Southern India - Birding & Wildlife of the Western Ghats 2013
|Tour Dates||09 Nov 2013 - 20 Nov 2013 (12 days)|
|Tour Price (Per Person)||US$3,500 * £2,250 * €2,810 * ZAR28,600|
|Spaces Available||Fully Booked - Waiting list now open.|
|Can be Linked With||Sri Lanka - Endemic Birds & Big Game 2013|
Departing Bangalore, our first scheduled stop is the town of Kokkare Bellur where Spot-billed Pelican and occasionally Painted Stork nest in the village trees. We also explore the surrounding ares for Jerdon’s Leafbird, Blue-faced Malkoha, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Purple-rumped Sunbird and Red-naped Ibis.
We then visit the beautiful Mysore palace before beginning our journey towards the Mudamalai hills, one of the largest areas of protected forests in India. The nearby secondary scrub here supports Yellow-wattled Lapwing, the scarce White-naped Woodpecker, endemic Malabar Lark and perhaps Red-headed and Indian Vultures soaring above in the thermals.
Our accommodation in the area is located at the foot of the Nilgiri Mountains where a variety of habitats will be explored. Several endemics and localized specialties occur here, including Grey-headed Bulbul, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Grey Junglefowl, Blue-winged and Plum-headed Parakeets, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Black-headed Cuckooshrike, Thick-billed and Pale-billed Flowerpeckers, the white-throated race of Orange-headed Thrush, and White-bellied Minivet. More widespread birds include Lesser Goldenback, Indian Blue Robin, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Indian Nuthatch, Jungle and Spotted Owlets, Bay-backed Shrike, Crested Treeswift and Golden-fronted Leafbird. This area is also a reliable sight for Indian Elephant, while additional possible mammals include Sloth Bear, Leopard and even Bengal Tiger, though we will need a hefty dose of luck to spot any of these beasts! A night birding excursion will see us searching for the endemic Jerdon’s and Savanna Nightjars.
We then transfer towards the Blue Mountains near Udhagamandalam, among the highest mountains in southern India. Here we look for geographically restricted endemic species such as Spot-breasted Fantail, Nilgiri Flycatcher, White-bellied Blue Robin and the gorgeous White-bellied Treepie. Other possibilities include Vernal Hanging Parrot, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Little Spiderhunter, Blue-capped Rock Thrush, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Indian Black-lored Tit, White-browed Bulbul, Indian Blackbird and Puff-throated Babbler.
Continuing towards Thattekkad, we spend an entire day exploring the rich forested areas of Top Slip in the foothills of the Western Ghats for specialties such as Malabar Grey Hornbill, Red Spurfowl, Malabar Trogon, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher and Crimson-backed Sunbird, while at night we look for Sri Lanka Frogmouth and, with luck, Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl. Other possibilities include Crested Serpent Eagle, Great Hornbill, Malabar Barbet, Lesser Yellownape, Black-naped Monarch, Dark-fronted Babbler, Flame-throated Bulbul, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Southern Hill Myna and Black-hooded Oriole.
Next we explore the Eravikulam National Park in the high Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats. This reserve, originally established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr, supports a good selection of birds as well as several localized species. These include Painted Bush Quail, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Nilgiri Pipit, Broad-tailed Grassbird, Kerala Laughingthrush, Hill Swallow, Dusky Crag Martin, Blue Rock Thrush and Loten’s Sunbird.
In fabulous Periyar we have a chance for the beautiful Indian Pitta, while other specials include Wynaad Laughingthrush, White-rumped Spinetail, Brown-backed Needletail, Crested Honey Buzzard, Black Eagle, Black Baza, Grey-fronted Green and Mountain Imperial Pigeons, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Thick-billed Warbler, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta and spectacular Asian Fairy-bluebird. On the mammal front, a boat trip on Lake Periyar may yield Asian Elephant, Gaur, Wild Boar and Sambar Deer, while possible birds include Western Osprey, Grey-headed Fish-Eagle and Ashy Woodswallow.
Join us for an exciting birding and wildlife exploration to the southern part of this immense and extremely rewarding nation!
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|Tour Fact Sheet|
Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Black-and-orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri & Wynaad Laughingthrush, White-bellied Treepie, Malabar Trogon, White-bellied Minivet, Nilgiri & White-bellied Blue Robin, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Grey-headed Bulbul
Dhole, Gaur (Indian Bison), Smooth-coated Otter, Nilgiri Tahr
sholas (montane forests), teak woodlands, lakes, wetlands, montane grassland
warm during day, cool at night, rain unexpected
|Max Group Size||10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local leader|
|Tour Pace & Walking||
|Accommodation||basic to comfortable lodges and hotels|
|Ease of Birding||mostly unchallenging|
|Number of Species Expected||250|
Lake Periyar, roadside temples and shrines, Western Ghats Mountains, tea plantations
|Photographic Opportunities||very good|
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What our clients say about tours to India
We loved Glen Valentine! Very skilled, and not defensive if we questioned an ID. Liked that he continued to call out even the common birds throughout the tour, which meant we got a chance to really study each species. Good sense of humor, and fun to bird with!
This was a great trip. A terrific itinerary and we saw lots of birds and we saw tigers at Ranthambhore and Corbett. Glen and [the local leader] were excellent guides—great spotting skills, and they made sure everyone saw the bird. The logistics worked very well because Glen and [the local leader] were a great team.