Reserve. It houses a 300 year old temple of 'Bon Bibi' - Forest Goddess where the villagers who are fishermen and honey collectors of every caste pray for their safety and security from the tiger and crocodile whom they have personified as gods and goddesses. Here we will counter with a huge number of reptiles. (Hot Lunch is served onboard as we cruise back to the resort).
In the evening you will be invited to the local rural theatre (Bonobibi Yatra) performed by the villagers in their native language 'Bengali.' The theatre tells the interesting story of the Tiger Lord, Forest God and Goddesses, fishermen and honey collectors with lots of local songs and dances. Dinner & overnight stay at resort.
After breakfast at the resort we will be move for Kolkata. On arrival drive to Baripada a journey of 5 ½ hrs by road will take us to the entry point of Simlipal National Park. On arrival check in at the hotel / lodge. Overnight stay in Lodge.
After collecting our entry permit from Field Director, Simlipal Tiger Project for Simlipal national Park at Baripada, we will move to Simlipal with packed lunch.
Simlipal consist predominantly of deciduous sal trees, and are crisscrossed by twelve rivers, which meander through the hills and plateaus of Simlipal, creating some of the area's most impressive waterfalls. The spectacular Barehipani waterfall, with a 400-metre drop, and the Joranda waterfall, with a shorter drop of 150 metres, are so beautiful that one is forced to reflect on nature's majesty. About 30 species of reptiles have been recorded in Simlipal forest.
Later return to Baripada for overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast drive to Chandbala the road head to Bhitarkanika. On arrival we will board the boat to reach Bhitarkanika. This 3 hrs boat cruise will take us to Bhitarkanika - a wonder in the wild. It is bounded by rivers on the three sides and the sea on the fourth. Bhitarkanika is crisscrossed by numerous creeks and canals which finally meet the sea and make the estuarine delta, the playground of the Bay of Bengal.
It is natural habitat for a lot of wild creatures like Crocodiles, King Cobra, Pythons, Wild Pigs, Rhesus Monkey, Sambars, Spotted deers, etc. Overnight in Bhitarkanika, the accommodation will in either Dangmal, Ekabula or Gupti. (Please note, that there will no electricity during the stay).
Full day boat cruise to watch the Wild life in their natural habitat. Watching the wildlife in their natural habitat while cruising through the creek is a thrilling experience. A trek on the laid out routes will also be equally rewarding. Overnight in Bhitarkanika.
Apart from wildlife, about 170 species of avifauna both resident and migratory of different hue enhance the beauty of the wild. Prominent among them are King Fisher, Open billed Storks, Sea Eagles, Kites, Send Pipers, Darters, Whistling, Teals, Sea Gulls, etc. Overnight stay at Bhitarknika.
After breakfast Boat cruise to Chandbala. On arrival at Chandbala drive to Bhubaneshwar. On arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast we will have a return trip to Nandakanan. Lies in the splendid environs of the Chandaka forest, along the rippling waters of the Kanjia Lake. It also contains a botanical garden and part of it has been declared as sanctuary. The sanctuary also offers residence to a variety of colorful birds and reptiles. It is a breeding ground of numerous fresh water fishes and has a rich aquatic life. The doorway to the Reptile Park in the sanctuary appears like a cave and is shielded by a colossal model of a tyrannosaurus. You will get to see some perilous species of lizards, snakes, crocodiles, and turtles in this sanctuary. The sanctuary accommodates about 18 varieties of reptiles, Later return to Bhubaneshwar for overnight stay.
Today after breakfast we will drive for Konark, to have the magnificent glimpse of its Sun temple. This temple built in 1278 CE by the Ganga King Narasimha Deva is one of the grandest temples of India and was referred to as the Black Pagoda. The ruins of this temple were excavated in late 19th century. The tower over the Garbagriha is missing, however the Jagmohana is intact, and even in this state, it is awe inspiring.
The Konark temple is widely known not only for its architectural grandeur but also for the intricacy and profusion of sculptural work. The entire temple has been conceived as a chariot of the sun god with 24 wheels, each about 10 feet in diameter, with a set of spokes and elaborate carvings. Seven horses drag the temple. Two lions guard the entrance, crushing elephants. A flight of steps lead to the main entrance.
Later drive to Puri, on arrival check in at the hotel. Evening free to explore its beaches. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning visit the Jaganath temple, it is one of the most renowned as well as the biggest temples of Orissa. Established during the 12th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath (Lord Krishna), Lord of the Universe.
Later an excursion to Chilka Lake. The pear-shaped lake spreads across 1,100 sq km, and has a unique ecosystem with a range of aquatic flora and fauna found in and around its brackish waters. An impressive array of bird life, both native and migrant, makes Chilka one of the best places in India for a bit of satisfying bird-watching.
White bellied sea eagles, greylag geese, purple moorhen, jacana, herons and flamingos are among the many species which make the lake a bird watcher's delight: Chilka, in fact, is home to one of the world's largest breeding colonies of flamingos.
Other than the birds, Chilka's shores are home to blackbuck, spotted deer, golden jackals and hyenas, and the lake is rich in aquatic life- its waters harbor around 160 species of fish, crustaceans and other marine creatures, including the famous Chilka dolphin.
In the evening drive to Bhubaneshwar. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast we will bid adieu to our magnificent journey & transfer to the airport to board the flight for Kolkata / Delhi from where we will connect our flight for home destination.