The Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at Thattekkad, is one of the birding Hot Spots in the Indian Subcontinent with nearly 280 species in a narrow geographical area (an hours’ drive from Cochin ).This is a lowland forest with several types of eco-systems enabling it to be one of the best birding destinations in India. This is also home to most of the endemics of the Western Ghats. One should sight the Whitebellied Treepie, Rufous Babbler, Crimson backed Sunbird, White Bellied Blue Flycatcher, Wayanad Laughing Thrush, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Grey Hornbill besides owls like the Mottled Wood Owl, Oriental Bay Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Oriental Scopes Owl and Spotbellied Eagle Owl. You should also be able to sight the Red Spurfowl, Grey Jungle Fowl, Indian Pitta, Black-throated Munia and the Grey headed fishing eagle.
Accomodation will be at the Hornbill Camp along the banks of the River Periyar.
Munnar on the other hand is mountainous and home to many of the endemic birds of the Western Ghats at Eravikulam National Park and Bhodi Ghats area near Munnar. Birding in the sholas (high altitude montane forests) and grasslands for the Nilgiri Pipit, Painted Bush Quail, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Black & Orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Whitebellied Shortwing, Broadtailed Grassbird, Grasshopper Warbler. We will proceed to Bodi Ghats for sighting the rare Yellow Throated Bulbul, Indian Robin, Sirkeer Malkoha, Short Toed Snake Eagle, Bluefaced Malkoha and the Black eagle.
Several accomodation options are possible while at Munnar; palatial plantation bungalows, Eco lodges, Clubs & Resorts.
Birds at the dense Periyar National Park in Kerala, India offer a colorful digression as you gaze at the abundant wildlife at this vast wildlife sanctuary that has developed around the lake Periyar in Kerala. Over 265 species of birds have already been marked and recognized in the park by the forest department apart from the vast population of mammals, reptiles and aquatic animal that make Periyar their home.
Accommodation options include resorts close to the National park
14 Day Tour
A 14 day holiday exploring the finest birding sites along the famous backwaters, game reserves and hills of Kerala, visiting varying habitats looking for endemics and other exciting birds of the region including the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary home to almost 500 species of exotic birds.Enthusiastic and experienced naturalists accompany you during birdwatching sessions at the various locations. This tour includes an overnight cruise on a traditional houseboat the most memorable way to experience the true magic of the waterways.
Prices start from Pound Sterling 2400 per couple excluding International Flights
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Bharatpur is popular for its bird sanctuary - the Keoladeo Ghana National Park - finest in Asia, inundated with over 400 species of water birds. The sactuary covers an area of 40 sq. km of swamp, lightly wooded terrisn which was once the private hunting and shooting preserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur.
Today, it is the protected breeding ground for many species of birds and also the home of migratory birds, especially of the Siberian Crane, that spends its winter here. Colonies of cormorants, spoonbills, storks, egrets, herons, pelicans, ibis and grey herons can be spotted all over the park, besides a fairly rich habitation of deers and snakes.
Accomodation is located on the outskirts of the national park.
These tours represent our ideas and recommendations and is a glimpse of the astonishing ways you can discover the birds of the Indian Subcontinent. If you have any thoughts, stirrings or feedback, do get in touch. Together, we can personalise your trip and make it a memorable experience that it would ruffle your feathers.....