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Birding Tour

Day 01: Thattekkad

Welcome to Gods own country! Our representative will receive you at the airport in Kochi and take you to Hornbill camp for check in

The Hornbill camp at Thattekkad near Kochi, is so located, to perfectly blend into the forest, so you can enjoy your own private jungle and the spectacular view of the river Periyar. Along its banks, birds flock in their thousands and the cool ambience is the ultimate prize for the birder. Known as the Birder's Paradise, the camp and the adjoining Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, is home to over 340 species of birds, including all the endemics.

Besides, the camp has a lot to offer those with a taste for adventure. The Periyar is ideal for river kayaking. Staying at the camp one can indulge in a biking adventure through the spice plantations, forest tracts and quaint villages around the camp.

In the afternoon, birding with our naturalist at 'Kalapara' and Night birding at 'Charupara'

Saome of the interesting birds at Kalapara are Mottled Wood Owl, Black Headed Cuckoo Shrike, Chestnut shouldered Petronia, Changeable Hawak Eagle, Gray breasted Prinia, yellow billed Babbler, Streak throated Wood pecker, Brown capped Pigmy Wood Pecker, Small Green Bee eater, Common Hawak Cuckoo, etc
Interesting birds at "Charupara: Great eared night jar, oriented scopes owl, Jerdens night jar, Jungle Owlets, Collared scopes owl, etc Abhilash seemed like he has an extra eye and ear.
O/n at Hornbill camp

Day 02: Hornbil camp, Thattekkad

Today's morning birding is at 'Salim Ali's Bird sanctuary'. The sanctuary was notified in 1983 based on a recommendation made by Dr. Salim Ali many years previously. Ali described Thattekad in the 1930's as the richest bird habitat in peninsular India, comparable only with the eastern Himalayas. Since then much of the forest has been diverted to cultivation and teak and mahogany plantation but what survives gives a glimpse of the phenomenal bird diversity of the once widespread lowland forests of Kerala.

Some of the interesting birds are Malabar grey Hornbill, Malabar parakeet, white bellied tree pie, Drongo cuckoo, Indian pita, Grey headed bulbul, Sree Lankan frog mouth, Malabar Trogon, Black napped Oriole, Greater flame back wood pecker, black rumpled flame back wood pecker, Heart spotted wood pecker, Blue faced Malkoha, Malabar whistling Thrush, Asian ferry blue bird, Whit bellied blue fly Cather, Asian brown fly Cather, Brown breasted fly catcher, Verditer fly Cather, Blue throated fly Cather, Tickles blue fly Cather, Asian paradise flycatcher, Oriental honey buzzard, Crested serpent eagle, etc

After breakfast enjoy the Cycling through the villages to get a feel for life in Gods own country.

Afternoon Birding is at 'Edamalyar'. Interesting Species: House swift, lesser fish Eagle, Black capped kingfisher, Blue capped rock thrush, Dusky creak Martin, Blue bearded Bee-eater, emerald dove, Rufous babbler, Forest wagtail, Crimson fronted barbet, etc.

O/n at Hornbill camp

Day 03: Hornbil camp, Thattekkad

Morning birding is at "Urulamthanni" with our naturalist. Interesting species are Wayanad laughing thrush, Dark fronted babbler, white bellied wood pecker, spot bellied eagle owl, oriental bay owl, crested goshawk, mountain imperial pigeon, green imperial pigeon, scarlet miniwet, White bellied blue fly Cather, Black napped Monarch, Grey headed bulbul, brown fish owl, brown cheeked fulveta, Indian scimited babbler, etc,

In the afternoon, you can do a low land trekking near Bhoththankettu dam with our guide.

Evening is for kayaking in the periayar River with guide

O/n at Hornbill camp

Day 04: Thattekkad/ Anaerangal

After breakfast, Drive to Anaerangal camp, Munnar.

The camp is on a cliff overlooking a lake. Rooms were just like that in Hornbill camp. The phantom head, Anaerangal Lake, the tents, the view and the climate makes it a paradise on earth.

The Anaerangal Camp is located on a mountainside overlooking the famed Anaerangal Lake and in close proximity to the Papathy shola ('The Butterfly Forest') known for mass migration of butterflies in October and November.

The large Gazebo with its inbuilt fireplace for campfires and comfortable camp chairs is the favourite meeting place to swap stories or spend a quiet day reading or just relaxing.

First birding is in the afternoon at 'Kannimala'. Interesting birds are Black and orange fly catcher, grey busted laughing thrush, Nilgiri laughing thrush, Nilgiri fly Cather, white bellied short wing, grey headed cannery fly Cather, Indian black bird, Blue caped rock thrush, Indian pita, long tailed shrike, pied bush chat, Malabar whistling thrush, Indian blue robin, grey wagtail, Paddy field pipit, etc

Over night at Anaerangal camp

Day 05: Anaerangal Camp

After breakfast, proceed to Anaerangal Lake for a soft trek with our guide. The Route covered pine forests, natural streams and finally the scenic Anaerangal Lake. In addition, this place is good for bird watching too. here you may find some birds like Asian paradise fly Cather , Breasted Laughing thrush, Nilgiri Fly Cather, Nilgiri wood pigeon, Nilgiri Laughing thrush, grey headed canary fly catcher, Eurasian Black bird, paddy field pippet, Common rose fingh, Yellow Throated Bulbul, Indian Robin, etc

Afternoon Birding is at Chinnacanal, which is only 10 minutes from the camp. The camp also provides cycling to this place. Birds are: Grey breasted Laughing thrush, Black and orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri wood pigeon, Common Flame back wood pecker, Oriental white eye, Black Bulbul, Small sunbird, Yellow browed Bulbul, etc were the interesting birds for us here.
Overnight at Anaerangal camp

Day 06: Anaerangal

Morning birding was at Pappothy shola. This place is known for the mass migration of butterflies in October and November. Birds here are Oriental white-eye, Black Lored Tit, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Indian Scimited Babbler, Common Kestral, Black Bulbul, Nilgiri Wood pigeon, Pied Bush Chat, Pale billed Flower pecker, Scarlet minivet, White cheeked Barbet, etc.
After Breakfast, proceed to Munnar for Sight seeing

Overnight at Anaerangal camp

Day 07: Anaerangal / Muhamma

After breakfast, drive to "House By The Lake", Muhamma.
Secluded; tucked away; far from the madding crowd; tranquil; serene; bathed in quietude, held secret; are all synonymous with the House by the Lake,

First birding is in the afternoon at "Pathrimanal" For this, you have to go by boat. The main attractions are local birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo, egret, Owl, Heron and the water Duck.

Over night at the Lake House

Day 08: Muhamma

After breakfast, proceed to Kumarakom with our guide. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary (also known as Vembanad Bird Sanctuary) is situated at Kumarakom in Kottayam district in the Indian state of Kerala,on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Set in the Kerala Backwaters the bird sanctuary is an ornithologist's paradise and a favourite haunt of migratory birds.
Migratory Siberian cranes, Parrots, Teal Larks, Fly Catchers, Wood beetle and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons.

Overnight at the Lake House

Day 09: Muhamma / Cochin

After Breakfast, drive to Cochin airport tour ends.

Golden 10 (South India Birding Tour)

Day 1, 2, 3 : Thattekkad
On arrival at Kochi airport, meet our representative than drive to Thattekkad, A low land with several types of eco-systems, riverine grasslands, evergreen scrub, dry deciduous, lowland forest enabling it to be one of the best birding birding destinstions in india. In an area of approximately 25 square kilometres over 250 species have been recorded. There will also be night birding for the Nightjars, Frogmouths & Owls. Specialties here include Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl, Ceylon Frogmouth, Red Spurfowl, Bay Owl, Rufous Babbler, Blue-faced Malkoha, Brown-breasted, White-bellied Blue-tailed & Rusty-tailed Flycatchers, Grey-headed Bulbul and Wynad Laughing Thrush. Moreover, Thattekkad is ideal for seeing a good number of the endemics of the Western Ghats. The more difficult birds are Wynad Laughing Thrush and Grey-headed Bulbul. Proceed to Urullathany, at the other end of the reserve, for the Bulbul and Laughing Thrush. Also visit Edamalayar and the South side of the river for the owls, Streak-throated Woodpecker and Yellow-billed Babbler. Other notable species likely to be seen are Red Spurfowl, Ceylon Frogmouth, Blue-faced Malkoha, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Malabar Grey Hornbill, White-bellied and Heart-spotted Woodpeckers, Rufous Babbler, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, White-bellied Treepie and Black-throated Munia.

Day 4: Periyar
Periyar Tiger Reserve is one of the finest wildlife & birding destinations in South India. With over 320 bird species identified and a leading habitat for the Bengal Tiger. Asiatic elephants, Gaur, sambar, tigers and sloth bear sightings are possible on safaris into the forest. This is also an ideal place to sight the Wayanad Laughing Thrush and the Great Hornbill.

Day 5, 6 : Munnar.
Transfer to Munnar, a hill station situated at 1450m in the centre of a major tea-producing region. The birding areas are on either side of the plateau of the High Range (Nilgiri Hills), at Rajamalai (part of the Eravikulam National Park, 8 km from Munnar), or in the sholas - there are dense patches of natural evergreen forest in sheltered valleys. In these surviving forests & grasslands here one can see Nilgiri Wood-Pigeon, Grey-breasted Laughing Thrush, Nilgiri and Black-and-Rufous Flycatchers, White-bellied Shortwing, Nilgiri Pipit, Painted Bush Quail. The grassy plateau is also one of the last habitats of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.

Day 7 & 8 :Top Slip.
We will take the 2 hour drive across the Tamil Nadu border to the Indira Gandhi national park - a place known for its great swathes of forests and wildlife - birds, butterflies, elephants, sloth bears, leopards, gaurs (Indian Bison), dholes (wild dogs), king cobra and the lion-tailed macaques in their natural habitat - all within an area known as Top Slip. Your trackers during the safaris will be from the indigenous tribes. We will go on birding walks as well as go on a wildlife safari through the forest trails. Target species include Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Waynad Laughing Thrush, Nilgiri Laughing Thrush and Grey-breasted Laughing Thrush, besides Nilgiri Woodpigeon, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Black & Orange Flycatcher, Grey-headed Bulbul, Yellow-throated Bulbul and the White-bellied Treepie.

Day 9: Ooty.
Drive towards Ooty. En-route we will stop over at Chinnar - a unique thorny scrub forest in the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats, about 60 kms from Munnar. One can sight Large Grey Babbler, White-bellied Woodpecker, White-naped Woodpecker, Lesser Whitethroat and Jerdon's Baza, Rain Quail, Blue-breasted Quail, Speckled Piculet, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Sirkeer Malkoha, Oriental Scops Owl, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Black Baza, White-rumped Shama, Streak-throated Swallow and Grey-breasted Laughing Thrush. We will reach Ooty by evening. Overnightis stay at our Bungalow

Day 10: Ooty ,Masinagudi -Kochi
After breakfast drive through the sirgur Ghats to Masinagudi. Mudumalai at the foot of the Nilgiris hills, is one the many reserves located within theforest 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. Should see Jerdons Bushlark, Sirkeer Malkoha, Indian Blue Robin, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, White-bellied minivet, Yellow-billied Babbler, White-bellied woodpecker,Large Cuckooshrike, Banded-bay Cuckoo, Thick-billed Warbler and painted Bush Quail. By late afternoon, depart for Kochi. Tour ends.

Endemic Birding Tour

Day 1 Reach Cochin and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 Drive on to Thattekad go for evening birding and stay at Hornbill Camp

Day3/4 At Thattekkad: - Visit Salem Ali Bird Sanctuary
Thattekkad (25 sq. km) is a bird paradise in Western Ghats. Around 270 species can be seen here. One can see the Nightjar, Frogmouths & Owls, Brown breasted flycatcher, Bulbuls and Wynad Laughing Thrush, Spot bellied eagle owl, Ceylon Frogmouth, Red Spur fowl, Babbler, malkohas, owlets, and other endemic species can be sighted.
Visit Orullathany for more bird watching near the river for Woodpeckers. Raptors, kite, owls, and babblers. Find Blue bearded Beeeaters, Grey Hornbill, Woodpeckers, Treepies and Munias. Stay at Hornbill Camp

Day 5/6 Munnar
Munnar is at height of 1450m MSL. It is a mix of forest and grasslands a habitat for rare Nilgiri Tahr, birding yields Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, Laughing Thrush, Nilgiri Flycatchers and Black and Rufous Flycatcher, Short wings, Nilgiri Pipits and Painted Bush Quails.
There are evergreen "Sholas" on sides of the plateau of Nilgiri Hills in Rajamalai 8 km from Munnar inside Eravikulam NP. Accommodation at Anaerangal Camp

Day 7/8 Ooty Stop at Chinnar on way to Ooty which is a thorn forest in Western Ghat.
The birds to see are Quails, Large Grey Babbler, White bellied woodpeckers, Whitethroat and Jerdon's Baza, Shama, Piculet, Black Baza, Malkoha, Scops Owls, Eagle Owl, Streak throated Swallow and Laughing Thrushes.
At Ooty go for bird watching at the Cairn hill shoal. Overnight stay at our bungalow.

Day 9 To Cochin, for sightseeing

Day 10 Transfer to international airport.

Tour Highlights
9 Nights in Hotels/Ecolodges
Includes all meals
dedicated Birding guide
Airport pick up & drop
Dedicated air conditioned car with driver
Group Size
Approx. 1 to 12
Tour Staff
Our professional Birding Guide
Dedicated tour escort in groups




"Thanks for the wonderfull Hornbill Hospitality. Only wish could stay longer to enjoy more of areas treaures "
--- Sarah Jennings (UK)
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