The real excitements of South India are best found in its deep foliages and dense jungles where the ardent species and especially the variant counts of avi-faunas can be found. The popular states of South India namely Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are the ideal places for the enthusiastic ornithologists and the bird lovers. As these locations are filled with natural beauty and is the perfect habitat for numerous avians, a choice of birding tour in South India is really impressive and benevolent. Catch such tweeting creatures at the most popular Thatthekkad Bird Sanctuary in Kochi, Ervikulam Bird Sanctuary in Munnar, Kerala and Bandipur National Park in Mysore in Karnataka.
These popular sanctuaries bring great photographic opportunities for all the bird lovers all around the scenic natural beauty. But of course this is not the end of the South India tour; you can find great lucrative and holidaying moments at its major hill station areas. To name a few, a trip to Ooty, Khandala, Sirgur, Nilgiri Hills and more brings great memorable moments for all.
Further, the itinerary is there to impress you more with its attractive presentation in the form of Bird watching tour packages for South India.
On arrival at Cochin airport meet with ITP.co.uk representative and transfer to the hotel. overnight stay at hotel.
On arrival at Cochin airport meet with ITP.co.uk representative & drive to Thattekkad bird sanctuary situated in Kothamangalam Taluk of Ernakulam District on the northern bank of the Periyar River. The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary was designed by Dr. Salim Ali, the renowned ornithologist. He is reported to have identified 167 birds and his student, Dr. Sugathan, 207. In addition, the Bombay Natural History Society has identified 253 species here.
On arrival we check in at Hornbill camp. After fresh n-up we will start our guided tour for its rare in endemic birds. Overnight stay in Thattekkad.
The commonly spotted species are Indians rollers, cuckoos, common snipes, crow, pheasants, jungle nightars, kites, grey drogos, Malabar trogons, woodpeckers, large pied wagtails, baya sparrows, grey jungle fowls, Indian hill mynas, robins, jungle babblers sun birds, and darters.
It is also the paradise for some of its rare birds like Crimson- throated barbets, bee-eaters, shrikes, fairy blubirds, grey-headed fishing eagles, black winged kites night herons, grey hornbills and malabar hornbills.
Morning after breakfast, continue with birding at Urulanthanni, Signal station, Edamalayar Dam and its surrounding areas. We will also cover all the distinct eco-systems of Thattekkad - evergreen, dry deciduous, grasslands, riverine and the marshy lands during our birding trip. At night proceed for a stint of night birding for the nightjars, overnight stay.
We will be continue on our bird watching trip on third day here to have the glimpse of some more birds. Overnight stay at Thattekkad.
Morning after breakfast we will leave for Munnar, enjoying the scenic beauty & the marvelous waterfalls, high mountains with the low flying clouds passing by. We also stop of a number of birds en-route. On arrival at Munnar check in at the hotel.
In the evening we will have a sightseeing tour of Munnar and witness tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lust green hills, a place so difficult to describe, very low population too far from pollution, most of the covered by Tata tea. Overnight at hotel.
Munnar hills is situated at an altitude of 5000 to 8000 Ft above sea level. It is also situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani & Kundala. This beautiful hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi , which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. The high ranges of Munnar were earlier known as Kannan Devan Hills, named after a certain Kannan Devan, who had been land lord in the Anchanad Valley on the eastern side of the district. The main cultivation crops in Munnar are Tea and Coffee.
Today we will have full day birding to Ervikulam national Park. The sanctuary is divided into three regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area - Rajamalai - the region lying beyond the road entry into Eravikulam.
Once a hunting reserve for the British, the place was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1975 and further accorded the status of a national park in 1978. The lush green surroundings are the result of the abundant rainfall that it receives. Temperatures may dip below the freezing point at night time during winters. Eravikulam National Park is a 97 kmÔŅĹ national park located along the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala in India. The terrain consists of high altitude grasslands interspersed with sholas. Eravikulam National Park harbours the largest surviving population of Nilgiri tahr(Hemitragus hylocrius). Nilgiri Tahr is endemic to the southern Western Ghats. Its relatives are the Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) and Arabian Tahr (hemitragus jayakiri).
Eravikulam National Park is home for many endemic & rare birds like, Tickell's Leaf Warblers, Tytler's Leaf Warbler, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Black and orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Large Billed Leaf Warbler, White bellied Short wing, Blue rock thrush, Eurasian Blackbird, Bonelli & Black Eagles, White Cheeked Barbet, Pacific Swallow, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Black lored Tit, Velvet Fronted Nuthatch, Grey Junglefowl, Nilgiri wood Pigeon and many more.
Morning after breakfast drive across the Tamil Nadu border to the Indira Gandhi national park (Top Slip) - a place known for its great swathes of forests and wildlife - birds, butterflies, elephants, sloth bears, leopards, gaurs dholes, king cobra and the lion-tailed macaques in their natural habitat - all within an area known as Top Slip. We will also do the birding at the adjacent Parambikulam Reserve as well drive on a wildlife safari through the forest trails. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast full day birding in the forest. Overnight stay at hotel.
There is a watch tower overlooking a reservoir around 1km from the edge of the Karian Shola on Top Slip. Many of the birds can be seen on the way as well as from the watch tower. The common birds includes, the Racquet Tailed Drongo, Black Headed Oriole, Paradise Fly-catcher, Whistling Thrush, Emerald Dove, Green Pigeon, Tickell's Flower Pecker, Rufus Wood Pecker, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Black Eagle, Great Indian, Malabar Pied Hornbill, and the Fairy Bluebird.
The sanctuary is also home to the mammals like, Lion-tailed macaque, Bonnet macaque, Common langur, Nilgiris langur, Malabar giant squirrel and Grizzled giant squirrel, besides tiger, Gaur, Pangolin, Sambhar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Wild boar, Sloth Bear, Porcupine, Nilgiris Tahr, and Civet Cat.
Morning after breakfast drive to Ooty. Upon arrival check into the hotel. After fresh-n-up we will have birding around Avalanche road, where the endemic Nilgiri Laughing Thrush, White-bellied Shortwing, and Black-and-rufous, Rusty-tailed and Nilgiri Flycatchers all occur. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Morning after breakfast, half day birding at Ooty looking for the Nilgiri Laughing Thrush, then drive through the Sirgur Ghats to Masinagudi. Mudumalai at the foot of the of the Nilgiris hills, is one the many reserves located within the forest belt between the Western Ghats and the Nilgiri Mountains. The terrain being varied with hills, valleys, ravines, watercourses and swamps, moist deciduous forests, dry deciduous forests and scrub forests is ideal birding country.
The avifauna includes Jerdon's Bushlark, Sirkeer Malkoha, Indian Blue Robin, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, White-bellied Minivet, Yellow-billed Babbler, White-bellied Woodpecker, Large Cuckooshrike, Banded-bay Cuckoo, Thick-billed Warbler and Painted Bush Quail.
Further drive to Bandipur. Upon arrival check into the resort. Overnight stay at resort.
Morning & after jungle safari to the national park for Birding & wildlife viewing. Overnight stay at resort.
Morning after breakfast drive towards Mysore, visit the famous heronry on an islands on the Cauvery River at the Ranganthittu Wildlife sanctuary. Rowing boat cruise enables view of Eurasian spoonbill, Black-crowned night heron, three species of Cormorant, River Tern and Thick Knee, and many others. Marsh crocodiles will also be seen. Also visit the remote village Kokre Bellur for the Nesting Painted Storks and Spot-billed Pelicans followed by birding at a nearby reservoir.
Evening transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Morning after breakfast drive to Bangalore. Upon arrival transfer to the airport to board the flight for onward destination.
Below are details given for South India Endemic Bird watching and prices per person in GBP. We have classified rates in three categories as per the standard of the hotels. I.e 3 star, 4 star and 5 star. you can select the tour as per your choice of hotels, You can also see hotel details by clicking the link of hotel used . This will give you a better idea about the accommodation we are providing you.
Rates Valid From 1st October 17 to 30th June 18 (Below Cost based on Per Person Basis.)*
|No. of Pax||Standard Hotels 3*||Deluxe Hotels 4*||Luxury Hotels 5*|
|02 Pax||GBP 1046||GBP 1112||GBP 1264|
|04 - 06 pax||GBP 800||GBP 876||GBP 1017|
|08 - 10 pax||GBP 740||GBP 807||GBP 960|
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List of Hotels
|City||Name of Hotels (3 star hotels)||4 star hotels||4 star hotels|
|Cochin||Hotel Yuvrani Residency||Presidency||The Fern|
|Thattekad||Hornbill Camp||Hornbill Camp||Hornbill Camp|
|Munnar||Hotel Tea Castle||Mountain Trail||Club Mahindra|
|Top Slip||Hotel The Dense||The Dense||The Dense|
|Ooty||Hotel Lake View||Sinclairs||Fernhill|
|Bandipur||Hotel Van Vihar||MC Resort||Hotel Windflower|
|Mysore||Hotel United 21||Sandesh the Prince||Lalitha Mahal|
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