India and South Asia Wildlife Holiday Ideas

See majestic wild tigers in Rajasthan, watch elephants take a river bath in central Sri Lanka or spot elusive Ganges river dolphins in Uttar Pradesh. These wildlife holiday ideas for India, Sri Lanka and Nepal – each of which is crafted by destination experts from a trusted local travel company – provide the best possible chance of seeing South Asia’s most incredible animals.

Highlights

  • Thrilling at a wild tiger sighting in Ranthambore National Park
  • Spotting little-known freshwater water dolphins on the Chambal River
  • Exploring the national park in Madhya Pradesh that inspired The Jungle Book
  • Watching Udawalawe’s beautiful baby elephants being bottle fed
  • Seeing Pinnawala’s elephants arrive en masse at the Maha Oya River

Sri Lankan Family Adventure

  • When to go: November – April
  • Duration: 13 nights

From exploring tropical jungle on the back of an elephant to roaming ancient forts beside the Indian Ocean’s turquoise waters, nowhere can capture kids’ imaginations quite like Sri Lanka. Taking in its coastal and inland highlights, this magical two-week holiday – which features relatively short journeys, exciting excursions and child-friendly hotels, plus plenty of downtime – is designed specifically for families with an appetite for adventure.

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Essential Nepal

  • When to go: February – May, September – November
  • Duration: 9 nights

After exploring the medieval temples of Kathmandu and Patan, this spellbinding ten-day introduction to Nepal heads west to Bandipur – a ridge-top village tribute to traditional Newar culture – and Pokhara, whose lakeside location is enhanced by a spectacular Himalayan backdrop. After visiting the Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, the trip culminates in Chitwan National Park, where canoeing down the Rapti River is complemented by a jungle safari on the back of an elephant. Welcome to Nepal’s enchanting essentials.

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Adventure Nepal: White Water and Walking

  • When to go: February – May, September – November
  • Duration: 14 nights

From white water rafting along the thundering Trisuli River to hiking part of the awesome Annapurna Circuit, this two-week journey offers a truly adventurous introduction to Nepal’s great outdoors. Along the way will be the chance to explore medieval temples, traditional villages and holy caves, not to mention the spellbinding cities of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur. There’ll also be the opportunity to explore the jungles of Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the back of an elephant.

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Wild Sri Lanka

  • When to go: July – April
  • Duration: 14 nights

Sri Lanka is wild in just about every sense of the word – from the herds of elephants roaming Yala National Park to the sprawling tea estates of the Central Highlands. The island nation’s wild appeal isn’t limited to land, either – off the coast are schools of flying fish, pods of dolphins and, perhaps most impressively, the chance to see blue whales. Experience all this and more on this luxuriously wild two-week journey through the island nation’s central and southern regions.

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Karnataka: Culture, Coffee & Wildlife

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 9 nights

Sandwiched between central India and the country’s tropical south, Karnataka is among South Asia’s most rewarding destinations – largely because of its fascinating culture, verdant coffee plantations and superb wildlife-spotting opportunities. From exquisitely ornate temples to spotting herds of wild elephants, this is the perfect introduction to one of India’s most captivating – and largely undiscovered – states.

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Tigers & Temples

  • When to go: October – April
  • Duration: 8 nights

Go in search of tigers in their natural habitat, be inspired by some of the world’s finest temple carvings and discover where Rudyard Kipling was inspired to write The Jungle Book. This superstimulating trip to laid-back, landlocked Madhya Pradesh – via Delhi’s Mughal marvels and bustling bazaars – combines the best of the natural and man-made worlds in thrilling fashion.

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