cultural tour packages

South India Bird Watching Tour

Day 01: Arrive Kochi

Upon arrival at Cochin airport meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Kochi - Thattekkad

After breakfast drive to Thattekkad. a lowland forest with several types of eco-systems - riverine grasslands, evergreen, scrub, dry deciduous, lowland forest, 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 White bellied Treepie, Rufous Babbler, Crimson backed Sunbird, White Bellied Blue Flycatcher, Wynaad Laughing thrush, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Grey Hornbill besides owls like the Mottled Wood Owl, Oriental Bay Owl, Oriental Scops owl, Brown Fish Owl, Oriental Scops Owl and Spotbellied Eagle Owl. Red Spurfowl, Grey Jungle Fowl, Indian Pitta, Black-throated Munia and the Grey headed fishing eagle. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Thattekkad

Full day bird watching around Thattekkad sanctuary. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: Thattekkad - Periyar

Morning enjoy bird watching around the sanctuary. Later after breakfast, drive to 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, this sanctuary is an ideal wildlife & birding tour. 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 Great Hornbill. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05: Periyar

Morning enjoy boat ride on Periyar Lake for bird watching & wildlife viewing. Later in the afternoon enjoy the guided walk along the reserve for bird watching. Night stay in Periyar.
The Avifauna found in Periyar reserve are Brahminy Kite, Ospreys, Black Baza, Changeable Hawk, Black Eagles, Common Kingfisher, Stork Billed, Green Imperial & Nilgiri wood Pigeon, Malabar Grey, Great Hornbills, Alpine & House Swifts, Indian Swiftlet, Crested Treeswift, Lesser Yellownape, Heart spotted and streak throated woodpecker, Black rumped flamebacks, white bellied woodpecker, Crested Goshawk, Rufous Bellied Eagles, Painted Bush Quail, Malabar Trogon, White Bellied Treepie, Wynaad Laughingthrush, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Broad Tailed Grassbird, Great Cormorants, Oriental Darters, Ashy Woodswallows, White rumped needletails, Brown Fish Owl, Malabar Trogon, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Dark Fronted and Rufous Babblers, Crimson Backed Sunbird, Little Spiderhunter, Wynaad Laughingthrush, Drongo Cuckoo, Chestnut headed Bee Eater, Malabar Grey Hornbill, White Cheeked and Crimson Fronted Barbets, Indian Pitta, Yellow browed Bulbul, Puff throated Babbler, Orange headed Thrush, Loten's Sunbird, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Chestnut Winged and Banded Bay Cuckoos, Oriental Scops, Brown Hawk Owls, Indian Nightjar, Dark fronted Babblers, Crested Serpent Eagles, Peregrine Falcon, Jungle Bush Quail, Yellow footed Green Pigeon, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Lesser Coucal, Collared Scops Owl, Spot Bellied Eagle Owl, Bar winged Fly Catcher, Black crested Bulbul, Brown cheeked Fulvetta, Large Billed Leaf, Greenish and Western Crowned Warblers, Indian Blue Robin, Black lored Tit, White browed Wagtail, Purple rumped Sunbird, Oriental White Eye, Ashy Minivet, Yellow Rumped Fly Catcher etc.

Day 06: Periyar - Munnar

Morning after breakfast go to Munnar via the Ghats to Khammam where we should sight the Large Grey Babbler, Common Babbler, Jungle Bush Quail and the Grey Fancolin, then proceed to Bodi Ghats en-route to Munnar and stop over for sighting the rare Yellow Throated Bulbul, Indian Robin, Sirkeer Malkoha, Short Toed Snake Eagle, Bluefaced Malkoha and the Black eagle.
Upon arrival at Munnar check into the hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07: Munnar

After breakfast we will go birding in the shoals (high altitude mountain forests) and grasslands for the Nilgiri Pipit, Painted Bush Quail, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Black and Orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri Flycatcher, White bellied Shortwing, Broadtailed Grassbird, Grasshopper Warbler. Evening return to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08: Munnar - Top Slip

Morning after breakfast 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 dholes, king cobra and the lion-tailed macaques in their natural habitat - all within an area known as Top Slip. We will also bird at the adjacent Parambikulam Reserve as well drive on a wildlife safari through the forest trails. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09: Top Slip - Ooty

Morning enjoy birding around Pollachi, Later drive to Ooty. En-route we will stop at several bird watching locations for birding. Upon arrival at Ooty, check into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Ooty - Mudumalai

Morning after breakfast, full day birding watching around Ooty & Madumalai. Today we will be looking for the Nilgiri Laughing Thrush, then drive through the Sigur 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. Should see 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.
Overnight stay in Mudumalai.

Day 11: Mudumalai - Bandipur

Morning we will go on Bird watching to Mudumalai, here we will be able to see Grey Headed Bulbul, White Bellied Minivet, Jordan Bush Lark, White Bellied Woodpecker, White Naped Woodpecker, Speckled Piculet, Streak Throated Wookpecker, Indian Pitta Great Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Painted Bush Quail, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Yellow Legged Button Quail, Alpine Swift Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Saravana Night Jar Jerdons Nightjar, Great Eared Nightjar Sirkeer Malkoha, Pied Cuckoo, Drongo Cuckoo, Rufus Bellied Hawk Eagle, Black Eagle, Red Headed Vulture, Blue Face Malkoha, Malabar Crested Lark, Indian Blue Robin, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Brown Fish Owl, Eurasian Eagle Owl, White Rumped Needletail, Stork Billed Kingfisher, Blue Bearded Bee Eater White Cheeked Barbet, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Dusky Crag Martin, Wire Tailed Swallow, Crested Tree Swift, Bay Back Shrike, Puff Throated Babbler, Large Grey Babbler, Little Spiderhunter, White RumpedShama, Olive Backed Pipit, Forest Wagtail, Black Throated Munia, Plain Flowerpecker, Chestnut Shouldered Petronia etc.
Later drive to Bandipur National Park. Upon arrival check into the wildlife resort. After lunch we will go on nature walk. Overnight stay at resort.

Day 12: Bandipur

Morning and afternoon jungle safari to the national park for wildlife viewing, and bird watching. Overnight stay at wildlife resort.

Day 13: Bandipur - Mysore - Kokre Bellur - Ranganthittu - Mysore

Morning after breakfast drive to Ranganthittu wildlife sanctuary. On arrival enjoy rowing boat cruise for bird watching, here we will able to see 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.
Later return to Mysore for overnight stay.

Day 14: Mysore - Bangalore

After breakfast leave for Bangalore. Upon arrival transfer to the airport for onward connection.

Day 11: Drive to Delhi via Rishikesh.

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