Our South India birding tour takes us to the rugged lands of southern India and the impressive Western Ghats Mountains, a land of endless valleys, rolling tea estates and breathtaking highland vistas, well-known for harboring a superb range of highly localized endemic birds and a host of special mammals. This comprehensive tour showcases many of these special creatures: the gorgeous Indian Pitta, Wynaad's Laughingthrush, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, the rare Sri Lanka Frogmouth, exquisite Malabar Trogon, Malabar Whistling Thrush and Heart-spotted Woodpecker are just some of the incredible birds we will search for, while Indian Elephant, Gaur (Indian Bison), Wild Boar and Smooth-coated Otter are potential mammal highlights. Join us for an unbeatable birding exploration to the southern part of this immense and extremely rewarding nation!

Top Birds

Painted Bush Quail, Red Spurfowl, Nilgiri Wood & Grey-fronted Green Pigeons, Malabar Grey Hornbill, White-cheeked Barbet, Blue-winged Parakeet, Malabar Woodshrike, White-spotted Fantail, White-bellied Treepie, Indian Black-lored Tit, Malabar Lark, Grey-headed, Flame-throated & Yellow-throated Bulbuls, Broad-tailed Grassbird, Indian Scimitar & Rufous Babblers, Wynaad, Nilgiri & Palani Laughingthrushes, Malabar Starling, Nilgiri Thrush, White-bellied Blue, Black-and-orange & Nilgiri Flycatchers, Nilgiri Blue & White-bellied Blue Robins, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Nilgiri Pipit, Indian Pitta, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Malabar Trogon, Heart-spotted Woodpecker.

Top Mammals

Dhole, Gaur (Indian Bison), Smooth-coated Otter, Nilgiri Tahr

Habitats Covered

sholas (montane forests), teak woodlands, lakes, wetlands, montane grassland

Expected Climate

warm during day, cool at night, rain unexpected

Max Group Size

12 with 2 Rockjumper leaders / 8 with 1 Rockjumper leader

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate

Accommodation

basic to comfortable lodges and hotels

Ease of Birding

mostly unchallenging

Number of Species Expected

+-250

Other Attractions

Lake Periyar, roadside temples and shrines, Western Ghats Mountains, tea plantations

Photographic Opportunities

very good

What our clients say about us

Robert Williams
PR, India 2023

As usual another fantastic journey masterfully organized and enabling us to discover places and birds in the best possible way. Supreme guide, all matters perfect, except the lack of heating in the bus. Chilly India, believe it or not !

Peter Kaestner
JR, India 2020

This trip was great! We were told the trip should generate about 250 bird species and our total was very close. Peter was excellent at finding birds, leading us and keeping a positive group atmosphere. The local guides also were competent and helpful. Accommodations are not an important aspect of a trip to me but the ones we stayed at were excellent, as were the meals. The trip was an excellent introduction to India for me tho I was happy to have it very much concentrate on birding.

David Hoddinott
PJ, Andaman Islands 2018

The Andaman Islands were a first for RockJumper and a first for David Hoddinott. It was an incredible experience and also exciting to share the first of all new endemics  with David .

David Hoddinott
CH, India 2018

David Hoddinott is simply outstanding: Calm, focused, truly excellent knowledge of the birds, their calls and habits. He has a wonderful sense of humour, too.

Erik Forsyth
NM, Northern India

I just have to write and tell you how much I enjoyed the N. India trip and how superb the leaders are… Erik and Rich worked so well together and both are so funny, such a great combination…. With much gratitude to RBT for bringing birds and mammals into my life.

India - Southern: Birding & Wildlife of the Western Ghats (Small Group) 2024

06 Jan 2024 - 17 Jan 2024 (12 days)

USD6,495 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Glen Valentine

Tour price (Per person): USD6,495 * GBP5,121 * EUR5,968 * AUD9,733

Single Supplement: USD1,450 * GBP1,143 * EUR1,332 * AUD2,173

Can be linked with: Sri Lanka - Endemic Birds & Big Game (Small Group) 2024

India - Southern: Birding & Wildlife of the Western Ghats 2024

10 Nov 2024 - 21 Nov 2024 (12 days)

USD5,495 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: André Bernon

Tour price (Per person): USD5,495 * GBP4,332 * EUR5,049 * AUD8,235

Single Supplement: USD1,450 * GBP1,143 * EUR1,332 * AUD2,173

Can be linked with: Sri Lanka - Endemic Birds & Big Game 2024

India - Southern: Birding & Wildlife of the Western Ghats (Small Group) 2025

10 Jan 2025 - 21 Jan 2025 (12 days)

USD7,000 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Carlos Bocos

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD7,000 * GBP5,519 * EUR6,432 * AUD10,490

Can be linked with: Sri Lanka - Endemic Birds & Big Game (Small Group) 2025

India - Southern: Birding & Wildlife of the Western Ghats 2025

20 Mar 2025 - 31 Mar 2025 (12 days)

USD6,000 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Julian Parsons

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD6,000 * GBP4,731 * EUR5,513 * AUD8,992

Can be linked with: India - Andaman Islands Endemics 2025

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